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Funpreneur competition (GPP)

TypeProject seminar
InstructorProf. Dr. Janina Sundermeier, Natalie Mahlert and externals
SemesterEvery semester
Scope of Course4 hours a week, total 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.


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!).

Schedule for the summer semester 2022

Date Event



Monday, 25.04.2022       

Opening & Teambuilding

12pm - 4pm HS 102

Monday, 25.04. bis Sunday, 08.05.2022

Ideation & Teambuilding

(independently in teams) -
Monday, 09.05.2022        

Fixation of the ideas & Prototyping

12pm - 2pm

HS 102

Monday, 16.05.2022

Target Group & Markets

12pm - 2pm HS 102
Monday, 16.05.2022 bis Thursday, 23.06.2022

Kickoff meeting with business mentors & Iteration of the Business Model

(independently in teams) -
Tuesday, 17.05. bis Sunday, 29.05.2022

Development of Business Model & MVP

(independently in teams) -
Monday, 23.05.2022

Individual Feedback Meeting

(by arrangement) Webex

Monday, 30.05.2022

Marketing, Sales und Prices

12pm - 2pm HS 102

Monday, 20.06.2022

Pitch & Storytelling Workshop

(different times) HS 102
Thursday, 23.06.2022

Deadline Videos-MVP

until 11.59pm  -
Monday, 27.06. bis Thursday, 30.06.2022

Selling phase & Prepartion for Award Ceremony

(independently in teams) -

Monday, 07.07.2022

Award Ceremony

4pm - 8pm IHK Berlin



Deadline Funpreneur-Summary

until 11.59pm  

Further information

Online course catalogue of the Freie Universität Berlin


HS 102: Garystraße 21, 14195 Berlin

IHK Berlin: Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 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.

FAQ: Problems with Campus Management registration


Contact person: 

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

We are proud to be sponsored by:

Logo Berliner SparkasseLogo IHK BerlinLogo Wirtschaftsjunioren BerlinLogo Berlin PartnerLogo Kanzlei HärtingLogo Ernst-Reuter-GesellschaftLogo Digital Entrepreneurship HubLogo NFUSION

Competence Center E-Commerce
Entrepreneurial Network University (ENU)
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