Which universities offer courses on entrepreneurship?

Studying entrepreneurship: who is it for?

What do you study when you want to start a business? Do you forego formal training, as entrepreneurs like Bill Gates or Richard Branson have already done, or do you attend a dedicated start-up course? We give an overview of the possibilities for aspiring entrepreneurship students.

First of all: In the last few years the range of student start-up funding has grown enormously. The federal and state governments have been making considerable efforts for years to anchor a culture of independence at universities and thereby motivate students to set up their own businesses. According to the Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung (FGF e.V.), the number of entrepreneurship professorships in Germany has risen from one in 1998 to over 120 in 2014.

With the professorships, the range of university-related start-up funding also increased. There are now some courses that prepare specifically for founding a company. In addition, many universities offer start-up seminars that you can complete in addition to your studies or, depending on the university, be credited as an elective module. In addition, many academic institutions have start-up centers where young entrepreneurs are given an idea by the hand.

Prospective students who would like to study something in the field of entrepreneurship can now choose from a variety of offers.

Do anything with reasons

There are basically three types of entrepreneurship courses. The first type is a classic business degree with a focus on entrepreneurship. This is usually supplemented by practical components in which students in teams have to develop an idea until it is ready for the market. Such a degree can be found, for example, at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Bachelor: International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship or at the University of Maastricht (Master: Entrepreneurship and SME Management). Those who do not yet have a specific business idea and are looking for a playground to start with Being able to try it out once is in good hands with such a classic course of study.

In addition, there are programs that can be completed part-time and are therefore suitable for existing start-ups and prospective company successors. One example of this is the Bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship at the Karlsruhe Cooperative State University, which lays the theoretical foundation for a successful entrepreneurial career in three years or six semesters.

If you already have a bachelor's degree under your belt, especially in the scientific and technical field, you can follow up with a master’s degree in innovation or technology management. This provides the students with the business know-how that is necessary for a high-tech start-up. Such a program can be found at the TU Berlin under the name Master Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.

Which path is right for me?

Dave McClure, Founder and Investor at Incubator 500, describes the perfect founding team like this:

Ideal startup teams should have three types of people: Hackers who can code, Hustlers who can get the business and Designers who architect the concept to make it appealing to a consumer or investor.

The decision as to which path is the right one is based on these three types. If you are the salesperson type, a business-oriented entrepreneurship course is just right for you. All others should choose a technical degree or an artistic-creative alternative according to their strengths and expand the necessary business skills through additional start-up seminars or an MBA program.

The question still remains whether a degree is even necessary for a successful start-up.

Everyone knows successful college dropouts like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Bill Gates or Richard Branson.

However, there are numerous counterexamples for each of this list. In Germany in particular, where the focus is on high-tech start-ups from universities, solid theoretical training is very popular with investors. There are many ways to get there. But one thing is certain. Those who want to set up a successful company need practical experience. It is up to you whether you jump straight into the adventure of founding a business or do a few practice laps in the safe pool of the university.

The best locations for student founders

In addition to the “what”, the “where” also plays a role. The Studienstiftung compares the funding measures of numerous German universities in the start-up radar and uses them to compile a ranking. The best start-up universities are shown in the following graphic. Technical colleges, universities and private colleges are also involved, including the University of Lübeck, the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, the Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, the Witten / Herdecke University, the Mainz University of Applied Sciences and the Anhalt University.

In an upcoming article on the topic of “Studying Entrepreneurship”, we will give you a more detailed overview of the entrepreneurship courses and the best start-up universities in Germany.

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