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Startup Crash Course

Summer University On-Campus: July 17th - August 11th, 2023

5 ECTS credit points, max. 24 participants

Registration Deadline: June 19th, 2023



In the Startup Crash Course, you will learn how to develop a start-up idea into a successful business model and how to a win a startup pitch. As for today, 99% of new businesses fail. We, the creators of this course, think that the main reasons are some myths around the startup scene, which lead to wrong expectations and crippled instruments. The main goal of this course is to increase the success rate of startups. The course offers knowledge on how to start a company and push it to success.

It will have three main parts: the structured approach, hands-on experimentation and feedback. The structured approach is given through lectures and case studies, which serve as a compass. The hands-on 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.

Learning Goals and Syllabus

Learning Goals:

  • 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

Course Components:

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


A detailed syllabus with information on the schedule will be made available to registered participants.
You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home university whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them. Please note this is a full-time, intensive course and participants will be expected to attend lectures (18 hours of class per week) and complete independent study Monday through Friday. Additional study may also be required on weekends. The activities of the cultural program are also shown in the syllabus.

Target Audience

This course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals with an interest in starting a start-up or needs support with the idea of founding a start-up and doesn’t know how to start or anyone who wants to become an entrepreneur, but is still wondering how to get there.

Participants from all fields and disciplines are welcome.


Participants of the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience. Working professionals are also welcome to take part in the program.

It is recommended for students to bring their own laptop to fully participate in the course.


Daria Markova (MBA and MA in Economics, Project leader) is cofounder of a fast growing co-working space in Berlin that supports start-up and tech expert communities. She has worked in arts, non-profit cooperations and the corporate world. Daria performs as a speaker on numerous business events and as a member of start-up competition juries. Her main goal is to increase the quality of the start-up scene.

Mario Steinbuch (Entrepreneur and Start-up mediator, MBA Business Administration, Management and Operations) is running an invite-only international business club for successful entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors. He also acts as a mediator in start-up environment. Mario started his entrepreneurial journey very early. His projects include a fintech start-up and introducing a new sport to his home city.

Course fees

Course fees for Startup Crash Course are as follows:

Student: 1950 Euro

Working professional/Non-student: 2340 Euro

The early bird discount is available for all participants until March 1st 2023.

Please note that students will be required to upload proof of their student status (student card/ enrollment information) during the registration process.

Summer University On-Campus: July 17th - August 11th, 2023

5 ECTS credit points

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