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Theses (M.Sc. & B.Sc.) Inside the Venture

Theses (M.Sc. & B.Sc.) Inside the Venture

For startups in need of support

A typical Inside the Venture thesis starts with a need analysis and project definition. We discuss if and how your challenges are suitable for a student thesis project and then inform students about project opportunities on MCEI's website and also within our network and scout potential student candidates. Startups interested in hosting an Inside the Venture thesis project are being requested to contact us with a brief project description! Of course, students who already have established startup ties or work on their own project can approach us anytime with project suggestions as well. It is important to note here that, we have a confidentiality clause for the Inside the Venture projects. 

 

For participating students who want to conduct a startup project

The project tasks can range from developing a business plan with a pitch-deck to market analyses, pricing analyses, competitor analyses or even dedicated analyses of the business model. Regardless of how you are tasked, the focus is always on an empirically grounded due diligence, pushing the envelope and deriving well-grounded implications.

This special type of Master Thesis consists of 2 parts:

Part I: The startup project (1 chapter)

  • fully dedicated to your client startup or your own startup
  • clear implications for business
  • well-grounded on due diligence and facts to the point
  • you usually work on site
  • internship certificate may be possible
  • final consulting report as 1 chapter of your thesis (usually spans between 50-100+ pages including all documented appendices)
  • the managerial report may contain theoretical background and academic papers if helpful to the startup
  • all sources (including data) must be referenced appropriately

Part II: An academic journal-style paper (1 chapter)

  • usually qualitative research (about 5-10 interviews, etc.)
  • of about 25-30 pages with empirical focus
  • clear theoretical foundations and contribution to theory and practice (just like an academic journal paper)
  • in the "Look & Feel" aligned with the Academy of Management guidelines
  • paper structured like in the Academy of Management Journal
  • the topic of the academic (i.e. theory) paper may be related to the startup project but does not necessarily have to be related

The same applies to Bachelor Theses but the project volume is very limited and we have about 25 pages + appendices. Please arrange an appointment to discuss project feasibility before your bachelor topic application. 

 

Why do we have these two parts?

Our experiences in many highly successful projects show us that this is a scheme which produces highly productive outcomes at top-level, enabling students to grow their skills significally and really give our startups a significant boost in acceleration and growth. A combination of writing a theory paper with managerial reports would not meet any standard - neither from an academic evaluation perspective nor for the stakeholders in question. 

Please contact us, if you have further questions or need advice. Sample projects can be screened in the MCEI office upon request to gain a better impression on Inside the Venture theses.

 

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