One week of innovation at the Ostfalia University campus
The Entrepreneurship Spring School is an event format for a introduction to entrepreneurship and start-up culture. What is a business idea? How can business ideas be elaborated in terms of content and developed into a solid market concept? What skills and attitudes do entrepreneurs have and how do they use or implement them in everyday life? The start-up process will be examined from A to Z in a practice-oriented manner during the School. In the preliminary stages and at the beginning of the event, the participants consider which ideas they would like to transform into a business model and then form a team together to develop this idea intensively and practically for a whole week.
The business plan provides the incentive to continue the start-up project after the event. It is our motivation that during the event the impression of a casestudy character with no practical relevance is not given. In order to support this, the first half of the day is devoted to conveying knowledge in various areas that are relevant to founding a start-up. Participants will have the opportunity to gain insights into subjects such as leadership, marketing, negotiation techniques, raising capital and finding investors, creativity techniques as well as law and patent protection. In the second half, the participants can then concentrate on working on their business model in their teams on the basis of real data.
Immediate practical reports and know-how from the industry
We offer participants real life experience from founders and entrepreneurs from the field that goes far beyond technical knowledge. How does it feel to start a business? What were the biggest individual hurdles? What satisfaction, learnings and self-knowledge do you gain from founding a start-up? What is important when choosing co-founders? Every semester, we invite regional and national founders and entrepreneurs to present their start-ups and companies and talk about their own experiences first-hand. Questions can be asked at any time and discussions can also be held with the speakers.
The event is supervised and organized via Stud.IP.
After the event, students have the opportunity to work on and further develop their business ideas in the co-working space of the Entrepreneurship Hub at Ostfalia University.
We provide the necessary infrastructure for this. In addition, they have the opportunity to exchange ideas with the start-ups on location at the time.
During the one-week Entrepreneurship Spring School, business ideas are transformed into a business model and finally presented to a jury of experts. There is the possibility to develop own ideas in order to win team members for them or to join existing ideas. However, individual performances without a team are not possible. The pitch presentation at the end of the Spring School is an integral part of the program, but does not count towards the examination performance and therefore has no influence on the grade. This will be based on a written elaboration of the business plan by the team. The submission of this document takes place one week after the event. The exact task as well as the course of the event will be communicated at the beginning of the Spring School. With the exception of the group work phases, daily from 2 p.m., attendance is compulsory for the entire duration of the event.
General information about the event
SWS: Block event
Credits/ECTS: 3 ECTS
Semester: Winter semester
Location: Aula, Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig
Registration required: Yes
Target group: Bachelor and Master students
Participants: Limited to 70 participants
The event will take place in the winter semester 23/24 from the 26th of February – 1st of March 2024 in presence. The exact room (Haus der Wissenschaften) will be announced.
Due to its structural design, the event requires a very intensive organizational effort. With the help of the following information we would like to answer the open questions of the students and provide the necessary information. If you still have questions, we ask you to post your questions in the Stud.IP forum. We will answer all questions in the forum in a timely manner.
Registration for the event is mandatory via Stud.IP and will be open until shortly before the start of the event. The event is open to all students, PhD students and employees of Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, TU Braunschweig and HBK.
At the end of the event, the submitted written papers will be evaluated together with the presentations. If the performance is passed, a certificate of participation including the overall grade will be issued.
In reality, start-up projects are usually carried out in teams, which also increases the chances of success. Since the event is to be oriented as much as possible to real conditions, individual grading is not possible.
No, there are no limits to creativity here. Both product and service ideas can be developed. In terms of entrepreneurship, however, a certain degree of innovation in the ideas is necessary.
No. Entrepreneurship Spring School is a stand-alone block course and can be brought in either as an additional subject or as a non-technical elective.