Welcome to the FAU – Digital Tech Academy

The Digital Tech Academy is the overarching HUB for digitization and entrepreneurship at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. It is embedded into the university department of strategic planning S-Outreach as ‘Knowledge and Technology Transfer’ which is the single point of contact for Spin-off services, Joint R&D projects, IP management, continuing education and event management.

We at the Digital Tech Academy scale and professionalize digital entrepreneurship endeavors at the FAU and  integrate existing (extra-) curricular offerings and provide novel formats with charisma and leverage.
In addition, we frame, harmonize, and build a central platform for all offerings in the field of “Digital Entrepreneurship”.

The Digital Tech Academy secures its high quality expectations through:

+ a direct connection to the university administration
+ a board with central responsibilities
+ a network throughout all faculties and university institutions
+ the close relationship to the start-up and innovation networks of our region
+ through our top notch alumni network
+ with support from the FAU spin-off services

The Digital Tech Academy consists of two main pillars – The Digital Tech Fellows Program and the Starting Business Ideas @ FAU Program.


The Digital Tech Fellows Program

The Digital Tech Fellows Program is a 12 weeks elite program for entrepreneurial and tech talents at FAU, educating future digital changemakers. You can either work on an innovation project/start-up idea which comes either from the participants themselves or from our corporate partners. 

Check out the latest DTA Image Movie

“I applied for the FAU Digital Tech Fellows Program to practically learn and experience how to build a start-up, not in theory.”
Martin Kaller – Team Roadius

Please find the detailed information under the Student Program…

The Starting Business Ideas @ FAU Programm

This program provides you several events and workshops which help you to get started with your idea.
Please find your opportunities as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur here…


Christoph Heynen

Head of FAU Spin-Off Service

Lisa Drescher

Business Design Coach

Klaus Konrad

Business Design Coach

Heike Nowak-Schwerdtfeger

(Aktuell in Elternzeit) Gründungsberaterin, Entrepreneurship-Coach

Our Industry Partners

Our Institutional Partners


Past Events

Tech Mentors and Pitch Coaches at the Zollhof Hackbay
Creativity Corner at the Digital Tech Summit & Hackathon