Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management in Germany (EIM)


The German economy ranks highly on innovation indicators such as research & development spending and patenting activity. Innovations “made in Germany” are being exported around the world. The programme analyses the key issues surrounding innovation management and entrepreneurship from the German perspective. It offers students a strong grounding in how to start and grow a business in a dynamic marketplace, using the vibrant Berlin startup scene as an example. In small projects students will participate in the development of new innovative business models of real startups from the for-profit and non-profit sector. As a course result they will be able to identify the key success factors in entrepreneurship and apply models and tools of innovation & technology management.

  • Date: July 1 - 21, 2018 (three weeks)
  • Course Content:

    • Entrepreneurship in Berlin
    • Innovation Management: the innovation imperative for corporations and entrepreneurs

  • The course program also includes:

    • Academic support program: Study visits to companies and (political) institutions
    • German Culture & Society: Interlactual Perspectives

  • Course Language: English
    Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL ibt 90 or equivalent) is required.
  • Target Group: Advanced undergraduate students of all fields (after two years of study) and graduate students with good standing. Motivation letter required.
  • Number of Participants: Approx. 20-25
  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2018
    March 15, 2018 for nominated students from partner universities


Student Hostels with shared rooms and breakfast.


On weekdays lunch can be purchased in the student cafeteria for very reasonable prices.

Culture and Leisure Time Program:

The International Office team offers participants a wide variety of optional cultural and social events in Berlin and surrounding area about twice a week. This may include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites (Museum Island in Berlin, Palaces and Gardens in Potsdam), Berlin Wall Museum and Holocaust Museum, excursion to the Memorial Sachsenhausen, a boat trip, Beach Bar, and many other activities.


  • 75 contact hours

    • 60 contact hours business course incl. academic support program
    • 15 contact hours German Culture & Society

  • 7 ECTS credits
  • One class hour is 45 min long.


For more information, please also see Information / Frequently Asked Questions


Being dynamic, international and creative, Berlin has become a European centre for start-ups, often being dubbed as the “Silicon Valley on the River Spree”.


The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is deeply involved with the Berlin startup ecosystem: in its business incubator many young entrepreneurs have been encouraged to develop ideas and start their own businesses.