Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut25 Jahre HPI

Digital Entrepreneurship (Wintersemester 2021/2022)

Dozent: Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle (IT-Entrepreneurship)

Allgemeine Information

  • Semesterwochenstunden: 4
  • ECTS: 6
  • Benotet: Ja
  • Einschreibefrist: 01.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
  • Lehrform: Seminar
  • Belegungsart: Wahlpflichtmodul
  • Lehrsprache: Englisch
  • Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 20

Studiengänge, Modulgruppen & Module

IT-Systems Engineering MA
  • IT-Systems Engineering
    • HPI-MK Management-Kompetenzen
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-RW Recht und Wirtschaft
  • Professional Skills
    • HPI-PSK-ML Management und Leitung
Data Engineering MA
Digital Health MA
Cybersecurity MA


Link to the Moodle course for 'Digital Entrepreneurship' (Winter Term 2021/22)


This course will be offered by Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle together with Nina Bachmann, Anne Radunski, and Dr. Robert Rose. There will be scientific articles to be read, presented, and discussed but also high-level guest speakers from the entrepreneurial, corporate, and policy world. 

In this course, the students will learn how to think, act, and do impactful research in an entrepreneurial way. That is, what exactly does digital entrepreneurship mean, and how does it differ from "classic" entrepreneurship? How does digital entrepreneurship influence the economy and society? How does effective collaboration between different stakeholders work, and what role do digital ecosystems play in this? What kind of entrepreneurial mindset does digital entrepreneurship need? We will be using a reflective approach to Digital Entrepreneurship, emphasizing an entrepreneurial mindset. 

We will be touching on different strands of entrepreneurship research and action like impact entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, female entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, or entrepreneurial teams. The class builds on state-of-the-art research, literature, and practitioners' insights in order to jointly reflect the underlying principles and schools of thought of entrepreneurship research. 

With this course, we address all students who are already thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, students who are not sure yet whether they want to become entrepreneurs but who are interested in entrepreneurial topics and entrepreneurial thinking, and also students who definitely never want to become an entrepreneur but who are mindful of societal and sustainable challenges that require new ways of thinking. We want to encourage proactive thinking and will use a reflective approach to Digital Entrepreneurship, focusing on building an entrepreneurial mindset for practice, research, and policy. 

What we will do: 

  • Learn about current and future grand challenges 

  • Acquire futures and entrepreneurial thinking skills 

  • Contextualizing common assumptions about Entrepreneurship 

  • Tackling topics that are currently discussed in media and academia 

  • Going beyond the 'Universal Startup Monomyth' (white, male, garage) 

But not… 

  • Write a business plan - i.e., this is not a business plan course, we will not develop business ideas. Instead, we will focus on the framework and philosophy of digital entrepreneurship 

  • Teach you creative methods, Design Thinking, and toolbox competence 



Lern- und Lehrformen

On-site seminar



  • Team-based Deliverable: Paper Presentation (60%)
    • 15 minutes presentation + 20 minutes discussion
    • Guiding questions provided
  • Individual Deliverable: Reflection Journal (40%)
    • Critical reflection of the discussed DE topics
    • Developing critical scientific thinking; Identification of future topics of interest for potential master theses/project

Note: Presentation topics and teams will be assigned after the first session.


Session 1: 25-Oct-21

Session 2: 01-Nov-21

Session 3: 08-Nov-21

Session 4: 15-Nov-21

Session 5: 22-Nov-21

Session 6: 29-Nov-21

Session 7: 06-Dec-21

Session 8: 13-Dec-21

Note: Dates are subject to change