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General Information

The module VENTURE CAMPUS (course number: 7352 L 11) is a business plan seminar, aimed at Master degree students (ONLY) of all disciplines with a strong focus on ecologically and socially sustainable business models!

The course awards 12 ECTS (9ECTS for only EIT Digital students) . It provides an introduction to all aspects of business planning including business model development, marketing and finance. No prior knowledge in business or economics is required. The students will present and discuss initial business ideas, and will then form teams to work on developing a viable business concept. Expert inputs on legal questions as well as mentoring by staff of the chair will be provided. Finally, all teams hand in a written business plan document and present their plan in an all-day final panel presentation.

The seminar lasts over the course of one semester and is held every semester.

The main target group of Venture Campus are students of TU Berlin who have a strong interest in addressing an ecological or social need, getting to know how to develop a viable business concept and how to write a business plan. Please keep in mind that for capacity reasons we are only able to consider students who are in need of the credit points (ECTS) and who are enrolled at TU Berlin.

Syllabus

The seminar features a mix of input sessions with experts, interactive discussions and mentoring by faculty staff and external experts. In addition, company founders and actors from the Berlin start-up scene are involved in mentoring and as panelists at the final presentations.
 

The input sessions cover the following topics:
Sustainable Business Model Development
Green & Social Entrepreneurship Methods
Market Analysis
Market Sizing and Marketing
Organizational Structure and Operations
Strategy & Outlook
Intellectual Property Rights
Basics in Finance
Basics in Taxes
Negotiations with Investors
Coaching in Presentation Skills

Learning Objectives

The ability to

  • successfully apply the learned knowledge for development of a new product or business concept with a focus on a ecologically and socially sustainable business model
  • systematically explore and create ideas or modify existing business ideas for answering market needs
  • systematically explore obstacles in building a viable sustainable business concept 
  • understand different phases of a business development process
  • transform new ideas into business solutions for a commercial market environment, combined with decision-making and leadership competencies
  • work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • present a concept to an internal audience as well as to an external panel of financiers
  • reflect upon ethical and team processes.

Description of teaching and learning methods

The module features the following teaching methods:

  • Input sessions by internal staff
  • Interactive elements such as group discussions, plenary discussions and team presentations in the plenary
  • Input sessions by external experts (incl. practitioners)
  • Q&A sessions
  • Mentoring sessions with internal staff
  • Drop-in surgeries with internal and external experts

VENTURE CAMPUS starts with an introductory session, followed by an idea presentation (either in sales pitch or in poster format). Based on the ideas and the team requirements presented, participants group around ideas and form teams of max. 5 people. The teams are multidisciplinary.

VENTURE CAMPUS is mainly characterized by project work based on the stages of business concept creation. Project work is supported by mentors/ coaches. In addition, VENTURE CAMPUS includes applied lectures from both academics and practitioners. Towards the end of the course, the students are trained to present their business concepts. The course ends with a pitch event to a combined audience of internal staff, participants and a panel of external financiers.

Cooperations

1) TU Founders‘ Service (CfE)

TU Founders‘ Service offers step-by-step advice and support in

  • elaborating your business idea
  • writing a business plan
  • applying for public funding (e.g., EXIST, StarTUp + Program)
  • looking for a suitable funding
  • deciding on available training
  • finding partners and mentors
  • building your team
  • and much more...

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2) European KIC-initiatives (Climate-KIC and ICT-KIC)

Seminar VENTURE CAMPUS used to be a core subject for students of the European Climate-KIC. It still is part of the curriculum and compulsory for students of the ICT-KIC initiative (now masters programme “EIT Digital”)

More information: Climate-KIC and ICT-KIC

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