Institute for Family Businesses & Entrepreneurial Succession

Overview

IFU Director

  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Lahmann

Executive Director

  • Dr. Maximilian Schreiter

Corporate Relations

  • Dana Prahl

Members of the Board

_Dr. Georg Flascha
_Dr. Thomas Hofmann
_Dr. Gerhard Köhler
_Stefan Leermann
_Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner

Our Focus

  • Business succession and business valuation
  • Digitalization in SMEs

Research Associates

  • Hendrik Büttner
  • Max Fischer
  • Louisa Heiduk

Network

  • Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Association of Entrepreneurs in Saxony (Unternehmerverband)
  • Industrial Association Saxony (Industrieverein Sachsen)
  • SAB
  • IHK Nord Westfalen
  • InnoVet

Mission & Vision

We strive to support the economic development in the region of Central Germany.
A structured succession process as well as an overall digitalization strategy are key factors for SMEs for securing a successful future. Our institute helps SMEs to achieve both topics. We bring together entrepreneurs and potential successors and support them in the succession process. We help SMEs in their digitalization processes; with our experts, we create conversations on the topic of digitalization and we are a reliable partner when it comes to building your team’s competencies.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Lahmann
IFU Director

Our Focus

Succession

A successful succession plan is a necessity for many SMEs, especially in the region of Central Germany.
For this reason, the Institute for Family Businesses & Entrepreneurial Succession (IFU) regularly conducts research on developments and, based on the findings, offers coaching programs for entrepreneurs and successors alike.
Furthermore, we are happy to support you and your company in the process of succession, either in the entire process or in individual sub-steps, e.g. an objective company valuation.

Digitalization of SMEs

The IFU supports you and your company to implement the digital transformation process successfully and sustainably.
We base our approaches on the latest research findings on digitalization. We assist your company with a structured methodology for each step of the transformation process and help to develop your team’s competencies.
We create conversations and give food for thought.

Succession

Success counts

3
successions accompanied successfully

7
successions under active mentoring

20+
talks on entrepreneurial succession

27
indicative company valuations provided

Process

We are here to assist you –
from concept to
implementation

Valuation

We help you with the
indicative valuation
of your company.

Network

We offer you a comprehensive network to ensure your succession.

Matching

We support you in selecting the right partners in the succession process.

Process

We are here to assist you – from concept to implementation

The accurate valuation of an unlisted SME-company is often very challenging. The Institute for Family Business & Entrepreneurial Succession supports you on this topic to ensure a fair valuation of your company. Professor Dr. Alexander Lahmann, Professor for M&A at HHL is your competent contact for a business valuation.

Valuation

We help you with the indicative valuation of your company.

The accurate valuation of an unlisted SME-company is often very challenging. The Institute for Family Business & Entrepreneurial Succession supports you on this topic to ensure a fair valuation of your company. Professor Dr. Alexander Lahmann, Professor for M&A at HHL is your competent contact for a business valuation.

Network

We offer you a comprehensive network to ensure your succession.

One of the primary value adds of the Institute for Family Business & Entrepreneurial Succession is the creation of a comprehensive network of competent partners. The network consists of potential succession candidates, entrepreneurs and experts. These include, among others, M&A lawyers as well as private equity partners.

Matching

We support you in selecting the right partners in the succession process.

In order to make the entrepreneurial succession successful in the long term, the selection of a suitable candidate is essential. That is why thorough consultations with both parties (entrepreneur and successor) are held, in order to increase the accuracy of fit. The individual one-on-one interviews with entrepreneurs and potential successors create a database, with information on the specific requirements of each respective company Thus creating a pool of candidates on both sides, which facilitates a long-term and efficient succession search.

Sponsors and Partners

We are able to provide you with our services free of charge, thanks to our sponsors and partners.

Digitalization for SMEs

The digital transformation is one of the biggest long-term challenges for SMEs. The continuous development of digital products and digital business models can present itself as a challenging task for many companies.

The Institute for Family Businesses & Entrepreneurial Succession (IFU) offers you a systematic, structured support approach and provides you and your team with the skill set needed. We open conversations, via research publications as well as regular events, thus inspiring you for your companies’ sustainable digital transformation process.

Process

We assist you –
from taking stock to setting up an implementation

Competencies

We help you to implement a digitalization process that is sustainable, by training your team.

Inspiration

We create conversations – via exchanges with experts and by sharing research results

Process

We assist you – from taking stock to setting up an implementation project

As a first step, we analyze the status quo of the digitalization process in your company (“pulse check”). After that, the Institute for Family Businesses & Entrepreneurial Succession assists you in defining your goals and setting up an implementation project.
We can assist you throughout the process either with our own resources or by bringing in partners from our extensive network.

Inspiration

We help you to implement a digitalization process that is sustainable, by training your team.

Your team needs the necessary skills set to implement a digitalization process that is proactive, flexible and sustainable. We help you to equip your employees with the right skill set and train them for a successful digital future. You decide if you need training in basic skills, e.g. agile working methods, or more advanced knowledge, e.g. disruptive technologies and business models.

Inspiration

We create conversations – via exchanges with experts and by sharing research results

We continue our research in the field of digitalization of SMEs and explain the latest developments and their relevance for the “Mittelstand”.
We offer a platform for exchange with business experts and research specialists to show you, how the process of digitalization can be implemented successfully – from the first, basic steps to advanced topics, like the digital disruption of business models.
Make use of our network and let us help you and your company, with solid advice.

Join us for inspiration and exchange

Sponsors and Partners

 

Our Team

Prof. Dr. Alexander Lahmann
IFU Director
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Dr. Maximilian Schreiter
Executive Director
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Dana Prahl
Corporate Relations
Max Fischer
Research Associate
Hendrik Büttner
Research Associate
Louisa Heiduk
Doctoral Candidate | Research Associate - Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe Chair of Mergers & Acquisitions
Susanne Rost
Project Administrator InnoVet
Dr. Justinus Pech
Adjunct Researcher and Business Coach
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