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 three main pillars:

  • FAU – Digital Tech Fellows Program

  • Entrepreneurial Innovation Hub

  • Starting Business Ideas @ FAU Program

The Digital Tech Fellows Program

The Digital Tech Fellows Program is a 12 weeks elite summer semester program for entrepreneurial and tech talents from all degrees and PhD programs 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

FAU – Digital Tech Fellows Program Image

Please find the detailed information here.

The Entrepreneurial Innovation Hub

This program is our two-semester joint excellence program across all faculties and seven universities of Nuremberg, Ansbach and Erlangen. It is open to outstanding innovative talents from all degrees and PhD programs as well as to research assistants who do not yet have a business idea. Applications are accepted in summer semester and the program starts in the winter semester.
Please find more to the Hub program 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





    The FAU Digital Tech Academy is at the core of FAU‘s strategy. It connects students, entrepreneurs, and innovators across all our faculties and contributes to FAU as the No. 1 Innovator in Germany.

    Prof. Dr. Katrin Möslein,
    Vice President Outreach FAU


    Not only the run through the Business Design Process with my own startup was a unique experience during my studies, but especially the network in the founder scene around the region of Nuremberg, which was created by the Digital Tech Fellows Program bear fruits until today!

    Johannes Schilling
    Bechtle, IT Business Architect
    DTF Batch #5



  • Being part of DTA gave me the skills and courage to start my own business and learn what it really means to be an entrepreneur. Since then, I benefit from the spirit and experience I gained as a Digital Tech Fellow. This helped me a lot in running my own business and in many other situations.

    Dr.-Ing. Niklas Duda
    Diehl Metering, Solution Architect
    Dulog, Founder
    DTF Batch #3

  • I got to know great people and learned how to develop a business idea. I recommend anyone to participate in the DTF program to improve their digital competencies, learn how to build up their business, and expand their network. The program supported not only my professional, but also my personal development.

    Vivien-Lisa Bermel
    Deutsche Bahn, Consultant
    DTF Batch #4