A LAUNCHPAD FOR

DIGITAL

ENTREPRENEURS

A cross-disciplinary platform for entrepreneurship research and education in times of digital transformation.

Mission

From Lifescience through Programmatic Advertising to Digital Publishing – hardly any entrepreneurial field of action is not influenced by the use of digital technologies. The Digital Entrepreneurship Hub reflects the influences of “digital transformation” on central areas of society. These include in particular the digitalization of entrepreneurial activity in almost all sectors, its influence on diversity, but also changes in university teaching (“e-/blended learning”) and research (“e-research”).

The DEH is the central point of contact for entrepreneurship education and research at Freie Universität Berlin.
The DEH systematically promotes the exchange between research at the FU Berlin and start-up ecosystems in Berlin, the EU and worldwide.
At the interface between #digitalization and #entrepreneurship with direct research relevance, the DEH is unique in Berlin.

RESEARCH-BASED

We sensitize and qualify researchers and students at Freie Universität Berlin for entrepreneurial thinking and action. In doing so, we directly implement findings from our own research in the areas of “Entrepreneurship” and “Information Systems”.

INTER-DISCIPLINARY

Together with our partners from various faculties and Profund Innovation – the start-up support facility of Freie Universität Berlin – we have been providing both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary support services at Freie Universität Berlin since 2013.
(see BMWi project “Entrepreneurial Network University” (ENU) 2013-2018).

Tensions during Digital Transformation

DIGITAL

“Digital transformation” entails technical change as well as changes at the level of individuals, companies, and society. We reflect on these processes and help shape them in events and with our own “Design Science” projects.

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The Digital Entrepreneurship Hub is an institution of Freie Universität Berlin.

Current news

News

Minitrack on “Addressing Diversity in Digitalization” at HICSS 2022

we invite scholars to advance our theoretical knowledge on the digital impact on diversity, i.e. on inclusive design and application processes, practices and routines of organizing data and information systems that consider the role of diversity, and the influence of diversity in shaping the role, usage, and design of digital technologies.

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News

Freie Universität Berlin Investigates Biotech Location Berlin-Brandenburg – The Laboratory as Incubator for Start-ups in the Capital Region

In recent years, Berlin has developed into one of the startup strongholds in Europe. At the same time, the capital region is a leading location in the life sciences, healthcare industry and healthcare provision. A team led by economist Professor Dr. Hannes Rothe has been commissioned by the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Operations to analyze what other reasons there are for the low startup momentum in the biotech sector and how Berlin can catch up with leading regions such as Cambridge/Oxford in the UK.

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Current events

Event

Digital Startup Ecosystem on Health & Bio Data (November 2018)

New digital infrastructures in health make bio-, genomics-, and health-data available for novel products, services, and business models in the “Digital Startup Ecosystem on Health & Bio Data”. Join our discussion on the influence of interlinked Health Data on entrepreneurial activities with Professor Sirkka Jarvenpaa and speakers from industry & start-ups.

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Event

ECDF: Big Data und der Regulatorische Rahmen

Der Deutsche Ethikrat hat in einer viel beachteten Stellungnahme Empfehlungen zur Zukunft der notwendigen Regulierung im Bereich Big Data formuliert. Die Professur Gersch lädt zur Teilnahme am Vortrag mit anschließender Diskussion an das ECDF.

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Education

Teaching at DEH is aimed at students, researchers and alumni of all faculties. It sensitises and qualifies people comprehensively to entrepreneurial thinking and acting, for example in the form of a new venture. This is part of the increasingly important task of transferring technology and knowledge from universities to society.

Education in the network: As a hub, we rely on a decentralised network of lecturers from various specialist areas, which is systematically supported by the DEH. Through the involvement of experts in start-up, patent and licensing issues, current content and additional competencies are introduced into teaching.

The different offers of Entrepreneurship Education can be combined according to desire and inclination to individual “learning paths”.

Research

Research at DEH is dedicated to the interfaces between entrepreneurship, digitalization and diversity.

Research in a network: As a hub, we promote exchange between researchers from the School of Business and Economics and other disciplines at Freie Universität Berlin.

In the sense of the “International Network University” we are closely connected with international research networks.

MEMBERS

Our founders

Tim Seithe, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von viomedo​

Tim Seithe, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von viomedo​

„Die Veranstaltungsreihe Start Up Entrepreneurship! war sehr inspirierend für mich. Sie hat mir geholfen, meinen Fokus stärker auf die wirklich relevanten Dinge auszurichten.“ ​

Mark Essien, Gründer von Hotels.ng

Mark Essien, Gründer von Hotels.ng

"I did the seminar Unternehmensgründung during my MSc at the FU, and also Kundenprojekt Web-Technologien, both of which were instrumental to mydecision to move back to my native Nigeria to found a Startup. The company has been quite successful - we recently raised $1.2m in financing. Just wanted to reach out to say thanks a lot for the helpful seminars you provide at the FU."​

Our ecosystem

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