Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas

Department of Business and Economics
Professorship for Entrepreneurship

T: +49 (0)30 30877-1230

Visitor's address
Schöneberg Campus
Building B
Room 551
Badensche Straße 50-51
10825 Berlin

Postal address
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Schöneberg Campus
Badensche Straße 52
10825 Berlin


Academic and Professional Career

  • 1988: Diploma in Business Administration (FU Berlin)
  • 1989-1991: Controller for International Sales at Schering AG
  • 1992-1998: Assistant to the founder and principal shareholder of the Projektwerkstatt GmbH / Teekampagne (an ethical and environmentally aware tea import company)
  • 1994: 5-month period of research on the topic of entrepreneurship at New York University, Babson College (Boston, MA) and the Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • 1994-2001: part-time lecturer at the FHTW and FHW Berlin (now BSEL) and the FU Berlin
  • 1996-2001: Designed and managed as CEO the Existenzgründer-Instituts Berlin (an institute for new entrepreneurs); development of the business plan competition in Berlin
  • 1997: Doctorate in Economics (FU Berlin)
  • 2000-2001: 4 Equity Capital AG (director)
  • 2001-2005: Professor of General Business Administration, business start-ups and the management of small- to medium-sized enterprises at the FHW Berlin / BSEL
  • since 2005: Professor of Entrepreneurship at the FHW Berlin / BSEL

Key Aspects of practise

  • Design of business models
  • General financing for business start-ups and venture capital


  • Edwin M. Appel Prize of 1996 of Babson College, Boston (USA) “For Bringing Entrepreneurial Vitality to Academia”

External relations

  • Member of the board of management of the Existenzgründer-Instituts Berlin
  • Member of the working group for business start-up research at the FGF (a registered association for entrepreneurship research)
  • Head of the scientific advisory board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Germany (a registered association)

Selected, current Publications

  • 2008 Der Businessplan als Instrument der Gründungsplanung – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen, Working Paper Nr. 43 des Institute of Management Berlin der HWR Berlin (Zusammen mit Holger Zumholz und Christian Kolata)
  • 2004 Von der Idee zum innovativen Geschäftsmodell. In: Entrepreneurship
  • Education in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Ergebnisse aus Forschung
  • und Praxis 2002-2004. Hrsg. v. Gründerflair MV
  • 2004 State-of-the-Art of Entrepreneurship Education. Paper presented to
  • Expert Panel of ATHENA (Project of the European Commission) in
  • Nice at Feb. 9th, 2004
  • 2000 Entrepreneurship als Prozess - Lehrmaterial (174 Seiten) für ein GründerFernStudium
  • 1998 "Towards an Interdisciplinary Theory of Entrepreneurship". In: Journal of Small Business Economics
  • 1998 "Entrepreneurship - Wie aus Ideen Unternehmen werden" (Hrsg. mit Günter Faltin und Jürgen Zimmer), Beck-Verlag.
  • 1997 Entrepreneurship als ökonomischer Prozess, Dissertation Freie Universität Berlin, Gabler-Verlag