International Startup School

International Startup School is our personalized program, specially tailored to help international students who are planning to start their own business or work for a startup.

New Workshops starting from 20.10.2017.

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International Startup School provides a first orientation for founders by explaining how to use core principles of the Lean Startup methodology.


Your opportunity to spend time with ambitious and like-minded people and maybe to find the right co-founders.




International Startup School is the place to share and discuss your ideas and challenges with other founders and mentors.



Your opportunity to earn a Certificate of Attendance to boost your resume.

Next International Startup School Workshops

Apr 2018

ISS Workshop: Startup 101 - All you need is a Lean Start
13/04/2018 @ 11:00 - 15:00

All you need is a Lean Start: Learn how to start lean. We will provide you with a fundamental understanding regarding what a startup exactly is and...

ISS Workshop: Startup Ideas – All you need is a Good Problem
27/04/2018 @ 11:00 - 15:00

All you need is a Good Problem: Learn how to get startup ideas by solving good problems instead of having ideas. Therefore, we will discuss...

Mai 2018

ISS Workshop: Startup Plausibility Check – All you Need is a Ruby
04/05/2018 @ 11:00 - 15:00

All you Need is a Ruby: Learn how to check your startup idea. We will discuss guidelines and techniques on how to describe your target market,...

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The „International Startup School“ is offered by the transfer and start-up center (TUGZ Founders) and is sponsored by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the European Union.


One right decision can change your life, for better. And for me, it was joining the International Startup School. With no clue where to start and no startup idea at all before joining this program, the program landed me in the winning spot at „Startup Munich Competition“, while took me to Top 100 teams for eBay startup Cup Challenge, in Berlin. That’s the power of mentoring!

The mentor (Stefan Werner) was really helpful, super cooperative and all of his sessions were engaging. If you are thinking to learn something from scratch, in a friendly environment, absolutely for free, and stand your idea above the noise, this is where you want to be. Don’t procrastinate. It’s worth your time!“

Muhammed Imad, summer term 2017

Throughout the whole semester I felt like I was part of a very closed and united group. I was really looking forward all the time to the next workshop because there was always something new to learn. There´s a great atmosphere, everything is comfortable and relaxing. We had always snacks, coffee and tea. But beyond that, meeting people from different countries and with different ideas broadens your mind and way of thinking.

What I learned during the International Startup School it is very valuable, because even when you don´t have an idea, you´ll learn how to create your own and apply this knowledge on a daily base. The techniques, the discussions, the questions, the arguments, all of it will be part of a learning process that will help me during my career and personal life. Even more than that, it could be the place to meet future colleagues. People with great business ideas, people who are just there for curiosity, people that would like to simply join a startup. All the people I met, I will certainly keep them close because who knows what the future have for us.

Jose Lopez, summer term 2017

The international startup school is a great source of inspiration, guidance and a provider of a lot of useful legal information for having a startup in Germany. With regular workshops and long structural discussions, feedbacks we have gained a lot of insight into the startup world.

Yasar Mohammed, summer term 2017

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Important to know:

There is no cost – no obligation. However, since we are a sponsored project of Saxony-Anhalt and the European Union, participation is subject to corresponding conditions and documentation rules. More information can be found here.

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Who can apply?

  1. You are thinking about starting a company.
  2. You live in Saxony-Anhalt or you has founded a company here.
  3. If you have already established a company, the foundation should not be older than five years.

De-minimis Angaben für TUGZ Founders

Aktenzeichen: ZS/2016/02/77123
Beihilfegeber: Land Sachsen-Anhalt/Europäische Union ESF
Form der Beihilfe: Zuschuss
Beihilfewert: 5.255,51 EUR je Teilnehmer