Founders with good ideas can change the world. But where do the ideas come from? And how do I know if I can become a founder? Few career decisions are as fraught with uncertainty as the step into self-employment. STEP can help you!

What is STEP?

STEP is an action-oriented entrepreneurship training. This means that during the training you can find out whether starting a business is something for you by working on a real start-up project. With STEP, you will learn the first steps of a start-up in a team and gain real entrepreneurial experience.

You can find a detailed description of the training at: 


The aim of the STEP training is to teach entrepreneurial skills and strengthen entrepreneurial self-efficacy. During the training you will get input from the fields of entrepreneurship (e.g. on identifying business ideas), management (e.g. marketing) and psychology (e.g. dealing with setbacks; goal setting and planning). You will actually implement this input in a start-up team in a small project and set up a company for practice purposes during the training. All training content is designed for direct application to the business.


The STEP training will be offered in the winter semester 2021/22 and will (probably) take place entirely online.

Kickoff for the training is the 21st of October 2021, from then on there will be live sessions (via Zoom) on Thursday afternoons (14:15 to 17:15) every two weeks. Between the live sessions you will work in teams on your project.

The final presentation for the projects will take place on the 27th of January 2022 and will be held either online or in presence depending on the pandemic situation.

Please note that the programme involves a not inconsiderable time commitment. Depending on the start-up project, the programme will involve between 5 and 10 hours of effort per week.

The successful participation in the training (participation in at least 4 live sessions, as well as the kick-off session and the final presentation) will be certified.



All members (students and staff) of the following institutions:

  • Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Hamburg University of Technology
  • University of Hamburg
  • Helmut Schmidt University
  • Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
  • University of Applied Sciences Wedel
  • University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE)
  • DESY
  • Helmholtz Centre Hereon

Maximum number of participants: 50



Registration for the STEP programme in the winter semester 2021/22 is possible from the 15th of August to the 15th September 2021.

To register, please send an e-mail to: For registration we need the following information:

  • Full name
  • Degree programme or subject area
  • Name of the associated institution

You will receive a registration confirmation and a link to a questionnaire within 24 hours. Please complete the questionnaire within 2 days of receiving the link. The data from the questionnaire will not (!) be used as a selection criterion but will form a basis for team building for the course and give us an insight into who is registering for the programme.

After the registration deadline, you will be notified if you have been accepted. If the number of registrations exceeds the maximum number of participants, we will make a random selection.



Jakob Weers
Universitätsallee 1, C40.163
21335 Lüneburg
Fon +49.4131.677-4017

STEP is offered within the framework of the inter-university joint project Startup Port.