TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor
The pilot program TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor aims to strengthen professionally experienced innovation and entrepreneurship managers.
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.
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.
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.
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
The course program provides you with the skills and competencies relevant to your work as an entrepreneurship advisor. Different formats (workshops, keynote/impulse lectures and exchange forums) are offered. The lecturers are researchers and experienced practitioners from TUM and external organizations. The course program comprises 10 content modules, each with a duration of approximately 8 to 12 hours.
The self-study element deepens your expertise, considers current trends and helps you navigate current and future challenges. Select materials that meet scientific quality standards are available on Moodle. We also support you in reflecting on your learning behavior and effectively shaping your own learning process during the program.
The job shadowing element enables you to discover new perspectives and areas of work as you come into active contact with best practices. You will also gain a better understanding of cross-departmental and cross-divisional processes. A total of ten days of job shadowing is included in the program. A stay of several days in a row or a regular day of the week is recommended. Work shadowing takes place during regular working hours, and participants are responsible for scheduling this element by themselves.
You will meet regularly in small groups of 3-4 people to share your experiences and give each other advice and support in your personal development. Together you will reflect on your experiences and the challenges in your daily work. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to experiment with new teaching methods and receive feedback. In exchange and discussion with the other participants you will receive valuable impulses from different perspectives.