Digital technology and new applications make enterprise processes increasingly fast moving, flexible, and agile. Long-term plans often no longer make sense because market needs - such as those caused by trends like individualisation or online competition - change more and more often and fundamentally.

That is why ideas need to be swiftly and flexibly tested in practice. It must also be possible to adapt them continuously. That is the only way to find out at an early stage whether an idea makes sense and is commercially viable or needs to be adapted or even abandoned.


By using agile innovation methods entrepreneurs can develop products and services swiftly and with a customer orientation and thereby make sure of a decisive competitive advantage.

In our workshops you will learn about innovative methods and be able to put them to the test in an inspirational learning environment – and you are welcome to test a case from your own professional practice. New approaches like Design Thinking, Scrum, or Lean Startup will enable you to take into account unusual viewpoints and to arrive at surprising results.

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Would you like to delve deeper into our forward-looking topics or learn the latest innovation methods? We are happy to offer you various formats for the following exciting topics: Depending on your needs, our offers can be booked as keynote speeches or workshops over half a day, one or two days. Individual formats for your team are also possible. Unless otherwise stated, dates, prices and language (English or German) are available on request. Please do not hesitate to contact us!


Prof. Christoph Ihl
Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Hamburg, Director Startup Dock

In the offer "Agile Business Model Innovation with Business Model Canvas and Co" you will learn how to develop innovative business models. You will strengthen your skills in the application of agile innovation methods and tools such as Business Model Canvas.


  • Introduction to Business Model Innovation
  • Analysis of your existing business model
  • Identification of threats to the business model as well as new opportunities and possibilities
  • Learn skills to drive the development of new business model ideas

Business Model Canvas, Opportunity Navigator, Business Model Navigator, Ten Types of Innovation

The participants form up in small teams and develop new business models interactively and playfully along a structured workshop format using various innovation methods and tools.

Target group:
Project managers, team leaders, executives from the fields of engineering, product management, marketing & sales, new product & business development

Christoph Ihl is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Technical University of Hamburg, where he heads the Institute for Entrepreneurship and serves as Academic Director of the Startup Dock.

Location: NIT Design Thinking Space

Completion: Certificate of participation of the NIT

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Tobias Berger
Entrepreneur, Transformation Designer, CEO tthink GmbH & Co. KG

In the course of digitalization the days of static and inert project and product development methods such as the waterfall model are over. Their place is being taken by agile, flexible, and highly communicative methods. IT expert Tobias Berger teaches methods of agile and effective planning and design and development of new products and individual components.


Prof. Dr. Reinhard Prügl
Zeppelin University Germany

“This offer is about systematically extending and developing your business by identifying and capitalizing on new fields of business or adapting existing ones to a constantly changing environment.” It shows how to discover, develop and evaluate business opportunities.

Participants learn about different sources of innovation/new business opportunities and how to systematically adapt/develop their business by benefiting from these opportunities via building a viable business model/first business plan.

They discover practical applicability for entrepreneurial endeavours and for corporate new product and business development. Different methods, strength and weaknesses of these methods are taught and how to use and strengthen analytical skills, enhance presentation skills and critical discussion of methods.

The offer focuses on:

  • Technological Competence Leveraging: Methods to systematically identify new applications for existing technology, select the most promising ones and drafting a commercialisation strategy
  • Business model generation/First steps towards a business plan
  • Developing a sound venture pitch/Pitching towards investors
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Prügl von der Zeppelin University Germany
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Prof. Christoph Ihl
Technische Universität Hamburg, Leiter des Instituts für Unternehmertum

Many companies are reluctant to adapt their business models to digital opportunities. Most are not sure how to go about it. By using agile innovation methods entrepreneurs can develop new products and services swiftly and with a customer orientation and thereby gain a decisive competitive edge.

Benefit from agile innovation methods and be able to react to new requirements swiftly and in a targeted manner.

You will learn new methods, apply them to your own business and return to your company with specific measures at the ready. In the NIT’s inspirational Design Thinking Space you will hit on new ideas and devise from the outset solutions that can be implemented immediately.

Get to know agile innovation methods and apply them in a targeted manner.


  • Understanding and analyzing customers’ problems: jobs to be done, customer journeys, empathy maps, personas, value proposition canvas
  • Describing and updating business models
  • Business model canvas, blue ocean strategies, ten types of innovation, business model patterns
  • Testing and implementing business ideas
  • Lean experiments, minimum viable products
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Robert Glöckner and Constantin Grabner
Research Assistants at the Institute of Productionmanagement and Technology of the TUHH

What does "lean production" mean? Methods of lean production are now common in many companies. They offer the possibility for sustainable productivity increases.

However, this also requires the employees in the production areas to be involved in the improvement. Identify weak points and find solutions together! Get to know the basic idea of lean production and its most important methods. In addition to conveying the contents, the training focuses in particular on experiencing the methods and concepts in the training environment of the IPMT model factory. A basic understanding of the concept of lean production enables you to identify and eliminate waste in your own company.


  • Object-oriented programming
    problem-solving technique
    line balancing
    layout design
    Lean material flow
    Visual Management

training location
Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Production management and technology
Denickestrasse 17 (L)
21073 Hamburg, Germany

target audience
Team leaders and employees from production and logistics

impulse lectures
Game rounds in the model factory

Get a NIT Certificate of Participation in the end of the course


Ralf Schulze
EMEA Lead für Manufacturing Industry, Zebra Technologies Europe, Deutschland

Industry 4.0 offers manufacturing enterprises in particular numerous opportunities to establish themselves in new business areas. In one-on-one coaching IT and strategy consultant Ralf Schulze deals with the individual circumstances of attendees and identifies business opportunities.

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Peter Pirklbauer
Innovation Manager in Emerging Technology & Concepts, Airbus Group, Germany

Industry is in the throes of change and the consequences are hitting companies head-on and in all areas: As an innovation manager Peter Pirklbauer is familiar with the far-reaching repercussions of both emergent and disruptive technologies. An expert, he knows which technology trends are worth pursuing.


Dr. Philipp Glösmann
Senior Project Manager, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA, Lübeck

Industry 4.0 is already starting to influence our work environment. Sector-unrelated competitors, global competition, shorter life cycles, complex stakeholder situations and agile organizational structures are challengers today’s movers and shakers.

This offer aims to teach attendees helpful methods to enable them to take their innovations and projects forward successfully in a challenging environment.

•    Hypothesis-based working
•    Structuring tasks efficiently
•    Storyline and slide design
•    Stakeholder management

•    Project management refresher (basics)
•    Agile project management (basics and case study)
•    Hybrid project management model

Target group: Movers and shakers – executives, line managers and new recruits

Methodology: Combination of basic principles and practical training

Certificate: NIT participation certificate


Benjamin Ferreau
Industrial engineer, lecturer, Digital Expert & Entrepreneur

Only those who understand today's customer needs in the digital age can offer products and services online that meet their needs. The Customer Journey is an excellent tool for identifying and understanding these needs from the customer's perspective. You will be taught how to prepare your online presence for digitization and how to design a digital offering across different channels by operationalizing the Customer Journey.

A subway network map full of touchpoints and the Customer Experience

This introductory offer will give you a comprehensive overview of the subject area of Customer Journey Modelling. This way you will learn what it means to be able to offer the customer a true customer experience using methods already applied in practice and promising for success, such as the "Customer Journey Model Canvas" as well as digital technologies such as "Artificial Intelligence". So that you, too, are equipped for digital transformation to successfully advance and control your projects and goals in the digital age.


  • Basics of Customer Journey
  • Customer Journey Mapping based on the Journey Model Canvas approach
  • The operationalization approaches of mapping (e.g. the use of AI / KI)    
  • Concrete examples of the use of mapping
  • Individual subway network map

Target audience: Managing directors, executives, Project Manager / Groups, Team Leader, Interested parties

Methodology:  Dialogue lectures, Discussions, Case studies, Journey Model Canvas Method (based on the Business Model Canvas)

Ends with an NIT Certificate of Participation.


Design Thinking is a concept aimed at a systematic approach to complex problems as well as a process to promote innovative ideas. It uses the approach of designers, who first deal with the problem area and work in a strongly user-oriented way.



Moritz Avenarius
Innovation trainer,

Participants learn the Design Thinking approach and the uses to which it can be put, the conditions and success factors by means of cases taken from practice. Suitable as a closed event for an individual organization or as an open event for a group that is interested in Design Thinking.


Getting to know the Design Thinking approachPractical application and testing the method by means of cases taken from practiceReflection and evaluation of individual steps in full session and collection of further tips for implementation

Target group: Project managers, team leaders, user experience managers, innovation managers, change managers

Methodology: Input - Application - Reflection - Design Thinking

Certificate: NIT participation certificate


Moritz Avenarius
Innovation trainer,

Design Thinking - what creative possibilities does this innovative work-method offer? Try it out in our workshop "Design Thinking: Compact and Creative": During one evening, you will receive a high-level overview of the method and its possible applications.

The workshop is open to all who are interested. We can also schedule a workshop for a closed group.


Get to know the Design Thinking Method
Apply, test, and moderate the methods during case studies
Reflection and evaluation of each step
Recommendations and tips for a successful implementation

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate from the NIT


Moritz Avenarius, Zukunftslotse Hamburg

Time Frame:
One evening from 18 to 21

Design Thinking Space at the NIT, Hamburg

Price on request

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Moritz Avenarius
Innovation trainer,

How does Design Thinking work? How can these innovative methods move the processes of a company forward? This is what many entrepreneurs, team managers, and change leaders ask themselves.

Find answers to these questions through a one day workshop "Design Thinking: Learn and Apply" from the NIT.

In a short time, you will learn how to implement the methods and success factors of Design Thinking. The workshop is suitable for a closed event for a company, or for an open group.


  • Get to know the Design Thinking Method
  • Apply, test, and moderate the methods during case studies
  • Reflection and evaluation of each step
  • Tips for a successful implementation and presentation

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate from the NIT


Moritz Avenarius, Zukunftslotse Hamburg

Time Frame:
One day from 9 to 17

Design Thinking Space at the NIT, Hamburg

Price and date on request


Moritz Avenarius
Innovation trainer,

During our workshop "Design Thinking: How to Apply and Moderate" get to know how to use and lead the Design Thinking method and its practical applications.

In two intensive days, we invite project leaders, UX managers, innovation managers, and change leaders to apply various moderation methods and to try the creative process.

Through this process, the innovative Design Thinking space of the NIT offers plenty of free space for the creative methods and group work. As a result of the workshop, participants are able to accompany and implement the Design Thinking process on their own.

Content Details:

  • Get to know the Design Thinking Method
  • Learn the foundations of moderation techniques and their application for a successful execution of the Design thinking process:
  • Active listening
  • Methodology
  • The three steps of moderation
  • To apply, test, and moderate the methods during case studies
  • Reflection and evaluation of each step in a group setting, and gaining further tips on implementation
  • Learn the foundation of visualization tips to accompany the Design Thinking process

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate from the NIT

Time Frame:
Two Days from 9 to 17

Marie Urhahn, Consensa
Moritz Avenarius, Zukunftslotse Hamburg

Location: Design Thinking Space at the NIT, Hamburg

Price on request


As you study the modules from our curriculum, you prepare for a modern, agile and digital work environment. Through our innovative learning concept, you focus on learning through many dynamic, practical and socially integrated projects. A module consists of several weekend workshops, self-study time and individual online coaching.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a new and different approach to solving problems and developing innovations. The focus is on people, needs, and deeper interrelationships. Design Thinking is a process, instrument, and mindset at the same time. Students learn the basics of design thinking in the course and use it as an example to solve a tricky problem. In the further course of the module, the instruments and working methods learned in this module are deepened and supplemented in an application-oriented manner.


Design Thinking as a method for creative, human-centered recognition and solution of problems represents a strong alternative to the predominant management approaches of recent decades. In this module, students learn and use this methodology to meet the challenges of the real world by developing innovative solutions that do not simply replicate existing solutions but challenge conventional thinking. Through practical experience in designing, managing, and improving products/services/business models, students improve their creative problem-solving skills, develop habits for self-reflection, and maintain their peer-to-peer collaboration skills.

Learning objectives

Theoretical basis

  • Students can describe the interdisciplinary genesis and core principles of Design Thinking
  • Students can explain the relationship of design thinking to other innovation practices, product development methods and management approaches (e.g. Lean Startup, Agile).
  • Practical project
  • The students are able to create and defend a human-oriented design challenge through a practical partner.
  • The students are able to generate design concepts and evaluate them with internal heuristics as well as feedback from users.
  • Students can improve and further develop their design concepts through rapid iteration.
  • Students can discuss design concepts with their practice partner with a focus on prototypes and visualizations.
  • The students will be able to improve their social competences by learning to give and receive feasible and effective feedback.
  • Reflection and application
  • Students can discuss the benefits and challenges of a people-centric approach to both product development and corporate culture.


On request, we would be pleased to put together an individual offer of workshops or keynotes for you. Feel free to contact us!




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