In the 2021 summer semester, hei_INNOVATION is once again organising a lecture series on the topic of entrepreneurship and innovation, which complements the “Entrepreneurship” lecture at Heidelberg University. The series will take place every Monday at 5 pm, starting from 26 April 2021, and will present speakers who have excelled in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation management and business model innovation in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. Participation is free of charge.
26 April 2021 “From Zero to Awesome” – Tim Jaschke
The first talk will be held by Tim Jaschke, Head of Brand at SNOCKS. He leads the creative sector of the company and his team is in charge of all the content that represents SNOCKS. Prior to his work at SNOCKS he worked at different corporations and as a business consultant.
3 May 2021 “Gründerszene” – Björn-Christian Ningel (in German)
Björn-Christian Ningel gained several years in sales and distribution before he founded beat.your.insurance – his own InsureTech startup – in 2015. Since then, he has been active in and committed to the startup scene. During his studies at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, he worked at an Ingolstadt-based company as a startup and innovation scout. After his studies, he decided to turn his passion into his profession and started working at the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. in Berlin. In his current position, he is in charge of the setup and expansion of the 16 state groups.
10 May 2021 “The Importance of a Team” – Yannick Frank
Yannick Frank has been active in recent years mainly as co-founder of hatchery.io. He also participates in D2C companies like the earlybird coffee GmbH, The Female Company or peoplewhokaer.pet. Furthermore, as a startup mentor for over 50 teams, Yannick was able to learn a lot about the crucial success factors of startups.
17 May 2021 “A Founder Story” – Oliver Brümmer
Oliver Bruemmer is the founder and CEO of The Hackathon Company GmbH. He describes his founding journey as follows: “The founding story of our hackathons resulted from one widespread problem: I far too often witnessed how companies made their working life unnecessarily difficult. Since the beginning of 2021, I have been dedicating myself full-time, with a team of over 15 people, to hackathons and helping companies find individual solutions. Our aim is to be the needed sparring partner to companies while making their day-to-day lives better/easier.”
31 May 2021 “Working in a Startup” – Johannes Stiegeler
After a Bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology and a Master’s degree in General Management, Johannes has been working at Recup for 3.5 years. He started as a sales manager, was then a key account manager and teamlead key account. He currently holds the position as the teamlead sales.
7 June 2021 “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” – Oliver Hanisch
Oliver Hanisch is an entrepreneur, business angel and the CEO of Campus Founders. He is an expert in startups and startup ecosystems and a sought-after advisor, mentor, and investor. Oliver Hanisch has successfully founded and sold numerous startups and companies and in his 14 years in Silicon Valley, he was, among other engagements, co-founder of the German Accelerator. Since 2019, he has been leading Campus Founders and educating the next generation of responsible founders and innovators in a value-oriented way. With his activities, he promotes the startup and innovation ecosystem in Heilbronn-Franken, which, according to Wirtschaftswoche, is one of the most dynamic regions in Germany.
14 June 2021 “How to Become a Scientist Entrepreneur” – Dr. Christian Tidona
Christian Tidona is a biotech entrepreneur, business angel, and founder of the BioMed X Institute in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Throughout his entire professional life, his focus was always to seed innovation at the interface between academia and industry. Christian is co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. He is chairman of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
21 June 2021 “Shut Up and Listen. How Founders Often Become Their Own Biggest Enemy” – Georg Fischer
Georg Fischer, Global Head of Business Model Transformation at SAP, describes himself in the following way:
„I am a passionate business professional with a proven track record in the successful delivery of global projects and programs, being responsible for all phases from inspiration to market delivery. I have an open mind and great passion for change and new opportunities. I am a coach, trainer, speaker and project manager for Innovation Management leveraging Business Modell Innovation and Development as well as Design Thinking. Additionally, I am a lecturer at Universities in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Vienna for Innovation, Agility and Entrepreneurship.“
28 June 2021 “Spin-Offs and How to Do Them” – Prof. Dr. Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz
Magnus von Knebel Doeberitz is Professor of Molecular Oncology and Medical Director of the Department of Applied Tumor Biology, Institute of Pathology of Heidelberg University. His major scientific interests relate to mechanisms of human carcinogenesis by papillomaviruses and DNA mismatch repair deficiency. He identified novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets and validated them in clinical trials, co-authoring more than 300 peer-reviewed articles. He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Cancer and a member of the Editorial Boards of various other journals in oncology and has received numerous prestigious scientific awards and is the inventor of several patent families in his research areas.
5 July 2021 “Intrapreneurship” – Larissa Epp
As a project leading employee of Chemische Werke Kluthe GmbH, Larissa Epp works in the Corporate Development division. In her function, she takes care of cross-divisional strategic projects for the further development of the company. This division offers an agile space for innovations, new business models and concepts that are approached with entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. Kluthe is thus one of the medium-sized companies that has successfully embraced the need for innovation and future orientation in its own company.