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 how to define a business idea and transforming it into a business model. To teach you about what it takes to create a successful start-up, we invite international lecturers and entrepreneurs. 

Build your International Entrepreneurship Skills & Competencies

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 enrollement 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 the 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.

When applying for participating in our Summer School, you will choose one of four 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

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.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Sandór Fekete

Prof. Dr. Sándor Fekete studied in mathematics and physics in Germany, received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada (1992), did a postdoc at Stony Brook University, a habilitation in mathematics (Cologne, 1998). He was Associate Professor at TU Berlin, before joining TU Braunschweig (2001), with longer visits at MIT, London, Tel Aviv and in Australia. His scientific work combines theoretical work in algorithms and optimization with a spectrum of practical applications. He has over 250 peer-reviewed publication with over 275 coauthors; his current h-index is 48. A Full Professor since 2007, he has also served as Department Chair and Chair of the interdisciplinary research center
He has also linked science and education, organizing opportunities for junior scientists, e.g., from IIT Bombay or from Brazil. His teaching has received numerous awards, and his illustrated IDEA instructions have received global attention.

Engineers create solutions today for the challenges of tomorrow. Participate in the Engineering Design 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.

Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Vietor

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Vietor has headed the Institute of Engineering Design (IK) at TU Braunschweig since 2009. Through his experience as a product developer in the automotive industry, he combines the competencies of vehicle and design engineering. This is particularly evident in his membership of the NFF (Lower Saxony Research Center for Vehicle Technology), of which Prof. Vietor has been spokesman since 2017 and in which he is responsible for the research field “Flexible Vehicle Concepts and Production”, among other things. By expanding the research topics at the IK and additional activities in the BLB (Battery LabFactory Braunschweig) and the OHLF (Open Hybrid LabFactory), the IK has addressed specific topics such as the integration of battery systems and lightweight vehicle construction through multi-material hybrid designs, in addition to exploring topics related to integrated product development, such as systems engineering. New teaching concepts as well as revision and modernization of existing courses were initiated. For current and interdisciplinary topics, new lectures were launched in cooperation with partners from industry and other TU institutes. In both teaching and research, Prof. Vietor focuses on international relations and cooperation, especially with China.

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.

Chair: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Hermann

Christoph Herrmann is university professor for Sustainable Manufacturing & Life Cycle Engineering and co-director of the Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), Technische Universität Braunschweig as well as member of the institute management at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST). Professor Herrmann has conducted various industry and research projects in the context of life cycle engineering and sustainable manufacturing on national and international level. He has published more than 300 papers and book publications as author, co-other and editor. Professor Herrmann is member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP).

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, enable medical device innovation to reduce medical costs and ease pain for clinicians and patients. Prof. Dr. B. Ravi, from our partner institute; the 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 medical device innovation. No prior medical knowledge or background is required for this course.

Chair: 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.

Factual knowledge

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

Methodological knowledge

Independent analysis, evaluation and optimization of specialized questions concerning business model development and converting your own ideas into marketable concepts using established tools. Learning and training skills from the start-up 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. Incorporate related knowledge into your business ideas to create a future-proof start-up.

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 event for matching the teams on September 5th is mandatory to attend.

Any further questions? Please contact us via


Enrollment process

The application period is from 1st April 2021 to 15th August 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 date of September 05, which is 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 no business idea yet? The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is your opportunity to find international future entrepreneurs and start-up projects to join. By joining our program you will become 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 date of September 05, which is mandatory to find your team members. 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:


Richard Borek is the owner of the Richard Borek Group which he runs in the 4th generation as managing director. The Group is the world market leader in the field of high-quality collectables located in Braunschweig. First, he shifted the company from a print to a mobile first sales approach, generating today almost 500.000 orders online pa. His current focus is the development of the organization to a data driven company, which requires rethinking all existing processes, organizational and collaborative models. In this context he initiated in 2017 to foster entrepreneurship together with the Technical University of Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences. Some activities are e.g. startup weekends, accelerator programs, pitch nights, etc.

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.

Life Science Factory Management GmbH

With the Life Science Factory initiated by Sartorius, we aim to promote scientific progress in the life sciences and strengthen research and development of innovative technologies with a clear focus on applications. The Life Science Factory currently offers 600 m²­ of coworking space, multi-use event space and a prototyping workshop. Regular events, mentoring and workshops are an essential part of the Life Science Factory’s offer.

Starting in January 2022, the Sartorius Quarter will feature an expanded concept with fully serviced and equipped laboratory (shared lab benches). Life science start-ups will be able to use the community lab, including state-of-the-art equipment and full service.

Speakers 2021

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.

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.

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.

Julian Zix

further speaker will be announced soon


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.

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.

Antonia Hemling

Antonia Hemling holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Sheffield and a Master’s degree in Political Behaviour from the University of Essex. She has attended postgraduate courses at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome as well as the University of Hamburg. Here she gained further qualifications in the field of Occupational Psychology and Management.

Ms Hemling has extensive experience as a career coach, specialising in career entry planning for young academics. As a lecturer she teaches courses in key career competencies that can be directly applied to real world working environments.

At the Entrepreneurship Hub her focus is on building international cooperations and working with international student teams.

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.

Christian Stascheit

Christian Stascheit studied industrial engineering and mechanical engineering at the TU Braunschweig. After a year abroad in Valencia, during which he completed an Erasmus semester and a project semester, he wrote his master’s thesis in a specially initiated cooperation between the Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology (IWF) at TU Braunschweig and the Institute of Energy Engineering (IIE) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. For this purpose, he founded a small business in which he worked on the master’s thesis and on other national and international projects.

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. 

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.