Create Your FinTech Startup

Explore fintech and the entrepreneurial process using a learning by doing methodology

Online Course Content

The recorded lectures and online sessions provide and discuss tools and methods of creating, visualizing, and analyzing digital business models (e.g., customer development, business model canvas, lean startup, design thinking).

In groups, students transfer and apply those tools to the fintech industry by creating, modeling, and pitching their own fin-/insurtech startup ideas.

Guest lectures of FinTech founders present real-world insights and experiences.

More details on structure, course materials, technical requirements, and logging information will be announced in StudOn.


  • can model, analyze, and discuss digital business models and their components
  • can assess the specific opportunities for and challenges of fin-/insurtech businesses
  • can create, plan, and implement novel fintech startups
  • can pitch their fintech idea in front of peers and experts
  • can present, assess, and give feedback to novel fintech business models
  • can collaborate with peers of different competences.

Recommended for
  • Master International Information Systems (from 2018/19): Module in the section Information Systems – Digital Business (Elective)
  • Master International Information Systems (from 2016/17): Module in the section Information Systems – Extension Courses (Elective)
  • Master FACT: Vertiefungsbereich (Modulgruppe Interdisziplinäre Module)
  • Master International Business Studies: Elective course – Free specialization module (Area studies: Europe)
  • Master Management: Vertiefungsbereich
  • Master in Economics: free elective modules
  • Master in Marketing: Wahlmodul in der Modulgruppe „Management“
  • Master Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen
  • Master Arbeitsmarkt und Personal: Wahlbereich
  • Master Wirtschaftspädagogik,
    Studienrichtung I: fachwissenschaftlicher Pflichtbereich;
    Studienrichtung II: fachwissenschaftlicher Wahlbereich


Adapting to the current circumstances, the course takes place online including, among others, four live sessions as outlined in the following schedule:

Deadlines & Sessions Date Room
Course registration February 15, 2021 –
April 14, 2021
Online via StudOn
Entrepreneurship, customer development, idea generation April 20, 2021
09:00 – 12:15
Zoom conference
Business idea pitch and customer conversations May 4, 2021
09:00 – 12:15
Zoom conference
Update presentation, MVP, prototyping May 18, 2021
09:00 – 12:15
Zoom conference
Final presentation and business plan June 1, 2021
09:00 – 12:15
Zoom conference
Submission of project reports (business plan) June 22, 2021 Via StudOn

For more details on structure and content, join the course in StudOn.

The examination includes a written project report (40%), presentations (50%), and class participation (10%). The course calculates 4 SWS and awards 5 ECTS.

To register for the course, please submit your name, student number, semester, master program, and a short proposal (max. 1/2 page) of an innovative business idea, if any, OR your unique competences & experiences you bring to a FinTech startup via StudOn within the registration period between February 10 – April 14, 2021.

Only registrations with complete information are considered. Firm confirmation of registration at the latest until April 16, 2021.

 Register until April 5, 2021 to secure the early bird confirmation of registration (80% of available places) — 

The number of participants is limited. In case of excess demand, participants are selected based on the business idea/diversification of competences (50%) and by drawing lots (50%). Mandatory registration for the course in the first session.

For course materials, information, and communication, join the course in StudOn.