Informations about the modules


Module (6 Credits)

Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship

Name in diploma supplement
Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship
Admission criteria
See exam regulations.
180 hours of student workload, in detail:
  • Attendance: 60 hours
  • Preparation, follow up: 60 hours
  • Exam preparation: 60 hours
The module takes 1 semester(s).
Qualification Targets

Students gain:

  • In-depth understanding of the innovation process and roles involved in developing an idea and starting up a digital venture, for instance, according to principles of the lean start-up
  • The ability to systematically explore customers and markets;
  • In-depth understanding and the ability to form a startup team
  • Prototype basic products;
  • In-depth understanding and the ability to systematically explore basic product and process development;
  • Experience in working on real life case studies provided by startups.
Module Exam

The course consists of individual assignment (30% of the grade) and group case study project (60% of the total grade).

Usage in different degree programs
  • WiInfWahlpflichtbereichWahlpflichtbereich I: Wirtschaftsinformatik1st-3rd Sem, Elective
Name in diploma supplement
Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship
Organisational Unit
winter semester
Participants at most
Preliminary knowledge

The students should have a basic knowledge of information systems and be familiar with fundamental knowledge on digital entrepreneurship and basic understanding of Sustainability with focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The module Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship is an integrative course on the basics of digital entrepreneurship and sustainability. The course focuses on providing students with entrepreneurial and sustainability competences, including skills and knowledge on solving real life case studies. Within the frameworks of the course, students will learn following aspects: (a) team building, (b) innovation in digital startups, (c) sustainability in digital start-ups, (d) prototyping and minimum-viable products. The students are achieving capabilities to explore the mentioned aspects in group case study projects and individual assignments.

  • Dorofeeva, V. V. (2021, March). Opportunities for universities to use the German experience in the startup ecosystem development. In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (Vol. 689, No. 1, p. 012015). IOP Publishing.
  • Liedtke, M., Asghari, R., & Spengler, T. (2021). Fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems and the choice of location for new companies in rural areas–The case of Germany. Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive only), 31(4), 76-87.
  • Thirasak, V. (2019). Building an effective startup team. In International Conference on Advances in Business and Law (ICABL) (Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 18-27).
  • George, G., Merrill, R. K., & Schillebeeckx, S. J. (2021). Digital sustainability and entrepreneurship: How digital innovations are helping tackle climate change and sustainable development. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 45(5), 999-1027.
  • Franceschelli, M. V., Santoro, G., & Candelo, E. (2018). Business model innovation for sustainability: a food start-up case study. British Food Journal, 120(10), 2483-2494.
  • Moro-Visconti, R., Cruz Rambaud, S., & López Pascual, J. (2020). Sustainability in FinTechs: An explanation through business model scalability and market valuation. Sustainability, 12(24), 10316.

Further literature will be provided during the course

Teaching concept

This course is a unique mixture of theoretical knowledge and practical experience for the students. Students are expected to work on the development of their teamwork skills over the case study project as well as learning the theoretical concepts of digital entrepreneurship.

Lecture with integrated exercise: Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship (WIWI‑C1225)
Module: Sustainable Digital Entrepreneurship (WIWI‑M0947)