Our Program for Innovators and Futer-Shapers

Batch #3 starts in winter semester 2021/2022

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The Corporate Campus Challenge is a unique learning experience specifically targeting creative, innovative and open-minded young people.

Here, you are offered the chance to combine theory and practice and try it out directly on real-life challenges in the business world.

Get involved in an innovative learning journey and work in interdisciplinary teams. Your goal will be to identify unmet user needs, create new products and services, and develop a tested prototype.

Find out more about our program!


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Die Fakten

  • 12 weeks of hands-on mentality to push your innovative skills
  • Mentoring from experienced coaches and experts in Open Innovation, Design Thinking and Lean Startup
  • Receive a certificate of participation for your future CV
  • Take advantage of the great opportunity to get in touch with our corporate partners
  • Depending on your university you can get ECTS for your participation
Ideation Workshop @ Campus Founders

What you will learn

The Corporate Campus Challenge is broken down in 12 weeks. You will have one interactive session per week where you will be coached in the fields of:

  • Design Thinking
  • Lean Startup
  • Prototyping
  • Co-Innovation

So let’s find solutions for the challenges of real companies! As a corporate partner, they will formulate their challenge and support you and your team in finding solutions. Collaboration is the key.

Our academic partners

Campus Lab @ Campus Founders

Which participants are we looking for?

  • Creative, innovative and entrepreneurial minds who want to fail fast and fail cheap
  • Problem-solvers and get-goers from diverse background with open mindsets
  • People who challenge the status quo

Get the unique chance to co-create with people of different disciplines, cultures and universities while exploring themselves in a safe environment. Our trainers and coaches will guide you along your experimental journey through the Corporate Campus Challenge.

Join our network of innovators and experience an inspiring way of collaborating and developing unusual solutions for real problems in business and society.

What our participants say about the

Corporate Campus Challenge

"We were supported by experts who further developed our skills of creative problem solving and entrepreneurship. I had a diverse team with different backgrounds, which enriched the entire experience." Sevim - Team Quattro+2
"Solving a problem requires us to fully understand where its roots are or where it makes the most impact. CCC gave me the chance to work with like-minded individuals and network with professionals." Abdelrahman - Team ZVL
"I learn more when I apply the concepts or techniques practically rather than learning them theoretically, the CCCC helped me to learn by doing. I also enjoyed and had fun working along with my teammates." Gayatri - Team 4Di
"At the CCC, I got deep insights into the world of an entrepreneur. Together with a team I have worked on new solutions and have tried out new technologies. As a techie you get the chance to create a functional prototype, such as software." Chris - Team INDI


Who can apply?

To ensure a maximum of learning we are looking for applicants that show a high motivation and willingness to learn within a group of diverse people, regardless of the stage of your career, from a student to an experienced professional. This program is designed for change makers and innovators and therefore open to everyone who wants to contribute to solving a meaningful challenge. Only requirement is that you are 18+ years old. Even though we are working hard to get students some ECTS for successful participation, we are not looking for “ECTS-hunters” – people that try to get ECTS in the most fun ways.

How can I apply?

As soon as registration is possible again, you will be informed via our social channels and our website.

Click on the button “I want to get more information!” above and you will receive a message from us as soon as the registration is open.

How do you select the participants?

We select our participants according to their motivation combined with the date of application. We accept everyone who can convince us of their motivation, but we have limited amount of places. If all places are taken, we will let you know if you made it on the waiting list and inform you as early as possible if you can move up and join the program. In case you won’t make it into the program we would be pleased about your application for the next batch.

What if I could only attend virtually?

If it is not possible for you to attend the on-site sessions, we encourage you to apply in any case. We will make it possible for virtual participants to be present at all on-site sessions and be part of their team through a hybrid concept. Johannes about it by mail.

Please inform our Program Manager Johannes via e-mail:

How much does it cost?

Joining the program is free for our participants. You only have to get into the program by showing your motivation and convincing us.

What is the content of the program?

The goal is to learn entrepreneurship by applying methods from Design Thinking and Lean Startup to a given challenge. You will work with diverse people in a team. You’ll apply what you’ve learned directly by developing a functional prototype, delivering an inspiring final pitch, and creating valuable documentation for the challenge partner (company). But you won’t be alone on this journey. Each team will have a dedicated coach and will be guided through all phases of our program. However, it is your motivation that will make the difference and let you achieve a result that adds real value. Each motivated participant will receive even more motivation from their coaches and trainers to help you achieve that goal and go above and beyond.

Will I get ECTS for my participation?

For all HHN students: The Corporate Campus Challenge is part of the “Studium Generale” program. Therefore if you choose for Corporate Campus Challenge you will receive ECTS from HHN.

For all TUM students: The Corporate Campus Challenge is part of the elective study program. TUM MiM students will receive ECTS for their participation.

But if you are only an “ECTS-hunter” – looking for the most fun way to get ECTS – this is not the right format for you.

Will I own the Intellectual Property of my invention?

Short answer: Yes, you will! All details are written down in our AGBs.

What will be the language of the program?

Simple answer – English. Only that way we can ensure diversity in terms of nationality and demographic background. We expect all participants to speak and write English – not perfectly but being able to express yourself. Some few sessions will be hold bilingual to also not exclude only German speaking temporary collaborators.

You have further questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!

Meet Johannes @ Campus Founders

Johannes Schnabel

Program Manager

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