Keynote Speakers


Sven Ripsas is Professor for Entrepreneurship (Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL), Academic Director of the BerlinMBA in Entrepreneurship and managest he startup activities of the BSEL. His central research focus is on Business Model Development, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lean Startup, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Entrepreneurship Education. He leads several research projects, among them BerlinStartupInsights (which analyses key performance indicators of startups), BENHU (that develops a cross-university entrepreneurship education network to support the Berlin entrepreneurship ecosystem), and TransBo (which helps SMEs to manage the transformation tot he digital economy). Research partners of Prof. Ripsas are (among others) Tim Dümichen (KPMG), Christian Herzog (BerlinPartner), Frank Dehne (Salesforce), Prof. Winkler (City University New York), Prof. Schildhauer (Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, D), Prof. Faltin (Freie Universität Berlin, D), Google Inc. (USA), and the Wichita State University (USA). In 2007 Sven Ripsas started his own investment and consulting company Daring Spirit UG and holds 4 investments. Besides teaching he is Head of the Scientific Board of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE Deutschland). In 1995 he startet the first German business plan competition and a year later Babson College (Boston, MA) awarded him the Appel-Prize for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academia. Sven Ripsas lectures on his research interests and conducts workshops for startups and international companies aiming to develop their business and revenue models. Due to his experience as a triathlete and Yoga teacher his intention is to unfold everyone’s individual potential.​


He is a professor for Management in creative and knowledge industries at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences. He worked as an expert for Corporate Foresight, Technology and Education, for Deutsche Bank Research and for DaimlerChrysler’s Society and Technology Research Group in Berlin for several years. He currently serves as a member of the Fraunhofer Academy advisory committee and for institutions like the European Commission concerning technology management (education and learning). At present, his main interests are the project-based design economy (the dynamics shaping the future industrial value creation) and the future societal patterns. He is currently researching fast-tracking innovation, time and innovation, algorithmic acceleration, as well as determining how to ethically, responsibly and sustainably design algorithmic and artificial intelligence based innovation. His doctoral thesis is Time and innovation – the synchronisation of science, economy and politics in the emergence of VR/immersion technologies.​