Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

CONFERENCE: Promoting graduate entrepreneurship in higher education institutions in eastern Germany


Jointly organised by the OECD LEED Programme and the Germany’s Federal Department of the Interior

Monday, 10 June 2013

(10.00 – 17.00)


Auditorium Friedrichstraße, Quartier 110,

Friedrichstraße 180

10117 Berlin

Deadline for Registration: 22 May 2013



Many different inputs are required for successful entrepreneurship, one of the most important being entrepreneurship skills. Higher education institutions provide unique environments for nascent entrepreneurship activities and OECD work shows that tailored practices have emerged in educating future entrepreneurs and in helping them to take their first steps in starting-up and growing a business. To best support entrepreneurship, universities themselves need to be entrepreneurial in the content and delivery of their entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship research activities and promotion of local developemtn, and in the development of strategic partnership that they build locally, nationally and internationally.

Entrepreneurship support is often a new activity for universities and they face challenges in designing and delivering appropriate entrepreneurship education and business start-up services for graduate entrepreneurship. This is also a new domain for policy makers, who can play an important role in supporting universities become more entrepreneurial and to support the development of a strong local entrepreneurship support system.

This conference, hosted in partnership with the Federal Ministry of the Interior, is part of OECD LEED’s ongoing work on better understanding issues and policies around support for entrepreneurship education and business start-up support in universities. It follows a series of OECD case studies that examined university support for graduate entrepreneurship in Eastern Germany, including assessments of FH Brandenburg, Technical University Ilmenau, University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, University of Leipzig, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, and Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design.

The conference will begin to fill the knowledge on common challenges identified in OECD case studies in Eastern Germany.



While entrepreneurship is supported by universities with a wide variety of entrepreneurship education and business start-up offerings, the OECD work shows that a number of common challenges exist. This conference aims to start addressing the knowledge gap by covering the following themes:

  1. Commercialization of universities' research knowledge
  2. Financing business start-up support services at HEIs
  3. Engaging alumni for entrepreneurship education and start-up support
  4. Inspiring students to be entrepreneurial
  5. Strengthening entrepreneurship education



9:30     Participant registration
10:00   Introduction
10:15   Presentation of key findings by OECD
10:40   Commentary on OECD findings by guest speaker (German)
11:00   Discussion with moderator and floor questions
11:30   First round of table discussions on international and German good practices
12:15   Second round of table discussions on international and German good practices
14:00   Third round of table discussions on international and German good practices
15:00   Keynote speaker – PSt Dr. Bergner (BMI)
15:15   Panel discussion
16:15   Concluding remarks
16:30   Conclusion of the conference


Registration and information

To register, please send an email with your name, job title, organisation, and email address to: David Halabisky

For further information on this workshop and/or on how to organise a similar event in your country, please contact: David Halabisky 

The deadline for the registration is 22 May 2013.


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