Venture Lab

Over a period of five to six months, our Fellows are prepared to think and act as entrepreneurs or even intrapreneurs, as entrepreneurial activity is becoming more and more important also in large corporations.

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Learn How to Think and Act like an Entrepreneur

The Venture Lab includes an important practical component: scouting "real" new types of technology within the research and innovation ecosystem and then exploring market opportunities. The Fellows are challenged to work on their venture in small teams, expose their business ideas to the market, develop their value propositions for clients, and present their business opportunities at the end of the programme.


The Venture Lab is taught and hosted by two renowned professors

Professor Dietmar Harhoff is Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition as well as chairman of the expert committee for research and innovation that advises the German government. He also established the LMU Entrepreneurship Center and is in close contact with founders and startups.

Professor Marc Gruber is the former Vice President for Innovation at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and a full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL, where he holds the chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization.

How to be a Successful Entrepreneur

Our Alumna Katharina Kreitz (CDI 2014) is a pioneer in the technology scene: With Florian Wehner (CDI 2014) and Dr Christian Haigermoser, she founded Vectoflow in April 2015, shortly after completing her MBA at Collège des Ingénieurs. In this ARD short report (in German), she discusses how to be a successful entrepreneur and proves that it's worth fighting for your start-up.

Katharina Kreitz