We support start-ups

Start a company based on inventions and scientific discoveries. TUM aims to motivate more of its researchers to achieve this with its TUMentrepreneurship project. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) endowed this project with 2.7 million euros after TUM succeeded with its concept in the EXIST Culture of Entrepreneurship – The Entrepreneurial University competition.

Technologies of the future

Start-up ideas are the result of discoveries. TUMentrepreneurship mentors researchers during this process, particularly in four future-oriented scientific fields, thereby working towards solutions that add value to society:

  • ICT: Information and communication technology
  • Medical technology (MedTech)
  • CleanTech
  • Life Sciences


Actively promoting start-ups based on research is TUMentrepreneurship's goal.The project's strategy therefore rests on four key pillars. They support each other and are constantly being further developed:

  • Efficient spin-off processes
  • Entrepreneurial networks
  • Best-practice methods for entrepreneurs
  • Entrepeneurial culture

2015: Opening of the new TUM Entrepreneurship Center with the Entrepreneurship Incubator and the MakerSpace; AMBA accreditation for Executive MBA Program in Innovation and Business Creation


  • #1 German university (#11 worldwide) in Global Employability Ranking
  • #1 German university in “Reuters Top 100 World’s Most Innovative Universities”

2014: Best large university for entrepreneurs in Germany (“Gründungsradar”); TUM School of Management as #1 German business school in research in the ranking by “Handelsblatt”

2013: Final Closing of UnternehmerTUM Fund with € 25 million

2012: Foundation of the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute as winner of the second round of the Excellence Initiative

2011: Ranked as best university for start-up promotion in the study „From Student to Entrepreneur“; Strategic concept „TUMentrepreneurship“ is rewarded in the competition „EXIST-Gründungskultur“ run by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

2010: Implementation of the TUM Chair of Entrepreneurship; TUM adapts an IP policy with focus on the formation of business entities (spin-offs and start-ups) based on research results

2009: Entrepreneurship education at TUM as good practice example in the study “Educating the Next Wave of Entrepreneurs” by the World Economic Forum

2008: Entrepreneurship education at TUM as good practice example for Europe in the study „Entre-preneurship in Higher Education“ by the European Commission

2006: TUM as winner of the Excellence Initiative with the “TUM. The entrepreneurial university” strategy

Multiple pillars support TUM's entrepreneurial culture. TUM has built up entrepreneurial facilities step-by-step to promote entrepreneurial culture. A major milestone: the founding of the affiliated institute UnternehmerTUM GmbH - Center for Innovation and Business Creation. In 2011, TUM launched the project TUMentrepreneurship.


A Governing Board steers the university-wide project „TUMentrepreneurship„. In this area the TUM Board of Management and the UnternehmerTUM, a legally independent institute of the University are represented. Coordinators in central Entrepreneurship facilities of the Technical University of Munich ensure the implementation of the strategy, processes and activities. UnternehmerTUM has its own venture capital fund.