Bachelor and Master theses available at TUM's Entrepreneurship Research Institute


Community and Entrepreneurship

Bachelor and Master theses are available as part of a larger qualitative research project on the topic of the role and importance of community for entrepreneurship.

Potential avenues for research include, but are not limited to:

  • Hackathons, Makeathons, Makerspaces, working spaces and their role and importance for new venture creation
  • Gender, community, and entrepreneurship
  • Accelerators and Incubators in a Comparative Perspective, including corporate contexts
  • Digital and physical communities and their impact on entrepreneurial endeavors (new venture creation, scaling, or venture failure)
  • Fostering and developing entrepreneurial culture – especially in the academic setting
  • Entrepreneurial cities and the startup scene in Germany

For Bachelor level, students will be expected to conduct literature reviews on specific subsets of the above topics, transcribe taped interviews, and conduct additional secondary research (including but not limited to, media material and archival research). Master thesis students will be required to conduct original primary data collection on a scale appropriate to educational and experience level, which may include interviews, ethnography, and questionnaires.

Students will have the opportunity to tailor the above sample sub-topics to their specific interests and strengths, and develop a robust theoretical and empirically evidenced understanding of the topic.

For Master Students: it is possible for the student to offer their own project partner (i.e. a digital community, or a working space, or a hackathon). The principal researcher, Dr. Koycheva, will also offer the opportunity to work with a list of selected partners.


  • Commitment to high academic standards
  • Diligent and precise working style
  • Excellent command of English; where necessary and appropriate, fluency in German
  • Participation in our chair’s seminar on academic research and writing
  • (will be a plus) previous work with or classes on qualitative research and/or business anthropology

If you are interested, please send your full application including a

  • Cover letter (Please outline your motivation, describe your knowledge and capabilities relevant to the research project, and mention your starting date)
  • CV
  • Up-to-date transcript of records

to Dr. Lora Koycheva – applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis according to ongoing demands of the larger research project.