We are sure that is no problem – especially because of the flexible working hours. There are only three obligatory meetings, including the kick-off meeting, first and final pitch. All other dates are organized by yourself, your team and your mentor. However, it should be noted that this course needs a high motivation and independent working to reach the aim of your business concept at the end!

As a PhD-student you might already have a precise idea for a start-up. Nevertheless there is a lot of work to be done. What is the market situation? Which customers do you have in mind? What are the financing opportunities for you?

Why don't you apply as a mentor in Founder's Garage? You are the scientific expert, your team can support you in doing the business research. In the end of the course, your team and you will have completed a business concept.

All you need to do is:

  • summarize your idea in a short presentation and advertise it in the Boot Camp
  • have regular meetings with your team and discuss their progress
  • accompany your team to their pitches and in the end, critically read the business concept

If this sounds interesting for you, contact us under foundersgarage(at)uni-ulm.de or fill out the registration form.

Currently, students of the Master programs Biology, Chemistry, Physics,  Electrical Engineering, Economics, Sustainable Management, Communications and Computer Engineering as well as Informatics receive 6 ECTS for taking one semester in Founder's Garage I. Psychology students also have the opportunity to get 5 ECTS.

Founder's Garage II with two semesters is credited with 12 ECTS in the Master programs Biology and Physics.

In other Master programs, the ECTS are not credited, yet. At the moment we are working on a solution that you get ECTS as part of your Master program. As a participant that completed the course, you receive a certificate as an additional accomplishment.

The course starts with the Boot Camp on November 6th-7th. The last obligatory meeting is on 22nd January. There are also some meeting in between (please check the roadmap). You will have regulatory meetings with your mentors in between that you may arrange individually. Also, you might have some meetings after 22nd January. The deadline for handing in your business plan is 29th January.

Depending on your motivation, you can visit the follow-on course in summer semester to transfer and evaluate your concept.