TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor

The pilot program TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor aims to strengthen professionally experienced innovation and entrepreneurship managers.

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As one of the most successful start-up universities in Europe, TUM excels at supporting entrepreneurs launch their ideas onto the market. With the founding of the TUM Venture Labs, technology-based spin-offs now receive additional support. Excellently trained innovation and entrepreneurship managers play an important role to the success of start-up activities at TUM. They promote entrepreneurial activities at the university and support entrepreneurial teams as they translate technological developments and scientific findings into business ideas. 

The TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor pilot program aims to further strengthen experienced innovation and entrepreneurship managers to master their complex tasks. TUM Entrepreneurship Advisors promote the transfer of technology from universities to industry, support entrepreneurial activities in new and existing ventures, and thus ensure the progress of knowledge in Germany. 

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Target Audience

The TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor pilot program is aimed at members of academic mid-level staff (temporary/permanent employees in pay group E/A13 or higher) with three to five years of professional experience in innovation and entrepreneurship management, preferably with a completed doctorate. Your professional experience should be post-doctorate and include activities in innovation and entrepreneurship management.

This program is designed for active TUM employees wanting to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and support entrepreneurial talents in founding new ventures, especially in the technology sector. It is ideal for those who are seeking to continue their education in innovation and entrepreneurship management and position themselves as experts in these areas. There is no age limit for application.

Overview of the Pilot Program

The pilot program has a duration of at least 12 months, although the delivery of the content can be extended to a maximum of 24 months. Courses, workshops and job shadowing will generally take place during working hours. However, certain qualification elements such as career coaching and peer mentoring may require commitment outside of normal working hours.

In order to expose you to diverse perspectives in innovation and entrepreneurship management, this program will take place partly in cooperation with the Otto Monsted Foundation. Together with a group of Danish innovation managers and university employees, the participants of the TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor Track will participate in a one-week block event (in English), where they will attend workshops on topics such as the development of entrepreneurial teams and innovation cultures.

Structure and Contents of the Pilot Program

In this pilot program, you’ll acquire concrete tools and techniques for the successful support of entrepreneurial activities with a focus on coaching and developing entrepreneurial teams in their start-up process. In addition, we address frameworks in scientific innovation and knowledge transfer and work with you to further develop best practices. Our pilot program addresses the latest research findings while taking into account current trends in knowledge transmission and lifelong learning. This up-to-date approach will energize and assist entrepreneurship advisors aiming to fortify their skills.

The pilot program focuses primarily on the development of coaching and consulting skills that enable the effective initiation, implementation and management of consulting processes. It will enable participants to guide entrepreneurial teams and foster entrepreneurial action more effectively. In this way, we prepare you not only for a job at TUM, but also for promising careers in research & scientific institutions of the state and the federal government, or further education in industry. The contents of the pilot program include:

  • Entrepreneurial Mindset & Behavior
  • Development of Entrepreneurial Teams
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership & Development 
  • Strategic & Creative Decision Making
  • Coaching Tools for Enabling Teams
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystems
  • Technology Scouting & Transfer
  • VC Savviness & Legal Aspects
  • Ethical & Sustainable Thinking
  • Innovation Culture & Intrapreneurship

Qualification Elements in the Pilot Program

The following elements are part of the TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor qualification program:


Please note: At present, we have to assume that third-party funding is a possible hurdle for participation, especially if a participant is fully financed by third-party funds. This program might not be compatible with the stated purpose of third-party funding.

We ask you to clarify directly with the funding body whether participation is possible for you. If you are unable to clarify the matter yourself, please contact us.

Selection Process and Criteria

The selection process is intended to ensure that the qualification program fits to you. For the pilot program, we will admit 10 to 15 TUM employees.

Please send us your complete application in one PDF-Document via our online application form

In the first step, we check the completeness of your documents and ask you to submit any missing elements. This is followed by a review and evaluation of your application by the CareerDesign@TUM team. If you achieve at least 20 points in this step, we will invite you to a personal interview to better understand your motivation, your commitment and your professional experience. We are also happy to discuss mutual expectations for participation during this interview.
Based on the review process, we create a ranking list and recommend participation (or rejection).

The CareerDesign@TUM Board decides on the ranking list and admission to the program. Of course, upon request, we will be happy to take the time to explain the reasons for a possible rejection and suggest alternatives to participation in the pilot program.

You can find everything at a glance in our factsheet. Information for supervisors can be found in the document information for supervisors.


For any questions on our course program, please do not hesitate to contact us!


Eva-Maria Knipfer
Program Manager


The pilot program is not right for you? We have other offers for you:

Our open course program Effective Science Management addresses your needs as a researcher or science manager at TUM and offers you demand-oriented further qualification that supports you in mastering your interdisciplinary management tasks.

TUM horizons is aimed primarily at people in science-supporting and administration-related jobs and offers many formats for your skills and satisfaction in the workplace.

The offers of the Talent Factory are specifically designed to meet the needs of our scientific employees at TUM and provide you with skills that are important for your career.

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Information for Supervisors


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Eva-Maria Knipfer, M.A.
Program Manager 

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80333 Munich



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