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The road to starting a business

Start-up advising at TUM helps university students, scholars and scientists on the road to starting innovative businesses, providing support throughout each important stage – from drawing up a business plan to market evaluation to applying for funding.

Business plan: We provide teams with support in developing their business ideas through workshops and seminars and by engaging with them one-on-one.

Funding: For innovative business start-up ideas, the TUM team provides start-up advice for applying for grants and funding, such as the EXIST Business Start-up Grant, EXIST Transfer of Research and the FLÜGGE funding program for entrepreneurs at TUM.

Patents and licenses: The Patent and Licensing Office is open to anyone affiliated with TUM who plans to apply for commercial property rights when founding their company, providing support in compiling a notice of an invention, assessing an invention in terms of its patentability and applying for a patent for the invention through TUM where applicable.

The TUM Start-up Advising team:

Florian Abendschein

As a TUM Start-up Advisor, Florian Abendschein guides students, scientists and TUM alumni along the path to realizing their ideas and concepts, from structuring the initial idea to the business plan to securing financing.

Dorothea Haider

As part of her degree, Dorothea Haider studied languages, business and cultural studies and has worked in Santiago de Chile on a project for the United Nations Economic Commission and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) to implement innovative systems regionally. She gained her professional experience in the start-up sector from working at a business consultancy firm for start-ups in Chile, where she advised entrepreneurs and universities on developing entrepreneurship strategies and developed programs for founders of businesses.

Alexander Meyer-Scharenberg

Following his Business Administration degree, Alexander Meyer-Scharenberg gathered professional experience by starting two of his own businesses in the ICT sector. This allowed him to gain extensive insight into the start-up landscape in Sweden and the United Kingdom.


TUM ForTe – Office for Research and Innovation
Technical University of Munich
Arcisstraße 21
D-80333 München

Visitor Address:
Entrepreneurship Center
Lichtenbergstraße 6
D-85748 Garching

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Tel. +49 89.189469.1430
Fax +49 89.189469.1199