Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter

Press releases with mentions

Save the date: DBU dialogue series "Strengthen green start-ups!"

The dialogue series "Strengthen green start-ups!" aims to provide knowledge about the framework conditions, significance, trends and obstacles of green start-ups. This is intended to trigger new or intensified initiatives for the target group-oriented promotion of green start-ups. 

As part of the dialogue series, an event on "Entrepreneurial opportunities through climate protection and adaptation" will be held at the TGO on 22 April 2020

Registration is possible at Further information on the programme can be found in the flyer

Future Forum on Oldenburg's 1st Innovation Day

On 23 June 2020, the Oldenburg Innovation Day will take place for the first time this year as part of the Innovative University Project. The day will focus on innovation activities and innovation culture in the Oldenburg region and how organizations can succeed in breaking new ground.  

Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter will moderate the Future Forum in the afternoon from 17:00 - 18:15 under the motto "Many paths lead to innovation - Open for new paths". 

Interested parties can register for the event on the website until 17.03.20. 


ISPIM Conference 2020 (Berlin) - Call for Papers & Award

ISPIM – the International Society for Innovation Management – is THE forum for researchers and practitioners in the field of innovation. The yearly ISPIM conferences are a platform for science, industry, consulting and the public sector. 

In 2020, the 31st ISPIM Conference will take place in Berlin from 7 - 10 June - co-hosted by Klaus Fichter & Borderstep Institute. As every year, the ISPIM Dissertation Award will be awarded to particularly groundbreaking scientific papers in the field of innovation management. Sketches can still be submitted until 24 January 2020.

Core topics are:

  • Values-based Innovation Management
  • Innovation Management to address the UN’s SDGs
  • Sustainability-oriented Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Scaling strategies/Diffusion Polices for Environmental Innovation
  • Impact measurement and sustainability assessment of start-ups
  • Transition Strategies for Growing and Transforming Cities

further information

ISPIM Dissertation Award on LinkedIn

ISPIM on Facebook

TEMPRO - Total energy consumption of professional data centers increases substantially

The „TEMPRO“ project studied the total life cycle of professional data centers 

The "Total Energy Management for Professional Data Centers" (TEMPRO) project, which was successfully completed in October 2019, is dedicated to making more efficient use of energy and raw materials in data centers. Five commercial enterprises and three research partners spent three years researching the environmental impacts of data centers in this project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. New energy- and resource-saving technologies were jointly identified, evaluated and prototypically developed.

"The total energy requirements of data centers are rising very significantly. The increasing digitalization of economy and society requires more and more energy and natural resources," explains project manager Dr. Alexandra Pehlken. "We were able to calculate that the more than 50,000 data centers in Germany consumed 14 billion kWh of electricity in 2018. This is 2.7% of Germany's electricity consumption and almost 40% more than in 2010." Added to this is the so-called grey energy, which is generated during manufacturing and transport of the devices and systems installed in the data centers. "In TEMPRO, we were able to estimate this grey energy for Germany for the first time," says Pehlken, "this has created a basis for us to be able to assess the environmental impact of data centers holistically in the future."

The project with a total volume of around 3 million euros was funded with 2.2 million euros under the 6th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and was supervised by Project Management Jülich (PTJ). It was coordinated by Dr. Alexandra Pehlken at the University of Oldenburg.

For more information, please visit the TEMPRO website:

See the press release here


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

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.

Further publications

Practice-oriented Publications

Hurrelmann, K., Fichter, K., Seela, A. (2018). Climate-Challenge: Chancen und Risiken für Geschäftsmodelle in Zeiten des Klimawandels: Ein Trainerleitfaden. Oldenburg: Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.

Tiemann, I. and Fichter, K. (2016). Developing business models with the Sustainable Business Canvas: Manual for Conducting Workshops. (Download)

Flyer Sustainable Business Canvas (Download)


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