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More than a decade ago, we established ourselves as Design Thinking pioneers in Germany and Europe. Today the HPI Academy is a “Center of Excellence for Professional Development”. The HPI Academy is one of the leading providers of education in enabling innovation and transformation in settings in which digital, leadership, and method competences play a deciding role. We offer a practical approach to our knowledge that is outstanding, international and scientifically sound. Our new HPI Academy Certificate “Innovation Excellence” certifies your competence to professionally introduce and lead innovation and transformation processes.   

The HPI Academy is known as a “Center of Excellence” and its close link to the Digital Engineering Faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute and the University of Potsdam guarantees superior trainings and workshops with high academic standards. The HPI Academy maps the transition of knowledge  on all relevant future and innovation topics and qualifies professionals for the challenges of tomorrow.  

Our confirmations of participation and certificates are recognized verifications of your training with us. Additionally, our new “HPI Academy Certificate of Innovation Excellence” certifies your ability to develop solutions for complex problems in an array of contexts by applying agile and user-centered methods. Further information about our certificates can be found below. 


The offerings of the HPI Academy are based on a sound scientific learning model

The offerings of the HPI Academy are based on research, ensuring that you have an optimal learning experience with us!

Through using “Integrated Learning Performance Model” described below, we build on the research of the Hasso Plattner Institute and particularly of our colleague Mana Taheri. In 2016 Taheri, Unterholzer, Hölzle and Meinel* created this model, building on the work of Kraiger, Ford, Salas** and other renowned scientists. This multidimensional learning model is recommended for acquiring Design Thinking skills.

Learning Design Thinking occurs on multiple levels and the changes that happen internally play out on the level of cognition (gaining knowledge), skills (as in method competence), and affective (attitudes and values) levels. According to Taheri and her colleagues, these three levels play equally important roles in the learning outcomes and are strongly connected to each other.

* (Taheri, Mana / Unterholzer, Thomas / Hölzle, Katharina / Meinel, Christoph (2016): An educational perspective on design thinking learning outcomes, paper presented at The ISPIM Innovation Forum, Boston, MA, USA.)
** (Kraiger, Kurt / Ford, J. Kevin / Salas, Eduardo (1993): Application of Cognitive, Skill-Based and Affective Theories of Learning Outcomes to New Methods of Training Education, in: Journal of Applied Psychology, 78, 311-328.)

Certificates of attendance and certificates of the HPI Academy at a glance 

Find more info about the “Confirmation of participation “, the “Certificate for multiweek or intensive programs” and the “HPI Academy Certificate of Innovation Excellence” below.

Certification Programs

For me

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HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches

  • Design Thinking
Potsdam English 5500 €
plus VAT


Design Thinking and Corporate Change

  • Design Thinking
  • Innovation & Transformation
Potsdam & Berlin English 3500 €
plus VAT

For teams and companies

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HPI In-house Train the Trainer Program for Design Thinking Coaches

  • Design Thinking


Innovation and Agility – Experience and Enable

  • Innovation & Transformation
  • Leadership

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HPI Academy Launches New Networking Event Series “Innovation Excellence Talks”

HPI Academy Launches New Networking Event Series “Innovation Excellence Talks”

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