iTEAMS Program

COMMERCIALIZING CREATIVITY | The iTEAMS program brings together multi-disciplinary teams of students and scientists to explore the commercial potential of groundbreaking university research.
Students working in a team


The iTEAMS program was developed at the University of Cambridge, based on a program from the MIT. It is designed for students and scientists to explore, identify, and analyze the commercial potential of emerging, breakthrough technologies developed at TUM. Participants from different disciplines form teams to explore further steps to turn the assigned technology into a commercially viable product. In weekly lectures and workshops the underlying knowledge is transferred, e.g. Communication and interview skills. The team meetings offer the opportunity for the participants to develop and discuss the practical implementation of their skills in the project.

During the program you will ...

  • learn how to turn a lab technology into a commercially viable product.
  • work in a team to determine suitable markets and further technology development for a nominated University research project.
  • discuss the technology with real target customers in relevant industries. 
  • be supported by the team mentor, the responsible University researcher and the iTEAMS Orga Team.
  • learn in talks/workshops about communication, product innovation, patents, presentation skills and a lot more.

If you want to know more, or want to see how it went in recent years in Cambridge, also visit


Structure of the program

Individual tasks of the iTEAMS program on a timeline.

The participants will have weekly meetings with an input session followed by updates to the group about interesting findings or hurdles. 

The teams will show their results in a ... 

  •  mid-term presentation on technology, market areas, possible coustomers.
  • final presentation with Q&A to pitch and defend the conclusions.
  • handover meeting with the technology inventor (detailed documentation with the final results) and a final meeting with the programm organizers

Our projects in winter semester 2024/25

The participants will form multi-disciplinary teams. Each team is assigned to one of our three technology projects:

More information on our projects will follow soon. Stay tuned!

Former projects


The program is open for every TUM student, doctoral student or post-doctoral researcher. No starting knowledge required! Register if you are interested in technology development and commercialization. The number of places is limited.

Application period will start at the beginning of the winter semester 2024/25.

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