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The subject of entrepreneurship is offered centrally to all departments at TH OWL. Depending on the department, it may be an elective or compulsory course. Weekly lectures, conducted digitally and centrally by professors from the entrepreneurship field, are complemented by seminars where entrepreneurial coaches translate theory from the lectures into practice.

In the foundational course of Entrepreneurship at TH OWL, students gain a deep insight into the realm of startups and company creation while still studying. The goal is to support you on your path to self-employment, freelancing, or launching a startup. You can bring your own entrepreneurial idea or work on a hypothetical project. You acquire the skills to develop, evaluate, and validate innovative business ideas. You learn how to identify customer needs and recognize the significance of disruptive innovations. You understand how to run a startup following the Lean principles and gain knowledge about the legal and theoretical framework of startups. Lastly, you gain an overview of financing and support programs for young companies and practice methods to compellingly present and showcase your ideas.

As part of this foundational course, entrepreneurial coaches also encourage students' extended involvement in various funding opportunities. Thus, students can collaborate with entrepreneurial coaches to apply for potential startup scholarships.


Thesis supervision

If you are interested, we supervise theses from all subject areas. You are welcome to contact us at or speak directly to a foundation coach.


Applied Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship Department has its own Master's program that supports you in the consistent realization of your own business idea. The program provides you with all the knowledge you need about entrepreneurship and product and business model development. You will learn theoretical and practical knowledge in lectures and seminars and then apply this to your own business idea. In the process, you will learn important skills such as social competences and future skills, among others.

The aim of the degree program is for you to develop your own business idea to market maturity within the framework of the degree program and then be able to set up your own business from scratch or take on important management positions in start-ups and young companies.

The professors and start-up coaches will help you with your development. In particular, the networking of the various labs offers you a wide range of opportunities for the further development of your ideas. The interdisciplinary cooperation across the three thematically separate locations of Lemgo, Detmold and Höxter offers you a broad exchange with students from other disciplines and competences and thus helps you to gain a new perspective on your idea.

To successfully apply for the Master's program Applied Entrepreneurship, you need at least a Bachelor's degree. If you have any further questions about the Master's program, please contact us at Here you can find more information about the Master's program Applied Entrepreneurship.

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Doctoral Supervision

Would you like to continue exploring fascinating topics in the field of entrepreneurship even after completing your master's degree? The Entrepreneurship department also offers supervision for doctoral projects. Upon successful completion of your master's degree, there is an opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree at the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe through a cooperative doctoral process. In this model, the doctoral candidate is jointly supervised by a professor from the Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe and a cooperating university.

If you are interested, please reach out to us at Additional information about doctoral studies is provided here: [Insert link to further information about doctoral studies.

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Ideation Week OWL

Ideation Week

Ideation Week OWL is a format aimed at teaching the future: Global and socially relevant topics are dealt with in an interdisciplinary, practical and project-specific manner.


One or more companies from the OWL region are available as cooperation partners and information providers during the week to take a closer look at the regional impact of a previously defined global topic, such as electromobility or the bakery trade of the future.

During the week-long Ideation Week OWL, which always takes place at the beginning of the winter semester, you have the opportunity to help shape the future of the region yourself.

As part of this event, topics from the region are taken up in order to use them as a vehicle for conveying academic content. The aim is to deal with socially relevant aspects that are linked to the future viability of the region. The respective topics are used as an instrument to convey a finely tuned canon of innovation techniques and methods in a practical manner in a five-day workshop. In addition to the informative transfer of methodological knowledge, the focus here is on the immediate implementation of the ideas developed. Due to the thematic orientation, the ideas developed are automatically linked to the region.

Participation in the Ideation Week OWL is free of charge. Furthermore, all TH OWL students have the opportunity to have the Ideation Week OWL recognized as an elective subject in their department.

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In terms of content, this interdisciplinary project week is based on the design sprint approach. It is structured method training in which specific content on focusing ideas, setting up and testing hypotheses, generating business models, developing prototype solutions and creating associated pitch presentations is made available on a day-by-day basis. The leitmotif for the event is "The train of the future - the idea train picks up speed"

The entire event, including board and lodging, is free of charge for participants.

Students from all four participating universities - Bielefeld University, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Paderborn University and OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts  - can register. In addition, trainees from the participating companies DB Systemtechnik, DB Cargo, the Harting Technology Group and Wago Kontakttechnikg GmbH & Co. KG as well as trainees from the city of Minden and the district of Minden-Lübbecke.

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