How can companies remain viable for the future and master economic challenges? Digitalization, sustainability, and new business models are key elements that companies must integrate into their innovation strategy.

In our new podcast "Schlaflose Nächte" (Sleepless Nights), you'll hear about decisive moments and challenges in family businesses. In each episode, an entrepreneur talks about their own journey. And we look into the future, discussing how we can raise hope in a credible way. Listen now on YouTube, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts!

Digitized products, automated processes or artificial intelligence - all of these help companies to secure their own competitiveness and innovative strength. However, they often shy away from the challenges. Here, at UnternehmerTUM, we prove that it is worth taking the first step. Our team of UnternehmerTUM Business Creators addresses the individual needs of medium-sized companies in the implementation of digital services and develops future-oriented business models - from the first idea to the spin-off.

Companies that want to embark on the adventure of digitalization and directly implement new products are welcome at our Digital Business Lab. Here, products are developed and tested in an agile, iterative process by a strong team in close partnership with the companies - from prototype to market launch. This has already resulted in an innovative product for the HÖRMANN Group.

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Launch: New Podcast on Family Businesses ("Schlaflose Nächte")

In each episode of the FamilienUnternehmerTUM podcast "Sleepless Nights" ("Schlaflose Nächte"), a guest talks about that moment when everything could have gone very differently. We talk about doubts, ...


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Digital Reboot: How the Family Office PFAFF is Driving its Digitalization with UnternehmerTUM

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“The green transformation and the digital transformation go hand in hand” - Impulse by Constanze Hufenbecher, Chief Digital Transformation Officer at Infineon

Impulse by Constanze Hufenbecher Today, innovations are more important than ever to master the two great challenges of our time. Decarbonization and digitalization will profoundly change the world ove...

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Tech Solutions from and with the City – Interview with Clemens Baumgärtner, Head of Labor and Economic Affairs at the City of Munich

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"We Often Don't Realize the Missing of a Viable Business Model Until We Enter the Market" - Interview With Michael Stockerl, Director Digital Product School

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Simply Take the First Steps! Successful Digital Project with the HÖRMANN Group

In 2019, our Digital Business Lab together with the medium-sized HÖRMANN Group implemented a joint project for the first time, which developed quite differently than originally planned. What happened ...


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The Innovation and Digitization Activities of German Companies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How has the innovative drive of German companies been keeping up during the Corona pandemic? Are digitization projects being implemented more enhanced? The UnternehmerTUM Business Creators team wanted...

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Oct 15, 2020

"Digital Offers Must Create a Positive Customer Experience" - Interview with Wieland Frank and Markus Bade from SIEGENIA

UnternehmerTUM Business Creators have been strategically working together with the medium-sized company SIEGENIA since June 2020 to jointly develop new ideas, test and bring innovative products and bu...

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Oct 7, 2020

Digital Development for SMEs - Part 2: Success Factors

In part 1, we've shed a light on why new approaches to innovation are important for SMEs and which operating principles of "Lean Start-ups" have proven to be beneficial in the Digital Business Lab by ...

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Digital Development for SMEs - Part 1: Lean Cycles

A German economy without SMEs? Unthinkable. But innovation mostly happens in small steps - not enough to secure tomorrow's business. We asked Lorenz Hutterer, Product Lead at the Digital Business Lab ...

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