Innovation Boot Camp in Stuttgart, Germany

May 2021

Explore the landscape of Entrepreneurship and become a Trendwatcher!


Program| Accomodation | Travel | Cost | Eligibility| Application| Credits| Document Package

Due to the COVID-19 situation the INNOVATION BOOT CAMP planned in May 2020 will be postponed to May 2021. The format of the forthcoming Innovation Boot Camp is still to be clarified.

In 2020, a similar format of the INNOVATION BOOT CAMP will be running as an online course from 12th October until the end of November. More information can be found on the Innovation Boot Camp website.


Here you can find the agenda for the Innovation Boot Camp envisaged to take place in May 2020:

What is the Innovation Boot Camp?

The Innovation Boot Camp combines Trendwatching and Innovation in the framework of Entrepreneurship. Participants of the Short Term Program will have the unique opportunity to experience business-related models and search for emerging trends in technology, innovation and sustainability. Within two weeks, distinguished lecturers from the Germany the Netherlands and Belgium will take students from around the world through an intensive study and cultural program. Participating students can earn up to 8 ECTS in the Innovation Boot Camp.

The Innovation Boot Camp is organized by the Hochschule der Medien (HdM) in Stuttgart, Germany, in collaboration with our partner universities Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA), The Netherlands, and Karel de Grote University College (KdG), Belgium.

What is the program?

The Innovation Boot Camp offers a flexible two-week program: participants can select one block during week 1 in and around Stuttgart as well as an optional optional block during week 2 in Amsterdam.

Find the roadmap for Block 1 and Block 2 here.


Block 1 (4-8 May): Entrepreneurship Boot Camp in and around Hochschule der Medien (HdM)

Participants organize their travel to Stuttgart themselves and need to arrive in the city by Sunday (3 May) the latest.

The Innovation Boot Camp kicks off in a cozy lodging on the Swabian Alb on Monday (4 May) - transfer to Pfronstetten will be organized.

Located in beautiful nature you will spend three intensive days in close collaboration on developing creative ideas and transferring them in a viable business model. User-centered Problem Solving, Creative Ideation and Innovative Business Modelling do not just happen by chance – by applying the right methods and tools (e.g. Business Model Canvas) and following the principles of Design Thinking, we will develop them systematically.

Participants return from the Swabian Alb to Stuttgart on Wednesday 6 May. Transfer to HdM will be organized.


On Thursday and Friday (7-8 May), participants will finalize the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at HdM in Stuttgart.

Check out the Program of Block 1 and Syllabus of Block 1.

During Block 1, participants can earn 3 ECTS in total for attendance and pre/post-course work (Hand-in Pitch Deck).


On Saturday 9 May 2020 participants will travel to Amsterdam and enjoy a social program that weekend.

Travel to Amsterdam (e.g. via train) needs to be organized by the participant themselves.


Block 2 optional (11-13 May): Trendwatching and Innovation at Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA)

Participants will encounter Trendwatching and dive deeply into hot topics of innovation. The focus will be on essential cultural skills and sustainability in particular.

Check out the Progam of Block 2 and Syllabus of Block 2.

During Block 2, students can earn 3 ECTS in total for attendance and pre/post-course work.


The program ends on Wednesday 13 May 2020. Participants can depart home or to their next destination (travel needs to be organized by the participants themselves).


Please note:

Students participating in Block 1 and Block 2 can choose the following option:

  • Submission of an Individual Learning Reflection Paper based on Syllabus of Study Project (2 ECTS in total for written assignment without attendance).

Where can I stay?

In Stuttgart, students can be accommodated in Hostel Alex 30 from Sunday-Monday (3-4 May) and Wednesday-Saturday (6-9 May). HdM has booked 16 beds in dormitories (3-4 beds per dorm) for students participating in the Innovation Boot Camp. Students should contact the hostel by 31 March 2020 and select a room (please refer to "HdM" when booking your bed at the hostel).

In Amsterdam, students will be staying in StayOkay Amsterdam Vondelpark from Saturday til Thursday (9-14 May). Dormitories (approx. 3-4 beds per dorm) are foressen for 20 students. Students will need to contact the coordinator at HvA by 31 March 2020 the latest in order to have their room booked for them.

Please note:

Students will need to book their respective accommodation in Stuttgart and Amsterdam by 31 March 2020 the latest. Otherwise the beds reserved will be cancelled and participants will need to look for alternative housing themselves. The accommodation in both cities needs to be paid by the participants themselves.

Find more information on accommodation in Stuttgart here.

How can I travel?

Find saver fares when travelling by train between Stuttgart-Amsterdam here.

Stuttgart has an international airport with train connections directly to downtown.

The Stuttgart Region has an excellent network of trains and light rail, making travel to and from HdM quite easy.

More detailed travel information can be found here.

What are the costs?

Participants need to cover travel, accommodation, catering and social activities themselves.

Anticipated costs for the week in Stuttgart range between 400-450 EUR in total (including accommodation, food and drinks, social activities, a three day-offsite and barbecue on Friday). Expected total costs for the week in Amsterdam amount to approx. 450 EUR (including accommodation, food and drinks and social activities).

Who can take part?

The Innovation Boot Camp is open to B.A. students from all subject areas.

How to apply?

We encourage all students to apply for the Innovation Boot Camp.

Send a letter of motivation, your resume and a current academic transcript of records (in English) in one pdf file  by 20 March 2020 to:      

Please indicate in your application which Blocks you would like to part in (Block 1 in Germany and/or Block 2 in The Netherlands). 

How many credits can I earn?

Students can earn 3,5,6 or 8 credits in four different Blocks of the Innovation Boot Camp.

Please check the Overview of ECTS Credit Possibilities and the Syllabi for Blocks A, B and C.

One mutual Transcript of Records can be issued by HdM for students participating in both Block 1 and 2.

Students are required to submit their post-course work and assignments by the end of July 2020. Upon successful submission particpants will receive a certificate of participation in the Innovation Boot Camp.


All relevant information on the Innovation Boot Camp can be found in the Document Package.

For further questions, please contact the International Office at HdM.

By the way...

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Innovation Boot Camp in fall will be running as an e-course from 12th October until 27th November 2020. Please find general information on the e-course on the Innovation Boot Camp website and here.