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EXIST Culture of Entrepreneurship

A bustling culture of entrepreneurship at the university is not only characterised by entrepreneurial and realistic range of courses and consulting services or a detailed entrepreneurial research.

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What is Culture of Entrepreneurship?

A culture of entrepreneurship is more a presence of entrepreneurial spirit permeating all aspects of the university: all the faculties, the campus, the university administration. A continuous willingness to recognise entrepreneurial opportunities, to value them - and in a best case scenario - also to implement them, characterises an academic culture of entrepreneurship.

EXIST Potentials

The new programme "EXIST-Potentials" supports German universities and their entrepreneurial networks in further developing a sustainable, university-based culture of entrepreneurship. It is part of the funding initiative of the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy "EXIST-Culture of Entrepreneurship".

EXIST Entrepreneur University Award 2013

27 universities participated in the second round of the competition. Twelve of these universities were commended in January 2014 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The University of Kassel, University of Luebeck and Saarland University also obtained the title, EXIST Entrepreneur University. For further information on the competition and on how to submit applications please see here.

EXIST Entrepreneur University Award 2011

The "Entrepreneur University" competition was held for the first time in April 2010 and 83 universities participated with their concept outlines. 24 of these universities were requested to develop a comprehensive strategic concept into an entrepreneurial profile and to present it to an expert jury. 10 universities were selected for funding in July 2011. The Technical University of Berlin, University of Oldenburg and Munich University of Applied Sciences were also given the title, EXIST Entrepreneur University.

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