Berlin’s finest Entrepreneurship Summer School

Like an entrepreneur

Startup Class is a project-based summer school where you’ll learn to think and act entrepreneurial and acquire important business skills. This year, it will mostly be online.

You and your team will go from idea to solution over the intense course of 2 weeks, 5 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.

2 weeks full of workshops and inspiring inputs from more than 20 experts, coaches and founders.
Join us in this online experience!
10th to 21st August 2020, Monday – Friday.

It’s in the method

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

You will learn to think and act like an entrepreneur, a valuable skillset for your career. Bring in your creativity and ideas to solve a real business challenge. Get in touch with like-minded entrepreneurs and experts from various backgrounds.

Start where you are

While we are set on giving you the best educational value, we are also aware that you all might be in different stages of your entrepreneurship journey.

You have no business idea?

If you have no business idea we will match you up with other entrepreneurship enthusiasts. We will focus on building a strong team with a growth mindset. After that, you’ll be having a brainstorming session and further your knowledge with Design Thinking and User-Centric Innovation.

You have somewhat of a business idea?

You may have a brilliant business idea, but have not yet fully defined it or found the perfect team. Don’t worry, we at Startup Class are here to help you. No matter what your problem we will support your journey  creating a product or service people actually use, entering a new market and acquiring new customers and/or starting a business with 10x potential.

You have a pretty clear business idea?

If you are a team of min. 2 people, are all living in Berlin and already have a first prototype, Startup Class might not be the right place for you, as you seem to be advanced already. We would suggest you contact our HWR Startup Incubator Berlin to take the next step.


What you will learn

The class will be full of user-centric innovation and Lean Startup techniques such as building a prototype and a co-creation workshop with experts. This will be accommodated by further talks from experts. Together, we develop a digital user experience as well as a business model for a startup idea and start to validate it.

Design Thinking

User-centered methods help solving the right problems and build solutions people actually need.


Entrepreneurs change the way we work and live together. They dare to try the unknown.

Innovation Accounting

Startup metrics help you to focus and keep track of your progress. Corporate ventures love it.

Lean Startup

Make good experiments and learn from them. Lean Startup is all about learning and progress.

Digital Prototyping

Digital tools are easier to use than ever and help you to validate ideas very quickly. Perfect for remote teams.

Create a digital experience, digitally

We set it as our mission to take on the current Covid-19 situation as a challenge and use the great opportunities of the digital to our advantage. 

You and your team will start an online collaboration and digitally develop a prototype. You can feel like a CEO from the comfort of your own home. We will use diverse tools to make this experience as smooth, exciting and educational as possible.

Startup Class 2020 is all about creating digital products and services and digital user experiences. Some sessions of this class will be about UX design, storytelling and user journey mapping.

However, we are also preparing some live events in the afternoon and evening to meet up in Berlin in person. The internet makes it possible to combine the best of both worlds.

Video Conferencing

We will have our all-hands meetings as well as talks from our experts through video conferences.

Slack (image from Slack website)

Chat and File Sharing

As in almost every startup, Slack will be the main means of communication.

Digital Whiteboards

On these walls, we will collaborate on topics and projects as well as create a business model together.

Venture App

With this learning app, you’ll build up and manage your startup with the steepest learning curve possible. We developed this app to support your startup and help you follow your own learning path.

How the participation works

Application phase was open from 24th June until 22nd July and is now unfortunately closed. The waiting list is now closed, too. In case of questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Experts, Coaches and Advisors

These people will guide you through Startup Class 2020. Many of them have already done so in 2018 and 2019 and bring in their expertise and expert knowledge.

Our Partners

These partners are making Startup Class 2020 happen.