First KTUR Summer School on Entrepreneurship – a perfect example of successful trinational and intercultural cooperation

From Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, around 30 students and PhDs from 8 KTUR partner universities and 12 different nationalities came together in Freiburg, Basel and Strasbourg for the KTUR Summer School on Entrepreneurship to get a compact insight into how to turn an idea into a business – an inspiring experience for all parties involved!

The Trinational KTUR Summer School is a joint initiative of the University of Strasbourg, the University of Freiburg and FHNW School of Business. It brought together students and PhDs from KTUR universities in France, Germany and Switzerland. The aim was to learn how to put their business ideas into practice through interactive workshops and group activities. Luckily, and much to everyone’s delight, the current COVID-19 restrictions allowed the event to take place in-person.

The participants formed multicultural and interdisciplinary groups and worked on six very different business ideas, ranging from the field of biotechnology to the field of solar mobility. Lecturers, coaches and entrepreneurs from the KTUR network supported them with their expertise. On the final day, the groups pitched their project and received feedback from the jury, who awarded two prizes: best project (Team Healectric) and best team performance (Team Sustineo).

City tour in Basel
Group photo KTUR summer school
KTUR Summer School participants on the last day in Strasbourg

Last but not least, the Summer School was not only about starting a business but also about networking and getting to know each other. Next to the working sessions, the participants had a lot of fun! They took part in city tours, experienced a dark restaurant in Basel and some French delicacies in Strasbourg.

All in all, the KTUR Summer School was a success! The participants could benefit from the different cultures and approaches on entrepreneurship in the three host countries, the expertise from the KTUR network, and strengthen their intercultural competences thanks to the diversity of the groups and the different social activities. We received very positive feedback from the students and we are looking forward to repeating this format!


Photo credits: University of Freiburg