Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank
Chair of Innovation Management
and Entrepreneurship



  • Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

HHL Academic Group

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship


  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart (on leave)
  • PD Dr. habil. Dorian Proksch (Deputy Chairholder)

Research Associates

  • Julia Busch-Casler (on leave)
  • Simone Haubner
  • Carolin Raatz

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


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


  • Coworking Space Basislager, 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
  • Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig
  • Leipzig University
  • Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK)
  • Self-Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE)
  • SpinLab – The HHL Accelerator, Leipzig
  • Technische Universität Dresden

Success happens when luck meets preparation.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart
Holder of the Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
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With an increasing digitization, we can make better
entrepreneurial decisions.

PD habil. Dr. Dorian Proksch
Deputy Chairholder Stiftungsfonds Deutsche Bank Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
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What we do

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.


With the support of the European Social Fund, the State of Saxony and the project partners Leipzig University, University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) Leipzig and the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ) our chair is organizing the projects SMILE and the Female Founders Initiative at HHL.
SMILE stands for Self-Management Initiative Leipzig and supports students or graduates on their way to establish an own business.
The Female Founders Initiative is a 6-months program, which supports potential female founders on their way to self-employment.