Apl.Prof.Dr. Klaus Fichter

Press releases with mentions

ScaleUp4Sustainability on the virtual ISPIM conference

With the title Co-Creation: Student-Business Collaboration in Green Venturing the team of ScaleUp4Sustainability leads a workshops on the virtual ISPIM. Day of the event is June 10th, 2020. Session 1 from 9:50 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. presents best practices from the project consortium. Session 2 (11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.) deals with success factors and findings of the participating universities.
Participants who only want to attend these the S4S workshop can do so without any fees. Agenda and discount code for ticketing are to be find here.

If you are interested to participate, please send an email to anne.seela[at]

For further information on the virtual ISPIM, the full conference programme and attendance fees:

Information on the Erasmus+ project



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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Survey for the 8th German Startup Monitor

Dear founders,

The German Startup Association needs your voice! The corona pandemic poses enormous challenges for startups. The Startups Association is doing everything to support you in these difficult times in the best possible way. Therefore, they need one thing above all: facts and figures! Make yourself, your startup and your region heard and take part in the survey for the 8th German Startup Monitor (DSM)!

Click here for the survey

In the last few months, many concerns of the startup scene have been placed on the political agenda in Germany. Now it is time to move forward with the implementation of the measures. Therefore, the information provided by this year's Startup Monitor is extremely important.

As a thank you for your commitment, you can win fantastic prices such as 5x2 tickets for the German Startup Awards 2021 or 3x2 trips to the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge in Amsterdam including accommodation and travel.

Participate now


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.

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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