Join Us in Summer 2019

Startup Class is an intensive hands-on, project-based summer school in which you will design and test prototypes and develop new business models that address real-world needs.

We believe entrepreneurial thinking can change the world. Startup Class is a 4-week event to boost your creativity and teamwork skills.

Startup Class participants

Think and Act
Like an Entrepreneur

By the end of the course, your team will have developed a prototype and tested a novel product or service. Also, you will learn and apply innovation methods like Design Thinking and Agile / Lean Business Development.

Startup Class plantBring in your creativity and ideas to solve a real business challenge. Get in touch with like-minded entrepreneurs and experts from various backgrounds.

You will go from idea to solution over the course of 4 weeks. Our goal is to help your team identify unmet customer needs, create new products or services that meet those needs, and develop innovative business models. You will learn to think and act like an entrepreneur, a valuable skillset for your career.

Your Benefits

Meet startup founders, corporate innovators and entrepreneurship enthusiasts at Startup Class.

Grow your network

Meet startup founders & innovative companies and explore the Berlin innovation ecosystem.

Learn business skills

Lean Startup, Design Thinking, Agile, corporate innovation, innovation accounting, venture financing and much more.

Solve a real challenge

Bring in your strengths and entrepreneurial enthusiasm. Build a strong team and collaborate with global companies.

2018 Was Amazing

My experience at Startup Class proved to me my ability to become an entrepreneur.

Rick

Startup Class opened up a whole new world of possibilities to me.

Madini

Startup Class was an immersion into the skin of an entrepreneur. Mind blowing!

Elena

Take a look at the Startup Class 2018 website with all sponsors, partners, guests and speakers from last year.

Apply Now

Applications for Startup Class 2019 are now open, Friday 21st June until Friday 5th July.

Startup Class takes places on 3 days a week, 4 weeks, from 29th August - 21st September 2019. Please make sure to participate on all days. See more information about the agenda and frequently asked questions below on this site.

There is an administration fee of 30 € which we'll charge after your successful application.

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Experts and Coaches

Thomas Schildhauer
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer  

Internet-enabled Innovations

Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas
Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas  

Entrepreneurship

Mario Schwery
Mario Schwery  

Lean Startup

Mara Milena Suter
Mara Milena Suter  

Design Thinking

More to come...

Agenda

Week 1

In week 1 we'll focus on Design Thinking and User-Centric Innovation.

29. August 2019

Thursday

30. August 2019

Friday

31. August 2019

Saturday

Week 2

Week 2 will be full of Lean Startup techniques such as building a prototype.

5. September 2019

Thursday

6. September 2019

Friday

7. September 2019

Saturday

Week 3

During week 3, we'll talk to more startup founders and experts.

12. September 2019

Thursday

13. September 2019

Friday

14. September 2019

Saturday

Week 4

In the last week, your team will finish the business model and give a final presentation.

19. September 2019

Thursday

20. September 2019

Friday

21. September 2019

Saturday

Sponsors and Partners

Institute of Electronic Business
Berlin School of Economics and Law
Berlin Network of Universities and Companies
DB Smart City
Startupnight
Startup Incubator Berlin
Berliner Senat - Berliner Qualitäts- und Innovations-Offensive
Europäischer Sozialfond

More to come...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Your Questions Our Answers
What is the aim of Startup Class? Startup Class is a project-based summer school where you'll learn to think and act entrepreneurial and acquire important business skills. You will go from idea to solution over the course of 4 weeks, 3 days a week. Your goal will be to help identify unmet customer needs, create new products or services that meet those needs, and develop innovative business models.
Do I have to bring a business idea? No. You will solve a real business challenge that you can choose during the first days of Startup Class. Actually, if you already have a business idea, Startup Class is not the place to work on it. Please contact our incubation program at HWR. Startup Class is there to learn, meet interesting people and get inspired.
Do I need a team? You do not need a team. Teams will be formed during Startup Class. Of course, you can bring friends.
How can I join? Click on the link 'Apply now' and fill out the form, available during application phase. Please tell us your motivation to join Startup Class. That's it, no further documents or certificates required. But make sure that you are able to commit for all 12 days.
How do you select? In case we have more applications than places available (around 40) we would select participants based on motivations. We look for an explanation and any reason why you want to join Startup Class. All other personal information such as age, nationality or field of study (alumni or active students) will NOT be judged.
Hoch much does it cost me? Startup Class is sponsored by several partners. Thats's why it is almost for free. We'll charge you an administration fee of 30.00 € and you may pay for your water and meals (some will be sponsored) and public transport in Berlin. Also, we do not cover accommodation and travel costs.

Organizing Team

A team from Institute of Electronic Business and Berlin School of Economics and Law makes Startup Class 2019 happen.

Thomas Schildhauer
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Schildhauer
Sven Ripsas
Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas
Julia Gunnoltz
Julia Gunnoltz
Sophia Toth-Feher
Sophia Toth-Feher
Karen Schubert
Karen Schubert
Christian Klang
Christian Klang
 

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