Academic Program for Entrepreneurship (APE)
APE is a demanding 10-month programme which focuses on developing the entrepreneurial mind-set of its participants and prepares them for careers as entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs. Its graduates will have acquired valuable competencies for thinking and acting entrepreneurially. Workshops are held in the evenings so that full-time students as well as working professionals can take part in the programme.
We run APE every year, starting in October. In the first Intrapreneurship Semester we focus on teaching a variety of methods and tools derived from Design Thinking as well as the Lean Startup approach. We apply these methods directly to an innovation project which you will be working on. This way, theoretical learning will be directly linked to practical application. In interdisciplinary teams of five participants you will create an innovative product or service for an industry client. Your concept will be pitched to company representatives to be implemented into their company. Along the way you will be mentored by experienced coaches from the SCE and will have regular feedback meetings with the industry client. Companies we have worked for so far include: ADAC, Allianz, B/S/H/, FriendScout24, MAN, Steelcase, Swarovski Elements and TÜV SÜD.
During the semester break your newly acquired skills will be tested in an International Bootcamp. During six full days we will create startup ideas together with students and coaches from international partner universities.
The Entrepreneurship Semester forms the second part of the programme. You and your team will work on starting your own business. You will research a problem, create feasible, viable as well as desirable products/services and implement and grow one of these into a real business. In doing so you will be assisted by experienced coaches from the SCE and by external partners. After you have successfully completed APE a certificate from the SCE and the Munich University of Applied Sciences will be awarded. In addition, you will also have the chance to apply for an exclusive spot in our startup league incubation programme.