At DTU, students don’t have to choose between education and the entrepreneurial dream


The tech entrepreneur programme at DTU gives students both a master’s degree and the opportunity to work on their startup.

The tech entrepreneur programme at DTU gives students both a master’s degree and the opportunity to work on their startup.

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For some, a university degree gives them peace of mind about their career. Others are willing to throw everything to the side and pursue the dream of founding a startup.

But at DTU, you can do both at the same time. Since 2019, the MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship has been developing, incubating and educating both entrepreneurs and their startups.

“We realized that many of the entrepreneurial students both here at DTU and at other educational institutions were often faced with the choice of continuing their studies or dropping out to become entrepreneurs. And so the idea of a master’s program was born,” says Thor Rigtrup Larsen, Programme Manager for DTU Entrepreneurship.

Through the program, students get the opportunity to work both practically and academically with their own startup. In addition, they become part of the DTU ecosystem with unique access to leading researchers, funding, accelerators, sparring and mentors.

“We give students two years to focus on their startup. It’s not simulated, it’s protected. The students don’t run the same risk because they are within the education system. And most of them leave with both a master’s degree and a startup under their arm,” explains Thor Rigtrup Larsen.

Research shows that diversity in the team provides one of the best foundations for a startup. Therefore, it is important for DTU to encourage all types of students to apply for the master’s program.

“We are very interested in how the future is shaped and how we can make a difference. That’s why we bring together people with all kinds of different backgrounds, but who have one thing in common: the hunger to create scalable tech companies for the benefit of people and the world.” says Thor Rigtrup Larsen.

MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship (

  • 2-year full-time education at DTU in Kgs. Lyngby Lyngby
  • The education is in English
  • 50 students are admitted per year
  • Anyone from any educational background can apply
  • Admission requirements are a Bachelor’s or Professional Bachelor’s degree and a passed English test, as well as a completed application form
  • Both relevant background and motivation for applying are assessment criteria
  • Application deadline is March 1st
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