Schumpeter Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Vivek Velamuri


Schumpeter Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer


Leipzig Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer

Academic Group

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Junior Professor

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Vivek Velamuri

Research Associates

Susanne Pankov, Mirjam Rössler
James Downs, Weni Zhou (both external)


Advanced Intra-/Entrepreneurship
Business Modelling, Design & Planning Seminar
Scientific Writing and Publishing
Social Entrepreneurship



Research Areas

Business models
Business model innovation 
Managerial cognition
Open innovation


Chair of Information Systems I - Innovation & Value Creation, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Dr. Bernhard Doll, Orange Hills
German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ)
European Academy of Management (EURAM)
Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy
HTWK Leipzig (University of Applied Sciences)
Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM)
Leipzig Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer
Peter Pribilla Foundation
Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine (TRM)

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The Schumpeter Junior Professorship in Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer was founded in 2012, and is sponsored by the Leipzig Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer. The overriding goal of the professorship is to promote entrepreneurship in the region of Leipzig. The philosophy of the professorship aims at three distinct goals:

Provide interactive and dynamic lectures where the necessary tools are presented so students can further develop their interests in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation

Conduct and publish research on topics that are relevant to industry

Act as an enabler and promoter of entrepreneurship and technology transfer in the region


The Junior Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Technologiy Transfer coordinates the elective "Entrepreneurship" in the M.Sc. program and is overlooking the content of all further entrepreneurship-related courses at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. In addition, the chair also teaches entrepreneurship in both the MBA and the Part-time M.Sc. programs. The courses are designed to be highly interactive and provide students with adequate space to discuss their ideas in an open learning environment. The teaching is a blend of theory and case studies, with prominent guest lecturers also participating.

Course List

  • Advanced Intra-/Entrepreneurship
  • Business Modelling, Design & Planning Seminar
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Guest Lecturers

  • Carsten Petzold, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO, RockPetz Ventures
  • Christian Hetke, Founder, Futalis   
  • Dirk Masurat, Founder,
  • Dr. Gerald Böhm, Managing Director, BIO-NET LEIPZIG
  • Fabian Schaaf, Founder,
  • Gebhard Ottacher, COO, Teach for Austria
  • Pawel Chudzinski, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Point Nine Capital
  • Sören Schuster, Managing Director, Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS)
  • Thomas Rappold, Founder and Board of Directors, Numbrs AG
  • Ulrich Köllensperger, Director, EQT Partners


Research conducted aims at solving managerial problems faced by organizations with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology transfer. Current research focuses on different facets of hybrid value creation (i.e. the process of generating additional value by innovatively combining products and services) and open innovation (i.e. a paradigm that postulates the integration of external sources into the innovation process). In addition, there is a genuine interest in conducting research on the phenomenon of social entrepreneurship.

Researchers of the Junior Professorship actively participate in the international research community through publications in leading journals such as the International Journal of Innovation Management or Journal für Betriebswirtschaft (JfB). We are also actively involved in presentations and discussions at academic conferences and workshops e.g. the Academy of Management (AOM), the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), and the European Academy of Management (EURAM).  In our research we also collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines to ensure that multiple perspectives are considered. The Junior Professorhip also offers master’s thesis supervision alongside current research projects. Thesis topics in the past have ranged from exploring new business opportunities in the online furniture market to investigating business model innovation in new firms.

Doctoral Research

James Downs, an external doctoral student, intends to provide an extensive analysis of the key and current challenges facing the modern biopharmaceutical industry. One such focus is on bringing products to market faster and less costly in terms of their business models. 

Chris Comberg, a research associate, will explore business model innovation amongst a multitude of industries. Currently, Chris is analyzing how Software as a Service (SaaS) can be a driver for companies to innovate their business models.

Safeguard the Interest of Family Stores - The Role of Logistics and Technology in Retail Business Models

Inarguably, the efficiency in the modern retail businesses has been due to the result of robust logistical strategies to gain competitive advantages. Efficiency in logistics leads to improved product availability and variety which results in increase in sales and therefore profit and also build the brand and drives customer loyalty. In the realm of logistics based business model, the proposed project focuses on the same function in retail business models and how capabilities in logistics and supply chain management lead to a company’s competitive advantage. The study will be done keeping in mind the retail industry in India and other developing markets which are still dominated by small family-run neighborhood stores and what is it that needs to be done to make the retail industry more efficient and responsive in these markets.

The project is financially supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.


Knowledge Transfer

The Junior Professorship is actively involved with transfer of knowledge from within HHL to various external partners through consulting projects. Some projects that the Professorship has been involved with are:

Delta Vir: Development of a business plan for a biopharmaceutical startup that has developed a novel cancer vaccine treatment

Translational Centre for Regenerative Medicine (TRM Leipzig): Development of a business plan for a biopharmaceutical startup that has developed a revolutionary approach for treating progressive myopia

Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification (IOM): Strategy consulting for the founding of an “ultra precision surfaces” technology center

HiperScan: Consulting the three year old startup on how to replicate their growth within Germany to other European countries

German Biomass Research Center (DBFZ): Collaboration on the development of a strategic plan for the formation of a bioenergy innovation hub

Next Bike: Working on a comprehensive business plan for new upcoming service offerings

Melodicus: Development of a business plan for the online music learning startup

The Junior Professorship also actively supports the activities of Accelerate, the HHL student initiative that aims to foster and promote entrepreneurship at HHL and in the surrounding community.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Vivek K. Velamuri
Junior Professor
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Susanne Pankov, M.Sc.
Research Associate
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Mirjam Rössler, M.Sc.
Research Associate
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