Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart


Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank
Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship


Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Stifterverband (Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany)

HHL Academic Group

Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart

Team Assistant

Franziska Greim

Senior Research Fellows

Dr. Nagwan Abu El-Ella, Dr. Dorian Proksch

Research Associates

Julia Busch-Casler, Marcus Max Haberstroh, Simone Haubner, Carolin Wilde


Advanced Intra-/Entrepreneurship
Corporate Innovation Seminar
Innovation Management

Research Areas

Venture capital and private equity financing
Employee involvement in open innovation
Reinvention of science-to-business collaboration
Entrepreneurial innovation in the field of bioeconomy and health care
New approaches in business didactics in research and practice
Venture capital
Social entrepreneurship


BioEconomy Cluster
Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE)
Technische Universität Dresden
FGF - Association for Entrepreneurship Research, Education and Policy (Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V.)
Leipzig University
German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ)

06/29/2017 Andreas Pinkwart Assumes new Role as Economic and Digital Minister in North Rhine-Westphalia After more than six years, the Dean of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is moving back into politics Read ›
06/15/2017 Sustainable Business Ideas Dominate 4th HHL International Investors DayStart-ups Binee, Hawa Dawa, and madebymade won founders' competitions. More than 200 guests from Germany and abroad discussed the topics of software as a service, artificial intelligence, energy management and medical technology as well as the smart city during the 4th HHL International Investors Day on June 13/14, 2017. Read ›
05/03/2017 HHL Dean Andreas Pinkwart Honored by Kent University Accomplishments in Science and Business in Europe and the USA Read ›


“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” (Peter F. Drucker)

Entrepreneurship has been a cornerstone of the educational program at HHL for many years. With over 150 startups founded by HHL graduates so far we are one of the premier breeding grounds for future entrepreneurs.  

Our work centers on entrepreneurship and innovation management in big and medium-sized companies as well as for start-up businesses. The focus is on innovative venturing and the transfer of created knowledge between academia and businesses. The Chair’s goal is to realize an intensive theory-practice transfer both in research and teaching. 

The teaching programs are interactive and practical; our lectures are supported by our wide network of entrepreneurs and innovators in the market who are engaged in interesting co-teaching with our professors.


The Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship offers courses for M.Sc. and MBA students as well as courses for executive education. Our aim is to enhance the students' entrepreneurial thinking and innovation knowledge and provide them with the right tools from theory and practice that can help starting their own company, or at least understand how global companies worldwide survive facing the challenges of rapidly developing technologies and the fierce competition in the market. The courses encourage interaction between students, and we have a wide network of successful startup owners and innovators we welcome as guests in our lectures.

Advanced Intra-/Entrepreneurship

In the Advanced Intra-/ Entrepreneurship course, students will gain a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship both in the context of large corporations and start-ups and their forms of collaboration.

After the course, students will be able to: Learn the different forms of corporate entrepreneurship activities, Understand the balance between exploration and exploitation, Learn the difference and evaluation of spin-offs and spin-ins, Understand corporate venture capital, Understand the idea of corporate accelerators and Learn and evaluate the concepts of external cooperation for corporate entrepreneurship.

Innovation Management

In this course, students learn how to manage innovations with different degrees of newness and influencing factors. Therefore, we go through the innovation management process by introducing the most important aspects and mechanisms from searching to commercialization. Furthermore, the complex interactions between different market actors, technologies and organizational behavior (innovation strategies and innovative culture) will be addressed. Our innovation management lecture is based on current research results as well as their application in practice. Therefore, we attach importance to a high degree of interaction through discussions, cases and exercises during class. Students work together in groups to prepare a task on current topics of innovation research and practice, which they present during our lecture. In addition, we invite well-known and respected guests from practice, who contribute through their outstanding practical experience. 

Corporate Innovation Seminar

Corporate innovation is a way to create new business models not outside but inside companies. However, realizing an innovation within a corporate might be difficult. When writing a business plan, the goal is to convince external investors. Within corporate innovations the goal is to convince colleagues and the management to implement the idea. In this seminar, we go through all steps from finding ideas until convincing the management. To make this as real as possible, students will work on real innovation challenges by a partner firm. This way students will learn how corporate innovations works in practice.

Executive Education

The Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship also supports the HHL Executive Education by offering customized courses in innovation management. The seminars are specifically tailored to the focus areas of the executives. On the one hand, the innovation seminars aim to provide skills and abilities to succeed in an ever-changing business environment by introducing strategic innovation methods like the design thinking approach. On the other hand, current research and trends are discussed within the group so that the students can better understand disruptive changes and recognize arising business opportunities in their respective fields of work.   


The research activities of the Chair comprise a wide variety of subjects focusing on startups, venture capital financing, the role of trust and innovation respectively open innovation. Research is carried out in the framework of doctoral projects and publicly funded projects. Detailed information on our research projects can be found in our annual Chair Report.

Publications resulting from our research activities are listed in the HHL Publications Database. 

Areas of Research of the Chair's Team Members

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Innovation management and technology management
Business dynamics
Turnaround management

Dr. Nagwan Abu El-Ella
Employee involvement in innovationTrust in open innovationCorporate entrepreneurship / Intrapreneurship large businessesInnovation management in service firmsScience-business collaboration for innovationHigh involvement innovation for highly qualified external professionalsICT tools for innovation at work: current and future status

Julia Busch
Innovation management in healthcare
National health innovation systems

Simone Haubner
Policy impact on innovation in healthcare
Employee involvement in open innovation in hospital settings

Marcus Haberstroh
Innovation systems and innovative capacity

Dr. Dorian Proksch
Internationalization of hightech startups
Strategic management in early stage venture capital funds
Risk management in venture capital funds
Trust in venture capital companies and financing

Carolin Wilde
Venture Capital
Social Entrepreneurship

Knowledge Transfer

The Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at HHL is continuously striving to apply and implement current research findings into practice.
Since 2012 we have been cooperating with the student initiative Accelerate@HHL which organizes the annual Accelerate Conference, an event dedicated to entrepreneurship topics. Here the chair offers a special panel called “The Leipzig Entrepreneurship Lecture”.

In June 2014 we inaugurated the first HHL International Investors Day. This unique annual event brings together founders with potential investors, established enterprises, and successful startups from HHL to promote an active exchange.

GISBERT – New Ventures in the Field of BioEconomy

With the project  GISBERT, HHL launched an innovative program to connect research competencies with regional start-up support in Central Germany within the leading-edge BioEconomy cluster in December 2015. The project aims to accelerate the creation of start-up and spin-off businesses in the innovation fields of the bio-economy, a young research discipline merging economic and ecological aspects. GISBERT is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and runs until August 31, 2017.

For further information, please visit or contact Ms. Busch-Casler (julia.busch-casler(at), +49 341 9851 829).

Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE)

SMILE stands for Self-Management Initiative Leipzig and is a cooperation between HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the University of Leipzig, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ).
SMILE is financed by funds from the European Union and the Free State of Saxony (European Social Fund (ESF), the State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport, the State Ministry for Science and Art). SMILE supports students or graduates who are interested in founding their own business.

We offer you a wide range of seminars to strengthen your entrepreneurial skills, please have a look on the SMILE website. If you want to be coached feel free to contact our SMILE office at HHL: Ms. Wiebke Stranz,, T. +49 341 9851-891 or Ms. Simone Haubner,, T. +49 341 9851-880


The project “Smile.medibiz – Access to financing and market” is a cooperation between HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, the University of Leipzig and the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) which was launched in May 2016. The aim of the project is to support and accelerate new ventures and founders in the field of life sciences and environmental sciences beyond the initial foundation of the start-up. Smile.medibiz is financed by the Leipzig Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer.

During the project we will offer networking events, free coaching as well as free seminars about financing and market access for scientists and founders in the life sciences sector. If you want to be coached feel free to contact our office at HHL: Ms. Simone Haubner,, T. +49 341 9851-880.


Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
T +49 341 9851-828 (Franziska Greim)
F +49 341 9851-679
Franziska Greim, M.A.
Team Assistant
T +49 341 9851-828
F +49 341 9851-679
Dr. Nagwan Abu El-Ella
Senior Research Fellow
T +49 341 9851-828
F +49 341 9851-679
Dr. Dorian Proksch
Executive Director
Center for Entrepreneurial and Innovative Management (CEIM)
T +49 341 9851-827
F +49 341 9851-679
Julia Busch-Casler, M.Sc.
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-829
F +49 341 9851-679
Marcus Max Haberstroh, LL.M., LL.M. (MCI)
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-687
F +49 341 9851-679
Simone Haubner, M.Sc.
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-880
F +49 341 9851-679
Carolin Wilde, M.Sc.
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-891
F +49 341 9851-679
Financial Management
International Management

Accreditation & Rankings

Among the leading EMBA
programs worldwide

Top 5 in Germany

Most International University
in Germany

#1 for Entrepreneurship
in Germany

Favorite Business School
in Germany