Dr. Helmut Schönenberger (47), co-founder and CEO of UnternehmerTUM, has been appointed honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). His mission: to turn even more high-growth startups from the university environment into market leaders of tomorrow.
At the TUM Entrepreneurship Research Institute (TUM ERI) of TUM School of Management,
Dr. Schönenberger is now part of the professorship. He represents the
focus "Entrepreneurship Practice" in the field of business
administration, contributing his twenty years of startup experience
which he has gained in particular through the founding and development
of UnternehmerTUM and the support of a large number of startup
Commitment to Entrepreneurship Education
Schönenberger brings with him experience in teaching: for 15 years, he has been leading the lecture "Innovative Entrepreneurs" which offers students an introduction to the topic of founding as well as access to TUM's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Beyond that, he contributes to the arrangement and advancement of entrepreneurship education at TUM together with the professors at TUM School of Management and UnternehmerTUM's Entrepreneurship Education team.
At TUM School of Management, the Entrepreneurship Education is represented by the following professors:
Prof. Dr. Dr. Holger Patzelt, Chair of Entrepreneurship
Prof. Dr. Oliver Alexy, Professorship "Strategic Entrepreneurship"
Prof. Dr. Nicola Breugst, Professorship "Entrepreneurial Behavior"
Prof. Hana Milanov, PhD, Professorship "International Entrepreneurship"
As an institute affiliated to TUM, UnternehmerTUM offers a wide range of entrepreneurial training courses and programs in addition to academic entrepreneurship teaching. These include TechTalents, Manage&More, UnternehmerTUM Trainings and the Executive MBA in Innovation & Business Creation which is conducted together with TUM School of Management. The department for Entrepreneurship Education at UnternehmerTUM is led by Oliver Bücken and Dr. Dominik Böhler.
Scientific work with a strong impact for practice
A personal objective of the CEO of UnternehmerTUM is to become even more involved in the supervision of practice-oriented scientific work, such as bachelor's, master's and doctoral theses. In addition to a gain of theoretical knowledge, Schönenberger also sees great potential for implementing innovative approaches from academia in practice. The students and PhD candidates will have the opportunity to develop solutions for society, bring new products and services to the market, create new initiatives for improving the innovation ecosystem and found new startups.
Schönenberger knows this implementation-oriented approach by
experience. In his diploma thesis of 2000, "Universities as the Engine
of Startup Networks in Technology Regions", he analyzed the
entrepreneurial activities of Stanford University and TUM and proposed
the establishment of an Entrepreneurship Center. With great support from
Susanne Klatten and TUM President Wolfgang Herrmann, Schönenberger then
had the opportunity to establish UnternehmerTUM GmbH together with Dr.
A peek into the future: strategic cooperation of UnternehmerTUM and TUM
As an affiliated institute of the Technical University of Munich, the Entrepreneurship Center is an important strategic building block of the University of Excellence TUM with their claim "The Entrepreneurial University". With its 250 employees and 25 entrepreneurial programmes, UnternehmerTUM makes a central contribution to the university's entrepreneurship offerings. These include: MakerSpace, Digital Product School, the AI initiative appliedAI, TechFest, Digital Hub Mobility, startup incubator XPRENEURS, startup accelerator TechFounders, the Initiative for Industrial Innovators and Unternehmertum Venture Capital.
The role as a driver of innovation is taken on in other regions as well. The Technical University of Munich operates a location at the education campus in Heilbronn where UnternehmerTUM and its CEO Schönenberger are also involved. In addition to his honorary professorship and his main activity as the CEO of UnternehmerTUM, he is a member of the supervisory board of Campus Founders, the startup center of the Dieter Schwarz