Dedicating the master thesis to an entrepreneurial project close to one’s heart, growing with like-minded peers and setting the foundation for the personal future after graduation.
Six months to create lasting impact while graduating from university
In the TUM Entrepreneurial Masterclass, outstanding entrepreneurial students from all disciplines dedicate their master thesis to what they are truly passionate about. While graduating with an excellent academic work, they pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions and create a direct positive impact for society. The academic supervision remains based at the students’ own faculty or school from which they obtain their corresponding master’s degree.
During the six-month program, participants are in close exchange with each other, shape the lively community themselves and are actively supported in their individual aspirations. The scientific and methodological supervision and support of entrepreneurial endeavors is ensured by a management team of doctoral researchers at TUM.
Members of the Masterclass are fully integrated in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of TUM and UnternehmerTUM. They get access to working spaces at the Munich Urban Colab, exclusive events and seminars, outstanding mentors, cutting-edge infrastructure, inspiring partners worldwide and a lifelong, constantly growing network of committed alumni.
The startup support provided by TUM and UnternehmerTUM remains available to Masterclass graduates even after they have completed their thesis.
Core Program Features
Academic master thesis
- High-quality scientific work with direct impact for the own startup or project
- Formal and methodological supervision at one’s own faculty/school
- Regular master’s degree of own study program
Start-up / entrepreneurial project
- Own entrepreneurial endeavor which is pursued during the program and beyond
- Leveraging own research for maximum real-world impact
- Access to TUM and UnternehmerTUM support structure and network
- Close exchange with fellows and management team within bi-weekly standups
- Regular, inspiring offsites in the Bavarian alps and additional events
- Need-based, individual mentoring and coaching
- Target skill development close to individual needs
- Direct exchange with entrepreneurs and business angels
- Access to UnternehmerTUM support and infrastructure
A broad range of entrepreneurial endeavors can be the pursued in the Masterclass: Be it one’s own start-up, an improvement of founder support within the ecosystem or the joint solution of given challenges in a team. In all these areas, research questions arise whose scientific investigation and practical transfer not only make a contribution to academia, but also create an immediate real added value.
Startup creation track
Direct contribution to the development of one’s own startup. Implementation channel for scientific findings and possible spin-offs at the chairs of TUM.
Entrepreneurship support track
Improvement of the start-up infrastructure and support in TUM’s ecosystem.
Tech venture challenge track
Development of sustainable solutions for societal challenges in an interdisciplinary team. (twice per year starting April 1 and October 1)
The Masterclass lives from the initative and creativity of its members. Every fellow shapes the program by engaging in one of four taskforces. These minimum individual efforts add up, allowing the Masterclass to flourish and ensuring the program to remain close to the fellows needs and interests.
Knowledge management and further development of contents and curriculum.
Creating and maintaining a vibrant, trustful and highly supportive community of fellows and alumni.
Spreading the word in various media channels about the program as such as well as its exciting fellows, alumni and supporters.