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:

  • Digital Tech Fellows Program

  • 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 or start-up  idea which comes either from the participants themselves or from our corporate partners.

Check out the latest DTA Image Movie

Please find the detailed information here.

The Starting Business Ideas @ FAU Program

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

Business Design Coach

Our Industry Partners

Our Institutional Partners