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Lab course offers students the possibility to develop their own prototype

The lab course Think.Make.Start, is a joint initiative of Prof. Dr. Dr. Holger Patzelt, Chair of Entrepreneurship at TUM School of Management and three different TUM departments in cooperation with UnternehmerTUM which offers master students the possibility to develop hard- and software prototypes in just two weeks’ time.

The 5th successful installment of the lab course, which has led to the incorporation of start-ups such as ParkHere, solemove and Solos, has just finished on April 22nd 2017.

The lab course is part of the “Tech Talents program of UnternehmerTUM, and takes place at the Entrepreneurship Center in Garching which is home to the 1500-square-metre MakerSpace, allowing for a combination of technical and entrepreneurial mentoring sessions. During the course of each lab course, the master students are scheduled to work in interdisciplinary teams and will be mentored by experts from the respective field towards developing a working mechatronic prototype combined with a viable business concept. Starting off with a one-day pre-event in order to familiarize with the equipment and the other team members, the lab course than proceeds with a one- to three-day long training in ideation and team building methods before moving on to the stadium of prototyping itself.

Each lab course concludes with a Demo Day that allows the students to present their prototypes in front of a jury and pitch them to industry experts, other start-up founders and university members. Additionally, they are given the chance to publicly present them live on the corresponding innovation fair in the premises of UnternehmerTUM.

Further information on the Think.Make.Start lab course as well as the application dates for the upcoming installment can be found on the course´s homepage and in the course outline on the homepage of the TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering (German only).

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