GründerWerkstatt is a core element in the first part of the Bachelor programme in Business Economics and obligatory for all second semester students. Students of all UW/H faculties and degree programmes may also attend this start-up workshop as an elective course.
From the very beginning Witten students are autonomous in organizing their studies. We support their entrepreneurial initiative with this prize-winning start-up workshop, where they learn to develop and implement business ideas and marketable concepts. They are free to think and act as entrepreneurs; they organize themselves, define targets, plan and realize strategies. Experienced managers, founders, investors, consultants and lecturers give valuable advice and accompany the budding start-ups during and beyond the course. This hands-on experience is excellent preparation for business practice and a necessary complement to theoretical studies.
We are convinced that you learn best how business works if you try it out for yourself. We subscribe to the view that entrepreneurship is not the same thing as business administration, and that an intelligent and creative use of knowhow and existing models is more important than available capital.
What entrepreneurs really need in addition to unconventional concepts are character, enthusiasm, originality, curiosity, creativity, intuition and verve. All this is part of the Witten/Herdecke philosophy.
The experience won in our GründerWerkstatt is fed back into regular reflection units and seminars for discussion and evaluation: In this innovative teaching concept students learn much about entrepreneurship through the analysis of personal experience.
To students who have successfully completed this course we offer to arrange a meeting with potential investors to whom they may present their business ideas.