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Startup Crash Course: Idea to Reality

Summer University Term 3: July 23rd - August 16th


Course price: 1850 Euros

18 hours of class a week, 5 ECTS, max. 24 participants


On the Startup Crash Course, you will learn how to develop a startup idea into a successful business model and how to a win a startup pitch.

99% of new businesses fail. We, creators of this course, think that the main reason is a bunch of myths around the startup scene. Those myths give you wrong expectations and crippled instruments.

The main goal of this course is to increase the success rate of startups. We don’t do it, cause we are nice pals. Our business models are based on the success rates of startups. We really hope you will use and share the knowledge you have got here.

Startup crash course offers real knowledge of how to start a company and push it to success. It will have three main parts: the structured approach, real-time experimentation and feedback.

The structured approach is given through lectures and case studies, which serve as a compass. Real-time experiment consists of individual and group work that makes you try all the new concepts

and implement them to your business idea. Feedback comes from interaction with successful entrepreneurs and startup scene players.

Those who develop a high quality business model may be put in contact with Berlin startup supporters.

This course is for anyone who:

  • has a startup idea and doesn’t know how to start;
  • runs a business and wants to increase the outcome;
  • wants to become an entrepreneur, but is still guessing whether it is the right way to go.

Learning Goals & Syllabus


  • to know where to start when launching a business;
  • to know which steps to undertake in order to launch a business;
  • to be able to form a high quality business model; to be able to pitch to various stakeholders.


Download the Startup Crash Course Syllabus

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 with interactive elements, case studies, interaction with real startup scene players, individual and group work aimed to form a business model, pitching.

There will be 18 hours of class sessions per week.


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


Mario Steinbuch, Entrepreneur and Startup mediator

Mario is running an invite-only international business club for successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors. He also acts as a mediator in startup environment.

Mario started his entrepreneurial journey very early. His projects include a fintech startup and introducing a new sport to his home city.

Daria Markova, MBA and MA in Economics, Project leader /Coordinator of the Summer School

Daria is a cofounder of a fast growing coworking space in Berlin that supports startup and tech expert communities. Her story includes working in art, nonprofit and corporate worlds. She performs as a speaker on numerous business events and as a member of startup competition juries. Her main goal is to increase the quality of startup  scene.


Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.

Brochure & Poster Download

Check out our Brochure and Poster for Summer 2018! 

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Beth Sibly, Director
+49 30 4472 0230