Our Team

The Entrepreneurship Hub has an interdisciplinary team with diverse knowledge from different disciplines.
We promote entrepreneurial thinking because we also see ourselves as entrepreneurs.

Our employees are active in both teaching and research and are intensively involved in shaping several projects and funding programs. 

     Research Assistants

Sophie Bente

B.A.

Sophie Bente studied business administration and service management at the Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode.
At the end of her practice-oriented bachelor’s degree, she majored in human resources and event management.

After her studies, Ms. Bente gained her first professional experience in an event agency in Braunschweig, which organizes B2B as well as B2C events. Here, Ms. Bente mainly took over the personnel responsibility and the coordination on site.

Since November 2020, Ms. Bente has been accompanying the team of the Entrepreneurship Hub, taking over administrative and management tasks and working as a project assistant in the BMWI program “EXIST-Potentiale”.

Moritz Birkelbach

M.Sc.

Moritz Birkelbach studied Industrial Engineering and Management (B.Sc.) at the University of Applied Sciences Wedel, at Dogus University Istanbul and at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen. He completed his master’s degree in technology-oriented management (M.Sc.) at the Technical University of Braunschweig, focusing on mechanical engineering as well as marketing and innovation management.

During his studies, he gained practical work experience at Volkswagen AG and the Center for Performance Management GmbH, among others. Moritz also worked as a lecturer for marketing management at the Teutloff Academy in the area of adult education.

He gained start-up experience during his studies at various start-ups ranging from college apparel and accessories to pet food.

Since March 2014 he has been working at the Entrepreneurship Hub and since July 2020 he has been accompanying the third-party funded project EXIST-Potentials “International überzeugen” as a research assistant. In this project he is responsible for the online incubation.

  • Supervision of student teams in the course Technology Business Model Creation
  • Succession management for small and medium-sized technology-oriented or handcraft enterprises

Christopher Dormeier

Christopher is a Research Associate at Entrepreneurship Hub. Prior to his employment at TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. industrial engineering focusing on mechanical engineering from TU Braunschweig. He then worked as a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (SCET).

Christopher is the coordinator of the federally funded Exist Project “Intekno – International Entrepreneurship”.

His current research focus, therefore, lays on Business Model Innovation in the context of circular economy, product-service-systems and digitalization through collaboration. Hereby, he engages engineering methods such as system of systems engineering and modeling approaches. His Besides the development of new business models, methods and tools to support start-ups and SMEs, the contextual factors are of high relevance within his research. This so called Entrepreneurial Ecosystem determines the emergence and successful development of companies.

 

Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Circular Economy, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Busines Model Innovation, International Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial University and technology transfer

  • Lecture “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”

  • Member of CESAER Task Force Innovation –Supporting Innovative Start-ups

  • Member of CESAER Task Force Innovation – Sustainability

  • Supervision of Master’s Thesis and student groups in various lecture

Antonia Hemling

Antonia Hemling holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Sheffield and a Master’s degree in Political Behaviour from the University of Essex. She has attended postgraduate courses at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome as well as the University of Hamburg. Here she gained further qualifications in the field of Occupational Psychology and Management.

Ms Hemling has extensive experience as a career coach, specialising in career entry planning for young academics. As a lecturer she teaches courses in key career competencies that can be directly applied to real world working environments.

At the Entrepreneurship Hub her focus is on building international cooperations and working with international student teams.

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Matthias Liedtke

M.A.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree with a major in International Business Management (BBA) at the Assumption University of Thailand in Bangkok, he stayed and worked in Bangkok from 2012 – 2013, earning his Master’s degree in Economic Geography (M.A.) at Leibniz University Hannover.  2013 – 2019 Matthias Liedtke worked first as a project assistant and later as a research associate in international projects at the German Center for Research on Higher Education and Science.

Since 2019, he has been working as a research assistant in the area of teaching and research at the Entrepreneurship Hub. In addition, he is pursuing a doctorate.

  • MacGyver Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Entrepreneurship
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Start-Up Ecosystem
  • Ausbildung 4.0 – ein exemplarisches Beispiel über den Wandel der Ausbilder*innenrolle in der Volkswagen Akademie Braunschweig (Bachelorarbeit)
  • Trash or treasure: Welche Kundengruppen stellen ein Potential für Upcycling Produkte aus synthetischen Polyme-ren dar? Die Marktumfrage eines Upcycling Projektes von Fahrradschläuchen (Forschungsprojekt)
  • Finanzierungsmöglichkeiten von Start-ups: Chancen und Risiken am Beispiel der Start-up Region Braunschweig (Bachelorarbeit)
  • Sharing Economy – ein Erfolgsrezept auch für den ländlichen Raum? (Masterarbeit)
  • Analysis of Venture Capital – A comparison of investment and framework conditions in the USA, China, and Germany (Bachelorarbeit)
  • Analyse relevanter Rahmenbedingungen für die Ansiedlung von Startups in Niedersachen (Masterarbeit)
  • Die Förderung des unternehmerischen Denkens in Schulen (Bachelorarbeit)
  • Die Rolle von Inkubatoren und Akzeleratoren im Gründungsprozess (Masterarbeit)
  • Wachstums- und Umweltfaktoren für die Gründungen von Startups in Südostasien (Studienarbeit)
  • Standortanalyse über die Zukunftsfähigkeit der Bundesrepublik Deutschland für Start-ups im
  • wirtschaftlichen Kontext (Masterarbeit)

Entrepreneurship Summit 2020 (Berlin, Oktober 2020): Wie die Politik sich selbstentfaltende Gründungsstrukturen aufbauen kann – Entrepreneurship Governance

International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in the Digital Era (ICESDE) (Bangkok, Oktober 2020): The Influence of Social and Economic Context Factors on Students‘ Entrepreneurial Intent – A comparative analysis

Entrepreneurship im ländlichen Raum (Braunschweig, November 2020): Bestimmungsfaktoren für ein Start-up-Ökosystem im ländlichen Raum am Beispiel des Landkreises Helmstedt

Kathrin Meinert

M.Sc.

Kathrin Meinert completed a dual degree in business administration at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences with integrated training as an industrial clerk, and subsequently continued her master’s degree at the University of Leipzig. During her studies, she completed several stays abroad, including in Scotland, France and Poland, and specialized in the areas of purchasing, international management, corporate management and marketing. She also successfully passed the trainer aptitude test.

Ms. Meinert gained practical experience in various departments of Braunschweiger Versorgungs- AG & Co KG as well as at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in the area of purchasing.

Since 2019, Ms. Meinert has been strengthening the team of the Entrepreneurship Hub. In addition to other projects, she also takes on tasks in research and teaching and is working towards a doctorate.

  • Technology Business Model Creation (TBMC)
  • Entrepreneurship Spring School
  • Pre-establishment phase of academic spin-offs
  • Business model development ( High Tech)

Leonhard Voß

M.Sc.

Leonhard Voß studied Technology-oriented Management at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Kiel University of Applied Sciences in International Sales and Purchasing Engineering with a double degree in Logistics Management through a two-semester stay abroad at Tongji University Shanghai. Leonhard Riedel gained start-up experience as a high school senior in the IT services sector.

In his work at the Entrepreneurship Hub, Mr. Voß is responsible for the International Entrepreneurship Summer School and the International High-Tech Start-up Camp, among other things. He is also active as a start-up coach in the International Entrepreneurship project. His affinity for technology and business issues led him to his current research area, the strategic design of digital transformations in small and medium-sized enterprises. In the context of this research work at the Entrepreneurship Hub, he is pursuing a doctorate.

Currently, teaching activities are concentrated on the supervision of thesis projects, student research papers and research projects.

In his research, Leonhard Voß is developing a method-integrated process model for strategy development of digital transformations in small and medium-sized enterprises. By developing and linking different method modules, companies are to be motivated and supported in tapping the potential of digitalization, recognizing digital disruptions and developing strategic measures in a holistic manner.

Special focal points are:

  • Barriers of digital transformations
  • Digital disruption
  • Organizational development and change management
  • Voß, L., Kühl, F. H., & Asghari, R. (2020). Fostering Digital Transformation in SMEs: Towards a Cohesive Digital Disruption Analysis Methodology. In 16th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (p. 275-283). Academic Conferences International limited.
  • Riedel, L., & Asghari, R. (2020). Mergers and Acquisitions as Enabler of Digital Business Transformation: Introducing an Integrated Process. In Enhancing Future Skills and Entrepreneurship (pp. 271-279). Springer, Cham.
  • Şahin, T., Riedel, L., Inkermann, D., Wilgeroth, D., Asghari, R., & Vietor, T. (2019). How to Foster Innovation? A Methodology to Identify Fields for Fostering Innovation Capability in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. In Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design (Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 2269-2278). Cambridge University Press.

Spectrum of topics

  • Mergers & Acquisitions-Strategie zur Förderung der digitalen Transformation in mittelständischen Unternehmen am Beispiel Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Masterarbeit)
  • Entwicklung softwarebasierter Produkte und zugehöriger Geschäftsmodelle im Rahmen der digitalen Transformation im automobilen Umfeld der Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH (Masterarbeit)
  • The Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Delhi, NCR: What are its structure and components and how does it encourage the emergence and growth of tech start‐ups? (Masterarbeit)
  • Entwicklung eines Adaptionsleitfaden einer Blockchain Anwendung in KMU basierend auf einer Potenzialanalyse hinsichtlich der Auswirkungen im Business Model Canvas (Studienarbeit)
  • Entwicklung eines ganzheitlichen Ansatzes zur Stärkung der Digitalisierungsfähigkeit in kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen (Masterarbeit)
  • Konzipierung des InnoScope Bausteins zur Förderung des Innovationsvermögens in KMU für eine nachhaltige Unternehmensentwicklung (Masterarbeit)
  • Digitalization as Driver of Social Economic Change Using the example of the People’s Republic of China (Studienarbeit)
  • Das Start-up Ecosystem Chinas im Kontext der Digitalisierung (Masterarbeit)
  • Erfolgsfaktoren zur Umsetzung von Innovationsprojekten im Handwerk am Praxisbeispiel einer „Digitalisierungswerkstatt“ für ausgewählte SHK-Betriebe (Forschungsprojekt)
  • Potenzialbasierte Bewertung disruptiver Technologien (Masterarbeit)

Samir J. Roshandel

Dipl.-Hdl., M.Sc.

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 University College for a Diploma and Management Information System for a Master. Furthermore, he distinguished himself in the context of a merit scholarship of the Chinese government as well as the DAAD and completed one year at Fudan University in Shanghai (China). In the context of his stay, he researched the success factors of German start-ups in China as part of his diploma thesis.

While still in school, Samir Roshandel founded his first company and continued his entrepreneurial activities during his studies. Samir Roshandel joined the Entrepreneurship Hub in March 2013 and is the main coordinator of the MBA program Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management.

  • Central coordination of the MBA program Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
  • Organization and realization of excursions, e.g. to Silicon Valley
  • Planning of lectures by external lecturers
  • Industry 4.0
  • High Tech Entrepreneurship

Christian Stascheit

M.Sc.

Christian Stascheit studied industrial engineering and mechanical engineering at the TU Braunschweig. After a year abroad in Valencia, during which he completed an Erasmus semester and a project semester, he wrote his master’s thesis in a specially initiated cooperation between the Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology (IWF) at TU Braunschweig and the Institute of Energy Engineering (IIE) at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. For this purpose, he founded a small business in which he worked on the master’s thesis and on other national and international projects.

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Mathis Vetter

LL.B.

Mathis Vetter studied law, human resources management and psychology at Brunswick European Law School in Wolfenbüttel and also holds a master’s degree in technology-oriented management from the Technical University of Braunschweig. During his studies, he already gained practical experience at the management consultancies Capgemini Invent and Kienbaum. He focused on management development, change management and process optimization in various industries.

In addition, Mathis Vetter has been involved in the student consultancy Consult One for many years, including as chairman of the board and as project manager in various projects in Braunschweig’s SME sector.

He has been working at the Entrepreneurship Hub since February 2019, initially as a research assistant in the cooperation project “Digitalization Lab” with TU Clausthal. Currently, he coordinates the project “Niedersachsen Entrepreneurship Monitoring” and is also involved in the project “International Entrepreneurship”.

  • Quantitative assessment of entrepreneurship ecosystems
  • Design of framework conditions for startup creation
  • Intrapreneurship and participation of employees in entrepreneurial processes
  • Vetter, M. & Asghari, R. (2020). The impacts of Brexit on the United Kingdom’s start-up ecosystem: implications for entrepreneurs and decision-makers In Coventry Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 1.

Dagmar Wilgeroth

Dipl.-Kffr.

Dagmar Wilgeroth studied economics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of 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 researching the role of universities in relation to cultural and technology transfer in developing countries.

After her studies, Ms. Wilgeroth gained many years of strategic experience in Germany and abroad at Unilever AG in the field of international marketing and innovation management and at ARAG Versicherungen AG as head of international group marketing. She has been an independent consultant and coach since 2003, focusing on entrepreneurship, business model development modeling and innovation management.

Since 2014, she has been employed at the Entrepreneurship Hub in various projects, including the EFRE-funded project ‘InnoLink’ and EXIST Potentials – International überzeugen (concept phase). Since October 2019, she is working on the project TransferHub38.

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Engl.)
  • Value Proposition Design
  • Entrepreneuriales Mindset
  • Business model development
  • Start-up ecosystems

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