Please Note: The course is not offered in the winter term 2020/21 and summer term 2021.

Design Thinking for Business Innovation

General Information

Who can participate?: Open to ALL TUM Master’s level students

Who are we?: Technical University of Munich, Chair for Information Systems (

What will you get?:

  • Travel to the Silicon Valley
  • Work on real world challenges from our corporate partners
  • Work in international teams together with our partner universities
  • Take ownership: Prototype and manage your budget

Timing: From September to June

Includes: Advanced Practical Course & Advanced Seminar

Location: Experimental Learning Lab @ TUM in Garching (Roomfinder)

Application Process

To apply for the course students have to submit an application containing a motivation letter, a CV, a screenshot of the priorization of the course in the matching system ( and a transcript of records until 23.07.2019 at (creative applications are welcome).

Further, applicants have to register in the TUM-Matching-System from 19.07 until 23.07.2019.

Interviews are scheduled for 24.07. until 26.07.2019. Invitations will be send out shortly before, so please make sure you are prepared.

Detailed Information

In this inter-semester course, student teams work on real world problems, which are provided by company partners from a company-specific innovation challenge. A project budget is provided for which the student teams themselves are responsible.

Students from different departments of TUM work together in interdisciplinary teams. Moreover, every TUM student team works with a student team from a partner university of the SUGAR network. For example, it is possible to work together with students from Stanford University, the University of St. Gallen, the Hasso Plattner Institute, the Aalto University or the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

In the course, the teaching concept of “experiential learning” is applied. The students continuously learn “Design Thinking” basics in a lecture format, which they directly apply in their project. Throughout the course, students receive individual support from Design Thinking experts, scientists and company representatives.

The course “Design Thinking for Business Innovation” provides proximity to companies. Students will get insight into the inner workings of companies through company visits and meetings at milestone events in which company representatives participate during the course.

Course Overview @TUM

The seminar is offered annually throughout the semester as a combination of a practical course and a seminar for master students from various study programs. Amongst others, students of information systems, business administration, computer science, games engineering, mechanical engineering, CDTM, physics, mathematics and electrical engineering can apply. The course will start in September 2019 (WS 2019/20) and end in June 2020 (SS2020).

The advanced seminar “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 2” (IN2107, IN4891) builds upon the knowledge of the practical course. As the Design Thinking course is designed as an inter-semester format, the successful completion of the practical course requires participation in the seminar as well as the practical course “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 1” (IN2106, IN4200).

Throughout the course, students will be able to present their interim results at various milestone meetings (travel expenses will be covered).

The information event for the course took place on the 04.07.2019 at 16:30 in 01.10.011, TUM Faculty for Informatics, Garching. You can find the slides from the event here: WS201920_DT4BI_Infoveranstaltung

Course in TUMonline

Termin 2019/2020:

Practical course “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 1” (IN2106, IN2128, IN212808).

Term 2018/2019:

Practical course “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 1” (IN2106, IN4200.

Advanced seminar “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 2” (IN2107, IN4891)

Term 2017/2018:

Practical course “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 1” (IN2106, IN4200)

Advanced seminar “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 2” (IN2107, IN4891)

Term 2016/2017:

Practical course “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 1” (IN2106, IN4200)

Advanced seminar “Design Thinking for Business Innovation 2” (IN2107, IN4891)