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UnternehmerTUM Academy for Innovators

At UnternehmerTUM Academy for Innovators, we equip you with the skills, tools, and mindset needed to transform your vision into action.

Tech Challenge

Experience hands-on interdisciplinary teamwork to address challenges provided by industrial partners


Do you want to develop ideas in a challenge* provided by our industrial partners? Would you like to build a holistic solution for interesting customer needs? Then Tech Challenge is for you! You’ll have the opportunity to work with leading edge technologies of our industrial partners. Additionally, you can choose a coach who will be with you every step of the way.


together with a team, create and test your working solution with actual stakeholders

Corporate resources

utilize our partners‘ data, software, hackable hardware, and immerse yourself in current operational processes

Individual feedback

enjoy a learning process suited to your team-specific needs, provided by experienced entrepreneurs, and coaches

Most Important Aspects


the seminar is open to students of all faculties and all semesters


6 months free access to MakerSpace, 1 free machine training, and prototyping budget


this course is held in English, but coaching may also be in German


basic information in TUMonline WI001180, find detailed course dates here

„Tech Challenge provides a lot of support in terms of courses, feedback, and even a project budget. We are very thankful for this great opportunity. We strongly recommend taking it – go for the next challenge and grow as a team to create an exciting prototype for your next startup.“


Seminar Content & Registration

market and competition


There will be multiple challenges* in the areas of AI, automotive, civil engineering, health & bio. You will get the complete overview of the problems & respective partners at the Kickoff event. Also, teasers of challenges will be released on Slack, too.

Download our schedule

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Meet other enthusiastic students and rock your 4 hours teamwork per week in an interdisciplinary team of 2-5 students.


Immerse yourself in your chosen challenge, and dive deep into understanding customers, processes, and environments.


This seminar is usually accredited up to 6 ECTS, please check with your study advisor!

All course communication happens on Slack. Join us here.

Presentation Training


Get feedback on your idea, research, and midterm pitch by the lecturers and corporate partners.

tech challenge budget


Build your functional prototype and test it with real stakeholders. Iterate, iterate, iterate!


Present your idea to the corporate partners, your fellow students, and guests. Be one of the best teams in your challenge that get awarded.

Register for SS21

Take on the challenge with our partners in Tech Challenge.

*Summer Semester’s Challenges

𝗛𝘂𝗮𝘄𝗲𝗶: Accelerate the Digital Transformation of Industries through Open Source

𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰𝘀: Find innovative ways to manage hospital food

𝗖𝗶𝗿𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗼𝗿: Enable medical professionals and other local organizations to plan a more efficient, targeted, and effective distribution of medicines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

𝗮𝗖𝗮𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆: Build a „swiss-army-knife-aCar“ to enhance rural supply chains in Ethiopia

𝗧𝘂𝗺 𝗩𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗯 𝗥𝗼𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀/𝗔𝗜: Build sensor-based safety systems for eBikes

𝗗𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵: Bring disruptive solutions to kidney stone management

𝗦𝗶𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘀: Bring up new use-case to foster IoT businesses

𝗕𝗶𝗼.𝗞𝗶𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗻: Grow your own avocados

Why This Course Is Super Cool?

Questions? Answers!

Is this course open to everyone?

Yes, it is! No matter your semester or academic institution, at techTALENTS you’re very welcome.

How many ECTS do I get for this course?

The number of credits depends on your field of study. Please, check with your study advisor.

I registered for an UnternehmerTUM/techTALENTS course through the website, but the course is not appearing in TUMonline. Am I actually enrolled? Will I get ECTS?

During the exam registration period your course organizer will tell you how to register for the course „exam“ with TUMonline. Only after you register for the exam will this course appear in TUMonline. ECTS are awarded after you complete the course and grades have been submitted.

Can I attend this course every semester?

Yes, you can! We offer this course in summer and winter semesters.

Do I get MakerSpace access along with this course?

Absolutely! You get 6 months free access, and 1 free machine training, too.

When will the challenges be announced?

The challenges will be announced at the Kick-Off event, so don’t miss it! Also, we are going to post some spoilers on Slack and our Facebook page.

Can I do this course on my own?

Nope! You need to form an interdisciplinary team of 3-4 students. We’ll help with that at the beginning of the course.

Will I learn how to write a business plan?

Yes, of course! But keep in mind that the business plan is only the last step of a long journey, and that we focus way more on hands-on and real-life experiences than theory.

Christian Schutz - Head of techTALENTS

Chris is Head of Education Community, techTALENTS at UnternehmerTUM. He is responsible for the entrepreneurial & innovation-oriented courses for students. Focal fields are design thinking, technology innovation, personal development and business modeling. Likewise, Chris and his team develop new educational formats for corporates & professionals in the field of innovation & entrepreneurship as well as coaching & leadership.

Chris studied in Germany, France, Spain, USA & Guatemala earning two interdisciplinary Masters. He learned strategy consultancy in St. Gallen and worked many years as consultant as well as an intrapreneur for and in multinationals.


Head of techTALENTS

Hey, my name is Anastasia Myasnichenko and I am focused on  team experience and digital product management at techTALENTS. Using my knowledge in the areas of psychology, business management, and computer engineering, I support student teams finding right resources at every point of their journey with techTALENTS. So, I’m fully into making your teamwork more fun! I am inspired by courageous people striving to bring their ideas to life and by instantly emerging digital co-working tools. I will be happy to get in touch with you anytime when you feel you have something I can help you with or you have feedback on your experience with techTALENTS.


Entrepreneurship & Tech Education

In addition to engineering skills, Valentin has built several high achieving engineering teams and as an entrepreneur he contributed to the development of Smart Home and IIoT markets. Due to his experience and reputation, Valentin can work on and represent the company on VP- and C-level.


Entrepreneurship & Tech Education

Richard Eckl is one of the co-founders of INVENOX, a lithium-ion-battery company based on an innovative bonding system for battery cells. INVENOX produces battery packs for the marked of mobile work machines. Richard Eckl studied Mechanical Engineering at TUM and got his PhD form the Institute of Automotive Technology at TUM. Building up INVENOX since 2012, he gained experience in founding, financing and managing companies, in project management, product development and production. In 2020 he left INVENOX to start something new. At UnternehmerTUM he is external trainer and coach for entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship & Tech Education

Kei Hysi

I am Kei Hysi, I coordinate the Tech Challenge, and am responsible for techTALENTS marketing in social media. Currently, I am studying MSc. Management and Technology in TUM and I have a great passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. This passion led me to participate in courses like Tech Challenge and TIE² that gave me hands-on experience with an interdisciplinary team in the field of entrepreneurship. If you have any questions regarding techTALENTS courses do not hesitate to contact me.


Entrepreneurship & Tech Education