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Welcome to the Hamburg University of Technology

Institute of Entrepreneurship

Inaugurated in June 2014 · Headed by Christoph Ihl · Dedicated to three objectives:



We strive to do rigor and relevant research about innovation and entrepreneurship from perspectives of organization theory, sociology and strategy. As data enthusiasts, we love to apply state-of-art computational and econometric methods to novel, large-scale data sets.


We are convinced that entrepreneurship can be learned and good training increases the odds of entrepreneurial success. To that end, our teaching is problem- and project-based so that students can gain first-hand, real-life experience that inspires and enables them to become the next generation of Startup Engineers.


We are open to collaborate with corporates, startups and associations to transfer our knowledge about data science and startup engineering into Practice. Possible modes of collaboration are master theses, applied research and data science projects, consulting, talks, workshops or trainings.

Recent News

Entrepreneurial Exits via Acquisitions

A Guest Lecture by Mark Miller from Carlsquare

When Autonomy Helps Team Performance — and When It Doesn’t

A Managerial Summary of Our Research in Harvard Business Review

PhD Thesis of Carolin Brückmann

ICOs represent a new type of financing method that enables start-ups to collect capital from a large number of mainly small investors. Carolin Brückmann addresses to ICO investors to show how investors navigate this new kind of investment environment. The composition and interaction of various investor groups was investigated along three studies. Furthermore, she analysed to what extent investors are able to select successful start-ups in a targeted manner. Examiners: Prof.


Hamurg University of Technology (TUHH)
TUHH School of Management Science & Technology
DRUID Society
Academy of Management
European Group for Organizational Studies
Open & User Innovation Society
Wissenschaftliche Kommission Technologie, Innovation und Entrepreneurship im Verband der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft