Entrepreneurship Talk

Inside Academic Startups

Researchers at LUH’s  Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography collected data of academic startups founded by former students and alumni of the universities of Hanover and Goettingen. They examined the reason for starting a business after university and how the companies performed over the years etc.

As a practical example we will take a closer look at Praemandatum GmbH, a consulting firm for the protection and implementation of data privacy. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Leppelt, at that time postgraduate at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, and has grown to 28 members of staff until today. Like many IT startups praemandatum tries new forms of work organization, but hardly any company is more democratically structured than Praemandatum. How does it work?


Prof. Dr. Rolf Sternberg, Dr. Nora Hesse, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Department of Economic Geography
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