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Sustainable Entrepreneurship - Getting Started

Modul WI001165

Dieses Modul wird durch Professur für Unternehmerische Nachhaltigkeit - Brau- und Lebensmittelindustrie (Prof. Belz) bereitgestellt.

Diese Modulbeschreibung enthält neben den eigentlichen Beschreibungen der Inhalte, Lernergebnisse, Lehr- und Lernmethoden und Prüfungsformen auch Verweise auf die aktuellen Lehrveranstaltungen und Termine für die Modulprüfung in den jeweiligen Abschnitten.

Modulversion vom SS 2016

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WI001165 ist ein Modul in auf das unregelmäßig angeboten wird.

Das Modul ist Bestandteil der folgenden Kataloge in den Studienangeboten der Physik.

  • Allgemeiner Katalog für überfachliche Grundlagen
GesamtaufwandPräsenzveranstaltungenUmfang (ECTS)
180 h  h 6 CP

Inhalte, Lernergebnisse und Voraussetzungen


Whether it is tackling climate change, resource degradation or social inequalities - responding to sustainability issues constitutes the biggest challenge for businesses in the 21st century. Embracing a great range of industries including food, energy or textiles, the field of life sciences is a key area for sustainability. Since the production of these goods accounts for an extensive use of resources, there is great potential for effecting real improvements on a way towards more sustainable production and lifestyles. In this module we want to invite and inspire students to make a difference. We introduce them to the theory and practice of sustainable entrepreneurship, pursuing the triple bottom line of economic, ecological and social goals. We present the sustainable business model canvas as a tool for the students to explore their own ideas and to develop a sustainable business in the area of life sciences. Adopting a step-by-step approach, the following topic will be covered (all topics will be explained in general and then discussed in the context of life sciences):

1) The nexus of entrepreneurship and sustainable development
2) An overview of the theory and practice of sustainable entrepreneurship
3) Social and ecological problems as opportunities for sustainable entrepreneurship
4) Developing a sustainable customer value proposition
5) Describing key activities, resources and partners
6) identifying revenues and costs
7) Consolidating all parts in a lean and feasible business model
8) Pitching and presenting a business model


Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to (1) discuss and (2) evaluate the socio-economic challenges of the 21st century. They will be able to (3) evaluate the concept of sustainable entrepreneurship as a means for addressing these complex sustainability issues. More specifically, students will be able to (4) perceive socio-ecological problems as opportunities for sustainable entrepreneurship and to (5) generate their own ideas for a sustainable venture. In addition, participants will be able to (6) transfer the provided theory and examples to their own idea and (7) design their own business model. Students will (8) have gained experience and new skills in presenting in front of a large audience. Finally students are able to exchange in a professional and academic manner within a team. They show that they are able to integrate involved persons into the various tasks considering the group situation. Furthermore the students conduct solution processes through their constructive and conceptual acting in a team. They can make this contribution in a time limited environment.


Modules in entrepreneurship, corporate sustainability and/or sustainability marketing are recommended.

Lehrveranstaltungen, Lern- und Lehrmethoden und Literaturhinweise

Lehrveranstaltungen und Termine

Lern- und Lehrmethoden

The module is a seminar which intends to familiarize the student with the theory and practice of sustainable entrepreneurship. Since the main goal of the module is to ignite entrepreneurial thinking and passion, as well as to provide the students with the required know-how to get started, the module has an interactive format with excursions and a project work in small groups. A special feature of the module is the co-teaching by an academic and a practitioner with a mutual interest in the theory and practice of sustainable entrepreneurship.


Presentations, slides, cases, links and further literature will be provided via


The module is based on a few key scientific papers and practical tools such as the business model canvas. These form the basis for classroom discussions and are to be used for developing an own business model. All materials are provided as pdf files in TUM Moodle (
Students should be familiar with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the basics of the business model canvas:
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Business Model Canvas:
Osterwalder, A. & Pigneur, Y. (2010). Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers. Wiley: New Jersey, US.


Beschreibung der Prüfungs- und Studienleistungen

The module assessment consists of a project work. Students will be divided into teams of three students. Each team of students has to develop an own sustainable business model. They prove that they are able to propose their own ideas for sustainable enterprises. Each group has to present in the form of a pitch (20 minutes pitch per team, 25%) in the last session of the term. By presenting their sustainable business plan, students demonstrate that they are capable of preparing a certain topic within a given time frame in such a way as to present it in a clear and comprehensible manner to an audience. By presenting in a team students demonstrate their ability within a team to manage resources, and deadlines through timely submission of the enumerated tasks. Students demonstrate that they are able to complete the tasks of their project in a team environment.
In addition, each team member will hand in a written project report, describing and analyzing the sustainable business plan of the team. The written paper is due two weeks after the oral presentation (max. 10,000 words, 75%). By writing the project report students demonstrate that they are able to generate their own ideas for a sustainable venture. They show their ability to transfer the provided theory and examples to their own idea and design their own business model.
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