The Entrepreneurship Hub consists of an interdisciplinary team with a wide range of knowledge from different specialist areas.
We encourage entrepreneurial thinking because we also see ourselves as entrepreneurs.
Christoph Elbing studied international business administration at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). He focused on the areas of innovation & marketing, European economics and finance. During his studies he spent one semester abroad at the Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Poznaniu in Poznan, Poland.
Since 15 September 2017 he has been working as a project assistant at the Entrepreneurship Hub. He is in charge of the central organisation and administration of finances and internal human resources. He is also involved in the event management and awareness-raising activities. Mr. Elbing is the first contact person responsible for general issues at the Entrepreneurship Hub.
Timo Hickisch completed his master’s degree in electrical engineering at TU Braunschweig in 2017. During his studies, he specialized in application development in the IT area as an element of his thesis. He first came in touch with entrepreneurship during his studies. There he was able to gain practical startup experience by co-founding leanact GmbH, a software company specializing in public institutions and companies.
Since September 2017, Mr. Hickisch has been a research associate at the Entrepreneurship Hub, where he is active in teaching.
Britta Kokemper studied industrial engineering at TU Braunschweig. After successfully completing her studies, she received a three-year doctoral scholarship from the Braunschweig Foundation in October 2014.
She gained practical experience during her studies at the Center for Performance Management GmbH and was a lecturer for marketing management at the Teutloff Academy. She has been working at the Entrepreneurship Hub since 2014 and is also Managing Director of Academic Ventures GmbH & Co KG, an early-stage equity investment company based in Wolfenbüttel, which invests specifically in spin-offs from universities and non- university research institutions in the Braunschweig region. Ms Kokemper has also been working at the Startup Centre for Mobility and Innovation (MO.IN) since January 2018.
After completing his bachelor’s degree in International Business Management (BBA) at the Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok, he stayed in Bangkok and worked there from 2012 – 2013. He earned his master’s degree in Economic Geography (M.A.) at Leibniz University Hannover. From 2013 – 2019 Matthias Liedtke worked first as a project assistant and later as a research assistant in international projects at the German Center for Higher Education and Science Research (Deutsches Zentrum für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsforschung).
Since 2019 he has been working as a research assistant in the field of teaching and research at the Entrepreneurship Hub. He is also aiming for a doctorate.
Kathrin Meinert completed a dual degree in business administration at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences with integrated training as an industrial clerk and then continued her master’s degree at the University of Leipzig. During her studies she spent several stays abroad, e.g. in Scotland, France and Poland, and specialized in the fields of purchasing, international management, corporate management and marketing. She also successfully passed the apprenticeship trainer aptitude test.
Ms. Meinert gained practical experience in various departments at Braunschweiger Versorgungs- AG & Co KG and at Helmholtz – Zentrum für Umweltforschung in the purchasing department.
Since 2019, Ms. Meinert has strengthened the Entrepreneurship Hub team. In addition to other projects, she also takes on tasks in research and teaching and is aiming for a doctorate.
Tim Nieländer studied International Business Administration at Hanze University Groningen in the Netherlands and completed semesters abroad in Helsinki and Dubai.
After graduating, he gained wide professional experience in market research, both at the packaging company SIG Combibloc and at the MillwardBrown market research institute in Warwick and London.
Back in Germany, Mr. Nieländer returned to university, to the Ludwigshafen am Rhein University of Applied Sciences, where he worked in the field of acquisition and procurement of subsidies and third-party funds for SMEs. He also maintained this focus at the Goslar Region Economic Development Agency (WiReGo).
In May 2017, Mr. Nieländer successfully completed his part-time Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Ostfalia University. Since September 2017, he has been responsible for research and teaching at the Entrepreneurship Hub, among other projects.
Leonhard Riedel studied technology-oriented management at TU Braunschweig. He completed his bachelor’s degree in international sales and purchasing engineering with a double degree in logistics management at Kiel University of Applied Sciences, spending two semesters abroad at Tongji University Shanghai. Leonhard Riedel already gained founding experience as a high school student in the IT service sector.
Mr. Riedel’s affinity for technologies and business issues led him to his current field of research, the economic consequences of digitization and its consequences for the innovation processes of companies. As part of this research work at the Entrepreneurship Hub, he is working on his PhD.
Samir J. Roshandel studied Business Education at the University of Paderborn, Memorial University in St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada), Tongji University and at the Chinese German College of Business Education at Diplom and Management Information System at Master level. He also made a name for himself by gaining a merit scholarship from the Chinese government and the DAAD and spent a year at Fudan University in Shanghai (China). During his stay, he analysed the success factors of German startups in China as a part of his diploma thesis.
Samir Roshandel founded his first company during his school days and continued his entrepreneurial activities during his studies. Samir Roshandel has worked at the Entrepreneurship Hub since March 2013 and is the coordinator of the MBA program Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management.
Mathis Vetter studied law, personnel management and psychology at the Brunswick European Law School in Wolfenbüttel. Meanwhile, he gained practical experience in the management consultancies Kienbaum and Capgemini Invent with a focus on management development, change management and process optimization in various industries. In addition, Mathis Vetter has been involved for many years in the student consulting firm Consult One, where he has served as chairman of the board and project manager in various projects for medium-sized companies in Braunschweig.
Mathis Vetter is currently studying technology-oriented management at the Technical University of Braunschweig.
Since February 2019 he works at the Entrepreneurship Hub as a research assistant, mainly in the cooperation project “Digitization Laboratory” together with TU Clausthal.
Dagmar Wilgeroth studied economics at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. As part of a cooperative research project between the Institute for International Management and Siemens AG, Dagmar Wilgeroth spent six months in Germany and France investigating how universities influence culture and technology transfers in developing countries.
After graduating, Ms. Wilgeroth gained many years of strategic experience at Unilever AG in Germany and abroad in the field of international marketing and innovation management as well as at ARAG Versicherungen AG as head of international group marketing. She has been a freelance consultant and coach since 2003, focusing on entrepreneurship, business modeling, innovation management and coaching.
She has been working at the Entrepreneurship Hub since 2014. In the research area corporate entrepreneurship she is in charge of the ERDF-funded project ‘InnoLink’. In teaching she is responsible for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Hadi Ghorashi studied International Business Administration at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He specialized in marketing and information technology. In addition, he completed a minor with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. During his studies he successfully participated in various idea competitions and supported various startups in an advisory capacity. Mr. Ghorashi worked for two years as a research assistant at the Entrepreneurship Hub and organized the Entrepreneurship Summer and Spring Schools. In 2016 he successfully co-founded his first company, leanact GmbH, alongside his studies.
Mr. Ghorashi completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management this summer and then began his doctorate at the Entrepreneurship Hub. In addition to his work, he supports the regional borek.digital accelerator.
Ricarda Schlimbach first completed a dual course of study in industrial engineering with an integrated training as an industrial mechanic at Volkswagen before completing her master’s degree in technology-oriented management at TU Braunschweig. She focused on automotive technology, information management and finance. She gained her first international experience at the Universidad Polytécnica de Valencia and the State University of New York and, following her master of science, successfully completed an MBA in strategic innovation at the University of Rhode Island in Providence as a Fulbright scholar.
Ms. Schlimbach has been employed by Volkswagen in Wolfsburg since 2010 and has been working for several years as a product owner of digital projects in sales. For her PhD, she is working part-time on business model development in the context of digital Darwinism and supports the Entrepreneurship Hub by supervising student projects and dissertations.