International Entrepreneurship Summer School

Build your International Entrepreneurship Skills & Competences

Connect your ideas. Start up now!

September 07 to 14, 2020

The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is an online seminar. It is designed to introduce you to 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 invited international lecturers and entrepreneurs. Our International Entrepreneurship Summer School is application oriented.

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 competence

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.

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 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 above.

The International Entrepreneurship Summer School is a 3 ECTS seminar. The grading is based on your written business models that you will send us on the last day of International Entrepreneurship Summer School. If you are attending from a country other than Germany or Finland, you do not need to write a paper on the business model during the seminar. This is also the case if you have already graduated or you decide to not take the exam. Then, no credit points will be awarded for your studies, but still you are more than welcome to take part in the program and actively participate in one of the teams.

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 Summer School, you will pitch your business ideas in front of an international jury, yet the pitch is not part of your grading.

We are currently detailing the schedule for this year’s International Entrepreneurship Summer School. Please find a draft version below.

The most promising business ideas can join our virtual start-up incubation program, a great opportunity to continue working on your businesses. Furthermore, this might lead to you joining our annual International Start-up Camp in Braunschweig, where we can support you face-to-face and connect you with the German start-up ecosystem.

Enrollment process

To register, we provide you with the application documents here.

The deadline for applications is 07th August 2020.

This year’s International Entrepreneurship Summer School can be attended by up to 60 participants.

Please fill out the individual fields in the Power Point slides and send them to us via

If you fill in the fields, you are welcome to change the font and font size according to your needs. You are also welcomed to add your own graphics. It is important for us to understand why this program is especially important to you and that you have a passion for entrepreneurship. We also ask for a business idea. This does not have to be very detailed and already complete. We need this information in order to be able to assess which international participants could be a good match. A rough description of an initial business idea is sufficient. The slides will be used later so that you can get to know each other better and as a first impression for one another.


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.

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”.


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. 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.


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


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


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. 

Mathias 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


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

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.

Jannis Sutor


Julian Zix