Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter

Press releases with mentions

Latest interview on climate start ups

As part of the "EXIST - Business Start-ups from Science" programme, Klaus Fichter recently gave an interview on innovative climate start-ups. Fichter emphasizes: "Every start-up should think about what contribution it can make to an even climate balance. Sustainability is a topic that concerns all founders. In the future, this could and should also have an impact on funding programmes by anchoring sustainability as an evaluation yardstick. 

Link to the interview in the new EXIST annual magazine

(The interview can be found on pages 55-57. On page 48 Fichter also comments on the financing of start-ups and the StartGreen Award).

New article: Impacts of promoting sustainable entrepreneurship in generic business plan competitions

The integration of sustainability in generic business plan competitions promotes a sustainable orientation of participating start-ups. This is shown by current research results from a new article by Klaus Fichter and Irina Tiemann, recently published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. In a study of over 1000 participants in the 2015 Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition, they found that context factors play an important role in the early (seed and start-up) phase of a new venture and can be designed to increase the degree of sustainability integration of participating start-ups. Read more in the article: 

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Climate Challenge - Trainer package is now available for free!

Over the past two years, PIN, together with its project partner Fresenius University Cologne, has worked intensively on the development of educational materials on the topic of corporate climate adaptation. The main idea was to integrate climate change and its entrepreneurial consequences as a challenge into various management approaches. At the end of the project, a comprehensive trainer package with moderation guidelines, slides and materials for the Climate Challenge is now available. The Climate Challenge is aimed at start-up teams and innovation managers of existing companies who want to subject their (new) business model to a "stress test" with regard to climate change. Trainers and moderators can get the cc-licensed material on our website.

If you would like to acquire background knowledge on the topic of "managing climate change" through self-study, you will find numerous tutorials created in the Climate LO project at the project partner Fresenius University.

Latest Publications

Fichter, K. & Tiemann, I. (2020): Impacts of promoting sustainable entrepreneurship in generic business plan competitions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 267 (2020).

Wagner, M., Schaltegger, S., Hansen, E.G.; Fichter, K. (2019). University-linked programmes for sustainable entrepreneurship and regional development: how and with what impact? Small Business Economics (2019).

Volkmann, C., Fichter, K., Klofsten, M. et al. (2019). Sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystems: an emerging field of research. Small Business Economics (2019). 

Clausen, J. & Fichter, K. (2019). The diffusion of environmental product and service innovations: Driving and inhibiting factors. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 31 (2019), 64-95.

Tiemann, I.; Fichter, K. & Geier, J. (2018). University support systems for sustainable entrepreneurship: insights from explorative case studies. in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.  Vol. 10, No. 2, 2018; DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.090983

Breuer, H.; Fichter, K.; Lüdeke-Freund, F. & Tiemann, I. (2018). Sustainability-oriented Business Model Development: Principles, Criteria, and Tools. in: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing.  Vol. 10, No. 2, 2018; DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2018.10008388

K. Fichter & I. Tiemann (2017): Factors influencing university support for sustainable entrepreneurship: Insights from explorative case studies. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 175 (2018), 512 - 524.

N. Bank, K. Fichter & M. Klofsten (2017): Sustainability-profiled incubators and securing the inflow of tenants - the case of Green Garage Berlin. in: Journal of Cleaner Production, 157 (2017), 76-83.

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