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Prototype your PhD

Two-day workshop for doctoral candidates at the TUM Graduate School

Make your research come alive – at the workshop "Prototype your PhD"!

At the workshop "Prototype your PhD", you can build simple, creative haptic models from your research. Thanks to the rapid prototyping approach, this is possible in all research fields, regardless of how theoretical they may be.

The three-day workshop, which will be held in English, is directed at doctoral candidates at the TUM Graduate School. Participants will learn to use exciting creativity techniques from design thinking and to present their results in a concise, compelling manner using storytelling methods.

In our brand new workshop you learn how to communicate your research successfully to anybody by using tangible models.

how you will benefit:


  • Rapid Prototyping: Learn new methods to build haptic prototypes of your research, even when you think it is "too theoretical" to prototype.

  • Design Thinking: Get to know new creativity techniques for your daily work in the inspiring environment of UnternehmerTUM and the high-tech workshop "MakerSpace".

  • Storytelling: Use the narrative thinking method for communicating your "story" convincingly.



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Your personal contact

Olivia Hornsmann

Olivia Hornsmann

Project Leader
Entrepreneurship & Tech Education

+49 89-18 94 69-1526


The most important aspects at a glance

  • Target group

    Doctoral students and Post-Docs – especially from the TUM Graduate School.

  • Format


  • Duration

    2 Days

  • Language


  • requirements

    Curiosity and openness!

  • Course fee

    Doctoral students from the TUM Graduate School: EUR 150.

    Students from other universities or Post-Docs:
    EUR 350

    Reimbursement of the course fee is possible under the Guidelines of the TUM Graduate School.

  • Course Instructor

    Olivia Hornsmann, UnternehmerTUM GmbH.

  • Dates and locations
    • 1-2 December 2016: Garching
    • 9-10 February 2017: Garching


    The location is at the Entrepreneurship Center of UnternehmerTUM and TUM, which hosts creative working spaces such as the 1500 square-meter high-tech workshop MakerSpace.

  • Approach

    "Prototype your PhD" provides you with a profound method of developing convincing business models in a structured way. Through interdisciplinary teamwork, action-based learning methods and experienced trainers, you will receive a personal Business Design Toolkit of your very own. In this way, you will find out not only how to put a business on its feet, and that business contacts are vital, but you will also gain more self-confidence in transforming your ideas into entrepreneurial opportunities and how to integrate it in your daily research work.