Start-up Initiative


The Start-up Journey of the MAXpreneurs Initiative consists of the phases: Science, Ideation, Pre-Founding and Start-up & Scale-up. In the early science phase of a potential start-up, we would like to introduce you as a scientist to the world of entrepreneurship.

  • Do you have a scientific insight and want to identify, develop and evaluate its transfer potential?
  • Would you like to have access to scientists who have taken this step before you? Do you have no or little start-up knowledge and/or want to develop potential use cases of your idea?

Then join us at our Start-up School!

Together with about 15 other interested scientists of the MPG you will go through one of our structured programs offered three times a year.

What do we do for you at the Start-up School?

  • Our goal is to strengthen your motivation by introducing you to inspiring role models and their spin-off stories and by participating in exclusive discussion panels.
  • We help you to raise your agile skills to a new level and to check and test your scientific project for its transfer potential.
  • We will also introduce you to the founding players within the Max Planck Society and raise your awareness of the processes involved in founding a company, such as IP generation and project financing, at an early stage.
  • We also impart basic knowledge and methods in:
    • Agile Methods: How can I use creative tools such as design thinking, idea generation and business modeling on the way from the initial idea to the potential business model?
    • Communication: How do I present my idea outside the scientific community in a targeted way?
    • Application Scenario & customer definition: How do I develop a solution that is both convincing from the user’s point of view and market and product-oriented? How do I identify potential markets and define initial customers?

The Max Planck Foundation supports your participation by covering your travel expenses.

The following events are planned for 2024:

  • 11.04.-12.04.2024, Saarbrücken (Registration no longer possible)
  • 08.08.-09.08.2024, Munich/Garching (waiting list)
  • 04.11.-05.11.2024, Potsdam


Due to the high number of registrations for our Start-up School in Garching, we can currently only accept new registrations on the waiting list. Alternatively, interested parties can already register for the Start-up School in Potsdam in November. We ask for your understanding.

I hereby register bindingly for participation in the Start-up School

In addition, you will receive access to our Start-up Academy.

Upon completion of the training, you will receive a certificate and, if you wish, we will be happy to accompany you to the next phase: Ideation .