Stöbich Entrepreneurship Promotion Award

     Award for doctoral theses in the field of entrepreneurship research

In cooperation with Stöbich Holding GmbH & Co. KG, the Entrepreneurship Hub of Braunschweig University of Technology and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences will award the Stöbich Entrepreneurship PhD Prize for outstanding dissertations in the field of entrepreneurship research starting in 2021.

Awards will be given for outstanding scientific work that develops innovative approaches to strengthening the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The aim of the award is to encourage and promote scientists to contribute to more innovative entrepreneurship in society. Dissertations that have been awarded at least “magna cum laude” and include a letter of recommendation from the primary reviewer will be evaluated. The winner will be selected by a committee consisting of a representative of Stöbich Holding GmbH & Co. KG, the head of the Entrepreneurship Hub, other professors and representatives from the business community. 

Application deadline: June 30, 2021

Award: 7500 euros

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     Requirements

Further information on the call for entries and the application can be downloaded here:

     The Process

1. Application

Applications are accepted until 30.06.2021.

2. Selection Process

A jury with representatives from science and industry assesses the submitted dissertation according to defined criteria.

3. Awarding

The award ceremony will take place during a networking event in December 2021.

     Our Mission

Young people who are willing to go the extra mile to push themselves to the limits commands respect and recognition, which we are very happy to support. In addition, we get to know aspiring young entrepreneurs whom we would like to integrate into our network. We live by this principle in the Stöbich Group.

     The Jury

Prof. Dr. Reza Asghari

  • Prof. Dr. Reza Asghari holds the professorship for High-Tech Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the TU Braunschweig and is head of the Entrepreneurship Hub located at both universities
  • Head of the EXIST-IV (2012-2017) and EXIST-V project (strand: International convince, since 2020) at both universities.
  • From 2000 to 2009 he held the professorship for business administration, internet economics and e-business at Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

Professor Dr. Reza Asghari has held the professorship for Entrepreneurship at the TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences since March 1, 2009, and in this capacity is also head of the Entrepreneurship Hub based at both universities. The business information scientist earned his doctorate in 1997 on the topic of growth economics at the Institute of Economics at the TU Braunschweig and subsequently worked as an e-business consultant in the IT industry, most recently at Oracle Germany. From 2000 to 2009, he held the professorship for business administration, internet economics and e-business at Ostfalia University. Professor Asghari is not only the author of numerous publications in the field of e-business and e-government, but also an entrepreneur himself. With his “Institute for E-Business”, founded in 2001, he develops practice-oriented software solutions for municipalities, public authorities and medium-sized companies.

Jörg Schiebel

  • Mr. Jörg Schiebel has been Chairman of the Management Board of the Stöbich Group of Companies since 2020.
  • He holds a degree in mechanical engineering and production technology.
  • His professional career led him via the companies IBM, UGS, Dassault Systems and Tyco / Johnson Controls to the Stöbich Group.

Prof. Dr. – Ing. Christoph Herrmann

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann is University Professor for Sustainable Production and Life Cycle Engineering and Head of the Institute for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology (IWF) at the Technical University of Braunschweig and, since November 2018, Institute Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST.

Prof. Dr. Harald von Korflesch

  • Prof. Dr. Harald von Korflesch has been Professor of Information Management and Organization in the Institute of Management of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz Campus, since the beginning of 2007.
  • From 2016 to 2019, he was Vice President of the University of Koblenz-Landau responsible for research, transfer, internationalization and digitization.

Born in 1962, he received a call to the professorship for Information Management and Organization in the Institute of Management of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau at the Koblenz Campus at the beginning of 2007, which he had previously represented on a term since 2003.

From 2016 to 2019, he served as Vice President of the University of Koblenz-Landau, responsible for research, transfer, internationalization and digitalization.

Prior to his time at the University of Koblenz-Landau, he was a research assistant at the University of Kassel, a visiting researcher and project leader of the Business Research Group Innovative Technologies and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cologne, Academic Director of the Euro Business College in Bonn, lecturer at the Kassel International Management School (KIMS), and managing co-partner of InterScience GmbH from 2001 to 2008.

He has been the founder and sole shareholder of VonKor GmbH since 2006. He is also the founder and academic director of the School of Entrepreneurial Design Thinking® (ED-School; www.ed-school.com) and the Central Institute for Scientific Entrepreneurship & International Transfer (ZIFET; www.zifet.de) at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

Under his leadership, the University of Koblenz-Landau was the only university in Rhineland-Palatinate to be awarded the excellence title “Gründeruniversität” (University of Entrepreneurship) by the BMWi.

His current project on entrepreneurship seeks to build a bridge of start-up support between Germany and Rwanda (see www.starfrica.de).

After studying business administration at the University of Cologne, he completed his doctorate in 1993 as a research assistant and assistant professor at the Chair of General Business Administration and Organization Studies at the University of Cologne on the topic of “Computer Supported Organization Design”. In the meantime, he worked as a freelancer and consultant for the Business Administration Institute for Organization and Automation (BIFOA) at the University of Cologne. Following his doctorate, he spent a postdoctoral year at the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, USA. This was followed by various project management positions at the Chair of Information Systems at the University of Kassel, funded by the DFG, the Hessian Ministry of Economics, and the BMBF, among others. As a freelancer, he began consulting medium-sized and large companies such as the RWE Group in 1997. In the same year, he was invited as a visiting researcher to the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), School of Knowledge Science, in Tokyo, Japan. From August 1999 to January 2000, he was a fellow of the Fritz Thyssen Foundation to conduct a study on “Knowledge Communication in the New Media Industry in New York City” as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Information Systems, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University.

Prof. Dr. Ingo Liefner

  • Prof. Dr. Ingo Liefner is Professor of Economic Geography at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Previously, he worked in the same position at Justus Liebig University Giessen.
  • His research areas include theoretical and applied economic geography as well as innovation and sustainability in emerging markets, especially China.

Ingo Liefner is Professor of Economic Geography at Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Previously, he held the same position at Justus Liebig University in Giessen.

His research areas include theoretical and applied economic geography as well as innovation and sustainability in emerging markets, especially China. He has led numerous research projects on these topics, usually funded by the DFG or other third-party funders such as the Volkswagen Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, DAAD, Stifterverband, or federal and state ministries.

His relevant publications include thematic issues, books and book chapters as well as journal publications, e.g. in Research Policy, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Technovation, Science and Public Policy, Technology in Society, Scientometrics, Regional Studies, Growth & Change, EPA or Journal of Informetrics.

In addition, Ingo Liefner has organized numerous conferences and technical meetings and participates as a reviewer, expert or consultant in a wide range of research activities, research institutions and scientific management organizations.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Robra-Bissantz

  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Robra-Bissantz has headed the Institute of Information Systems at the Technical University of Braunschweig since 2007.
  • Her research area is digital services, with a focus on personal services.

Prof. Dr. Susanne Robra-Bissantz studied business informatics at the Friedrich Alexander University in Nuremberg, where she also completed her doctorate and habilitation.

Since 2007, she has headed the Institute for Information Systems at the Technical University of Braunschweig.

With her team, she conducts research in the area of digital services, with a focus on person-centered services, whose value creation, interactions, and ecosystems she explicates and digital designs on the basis of service logic. For this purpose, special methods in service (ecosystem) design emerge. In this environment, Susanne Robra-Bissantz is interested in how collaboration between interacting actors (e.g., between customers and companies or in interest groups) arises and how it is digitally promoted.

The institute regularly brings its findings into practice, whether in lectures, continuing education courses or in cooperation with companies as well as in projects, for example of the BmBF. It presents its research results at national and international conferences (e.g. ECIS, ICIS, AMCIS, GeNeMe, DESRIST). Robra-Bissantz is editor of HMD – Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik.

Prof. Dr. Winfried Huck

  • Prof. Dr. Winfried Huck is Cambridge Fellow and Professor at the Brunswick European Law School (BELS) of the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences.

Prof. Dr. Winfried Huck studied law at the University of Bonn. After the first state examination, he completed his legal clerkship, among others at the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, and the second state examination in Düsseldorf. He received his doctorate from the University of Bonn in 1991. In 1997, he was called to the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig / Wolfenbüttel, where he holds a professorship for business law at the Brunswick European Law School (BELS), specializing in international business law and EU business law. He is also a doctoral supervisor of the Faculty of Law at the Brunswick/Wolfenbüttel University of Applied Sciences.

He is also

  • Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG), University of Cambridge
  • Professor at the Chinese-German University College (CDHK), Tongji University, Shanghai
  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law (LCIL), University of Cambridge
  • Miembro corresponsal de la Sociedad Cubana de Derecho Constitucional y Administrativo de la Unión Nacional de Juristas de Cuba, Havana

Prof. Dr. Lothar Hagebölling

  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Hagebölling is Honorary Professor at the Department of Economics and Honorary Senator of the TU Braunschweig

Dr. Volker Müller

  • Dr. Volker Müller has been Chief Executive of the Lower Saxony Business Associations e.V. since 2000. (UVN) and Managing Director of the Institut der Norddeutschen Wirtschaft e.V. (INW)
  • He has also been Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hanover since 2006.
  • Born 1955
  • Studied law, Universities of Saarbrücken and Tübingen Studied sociology, Saarland University; 1985 Doctorate, Dr. phil.
  • 1982 German-Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Mexico
  • 1983 German-English Chamber of Industry and Commerce, BDI Country Office, London
  • since 2000 Chief Executive Officer of the Entrepreneurial Associations of Lower Saxony e.V. (UVN), and Managing Director of the Institut der Norddeutschen Wirtschaft e.V. (INW)
  • Since 2006 Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Hanover
  • Other:
  • Chairman of the Advisory Board of NBank
  • Member of the Government Commission of Lower Saxony Member of the NDR Board of Directors
  • Managing Director of the ZVEI Regional Office Lower Saxony-Bremen Member of the Administrative Board of Techniker Krankenkasse
  • Member of the Senate of the Zuse Association Chairman of the Board of the University Society
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Lower Saxony/Bremen Regional Office
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Deutsche Management Akademie Niedersachsen Chairman of the Board of Directors of Verein Wirtschaft Metropolregion
  • Managing Director of the Exhibitors’ Advisory Board of Hannover Messe Member of the Supervisory Board of IdeenEXPO

Prof. Em. Dr. Günter Faltin

  • Prof. em. Dr. Günter Faltin was professor at the Free University of Berlin for business education and entrepreneurship
  • In 1985 he founded the company Projektwerkstatt GmbH, in 1985, with the idea of the “tea campaign”, market leader in the retail of tea in Germany (since 1995)
  • Prof. em. Dr. Günter Faltin established the “Stiftung Entrepreneurship” in 2001

     About the award’s namesake

Stöbich Brandschutz GmbH develops, manufactures and installs individual and series solutions in the field of structural fire protection worldwide and is one of the most innovative and globally leading companies in the industry.

The Goslar-based family business has its origins back in 1978, when a major fire in a Bahlsen factory caused millions of euros worth of damage because the fire was transferred to several parts of the factory through wall openings via conveyor systems.

It was precisely for these openings in walls and ceilings that Dr.-Ing. Jochen Stöbich designed the first fire protection closures for continuous conveyor systems – the impetus for the founding of Stöbich Brandschutz and the basis of its success story to this day.

Stöbich sells worldwide through its own branches (four national branches in Goslar, Bopfingen, Unna, Halle/Queis), 10 foreign branches as well as through more than 50 international sales locations/distributors.

To build a business, you first need the courage to overcome your fear of failure. Later success requires perseverance, remaining true to one's goals even in the face of setbacks, and above all, tireless commitment.

Dr. Ing. Jochen Stöbich

The creation of innovative startups from universities is very important for our economy and society. I myself once started as a startup. Today, my company is the global market leader in our industry. I hope that this award will help entrepreneurship research in Germany to gain more importance and that young academics will found more technology companies.

Dr. Ing. Jochen Stöbich

 

In 1979, Dr. Ing. Jochen Stöbich had the “sparking” idea: In a major fire at the Hanover-based cookie manufacturer Bahlsen, the damage would have been 6 million DM less if the fire had not spread to other areas of the hall via the conveyor systems.

As the inventor of the fire protection closure for conveyor-bound systems, he founded the company Stöbich Brandschutz in 1980 and started production in a small workshop in Goslar.

In the meantime, the company has become the global innovation leader in preventive fire protection thanks to numerous new developments and over 200 patent applications. The company has now developed 11 world firsts in this field and successfully launched them on the international market.

Today, the group of companies has 1,030 employees and generates a sales volume of around €100 million.

Four Stöbich Brandschutz GmbH branches in Germany and

Ten Stöbich foreign companies as well as eleven other companies in “related” industries belong to the Stöbich Group.

     Contact

Reza Asghari

Prof. Dr.

Dagmar Wilgeroth

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