Entrepreneur networking

Entrepreneurs at Technical University of Munich (TUM) benefit from the Munich region’s wide network of partners from industry, politics and science. They can test their business plans, pick up tips from role models, share their experiences with peers and obtain further qualifications, for example to fine-tune their leadership skills. Our partners share a strong entrepreneurial spirit, which acts as a driving and consolidating force within the network.

Linking up

The TUMentrepreneurship network and UnternehmerTUM comprise: 

  • Entrepreneurship ambassadors from every faculty to strengthen the internal start-up network and who function as multipliers and role models.
  • Scientific advisors offer advice on technology and research during start-up assessments and establish contacts with other experts from industry and research.
  • The university places particular importance on proactively expanding and leveraging external contacts across the economic hub of Munich. Many of these industry players also act as mentors for TUM entrepreneurs. 

Start-up Mentoring

Pass on your own entrepreneurial experience to budding TUM entrepreneurs and be a part of a new success story. We are always happy to invite TUM alumni and friends of the university to come in to meet with us to discuss and provide information about the many opportunities available to support TUM start-ups. Start-up Mentoring

Our Partners

All four of the Munich universities’ Entrepreneurship Centers ( UnternehmerTUM GmbH, the LMU Entrepreneurship Center, the Center for Technology and Innovation Management at Bundeswehr University Munich (CeTIM) and the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (sce) at Munich University of Applied Sciences) are affiliated with the 4Entrepreneurship (4E) initiative. Together they organize an annual global summer school.

The GründerRegio M initiative was formed to strengthen the science and business communities in the greater Munich area by supporting university affiliated business start-ups. The initiative aims to strengthen the Munich region’s image as a European hub for innovative service and technology-driven start-ups. GründerRegio M places particular emphasis on motivating more women to start their own businesses. A number of different projects offer advice, training and guidance to those interested in setting up a business of their own. GründerRegio M


There are many reasons to start your own business in Munich. Successful spin-offs like Amiando or fos4X have chosen the attractive Bavarian capital region as their headquarters.

A film entitled Gründermetropole München?! (German only) is available on UnternehmerTUM's Facebook page. 

The Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) is a joint initiative between TUM and LMU. It hosts a technology management course for highly qualified and motivated students from the two universities. This interdisciplinary program has an international outlook with a strong practical focus. Working in close cooperation with industry, the center’s research and teaching are geared toward the management of high-tech companies. The CDTM prepares its students for leadership positions in their professional careers. The Technology Management program is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. Center for Digital Technology & Management

Training and fostering social entrepreneurship: It is with this goal in mind that Munich’s four institutions of higher education – TUM, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Bundeswehr University Munich (UniBW) and Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM) – joined forces to create the Social Entrepreneurship Academy. The academy offers training in Social Entrepreneurship in the areas of motivation & qualification, community and mentoring of social entrepreneurs. Social Entrepreneurship Academy

DENKFABRIK Entrepreneurial Universities

Denkfabrik Entrepreneurial Universities is an intra-university initiative comprised of all of Germany’s EXIST entrepreneurial universities contributing to developing and strengthening Germany as an entrepreneurial location and whose work is considered exceptional. Ten universities impressed the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy’s jury with their start-up support ideas during the first round of the Entrepreneurial Universities competition in 2011. A further 12 universities followed suit in January 2013.

The Munich Business Plan Competition was renamed in May 2011: evobis. Its main role is to support entrepreneurs in their search for funding. evobis liaises with a network of venture capital firms, public investors and business angels, puts start-ups in touch with suitable investors and prepares entrepreneurs for their financing rounds. evobis also organizes the Munich Business Plan Competition and various regional competitions. evobis

The gate technology and start-up center in Garching is the Munich region’s top location for up-and-coming technology companies. Located directly adjacent to Technical University of Munich’s (TUM) campus, budding entrepreneurs find themselves right at home. During the initial phases of starting their businesses, they benefit from meeting with other entrepreneurs in the fields of mechatronics, software, IT and communication technology at the gate center. gate