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Entrepreneurship II

Foundations of Systematic and Strategic Entrepreneurship in Complex Systems

High tech Entrepreneurship in International Perspective

General Information

Degree Program:
Master Wirtschaftswissenschaften – Business C: Digitalization & Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship II

Department of Business and Economics, Professorship of Higher Education

Seminar: Prof. Liudvika Leišytė
Tutorial (Übung): Sude Peksen, M.A.

7.5 ECTS (4 ECTS Seminar + 3.5 ECTS Tutorial/Übung)

Time and Place:
Seminar: Tuesdays, 10.15–11.45 a.m. (Start: 20 April 2021) | Online via Moodle and Zoom
Tutorial (Übung): Two-day tutorial, 27+28 May 2021 (Thursday and Friday), 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (s.t.) | Online via Moodle and Zoom

English (Seminar) / German (Tutorial/Übung)

Content of the Seminar

In recent years, the quest for entrepreneurial success has become increasingly complex. Fast technological changes and highly permeable global markets are just two of many forces that contribute to these dynamics. Yet, at the same time, some of the basic principles remain the same. The key characteristics of entrepreneurs as well as the process of creating new ventures are largely the same, although context dependent. Therefore, this seminar will focus on high-tech entrepreneurship and academic entrepreneurs from an international perspective. We will show how universities and entrepreneurs are working together and how both parties can profit from each other.  Moreover, we use the latest international empirical as well as theoretical insights of entrepreneurship studies and innovation studies to increase your understanding of the process of creating new ventures. Additionally, the tutorial (Übung) will provide opportunities to generate ideas for high-tech and academic entrepreneurship. You will develop your capacity to generate business ideas, filter them, and recognize the most feasible and potentially profitable opportunities amongst all of the noise present in today's marketplace.


All students are expected to actively participate in the seminar. Each of the sub-topics covered in the seminar will have compulsory and optional reading. It is expected that students will work on the assignment, present it and participate in the discussions. The assignment will consist of a case study of TU Dortmund and the Dortmund Technology Center. The number of participants of this seminar is limited to 20. The tutorial (Übung) will include workshop on creativity to help you develop business ideas which you will be further elaborate in your assignment.


Seminar: 4 Credits; task for getting a grade: graded presentation and seminar paper
Tutorial (Übung): 3.5 Credits; task for getting the grade: active participation in the tutorial (Übung)

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


Interactive map

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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