TUM Global DeepTech Venture Initiative

We bring Tech Entrepreneurs to Munich.

The TUM Global DeepTech Venture Initiative (GDTV) aims to support international high-tech founders on their way to establish a successful start-up within the Munich ecosystem. Start-ups from all over the world are given the unique opportunity to settle in the German high-tech metropolis with the help of a experienced expert network. The mixture of scientific innovation, high talent density and fast-growing industry in the heart of Europe, makes Munich one of the most attractive locations to scale start-ups and transform them into successful and sustainable businesses.

The TUM GDTV Initiative supports Start-ups from the following deep tech focus areas:

TUM DeepTech Accelerator

The TUM DeepTech Accelerator is an online program to help international talents and teams to start their tech business and enter the German market. The program is offered in cooperation with the entrepreneurship center UnternehmerTUM GmbH and supports international founders and tech start-ups.

Your benefits

Participants get access to Europe’s largest innovation center and Munich’s start-up scene. Each participant benefits from one-on-one sessions with start-up consultants, online workshops, lectures, pitch training and exclusive support by mentors and industry experts.

The Accelerator serves as a unique opportunity for talents from all over the world to explore their own tech idea and to start building a business with the support of Munich's start-up experts.

TUM DeepTech Sprint

    The TUM DeepTech Sprint is a program designed to identify innovative business ideas that respond to challenges of the future. With a problem-solution fit in mind, participants tackle given problem cases with the support of staff and experts. To further develop their idea, teams receive one-on-one consulting sessions and exclusive support on their way to a viable market solution. The challenges are defined in cooperation with TUM tech experts.

    This year's challenge is defined by the chair of Automotive Technology from the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering. The institute is leading in research on electromobility and sustainable mobility systems.It focuses on vehicle optimization and data processing inside as well as outside of vehicles.The institute also offers an exciting ecosystem in these subject areas, through a network of leading industrial partners, global universities and innovative start-ups.

    Current research projects include Indy Autonomous Challenge, Forschungsvorhaben aCar mobility and TUMCREATE)

    Join batch #1 “Closing the mobility gap in developing countries” from 18 Jan - 12 Feb 2021. Deadline: 11 January 2021

    Application criteria

    The TUM DeepTech Sprint is open to start-up teams that fulfill the following criteria:

    • An idea that is related to the challenge “Closing the mobility gap in developing countries”
    • The start-up will not be incorporated until the end of the program
    • Individual applicants must have a non-German citizenship
    • Team applications must include at least one non-German citizenship

    Your benefits

    Participants join a four weeks bootcamp that will take their start-up to the next level. Apart from one-on-one coaching sessions, they benefit from various workshops that help them in sharpening their idea. The teams work on their value proposition, business model and pitching skills and receive input in German funding opportunities and patents and licenses. Furthermore, the participants get access to the vast TUM and UnternehmerTUM network and industry experts.

    During four weeks the teams will be assigned to their personal start-up consultant. In individual coaching sessions they will get the opportunity to address specific challenges and benefit from the experience of their coach in the German start-up ecosystem.


    From sharpening the idea to the right market-entry strategy - in numerous interactive online workshops participants receive input from experts that will get their start-up ready for the German market.


    Idea validation or finding customers for the test case - TUM and UnternehmerTUM provide a large network of industry experts that will be your direct access to the German market.


    The TUM DeepTech Sprint is open for start-ups from all over the world. Get in touch with inspiring people, benefit from different experiences and stay connected!


    TUM DeepTech Sprint Agenda

    • Kick-off (introduction of the program, pitching, Q&A, next steps) 
    • Value Proposition Workshop (Empathy Map, Customer Journey, Value Proposition Map) 
    • One-on one coaching Session

    • Market Validation Workshop (Market Opportunities Map, Hypothesis, Expert Talk) 
    • Intercultural Communication Training 
    • Team Workshop 
    • One-on one coaching Session

    • Business Model Workshop (Business Model Canvas) 
    • Workshop Patents & Licenses 
    • Networking Event
    • One-on one coaching Session

    • Pitchtraining 
    • One-on one coaching Session 
    • Funding in Germany Input Session
    • Final Event (pitching, award, networking)

    Everything you wish for your Start-up in one place - Munich.


    HQ of 20% of German stock index

    (Source: City of Munich, Aug. 2020)


    Over 20 incubators and accelerators

    (Source: Munich Startup, Aug. 2020)


    More than 36 coworking spaces

    (Source: Coworking Guide, Sep. 2020)


    109 global players in Munich

    (Source: Forbes 2000 List, 2020)


    Over 9000 SMEs within the Munich
    Metropolitan Area

    (Source: BVMW, Aug. 2019)


    Ranked most liveable city in 2018

    (Source: Forbes Magazin 2018)

    It's your move!

    You are an international entrepreneur with technology based ideas and innovative thinking? You want to learn more about our initiative? Please contact us under deep-tech(at)tum.de to discuss your opportunites within the TUM Global DeepTech Venture Initiative.


    Juliana Bonitz
    Program Manager TUM GDTV

    TUM ForTe – TUM Office for Research and Innovation
    Technical University of Munich, Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich

    Tel.: +49 89 289 25329
    E-Mail: Bonitz@zv.tum.de