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Human-centered Innovation and Entrepreneurship

* Course fully booked! * Waiting list only

Summer University Term 2b: July 8th - July 19th, 2019


Course price: 950 Euros

22 hours of class a week, 3 ECTS, max. 18 participants

Registration deadline is June 8th, 2019.


This summer course addresses the core concepts of human-centered innovation and business model generation. Participants will be guided throughout the process from idea to business concept through experiential learning. The course is project-based and participants will work together in groups during the two weeks.

Business concept development will be facilitated by a mix between input sessions with experts, interactive discussions and coaching. After an initial field research with potential users aimed to identify market needs, participants will generate ideas and build prototypes. After having tested the prototypes, participants will iterate their solutions, define a fitting business model and develop an investor pitch to be presented at the end of the course.

This course is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals from any discipline who wish to develop an entrepreneurial and user-centered mindset in multidisciplinar teams. 

Learning Goals & Syllabus


By the end of the course, students will have:

  • The ability to develop new products as well as processes and business concepts
  • The ability to systematically explore, create and modify business-driven ideas
  • An in-depth understanding of the different phases of ideation and business development
  • The ability to transform new ideas into business solutions for  commercial markets
  • Leadership competencies
  • The ability to validate assumptions and test prototypes
  • The ability to work in multidisciplinary teams
  • The ability to present a concept in a pitch format


You can find the syllabus for this course HERE

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home University whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

Course components:

  • Lectures in form of short input sessions
  • Team projects
  • Coaching
  • Expert talks
  • Pitch Training
  • Visits to innovation hub/co-working spaces


The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.

Furthermore, this course is suitable for individuals with a strong interest in innovation towards creating new products, processes and businesses.


Daniela Lopes

Daniela has been teaching and applying Human-centered Innovation methodologies in the corporate context to a wide range of brands across industries. In the past 10 years she has been working in different positions across incubators, accelerators, company builders and entrepreneurship programs within the European startup scene. On behalf of the European Commission, Daniela managed EU-wide programs for ecosystem building and support of  early stage startups. She is an innovation mentor at Enpact, where she advises East-African entrepreneurs in starting businesses in emerging markets. Daniela holds a MSc degree in Business Management with a specialization on training and development of human resources and is a certified coach by the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam.

Oliver Rohrich

Since 2005, Oliver is lecturer at the University ISCTE and INDEG in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2016 he was awarded with the “Best teaching award” for the Executive MBA and the Executive Master Program in Project management and Innovation. Apart from Portugal, he also teaches in Master programs at YNOV University, Bordeaux, France. Oliver also works as an Executive Coach and Trainer in Leadership, Innovation, Organizational change for companies in the areas of Technology, Banking, Insurance and Pharma. 


* This course is fully booked!* To be placed on the waiting list, register via the link below.


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Check out our Brochure and Poster for Summer 2018! 

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