International SEPT - MELES Symposium 2016 in Leipzig, Germany

International Entrepreneurship Promotion at Higher Education Institutions on 17th & 18th of November 2016, Leipzig University

By now entrepreneurial education has found its way into most universities as a curricular or non-curricular topic to stimulate start-up culture among students and scientists. Since 2006 we have successfully supported start-ups and entrepreneurs from all higher education institutions in the City of Leipzig with our support program SMILE (Self Management Initiative LEipzig). More than 400 businesses were created and implemented in the market.

In addition to our existing entrepreneurship promotion program we would like to tackle new challenges regarding international entrepreneurship. Leipzig University is able to attract over 10% of its students from abroad and would therefore like to design entrepreneurial support and international networks to foster international new ventures.

This symposium discusses best practice experiences for international entrepreneurship from institutions all over the world and gather ideas how to improve existing entrepreneurship programs for foreign founders.  As part of this goal we would like to present our experiences to promote entrepreneurship in the Erasmus+-supported MELES project.


Event programme

Event participants



Prof. Utz Dornberger (Leipzig University): Welcome Speech - Explanation of the agenda, purpose and outline of the event.

Torsten Brammer (CEO, WAVELABS): Starting an international new venture.

Mathias Treutwein (enpact – empowering entrepreneurs): Innovative mentoring programmes for an international start-up community.

Wojciech Roskiewicz (Fraunhofer IMW Leipzig): accelerapp - accelerating international validation and application of innovations.

Daniel John (PTJ – Projektträger Jülich): National start-up grant goes international – first experiences with EXIST Start-up Germany - Israel.

Ellen Bommersheim & Elke Read (KOMPASS – Centre for Entrepreneurship): Cross Border Innovation – starting businesses across borders & Management in EU Funds: International Start Ups.

Christian Hauke (Leipzig University): International entrepreneurship activities & start-up clinic.

Piotr Wołejsza (Maritime University of Szczecin): Erasmus+ Management of an European project.

Maria Lekakou (University of the Aegean) & Isabel Cação (University of Aveiro): MELES Summer School in Chios island & MELES Summer School in Aveiro.

Jolanta Koszelew (Bialystok University of Technology): Presentation of MELES e-book.

Ana Isabel Dias Daniel (University of Aveiro): Entrepreneurship education: the role of multi-culturality.

Nayef Stetieh (Business Development Center, Jordan): Start-up promotion for refugees in Jordan.

Babak Ziyae & Mehran Rezvani (University of Tehran): Entrepreneurship Education Experiences for International Students at Faculty of Entrepreneurship ,University of Tehran’.


Christian Hauke
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