The Chair of Innovation and Corporate Transformation offers a dynamic intellectual environment for students who are interested in writing their theses on issues related to venture capital, private equity, start-ups, corporate venturing and corporate transformation.

Examples of theses that have been completed at the Chair (a complete list is available upon request):

  • What is the optimum funding for a Series A start-up? A study of Series A investments in Germany
  • Post-investment interactions between investors and start-ups: The role of formal reporting.
  • What's the role of restructuring in generating and mastering innovation? A study of the German Mittelstand
  • How does the presence of female professionals affect performance in German VCs?
  • Which is best for start-up growth: Company builders or Traditional VCs? A comparative study of portfolio firms.
  • Why don't traditional VCs and Corporate VCs collaborate (effectively)? A study of operational interface between VCs and CVCs in Germany.
  • When and how does active limited partnership become a better alternative to corporate venture capital?
  • How do German VCs and Chinese VCs differ? A cross-country analysis of deal generation, syndication and investment behavior.
  • Interaction between VCs and start-ups during the pre-investment phase
  • Strategic outcomes of corporate fund investments in venture capital funds
  • Post-IPO performance of VC-backed entities: Empirical evidence from the US market
  • Identifying differences in corporate acelerator programs in the U.S. and Germany that impact growth patterns
List of students who completed their thesis under the VC, private equity and entrepreneurship thesis program
  • Alexander SCHAEFER
  • Bastian KNUTZEN
  • Cedric CRECELIUS
  • Christian FRANZ
  • Cornelius MENKE
  • Jan KYRI
  • Jan TENENBAUM
  • Jie DONG
  • Jonathan KETTERER
  • Julian M. KOSTER
  • Laura HANKISS
  • Lennart J. TRAUTMANN
  • Louisa M. WOERLE
  • Lukas R. PUENDER
  • Marius W. LOEWE
  • Mats EWALD
  • Matthias F. MAAS
  • Moritz WEIERMANN
  • Niklas LEUCHTENMUELLER
  • Paul J. JEHLE
  • Simon WOLFF
  • Tim S. BLOCK