HardTech Entrepreneurship is a 13-week programme running at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) twice a year in both Spring and Fall semesters.
It is a project-based 10 ECTS programme, which translates to an academic load of 280 hours along the semester (lecture, workshops, group work, exams…).
We organise our programme in 3 tracks:
2) Cases with inventions or patents from DTU departments’ own research, or DTU students’ own projects.
3) Cases focusing on Sustainability with challenges coming from Non-Profit Organisations/SMEs.
For each project, a team of 4-5 engineering students with optimal skill sets are selected, based on their answers to our competencies survey. Teams typically contain Mechanics, Electronics, Software and Design engineers. Added to this is 1 CBS (Copenhagen Business School) Master’s student (Marketing/Business Development), and 1 Business Mentor (from the alumni network).
With the support of specialists, experienced entrepreneurs, lectures on the best methodologies to assess technologies, validate markets, prototype… they will create the backbone of a potential spin-out from a technology or challenge from a mother company.
A Typical Team
The culmination of our programme is Spin-Out Day. A full-day event where all the teams showcase their technology in the form of a tech-fair and they pitch their business ideas in front of a jury of investors and a crowd of 300+ company representatives, which can become potential customers, partners, investors, suppliers, ... of the new spin-outs. We give prizes to the most promising spin-outs, consisting of 50.000 DKK to be invested in the company, or trips to Berkeley UC for an Entrepreneurial Bootcamp.