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Students learn to develop a business idea from current research topics, refine it in a market-oriented way, and pitch it to experts as a mock-up with the aim of a proof-of-concept demonstration that can lead to the development of a prototype and a subsequent start-up. This Launchpad course lays the groundwork for the following IT Founder’s Lab courses Bootcamp and Accelerator.

Students attend a series of lectures (by the lecturers and guests; attendance is mandatory) to eventually develop a business idea in the field of computer science with the aim of founding a company based on it. Lecture topics include

  • developing a business idea
  • current research topics that could be turned into a business
  • rapid prototyping
  • writing a business plan
  • pitching a business idea
  • experience reports from founders

The business idea should implement current research topics in a marketable way; it is developed and refined by the students during the project with the help of lecturers and technology transfer experts.

Please note that this lecture in SS24 is open only for Master Cybersecurity students!

Submissions and Grading

Students can work in teams of up to five members. Students in a team must submit a joint declaration stating which group member contributed to which parts and how.

>During the course, students submit four results that determine the final grade:

Part 1 – Summaries (25% of final grade)

Written summaries of the lectures offered by the guests and lecturers.

Part 2 – Initial business plan (25% of final grade)

An initial business plan that covers the following areas:

Idea: What is the objective of the company/project? What is the innovative character of the service and product portfolio? Which characteristics give the product or service a unique position?

Team: How is the project team composed? What complementary skills does the founding team have?

Market and Competition: Is the addressed market big enough? What are the success factors in the market? What role do innovation and technical progress play? Which companies are competitors within the market?

Business Model: How is your service new and useful?

Marketing and Sales: What sales (volume) and turnover (value) is the planned company aiming for?

Part 3 – Mock-up (25% of final grade)

A mock-up, wireframe, or prototype that describes the idea from a customer’s perspective.

Part 4 – Sales pitch (25% of final grade)

Presentation of the business idea and mock-up to a jury. The jury comprises lecturers, other examiners, and, if applicable, guests from technology transfer and industry. The presentation should convince potential investors to commit to the business idea. Annotated slides and the initial business plan must be available to the jury before the sales pitch.

Schedule of the Lectures

This lecture occurs every Tuesday from 14:15 to 16:00 in CISPA C0, room 0.05.

We are currently finalizing the lecture schedule and will update the table below accordingly. Until then, to get an idea of the speakers, consult POSER 23/24 or POSER 22/23.
Date Presenter Topic / Further information
April 30 Sven Bugiel and Andreas Zeller
  • Introduction and kick-off meeting
  • Presentation of the tech transfer team
May 14 Juergen Philippi (CISPA)
  • Topic: Importance of looking at the problem, not the solution
  • LinkedIn
May 21    
May 28 Christian Arndt (HTGF)
June 04    
June 11    
June 18 Rob Pankow (Simplyblock)
June 25 Jun.-Prof. Dr. Benedikt Schnellbächer (UdS)
July 02 Ingrida Krivickaite (Triathlon)
July 09 Philipp Dewald (TrustLens)
July 16    
July 23 CISPA Faculty
  • Topic pitches from research
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