If students cannot travel to international start-up hubs due to the pandemic, then an innovative and relevant local solution is called for. This has now been made possible at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management through the Master in Entrepreneurship Capstone module. Students are usually abroad during the module and placed within relevant start-ups. This year, due to and despite the pandemic, they were able to work together – in small groups and with comprehensive hygiene measures and daily testing in the WHU test centers – on-site rather than just virtually.
The first task was to set up a robot equipped with sensors and AI-capabilities on wheels, bring it to life, and assign predesignated tasks through programming tools. "Above all, it was fun to be able to do things haptically again," shares Professor Dr. Christoph Hienerth, Chair of Entrepreneurship and New Business Development and head of the module. "Everyone had to learn a bit of Python programming in advance, including me. But if all you do is sit in front of a PC, you hardly get any visible results. On the robot, on the other hand, you can immediately see what you've done right or where you still need to tighten things up."