What's a Startup Bootcamp?

The concept of the boot camp originated in military training. New soldiers undergo intensive training to get used to the culture and tasks of their new job. Nowadays, boot camps are especially popular in Information Technology. So-called “coding bootcamps” teach participants the basics of software programming within only few weeks. We are applying the concept in the context of entrepreneurship. A startup bootcamp for us is a concise introductory program which teaches participants the basics of entrepreneurial thinking and acting from the perspective of university life.

Why participate?

Whenever talking to experts at startup incubators or investment hubs, there is one concensus most of them share: “Scientists are the worst founders – you just cannot get them to understand real life beyond the university walls.” Obviously, this is a rather pessimistic assessment of the situation and it neglects that some of the most successful founders in Germany and abroad indeed have a university background. This does not apply to the humanities and social sciences, however.

Our Startup Bootcamps seek to actively support academic entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. In both cases, it is important to note that entrepreneurship, again, needs to be understood broadly. The starting point is the assumption that entrepreneurial thinking can be applied in many realms of professional and even academic life. This is also the major benefit for participants. You get to know a different mindset when it comes to thinking about work and life – one that emphasizes the implementation of ideas and self-responsibility.

For Whom?

  • Students and university staff without prior business experience
  • Ph.D. students/ Postdocs in career orientation phase
  • Advanced researchers interested in knowledge transfer

Program & Topics

Our Bootcamp is designed as a two-day workshop format. It can be booked by individual research groups or by central university units open to all university members. The number of participants is limited to 12 to ensure that every person receives sufficient attention to advance her ideas. The workshops are always run by one coach with a research background and one experienced business expert

  • Basics of Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Introduction to Business Culture & Communication
  • Idea Generation and Business Model Design
  • Introduction to AGILE project development
  • Pitching

What is special?

Unlike most general offers made by universities to support technology transfer and science-public communication, we focus on future entrepreneurs from the humanities and social sciences. This also means that we are especially skilled in bridging different academic cultures and mindsets.