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Workshops and qualifications

Changes in the framework are part of daily business in a globalized world, and entrepreneurial thinking and action are of growing importance in order to be able to master the challenges ahead. That is why we want to specifically promote the development of specialist knowledge, skills and abilities that are required for successful business start-ups and management as well as for an independent, self-reliant lifestyle.

Discover Your Storytelling, 12.10.2023 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Leibniz Universität Hannover)

Ignite your innovative potential! Reflect your skillset as an Innovator and discover what you already bring to the table! Practise your entrepreneurial mindset and meet other PhDs or postdocs with great ideas. In this workshop, you will also learn and practise how to convince supporters or investors of your vision and personality. Develop your pitch storyline and receive feedback from our experts and an interdisciplinary team of peers, who are – like you – PhDs or Postdocs with the ambition to innovate.


Your Innovation Skills

  • Introduction to the innovator’s skill set
  • Reflection on one’s own skill set
  • Discovering the entrepreneurial superpowers within the group

Pitch Training

  • Introduction to building a convincing pitch
  • Creating & practising one’s own pitch
  • Pitch in front of an expert jury

Costs: Participation is free of charge Target group: PhDs and postdocs of all disciplines as well as early-career researchers and academic staff

Registration possible until 04.10.2023

Discover Your Resilience, 26.10.2023 (10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., online) – new

What do you know about self-management in complex and volatile environments? Resilience is an integral part of mental health and of managing our resources as scientists and entrepreneurs. In this workshop, you will learn about useful mindsets to cope with stressful situations, and develop strategies that suit your needs. Discover how to train your inner strength by using your personal resources.



  • Learn about useful mindsets to cope with stressful situations
  • Practise creating room for positive perspectives
  • Develop resilience strategies that suit your needs

Costs: Participation is free of charge Target group: PhDs and postdocs of all disciplines as well as early-career researchers and academic staff

Registration possible until 22.10.2023

Learning platform Startupkit of the University of Göttingen

Through the Startupkit, you as a university member or alumni/alumnae can acquire specific knowledge around the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation and get inspired by other startups. Have you ever wondered how to transfer a scientific research project into a practical application or how to transform an innovative, sustainable or technological idea into a viable business model? Then register on the learning platform.

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Certificate „Innovation und Gründung“

The SNIC certificate program consists of four modules that form a self-contained content unit on the topic of innovation. If all four modules are successfully completed, the certificate "Innovation und Gründung" is acquired. The modules are offered at the University of Göttingen, the PFH Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen and the TU Clausthal.

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Entrepreneurship qualification of scientists

We are convinced that everyone in Germany has the potential to become an entrepreneur. Working passionately on a topic, developing new solutions to problems and presenting ideas convincingly - these are skills that successful scientists and entrepreneurs have in common. The academic environment is hardly characterized by entrepreneurial spirit. In our workshops, we would like to offer scientists the opportunity to think about their research in an entrepreneurial way.

Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

The chair conducts research on entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of social innovation, high-tech or digitalization, in particular on networks, organizations, entrepreneurial ecosystems and entrepreneurial teams. Furthermore, the chair supervises theses and offers courses on entrepreneurship also for students of agricultural and forest sciences.

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Young Entrepreneurs in Science

Young Entrepreneurs in Science (YES) is an education program which is aimed at doctoral students from all disciplines at German universities. The aim of the program is to open up new career and development prospects for highly qualified scientists during or shortly after their doctorate. Entrepreneurial thinking does not begin with a business plan.

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ahead life science track 2021

The AHEAD Life Science Track is a program in cooperation with Fraunhofer. Life Science Startups receive free support services for the areas "Life Science", "Industry" and "Go-to-Market" in 3×2 days. The focus is on 1-on-1 coaching sessions with experts on individual issues such as financing models, IP or pitches.

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Semesterprogramm der Gründungsförderung

Our semester program includes exciting workshops, trainings and events for the qualification of people interested in founding a company.

Semester program

Makers of Tomorrow - Online-Kurs

In the first season of the online course, "Makers of Tomorrow" will tell ten stories of founders in Germany and Silicon Valley. Students will be able to learn from role models, gain insights into the startup world and get their first tools for founding a company.

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