International Entrepreneurship

Summer School

Connect your ideas. Start up now!

September 06 to 13, 2021

The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is an online seminar. It is designed to introduce you to High-Tech Entrepreneurship and start-up culture. You will learn skills, such as what is a business idea? How can business ideas be developed into business models? What are the skills you need and what is an entrepreneurial mindset? To teach you about what it takes to create a successful start-up, we invite international lecturers and entrepreneurs. 

Build your International Entrepreneurship Skills & Competences

Factual knowledge

Knowledge and understanding of topics around the field of entrepreneurship. Micro- and macroeconomic effects of startups. Detailed and practice-oriented excursions into various fields relevant to founding a company.

Methodological knowledge

Independent analysis, evaluation and optimization of specialist questions concerning business model development. converting your own ideas into marketable concepts using established tools. Learning and training skills from the startup environment, such as pitching.

Transfer knowledge

Communicative competence and persuasiveness, the ability to cooperate and work in a team, discussion of general and current topics relating to entrepreneurship. This is your chance to create an international start-up even after the event.

Specialized Knowledge

Learn more about your field of interest, by choosing one of three lecture tracks, i.e. Future Mobility, Industrial Sustainability and Digital Business Opportunities. Incorprate related knowledge into your business ideas to create a future-proof start-up.

What to prepare. What to expect.

Before the school starts you will form multi-national teams of students or post-graduates. The Entrepreneurship Hub will support you in this process. Each team will connect their business ideas, skills and experiences to design and detail a business model during the International Entrepreneurship Summer School. Thus, there is only one final business model per team. The Entrepreneurship Hub will provide you with digital tools and coaching to support you in this process. The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is free of charge, but the possible number of participants is limited. Therefore, an application is required. Please find details about the enrollment procedure below.

Each day from Monday to Friday you will have interesting lectures and expert talks. Afterwards, you have time to connect with your team to transfer your knowledge into your discussions regarding your business model. Our coaches will support you, whenever you have questions that concern your start-up ideas. On the last day of International Entrepreneurship Summer School, you will pitch your business ideas in front of an international jury, yet the pitch is not part of your grading.

Also, topic when apllying for participating in our Summer School, you will choose one of three lecture tracks. Each lecture track consists of 4 individual events during the Summer School that relate to this specific topic and will help you deepen your knowledge about this subject.

We are currently detailing the schedule for this year’s International Entrepreneurship Summer School. 


Choose one of four lecture tracks that matches your interests

Responsible companies contribute to a desirable future for societies and the ecological environment. In the Industrial Sustainability Lecture Track, you will explore opportunities to improve global sustainability by incorporating circular approaches into your business model. Prof. Dr. Christoph Herrmann, head of the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF) at TU Braunschweig, is the chair of the program. Internationally renowned researchers and business partners from the global network of the IWF will complement the program as speakers.

Engineers create solutions today for the challenges of tomorrow. Participate in the Design Engineering track and discover modern approaches to product development. This Lecture Track focuses on methods and tools of design and systems engineering with real-world applications.  Prof. Dr. Thomas Vietor, head of the Institute of Engineering Design (IK) at TU Braunschweig, is in charge of the program. Furthermore, researchers and business partners will provide praxis-oriented insights into technical and user-integrated product development.

The current pandemic has taught us that nothing is as precious as life itself. The past year has also highlighted strengths and weaknesses in global and national healthcare systems. In this Lecture Track, we would like to invite you to explore new technologies and business models in the medical field to improve institutional and medical care. Therefore, this Lecture Track has a particularly wide range of topics and possible business ideas that can be included. Prof. Dr. B. Ravi from our partner university Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is leading this program. Lecturers will offer workshops and seminars on current technological trends, best practices and discussion forums on the future of healthcare.

In the age of disruptive technological developments, new opportunities are emerging for digital start-ups. This Lecture Track examines the mechanisms of digital business models and the new realities of modern Entrepreneurship. Lecturers from the research and business world will provide insights into technological trends, best practice examples and new digital value creation approaches. This Lecture Track is chaired by Prof. Dr. Sandor Fekete from the Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Networks at TU Braunschweig.

The most important data at a glance

The Summer School will take place from September 06 to 13, 2021

The course times are from 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (MET) + afterwards mandatory virtual team work until open end.

The events for matching the teams on 31st July and 07th August 2021 are mandatory to attend.

Any further questions? Please contact us via


Enrollment process

The time period for applications is from 1st April 2021 to 18th July 2021.

This year’s International Entrepreneurship Summer School can be attended by up to 150 participants.

You have a business idea, and you are looking for ways to detail and effectively commercialize it?

The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is your opportunity to take your idea to the next level.

Find international co-founders and share your thoughts to pursue new paths of business success. Please note the matching dates of July 31 and August 07, both of which are mandatory to find your team members. Here you will briefly introduce the idea and find like-minded people to join you.

For your application, please follow this link:

For the application you are asked to fill out our template document to describe your business idea and to introduce yourself briefly. You can also download this document here.

You are welcome to change the fonts and design according to your needs. If you want, you can also add your own graphics. It is very important for us to understand why you have a passion for entrepreneurship. Your business idea does not have to be very detailed or complete. A rough description is sufficient, but it should include a clear problem formulation and your solution.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Leonhard:

You have a passion for entrepreneurship but not yet a business idea? The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is your opportunity to find international future entrepreneurs and start-up projects to join. With our program, we envision you to be part of a multinational start-up after the International Entrepreneurship Summer School.

Find international founders and share your thoughts to pursue new paths of business success. Please note the matching dates of July 31 and August 07, both of which are mandatory for you. Here you will connect with innovators from all over the world who introduce their business ideas that you can join. We will guide you through the matching process.

For your application, please follow this link:

For the application you are asked to fill out our template document to introduce yourself briefly. You can also download this document here.

You are welcome to change the fonts and design according to your needs. If you want, you can also add your own graphics. It is very important for us to understand what motivates you, what are your skills and competencies and why you are so enthusiastic about entrepreneurship.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Leonhard:

Partners is actively promoting digitalization and entrepreneurship in the Braunschweig region. They offer an startup accelerator program in cooperation with the Entrepreneurship Hub and host events, such as the Startup Weekend Braunschweig.

BITS Pilani

The Birla Institute of Technology & Science, BITS Pilani, is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary motive of BITS is to “train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information”.

German Indian Startup Exchange Program

The German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP) is a non-monetary platform initiated by the German Startups Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to strengthen and foster exchange between India and Germany in the startup space and support Indian and German startups in their efforts to gain access to the respective other market.

The project supports German and Indian startups by offering networking opportunities through events, workshops, pitching formats and study trips, providing information and hands-on assistance in gaining access to the other market by leveraging a large network of partners consisting of incubators, investors, corporates, support organisations, etc. from both countries.

IIT Bombay

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is a public technical and research university located in Powai, Mumbai, India. The institute has designed and developed mechanisms and bodies to help create new enterprises that employ technologies developed by its faculty and students.

Y-kampus entrepreneurship and innovation services

Y-kampus is a place to explore in all three university campuses in Tampere. They offer inspiring events and additional studies where you get to develop your skills and find your fullest potential. They support entrepreneurial way of doing things, spar those who want to become entrepreneurs and those with an idea for an innovation.

Speakers 2020

Professor Dr. Reza Asghari

Professor Dr. Reza Asghari has held the Chair for Entrepreneurship at the TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences since March 1, 2009, furthermore also heading the Entrepreneurship Hubs at both universities.

Professor Asghari is not only the author of numerous publications in the field of e-business and e-government, but also an entrepreneur himself. With his “Institute for E-Business”, founded in 2001, he develops practice-oriented software solutions for municipalities, public authorities and medium-sized companies.

Richard Borek Junior

Managing director Richard Borek group of companies

Richard Borek jr. leads the Richard Borek Group of Companies in the 4th generation as managing director and owner. It is the world market leader in the field of high-quality collectables. A major focus of his activities is digitalization, which requires a complete rethinking of all processes. In this context he founded the initiative and organized the first Startup Weekend and the first Accelerator Program for young founders in the region, which he initiated together with the TU Braunschweig.

Luísa Cagica Carvalho

Coordinator Professor, Institute Polytechnic of Setúbal, Portugal

She held a PhD in Management in University of Évora – Portugal. Coordinator Professor of Management on Department of Economics and Management, Institute Polytechnic of Setúbal – School of Business and Administration, Portugal.  Guest professor in international universities teaches in courses of master and PhDs programs. Researcher at CEFAGE (Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Economics) University of Evora – Portugal. Author of several publications in national and international journals, books and book chapters. Editor of 15 international books, journals and special issues and chief-editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Governance in Cognitive Cities (IJEGCC)

Ralf Geishauser

Ralf Geishauser studied computer science at the TU Braunschweig and in New York with a degree in computer science. Since 1989 he has built up a software company for CRM applications, GEDYS Intraware GmbH nationally and internationally. He has been an active business angel since 2000 and, as a founding member, was one of the initiators of the regional network Banson e.V. (Braunschweig / Wolfsburg / Lüneburg). As a serial entrepreneur, he co-founded several other companies. Including several e-commerce companies such as the largest German grill and grill accessories Internet specialist trade with three locations and corresponding multichannel concept. The current business angel investments are from various areas such as mechanical engineering, 360 degree VR / AR software, industry solutions and trade.

Heiko Hubertz

Heiko Hubertz is the founder and partner of Bigpoint. With the idea of developing games that can be played directly in the browser, Heiko Hubertz has revolutionized the game market with Bigpoint. The Hamburg-based company was founded in 2002 and now has over 300 million registered users worldwide. In 2011, nearly 70 percent of the company was acquired by the two American investors TA Associates and Summit Partners for a valuation of $ 600 million. Heiko Hubertz also supports startups with the investment company Digital Pioneers.

Tiina Koskiranta

Ms. Tiina Koskiranta (Lindberg) (M.Soc.Sc) has been working in higher education sector for almost 20 years. As a senior lecturer and coach in Proakatemia (study programme in Entrepreneurship and Team leadership) she started in 2005. From 2009 to 2014 she worked as an entrepreneur in her own company at training field concentrating on developing innovation culture and strategic leadership in companies, business modeling and lean startup methodology in startups and collaboration among private and public sector.  

Tiina Koskiranta is a passionate developer and has a long experience in modern Entrepreneurship pedagogy, startup development and team learning. During her career in Tampere University of Applied Sciences she has developed new innovative entrepreneurial curriculums in higher education both in Bachelor and Master degree in Entrepreneurship and Business. She has managed several EU-projects in Entrepreneurship, worked as a manager in the Business department and now leads the strategic R&D&I focus area of Entrepreneurship and New Business in TAMK. She works also as a startup ecosystem developer and entrepreneurship coach in Y-kampus, which is an innovation and entrepreneurship center located in all of the three university campuses in Tampere. Y-kampuswas awarded as a best entrepreneurial action in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences in 2017.

Koskiranta has studied and graduated from Journalism and Mass communication department in University of Tampere. Beside that she has a Specialist qualification in Management.

Prof. Arya Kuma

Prof Arya Kumar did his M.A.(Hons ) in Economics, an Integrated Five Year Programme from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani in First class First (Rank) in 1977 and  PhD from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani in the year 1982 in the area of “Financial Management of Higher Education in India”. He has a diversified experience for more than 40 years of serving in educational institutions, research organizations, Banks and Financial Institutions. He is presently Professor and Dean Alumni Relations at BITS, Pilani. Prior to this he served as Director between 2014 -2016 at Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management New Delhi. 

Matthias Liedtke

From 2013 – 2019 Matthias Liedtke worked first as a project assistant and later as a research assistant in international projects at the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung).

Since 2019 he has been working as a research assistant in the field of teaching and research at the Entrepreneurship Hub. He is also aiming for a doctorate.

Florian Nöll

Florian Nöll studied business administration at the Free University of Berlin, as well as business formation and succession at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. As a schoolboy he founded a web agency in North Rhine-Westphalia before founding the internet reverse auction house and workalog Management GmbH in 2004. Two years later, the bondea social network followed. In 2008, Nöll founded spendino GmbH, a provider of software solutions (SaaS) for non-profit organizations. Abel analytics was founded in 2012 and from 2013 to 2019 he was chairman and managing director of the Federal Association of German Startups. Since 2019 he has been working as Head of Digital Ecosystems at the management consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Carsten Ovens

Executive Director, ELNET – Germany

Born in 1981, Carsten Ovens studied business administration and international business in Hamburg and Sydney. Since March 2019 he leads the German office of the European Leadership Network (ELNET), engaged to strengthen relations among leaders in politics, business, and society from Europe and Israel.

He has more than a decade of experience in business development and management consulting throughout Europe. Among various activities, he is honorary ambassador of the German Israeli Startup Exchange Program (GISEP). In addition, he has spent many years at leading universities, teaching and researching effects of social media on politics and society.

Besides his professional career, he is active in politics for almost two decades. From 2015-2020 he served as a member of the Hamburg State Parliament, responsible for science, digital business affairs, and international relations. Since 2018 he is a member of the national board of cnetz – a German think tank focussed on digital policy. 

Foto: Tobias Koch

Sandra Pinto

IPStartUp Manager, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal

She holds a Msc. in Management. Works since 2012 as an Entrepreneurship officer, implements and manages IPStartUp (IPS Academic Business Incubator) since 2015 and is the regional coordinator for “Poliempreende”, a national wide entrepreneurship promotion project. She is also the coordinator of the intellectual property and technology transference area at IPS.

Trains entrepreneurs and supports the development of business plans for the creation of start-ups. Works actively towards the implementation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the Setúbal Peninsula area.

Already coordinated 5 international projects submissions (programs H2020, Interreg Europe and ERASMUS+) and supported the submission of dozens of national and international projects. Now is part of the IPS team in the KABADA project, Knowledge Alliances (2019-2021) and coordinator of a national one.

Since 2016 lectures at IPS School of Business Administration, as invited assistant professor, social entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship; innovation and strategic management. Author of several publications in national and international journals and book chapters.

Prof. B. Ravi

Prof. B. Ravi is an Institute Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay. He is well known for his work in metal casting through AutoCAST, E-Foundry and SMART Foundry projects. In 2014 he set up BETIC – Biomedical Engineering & Technology Innovation Centre, whose team members developed 50 and patented medical devices, incubated 15 startup companies, licensed 5 products to industry, and won several prestigious awards. In 2019, he took over as the head of DS School of Entrepreneurship, which has trained over 1600 students in entrepreneurship and led to over 25 start-ups during the last five years. As a member of governing or advisory councils of several institutes and expert committees of various government agencies, Prof. Ravi also contributes to project reviews, policies and practices related to translational research, product innovation and entrepreneurship.

Professor Tao Xu

XU Tao holds a PhD in business management, and currently he’s associate professor in the College of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of Tongji University, China. He also serves as deputy director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center of Tongji University, deputy secretary general of Chinese HEIs’ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Steering Committee of the Ministry of education, deputy director of youth working committee of China Creative Society, researcher of Shanghai Industrial Innovation Ecosystem Research Center. Besides, he’s paid frequent academic visits to some globally prestigious universities and worked as visiting scholar to the School of Education, Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of FSU respectively.

Academically, he’s presided over quite a few national projects, published more than 30 academic papers and authored five innovation and entrepreneurship related books. He teaches courses like Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management, Global Leadership and Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, among others.

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Christopher Dormeier

Christopher Dormeier is a research assistant at the Entrepreneurship Hub. Before working at TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, he earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in industrial engineering with a focus on mechanical engineering at TU Braunschweig. He then worked as a Visiting Researcher at the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET) at UC Berkeley.
Christopher Dormeier is the coordinator of the Exist project “Inteknow – International Entrepreneurship”.
His current research focus is therefore on business model innovation in the context of the circular economy, product-service systems and digitalisation through collaboration. He uses engineering methods such as System of Systems Engineering and modelling approaches. Besides the development of new business models, methods and tools to support start-ups and SMEs, contextual factors are highly relevant within his research. This so-called entrepreneurial ecosystem determines the emergence and successful development of start-ups.

Mathis Vetter

Mathis Vetter studied Law and Human Resource Management (LL.B.) at Ostfalia University for Applied Science and is now closing his graduation in Technology-oriented Management (M.Sc.) at TU Braunschweig with main focus on Marketing and Industrial Engineering. He gained experience as student consultant for various SMEs in Brunswick as well as consulting companies like Kienbaum and Capgemini Invent in the areas of process management, lean production, leadership and industry 4.0. In research he focusses on determinants for entrepreneurship ecosystems and future business models.

Leonhard Voß

Leonhard Voß is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Entrepreneurship Hub in the field of digital business transformation in SMEs. He graduated in Technology-oriented Management (M.Sc.) at TU Braunschweig and holds a double Bachelor’s degree in International Sales and Procurement Engineering (B.Eng.) as well as in Logistics Management (B.Mgmt.) of the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel and CDHAW of Tongji University Shanghai. He has start-up experience from when he was in high school and founded an IT company. His core competencies are in digital business models, value proposition design, and industrial engineering. 

Moritz Birkelbach

Moritz Birkelbach studied industrial engineering (B.Sc.) at the University of Applied Sciences Wedel, at the Dogus University Istanbul and at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen. He completed his master’s degree in technology-oriented management (M.Sc.) at the Technical University of Braunschweig, focusing on mechanical engineering as well as marketing and innovation management.
During his studies, he worked for Volkswagen AG and the Center for Performance Management GmbH, among others. Moritz also worked as a lecturer for marketing management at the Teutloff Academy in adult education.During his studies, he was able to collect founding experience at various start-ups ranging from college clothing and accessories to pet food.
Since March 2014 he has been working at the Entrepreneurship Hub and since July 2020 he has been a research assistant in the externally funded project EXIST-Potentiale „International überzeugen“. In this project he is responsible for online incubation.

Kathrin Meinert

Kathrin Meinert is aiming for a doctorate. She completed a dual degree in business administration at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences with integrated training as an industrial clerk and then continued her master’s degree at the University of Leipzig. During her studies she spent several stays abroad, e.g. in Scotland, France and Poland, and specialized in the fields of purchasing, international and corporate management as well as marketing. Ms. Meinert gained practical experience in various departments at Braunschweiger Versorgungs- AG & Co KG and at Helmholtz – Zentrum für Umweltforschung. Her core competencies are in value proposition design and digital business models.

Dagmar Wilgeroth

Dagmar Wilgeroth graduated in International Economics at University Erlangen-Nürnberg with focus on marketing and innovation. She has extensive business experience in the field of innovation management in large firms in the consumer goods industry. She also has start-up experience having founded a consulting company.
Dagmar’s core competencies are in business models development, value proposition design, and marketing. Her research focusses on the entrepreneurial process of university-based high-tech start-ups.

Matthias Liedtke

Matthias Liedtke has been working as a research assistant in the field of teaching and research at the Entrepreneurship Hub since 2019. From 2013 – 2019 he worked in international projects at the German Center for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung).
He completed his bachelor’s degree in International Business Management (BBA) at the Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok. He earned his master’s degree in Economic Geography (M.A.) at Leibniz University Hannover. Matthias Liedtke is aiming for a doctorate in the field of entrepreneurial ecosystems. His core competencies lie in the areas of startup ecosystems and business model generation.