The seminar Entrepreneurship and Management I teaches practical orientated fundamental knowledge referring to the founding process of a company as well as to startup management. In doing so central elements of the bachelor’s program are refreshed, which are important for the further course of study. The class trains the students’ abilities regarding entrepreneurial activities or rather the development of new business fundamentals. Also, experiments are undertaken, which are based on current practical methods. The results are presented and discussed in milestone meetings. The learned abilities aim at the individual entrepreneurial activity and simultaneously at startup consultancy as well as at startup coaching.
In this seminar, participants develop basic research skills that are essential in qualitative studies and learn how to conduct a systematic literature review. This seminar deals with popular topics in contemporary entrepreneurship research. We teach fundamental research knowledge and skills, including the philosophy of science, basic qualitative interview techniques, research ethics, and academic English writing. Furthermore, students will conduct a research project in a group in which they perform a systematic literature analysis on a selected research topic.
Entrepreneurship & Management II” directly builds on the class “Entrepreneurship & Management I”. While the latter course focuses the micro-level of founders, coaches and mentors, “Entrepreneurship & Management II” switches to the macro-perspective of startup ecosystems. By participating in the course, the students will get in touch with the unique perspectives of actors in the ecosystem as well as the dynamic interplay of them on a regional basis. In this setting, the required resources to accelerate and to support venturing become evident – stand-alone as well as interrelated as a regional capital structure. Methodologically, the course encompasses workshops on core issues: the event scenery, the financial sub-system, the startup infrastructure as well as the management of the entire ecosystem. The course merges teaching and research elements and thus involves students in project-based teamwork with feedback from both teachers, other students and industry experts, the latter participating via guest lectures. Participating in the course requires sound knowledge on the course “Entrepreneurship & Management I”.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems are defined as spatially limited regions that offer a conducive environment for entrepreneurship through the action of networked independent actors and regional resources and thus provide advantageous conditions for the development of startups. But what characterizes these at their core? What elements are crucial here for startup support and how do they impact entrepreneurs? These and similar questions are addressed in the module, which looks at start-up ecosystems from several perspectives (including entrepreneurs, established companies with innovation intentions, start-up supporters and venture capital providers, economic development agencies). Students work in groups on tasks to promote the development of Bremen's start-up ecosystem and gain practical experience in the field of entrepreneurship support in collaboration with founders and practice partners.
In this seminar, participants familiarize themselves with various theories and concepts that can be applied to investigate entrepreneurship and develop a conceptual paper with a set of propositions. More specifically, students learn how to conduct literature reviews to understand the research object, as well as theories and concepts, and how to develop causal assumptions. This research aims at fostering the basic research skills on the master-level to develop frame the paper, to apply theories and concepts, and to explore new causal relationships. This seminar deals with various aspects of entrepreneurship, such as transnational entrepreneurship, accelerators, business incubators, entrepreneurship education, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.
This course enables students to conduct qualitative research independently. Participants first independently identify a research gap and question on a given research topic based on a literature review in a group. The qualitative research methodology and appropriate data analysis methods learned in the course are applied in the next step. For this purpose, the student groups conduct research interviews and evaluate them with the help of analysis software. Taking into account the knowledge of relevant theories and concepts developed in the main seminar, the students develop a presentation of results in the form of a framework. The results will be presented by means of a scientific presentation and a scientific term paper in English.