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"Impact for Future" - Munich consortium receives million-dollar funding for holistic concept for "impact-oriented entrepreneurship education"

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As one of six successful submissions, the joint project "Impact for Future" of the Munich partner consortium has received a million-dollar grant from the Bavarian Ministry of Science for "impact-oriented entrepreneurship education". The consortium of university partners consists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences (HM) together with its Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) and the Landshut University of Applied Sciences, as well as Munich Business School (MBS), the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich (UniBW) and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA). Over the next four years, the funding is intended to provide many thousands of students and academics with in-depth qualifications for impact orientation and to strongly anchor the topic of impact and social responsibility in the university landscape.

Responsible entrepreneurial action

With this new funding measure, the Ministry of Science supports the "qualification of students, scientists and academics to become problem solvers who think and act in an entrepreneurially responsible manner," said Science Minister Bernd Sibler when announcing the funding recommendations.

"I am very pleased about the success in the funding program. This enables us to integrate the important topic of 'social responsibility' even more systematically into our entrepreneurship qualification," said Prof. Dr. Thomas Stumpp, Vice President of Business at Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences. "In addition to an understanding of economic interrelationships, forward-looking entrepreneurship teaching must address the aspects of social responsibility as well as the social and ecological effects of economic activity even more strongly."

"At the heart of the Munich consortium's successful application is its holistic teaching concept, with offerings that build on one another and are contextually relevant, meeting the needs of different target groups," says SCE Managing Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Sailer, describing the project. "The innovative, modular and cross-institutional concept is thereby realized via so-called microcredentials."

"Another main focus is the inter- and multidisciplinarity," adds Kristina Notz, Executive Director of SEA the added value of "Impact for Future". "Particularly exciting from the perspective of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie is the cross-university and cross-disciplinary teaching of future-oriented skills. In addition to the social, life and environmental sciences, STEM subjects in particular are becoming more involved. To reach these new target groups, SEA's existing offerings will be expanded."

Competence building for teachers

An important focus of the training concept is also on the training and continuing education of teachers, professors and coaches. For this purpose, a "Teach-the-Teacher" continuing education program is to be developed, which will allow the teaching staff to carry out the teaching formats themselves and thus serve to stabilize and scale the activities.

About Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities in Germany, with around 500 professors, 750 lecturers and around 18,000 students. It offers more than 85 bachelor's and master's degree programs in the fields of technology, business, social sciences and design. Excellently networked in Munich as a business location, it maintains close contacts with professional practice and is committed to application-oriented teaching and research. The Munich University of Applied Sciences has received awards from EXIST III, IV and EXIST Potentiale as a start-up university. In addition to technical skills, it teaches its students entrepreneurial and sustainable thinking and action. Trained in interdisciplinary work and intercultural thinking, its graduates are prepared for a digitally and internationally networked working world. In rankings, they are among the most sought-after by employers throughout Germany.


About the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE)

The SCE is the Entrepreneurship Center of the Munich University of Applied Sciences and offers educational and research programs in the field of entrepreneurship, promotes start-ups, innovation processes and the development of entrepreneurial personalities. The SCE supports start-ups from science and accompanies young companies from idea development to marketable innovation. In this way, the SCE contributes to actively shaping the future of our society and to establishing a comprehensive start-up culture. SCE and Munich University of Applied Sciences have exclusively occupied top positions in the Gründungsradar ranking since its appearance and have been awarded prizes in EXIST III, IV and EXIST Potentiale.

About the Social Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA)

Under the motto "Education for Societal Change", the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA) empowers people to develop and implement innovative solutions that are economically viable, socially effective and ecologically sustainable. As a network organization of Munich's university incubators (LMU, TUM, HM, UniBw M), competencies in the field of social entrepreneurship and social innovation are bundled to achieve the greatest possible impact. The broad educational offering is aimed at students and young professionals who want to bring social innovation into society. With a wide range of activities and events, SEA enlivens the ecosystem and its network to contribute to the broad anchoring of social entrepreneurship in society.