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 (on leave)
Dr. Dorian Proksch (Interim Deputy Chairholder)

Team Assistant

Franziska Greim

Research Associates

Simone Haubner
Carolin Wilde


Advanced Intra-/Entrepreneurship
Corporate Innovation Seminar
Innovation Management
Executive Education

Research Areas

Digitilization of innovation management
National innovation systems
Innovation management in the health care industry
Entrepreneurial innovation in the bioeconomy sector
Social entrepreneurship
Venture capital and private equity financing


Coworking Space Basislager, Leipzig
Digital Hub Leipzig
FGF - Association for Entrepreneurship Research, Education and Policy (Förderkreis Gründungs-Forschung e.V.)
German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)
German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), Leipzig
Leipzig University
Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK)
Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE)
Social Impact Lab (Incubator for social innovation), Leipzig
SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator, Leipzig
Technische Universität Dresden


There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world.”
(Phil Libin, Co-Founder of Evernote)

Entrepreneurship has been a cornerstone of the educational program at HHL for many years. With over 250 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 startup 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 startups and their forms of collaboration.

After the course, students will 

  • have knowledge about the different forms of corporate entrepreneurship activities
  • understand the balance between exploration and exploitation
  • know the difference between spin-offs and spin-ins and may evaluate them
  • understand corporate venture capital
  • understand the idea of corporate accelerators and 
  • know and be able to evaluate the concepts of external cooperation for corporate entrepreneurship.


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.

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. 

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. The reports and all 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. 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

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

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 startup support in Central Germany within the leading-edge BioEconomy cluster in December 2015. The project aims to accelerate the creation of startup 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 June 2018.

For further information, please visit or contact Ms. Simone Haubner (simone.haubner(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, and the State Ministry for Science and Art). SMILE supports students or graduates who are interested in founding their own business.

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

Female Founders Initiative

The female founders initiative is a 6-months program, which supports potential female founders (preferably from the STEM sectors) on their way to self-employment. In workshops and seminars with experts you can develop your business ideas, discuss business issues from a women's perspective, and extend your business network. In particular, you benefit from the knowledge and know-how of experienced startup coaches and mentors.

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Apply today and join the Female Founders Initiative as founder or mentor. We are here for you:
Ms. Simone Haubner,, T +49 341 9851-880
Ms. Carolin Wilde,, T +49 341 9851-891


Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Chairholder (on leave)
T +49 341 9851-828 (Franziska Greim)
F +49 341 9851-679
Dr. Dorian Proksch
Interim Deputy Chairholder
Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
T +49 341 9851-827
Simone Haubner, M.Sc.
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-880
Carolin Wilde, M.Sc.
Research Associate
T +49 341 9851-891
Franziska Greim, M.A.
Team Assistant
T +49 341 9851-828
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