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Create your Tech Startup

Explore tech startups and the entrepreneurial process using a learning by doing methodology!

Create Your Tech Startup

Students explore the entrepreneurial process using a learning by doing methodology. The lecture and case studies sessions provide and discuss tools and methods of creating, visualizing, and analyzing digital business models (eg, business model canvas, lean startup, design thinking). In a group project, students transfer and apply those tools and methods to create, evaluate, plan, and pitch their own tech startup ideas.


After successful completion of the course, students will be able to

  • Model, analyze and discuss digital business models and their components
  • Assess the specific opportunities and challenges of technology-based startups
  • Create, plan and implement novel tech startups
  • Present their startup ideas to fellow students and practice partners
  • Present, evaluate and give feedback on novel digital business models
  • Assess their entrepreneurial skills
  • Collaborate with fellow students from different disciplines.
  • Compulsory elective area practical or technical computer science
  • Focus area
  • individual supplement
  • Application subject for the supplementary area in the Master's program in Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Business Administration; M.Sc. Volkswirtschaftslehre; M.Sc. Economics; M.Sc. Business Chemistry; M.A. Arts and Cultural Management. 


  • Blank, S.; Dorf, B. (2012): The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a GreatCompany, K & S Ranch
  • Osterwalder, A; Pigneur Y (2010) Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, John Wiley & Sons
  • Osterwalder, A; Pigneur, Y.; Bernarda, G; Smith A (2014) Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want, John Wiley & Sons
  • Ries E (2011) The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses, Portfolio Penguin, London.
  • Further literature is provided in the course sessions.

First Steps

Start making initial considerations regarding your idea and/or your skills before the kickoff on April 18, 2024

If you have any questions feel free to contact: Steffi.Haag@hhu.de
Note: Bachelor's students must meet the prerequisites for taking advanced Master's modules.

Info for the schedule:

Room: 26.24.U1.018

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