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Funpreneur competition (GPP)

TypeProject seminar
InstructorProf. Dr. Janina Sundermeier, Catharina Werner, Natalie Nierenberg and externals
SemesterRegularly in the summer and winter semesters
Scope of Course2 weekly hours during the semester (in blocks); workload 150h/semester
Number of Places60
Registration Mode

This module has a limited number of participants. 

Please register via the Campus Management system. 


Target group

Bachelor stundents from all Berlin universities can participate in this interdisciplinary General Professional Preparation (GPP) course. The wide-ranging composition of the participant group with participants from social and arts studies and STEM subjects creates a wide spectrum of foundation ideas with dynamic, interdisciplinary and dedicated teams. 

Contents and learning objectives

The knowledge that the students gather during the course of the theoretical phase can be directly applied in the practical phase in an action- and problem-oriented way, considering that the resulting products and services are to be offered on the free market. The course is designed as a so-called interdisciplinary "blended learning"-setting. Academic topics from the area of Entrepreneurship Education are combined with topics from partners from the practical area and from guest speakers. The topics are then critically reflected upon during the practical phase through the use of coaching. 


The competition commences with a two-day workshop comprising creativity techniques, idea finding and the development of business ideas. After a theoretical validation and a practical design, the five-week practical phase begins for the teams with issuance of a symbolic seed capital of 5 € and the assignment of a mentor from the business field. During two exchange events, the teams present their current work status in a plenum and give and receive feedback. Depending on the achieved business success, selected teams then compete for the endowed prize money, which is awarded by a jury of business representatives.

Weeks 1 + 2

Opening event, ideation and team building, BMC and VPC, prototyping, marketing, law aspects, meeting with the business mentors

Weeks 3 through 7

Practical phase

Creation of the Funpreneur summary with BMC

Week 8

Closing event with Funpreneur exhibition, team pitches, jury sessions and awards


In case you're interested, you're welcome to fill out this form for being noted as an interested person (not to be used for enrolling for the course!).

Fixed dates for the winter semester 2020/21

Date Event


Monday, 09.11.2020       

Opening event

12:00 - 16:00

Friday, 13.11.2020

Ideation and team building I

9:00 - 18:00 

Saturday, 14.11.2020        

Ideation and team building II

10:00 - 14:00 


Monday, 16.11.2020

Target groups and prototyping

12:00 - 16:00

Monday, 23.11.2020

Marketing and sales

12:00 - 16:00


Tuesday, 24.11.2020

Kickoff meeting with business mentors

19:00 - 21:00

Monday, 30.11.2020

Law Workshop

12:00 - 16:00


Monday, 07.12.2020

Pitching Techniques and Storytelling Workshop

12:00 - 16:00

Friday, 11.12.2020

Deadline Funpreneur summaries

Till 12:00

Monday, 14.12.2020

Final Feedback und Briefing

12:00 - 16:00


Thursday, 17.12.2020

Closing event

from 16:30 


Further information

Online course catalogue of the Freie Universität Berlin

Cooperations and supporters

This course is coordinated by the Gersch Chair of Business Administration. It is conducted with renowned partners from practical fields and a circle of supporters from the IHK Berlin, Wirtschaftsjunioren Berlin e.V. and the FU Profund Innovation. 

Contact person: 

Natalie Nirenberg
Chair of Business Administration, Prof. Dr. Martin Gersch
E-mail: natalie.nirenberg@fu-berlin.de
Phone: 030 838 65984

With support from:





Competence Center E-Commerce
Entrepreneurial Network University (ENU)
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Department Information Systems