Who I am

I am Dr. Hannes Rothe, an assistant professor for Educational Service Engineering and IT-Entrepreneurship at Freie Universität Berlin.
My research interest lies on the brinch between Digitalization and (Service) Innovation. Currently, I focus on understanding value co-creation in entrepreneurial ecosystems.

How does IT enable value co-creation?

How does IT helps us to understand value co-creation?

How does IT help us to change behaviors of value co-creation?

Research Projects

Entrepreneurship Education at Entrepreneurial Network University

We develop a component-driven entrepreneurship education at Freie Universität Berlin and Charité Universitätsmedizin. It is my role to coordinate this project part

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Freie Universität Berlin and Charité Universitätsmedizin initiated the Entrepreneurial Network University to foster entrepreneurial thinking in research and teaching. We were funded by European and German government as part of the EXIST Gründeruniversität. Entrepreneurship education is the biggest part of the project ENU. It was created and led by the chairs of Prof. Gersch and Prof. Tolksdorf. Together, we shaped our pertaining proposal in 2012 and got funded from 2013 to 2018. It has been my task to coordinate this project on behalf of both professors, which included designing courses, content, quality measurement, as well as acquiring, and retaining relationships to lead users on both campuses.

Entrepreneurship Lehr- und Austauschplattform (ELAP)

We created a platform to exchange and design new courses and content for entrepreneurship education.

Data bases for (IT-)Entrepreneurship research

I collected a few data sets for entrepreneurship research for my colleagues and myself. One of which is a database of founders and investors from the Berlin startup scene (Gründerszene).

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Gründerszene lists startups, founders and investors publicly on the web. They allow using this data set for research and teaching purposes. (Thank you!) You'll find the code I used to collect the data on Github.

Business Administration for Veterinary Medicine

We created and implemented a blended learning scenario in entrepreneurship education for students in veterinary medicine.

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Founded by Keldat on behalf of the Volkswagen Stiftung we created new learning material as well as a course setting under the name of "BWL für Veterinärmediziner". This helped us, not only to introduce our target group into specifics on business administration. Furthermore, we investigated autonomy of students in blended learning scenarios.


During my time at Freie Universität Berlin I held a variety of courses.


Service Engineering (Master)

#service #serviceSystems #sdl #serviceInnovation

IT Entrepreneurship (Master)

#entrepreneurship #leanstartup #mvp

DRS Pro Transfer (PhD)

#researchToMarket #prototyping #businessmodel

Research Seminar Information Management (PhD)

#informationSystems #wirtschaftsinformatik

Information Management (Bachelor)

#information #management #strategy #dataScience

Business Models in the Net Economy (Bachelor)

#internationalCourse #socialNetwork #businessmodel

Teaching and Learning Material

The Lean Startup

What is a Business Model?

How to make a business plan (German)

Bullwhip Effect

Systematic Literature Review (German)

Design Science Research (German)

Further Engagement


On behalf of the Our Baku e.V. we developed ourbaku.com, the biggest knowledge base about the history of Baku (Azerbaijan).

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We started the platform back in 2008 as a family project. Meanwhile we collaborate with several people from all over the world to collect facts and figures about the history of this ancient city. Today, we have about 2.500 articles that are read by a thousand visitors of our site each day.

My Publications

Get in touch with me

  • Address

    Department of Information Systems
    Freie Universität Berlin
    14195 Berlin
  • Phone

    +49 30 838 51985
  • Social