Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion Sustainability


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The step into self-employment is often connected with great uncertainty. In STEP S, you develop a business opportunity into a business model ready to be launched. So, you’ll be able to figure out if starting your own company is something for you. STEP S focuses on sustainable entrepreneurship and sustainable business models. In addition, STEP S training will help you build practical entrepreneurial skills to launch your impact startup.

The Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion Sustainability (STEP S) is an action-oriented entrepreneurship training focusing on sustainability. Interested students learn about the entrepreneurial process by working in teams on a start-up project.

During the 12 sessions, evidence-based, entrepreneurial action knowledge is developed that can be directly applied to one’s start-up project. The training is accompanied by experienced trainers who support the teams.

The 12 sessions cover the complete entrepreneurial process and provide content from sustainable entrepreneurship, management, and psychology.

The positive effect of STEP

STEP creates self-confidence: STEP participants exhibit higher entrepreneurial self-efficacy after training and in the long term than members of a comparable control group.

STEP helps develop ideas: Participants in the training identify more business ideas than control group members.

STEP promotes the creation of businesses: One year after training, STEP participants start 33% more companies than a comparable control group.

STEP makes people happy: STEP participants show higher life satisfaction in the long term than the control group.

The unique selling points of STEP:

  • Action Principals are the core of each session. Following those rules of thumb raises the likelihood of being a successful entrepreneur.
  • STEP is evidence-based: The content and training methods are based on scientific findings.
  • The training has been successfully conducted with over 10,000 people on three continents and evaluated according to the highest scientific standards.

When does it take place, and how can I participate?

The program consists of 12 training days. These occur weekly on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in a hybrid format (at Leuphana University of Lüneburg or via ZOOM). The first training day will take place on 12.03. in presence at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. The course language is English. The startup projects are further developed independently within the teams in the work phases between the live sessions.

In the end, there will be a final pitch-presentation.

The program requires a reasonable amount of time. Depending on the start-up project, the program will require 5 to 10 hours of effort per week (in addition to the training days).

Successful participation in the training (participation in at least four training days) will be certified.

Who can register?

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

  • DESY
  • University of Applied Sciences Wedel
  • Hamburg Media School
  • HAW Hamburg
  • Helmholtz Center Hereon
  • Helmut Schmidt University
  • Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Hamburg University of Technology
  • UKE Hamburg
  • Hamburg University

There will be only a limited number of participants.

Compact info

Target group:
People interested in founding a company who do not yet have a concrete intention and idea for launching a startup and are attached to sustainability’s importance. The program is specially designed for students (bachelor, master, doctorate) but is also open to other persons (e.g., employees of the consortium).

6 training days: Tuesdays, 12.03. – 16.04., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
hybrid: Leuphana University of Lüneburg & ZOOM
Kick-off on 12.03.24 in presence (Leuphana University of Lüneburg)
Course language is English

12.03. at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, more info after registration

Free of charge for members of the affiliated institutions


The registration period for the next round starts on February 8, 2023.

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Porträt von Paul Hermann

Paul Herrmann

Leuphana University Lüneburg
Program Manager STEP