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Studying Entrepreneurship: Can You Learn Entrepreneurship?

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Are you an entrepreneur, a born entrepreneur, so to speak? Or is it rather created for being an employee? We think: questions like these lead in the wrong direction. Entrepreneurship is not dependent on the type, but can be learned. And now you can entrepreneurship in Germany even study at several universities. Here we explain why your personality is still important when you start a company, which entrepreneurship courses there are and for whom they are suitable ...

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What type of entrepreneur are you?

We believe you shouldn't be wondering if you have a Entrepreneur type are, but which one. Entrepreneurs are as diverse as the companies they start and run.

With the start-up platform, we pursue the goal of encouraging people to start a business. We have a lot to show how colorful entrepreneurship is, aside from the clichés Videos with founders of all ages and filmed from very different areas.

When you visit the start-up platform, you can use just a few features to display exactly the role models that most closely match you and yourself from them Let examples inspire.

Because we learn the most from people who tick in a similar way to ourselves. We assume that - greatly simplified - three types of entrepreneurs gives:

  • The visionary is bursting with ideas and has a good nose for trends. He recognizes new opportunities everywhere and does not hesitate to seize them, but sometimes loses sight of the economic and technical feasibility of his ideas.
  • The manager can organize and plan well. He loves making things work. Numbers and control are his hobbyhorses - he sometimes lacks a spirit of innovation and specialist knowledge.
  • The expert on the other hand, nobody is ahead of anything in his field. He uses his skills to always find the best of all solutions. Whether this is profitable or still popular at all is not so important to him - the main thing is that it is perfect.

With an ideal founder, all three would be types equally pronounced and would pull together.

But that rarely happens in reality. For most of us, one of the three sides predominates. No matter which one it is with you: What matters isFirst, that you start a company in which you can optimally use your strengths, and second, that you recognize your weaknesses in order to compensate for them.

Since the path to independence is a path into the unknown, it is always with you Learning process connected.

You will make mistakes along the way, yours Develop skills and discover new sides to yourself:

  • If you are a shy person, you will have to step out of your comfort zone and get used to advocating your interests.
  • If you are prone to chaos, you will inevitably begin to organize yourself better.
  • And if you are one of the control freaks, you will experience how much fun it is to just try things out.

Even if you are not very enthusiastic about numbers, from now on you will be interested in your sales and the most important cost drivers Deal with your company. And you will learn a lot about your target audiences and how to best reach them.

Study entrepreneurship

This learning process is almost inevitable. But you can accelerate and intensify it by using Studying entrepreneurship at a university.

In recent years, the range of special Courses of studypreparing to start a business, has grown rapidly. While 20 years ago there was just a professorship for entrepreneurship in all of Germany, today there is already over 140.

Set in a different way than classic courses of study in business administration or management Entrepreneurship courses not only on the management of an existing company, but on innovation and the development of ideas. Building prototypes, testing market potential, writing business plans - tasks like these come to the fore for you.

What types of entrepreneurship programs are there?

The offer of entrepreneurship education in Germany is growing and growing, and so today you can choose from tens of entrepreneurship courses that are part of your Focal points and differentiate in their structure:

  • Full-time entrepreneurship programs

    These courses are often based on the classic business administration training content, but supplement them with topics specific to start-ups.

    One of the pioneers in the field of entrepreneurship education is Günter Faltin, who is responsible for entrepreneurship at the Free University of Berlin. In order to know what he was talking about in his lectures, the economics professor set out in 1985 to found his own company and launched the successful tea campaign.

    His theoretical knowledge, supplemented by this practical experience, helped him to describe effective methods with which innovative business ideas can be developed and implemented. He conveys these methods to his students using real examples and practical exercises in his “Laboratory for Entrepreneurship”, from which a number of promising companies have already emerged.

    One takes a slightly different approach at the Technical University of Munich. In the Gründungsradar 2018, which compares the start-up culture at German universities every four years, it took first place among the large universities. In Munich, the main focus is on interdisciplinary training for students and scientists from all disciplines. The course content is imparted on a needs-based basis and is based on the individual phases of a start-up. The aim is to enable and inspire everyone interested in entrepreneurship to “recognize, develop and implement entrepreneurial opportunities”.

    Among the medium-sized universities, the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg landed in first place on the start-up radar. She has the first professorship for female entrepreneurship in Germany and also offers a special training course in "Innovation Management and Sustainability" for all those interested in founding a company who are enthusiastic about climate and environmental protection and want to contribute to an ecological future with their business ideas .

  • Part-time courses

    Many universities offer part-time entrepreneurship courses. They are particularly interesting for people who are flirting with self-employment but still work in their permanent job, but can also be combined with a start-up that has already started.

    An example of this is the course in “Entrepreneurship and Succession” at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. It is aimed at professionals who see their future in self-employment - be it with their own idea or by taking over an existing company. One of the components is the development of a business model or a takeover schedule and the targeted preparation for setting up a business.

  • Postgraduate and master’s courses

    Anyone who has already completed their bachelor's degree has the option of adding a master's degree in innovation management and entrepreneurship in order to prepare for their founding.

    This is possible at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, for example. Here the students are prepared a little more generally for their founding than with Professor Faltin. While Faltin focuses primarily on working on innovative concepts, in Wuppertal it is more about making it easier for students to start up and run a company by imparting specialist knowledge.

    Management theories and legal issues are also on the curriculum, as is the economic assessment of business models.

    The master’s degree in Wuppertal is aimed at students who have a bachelor’s degree in economics under their belt. Other postgraduate courses are aimed at graduates of natural sciences or technical courses.

Which degree is suitable for whom?

The classification of the three types of entrepreneurs outlined at the beginning can help you choose the right course of study:

  • If you like to organize, have no problem with numbers, and generally see yourself as a manager, you will probably be with one Business administration-oriented entrepreneurship studies the happiest. The advantage is that the main areas of study correspond to your inclinations and interests, but at the same time you are introduced to the topics of innovation and product development.
  • Postgraduate studies are perfect for professionals who want to expand their expertise through fundamentals of Corporate control and innovation management want to add.
  • And as a visionary, you will above all be of practice-related courses like Professor Faltin, where you can bring your creativity to the full and at the same time learn that economic and practical feasibility is also important.

An actual List of entrepreneurship professorships in Germany has compiled the Förderkreis Gründungsforschung e.V. There you can get a good overview of what is on offer and you can use the links in the list to get more information about the individual universities.

Does it always have to be a degree?

A well-founded Entrepreneurship training At a university it certainly can't do any harm, but there are plenty of examples of successful founders who have done everything right even without an entrepreneurship diploma.

Whether a degree is right for you depends, among other things, on your business idea, your goals and yours life situation from. You don't need a degree to start a business. Much more important are a good business idea and an entrepreneurial vision, passion, skill and perseverance - and solid preparation.

If you are at the very beginning of your career and you are fascinated by the thought of doing your own thing, a Entrepreneurship studies still worth it. It is definitely a better choice than a conventional business degree, where you learn to manage an existing organization rather than creating a new one.

Even if you are a very ambitious, highly innovative start-up idea pursue, studying will help you make it a success. Then a part-time or postgraduate course would probably be considered.

In addition to studying, there are many other opportunities to focus on the Prepare for independence. The start-up platform is a particularly convenient and modern one. With many examples, digital tools and tips (also from the aforementioned Professor Faltin), it guides you through all stages of your start-up - from the first inspiration to financing.


About the author

Jan Evers has dedicated itself body and soul to modern start-up funding. He is the managing director of the start-up BusinessPilot, which, together with the Federal Ministry of Economics and KfW, set up the start-up platform to make starting up a business in Germany easier and more digital. The start-up platform is publicly funded and is therefore free of charge for everyone.

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