21 February 2020

Last year Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger, Managing Director UnternehmerTUM GmbH, started as honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich. Now there is more good news: The TUM has appointed Prof. Dr. Schönenberger Vice President Entrepreneurship.

Schönenberger's role in the TUM Board of Management includes the strategic design and further development of TUM's entrepreneurship strategy as well as the establishment of new entrepreneurship activities, all in close coordination with the President Thomas Hofmann, the Executive Vice President Gerhard Kramer, the Head of Technology Transfer Alexandros Papaderos and the TUM Entrepreneurship professors.

In this way, TUM is not only expanding its management level, but is also implementing another measure from its 2030 Agenda, with which it was successful in the excellence initiative in 2019. Last but not least, the appointment shows TUM's great appreciation for the work and success of UnternehmerTUM and its strategic importance as an affiliated institute.

Helmut Schönenberger (* 1972) studied aerospace engineering in Stuttgart and completed a postgraduate degree in business administration at the Technical University of Munich. In his diploma thesis on the comparison of Stanford University with the TUM, he recommended establishing an innovation center in Munich. With the help of the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten, the UnternehmerTUM gGmbH emerged in 2002, today Europe's largest business incubator and innovation center.
Helmut Schönenberger's passion is to lead promising start-ups to success and to inspire people for innovation and entrepreneurship. The goal of TUM Entrepreneurship and UnternehmerTUM is to support scalable high-tech start-ups, founders and scientists from the first idea to the successful product.

"It is particularly important to me to further strengthen the cooperation between TUM and UnternehmerTUM and to optimally leverage the innovation potential at TUM so that Munich becomes one of the world's leading innovation clusters."

Prof. Dr. Helmut Schönenberger

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