Since 2009 Daniela Ernestus is a lecturer and PhD Candidate at the Chair for SME research & Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim (Germany), having designed and implemented the first practical oriented lecture on entrepreneurship. Since then, she has been involved in teaching lectures on entrepreneurship (such as Creativity & Entrepreneurship in Practice or Entrepreneurial Spirit – Launching the Venture) at the Master level and in organizing and implementing the yearly Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Her research interest focuses on the area of innovation management. Besides research and teaching, she supervised various diploma and master theses on entrepreneurship topics. She is involved in consulting university spin-offs, is co-founder of the Mannheim Entrepreneurship Club (www.entrepreneurshipclub.de), and is acting as a faculty advisor in the student organization enactus (www.enactus.org; formerly SIFE, www.sife.org). Before working at university, Daniela studied law at the University of Mannheim and completed a two-year practical at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt am Main. She holds the first and the second legal state examination and worked five years as a lawyer in the area of insolvency and bankruptcy law before she enrolled in a fulltime MBA program at the Nottingham University Business School, UK. In 2008, she received her MBA degree with Distinction and was awarded with The Best Overall Performance prize in the MBA in Entrepreneurship program.
Dennis Lips is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences, University of Mannheim. He is currently enrolled in the Business Research Program within the Master in Management at the University in Mannheim. Dennis holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. During his undergraduate studies he spent one semester at the Tongji University in Shanghai where he co-founded an incubator for students and investors. His research interests center on entrepreneurship, with a focus on business models, innovation management and organizational theory. His Bachelor Thesis on social online networks further fostered his interest in business models of IT companies. Besides practical experience at McDonald’s, John Deere, BASF and DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga he lived his entrepreneurial mindset by founding a company which offers end-to-end web solutions. Dennis is also involved in community service, as the president of a local sports club. In his leisure time, Dennis enjoys travelling and playing soccer.
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