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In the introductory phase, the courses are available in the public area of the Philipps-Universität Marburg's learning platform Ilias. The goal is to make the courses available in the learning platforms of all three universities in Central Hesse. Be aware, currently, all courses are available in german only. 

Congratulations! As a founder, you are a person who breaks new ground. This requires a lot of courage, which we would like to support. Our qualification program is designed to assist you in this.

We focus on soft skills and expert knowledge:

  • What skills do you bring with you as a founder?
  • How do you come up with good, marketable ideas for a spin-off?
  • What previous knowledge do you have? Or do you just want to refresh your knowledge?

Our qualification program addresses every phase of the start-up cycle.


"StartMiUp & QualifyMi!" Our qualification program as a key qualification for students (Bachelor) of JLU, THM and UMR.

Students (Bachelor) of JLU, THM and UMR can take the module as a key qualification starting in the winter semester.

This semester we offer 2 courses, one at JLU and one at UMR. Places are reserved for THM students in both courses. Each participant who has successfully completed the course will receive a certificate. You can find out more about the possibilities of having the module recognized as a course credit here:

With our qualification program StartMiUp & QualifyMi! for people interested in founding a company, you learn how to approach a start-up project.

The module has a hybrid structure:

  • We start with a two and a half day ideation workshop. Here you learn to fill a start-up idea with life using design thinking. In a team, this idea will be transformed into a viable business model by the end of the semester and presented in a pitch event at the end of the semester. Attendance at these face-to-face events is mandatory, they cannot be suspended.
  • During the semester, you will be supported by our online teaching material: a total of 16 individual lessons must be completed, 12 of which are compulsory. You will receive the tools that every founder needs to know. The list of compulsory lessons can be found below.
  • From the other elective lessons you can choose 4 more, which correspond to your business or your inclinations: If you are aiming at an internet-based business, you should of course choose e-commerce, if you are more at home in social entrepreneurship, choose this lesson. Here you can develop freely and of course, if you are interested, you can go through more than 4 lessons.
  • During the whole process the ECM and MAFEX team will support you with office hours :-)
  • At the end of the semester you have to write a portfolio (max. 12 pages) with a four-page idea sketch and present your project in a pitch.


  • Ideation workshop in Marburg: Nov. 6-8, 2023 approx. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on Nov. 8 approx. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Ideation workshop in Giessen: Nov. 8, 2023 approx. 2-6 p.m., Nov. 9, 2023 approx. 10 a.m. -5 p.m, Nov 10, 2023 approx. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Pitch presentation: to be announced, during the lecture-free period Feb. or March 2024.

Exact times and venue to be announced.

Organizational matters: One program - valid for three universities

In study programs that recognize the module (e.g. JLU Afk modules, UMR from WiSe 24/25 MarSkills) the course is credited with 6 ECTS/ CrP/LP.

Information for JLU students

The module is offered through the Center for Foreign Language and Occupational Competencies - ZfbK as an AfK module with the number 730. Registrations can be made at


can be made. For departments/programs that do not participate in the AfK modules there is the possibility of an extraordinary recognition. The procedure is described below.

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