The Stiftung Entrepreneurship (Foundation for Entrepreneurship) was established in 2001 by Dr. Dietrich Winterhager, Professor, and Dr. Günter Faltin, Professor, who headed the Entrepreneurship working group at Freie Universität Berlin until 2013, with capital stock of one million German marks. The foundation is based in Berlin. It takes action independently with the intention of having a positive effect on the environment for entrepreneurship. The foundation’s view of entrepreneurship extends beyond existing traditions, holding that the economic and cultural further development of society depends on entrepreneurial initiatives that do not merely tease out new needs and requirements on an ongoing basis, but also use economic, social, and even artistic imagination to offer responses to existing problems. The foundation’s activities include operating the “Entrepreneurship Lab“ (“Labor für Entrepreneurship”) event series, which aims to establish an open culture of entrepreneurial action. The foundation’s extensive online offerings are intended to support business founders in working systematically on their business model themselves. Kurt Hammer, Holger Johnson, Hernando de Soto, Dr. Fritz Fleischmann (Prof.), Dr. Muhammad Yunus (Prof.), and Gunter Pauli belong to the foundation’s board of trustees.
The Entrepreneurship Lab (Labor für Entrepreneurship)
The Entrepreneurship Lab (Labor für Entrepreneurship) is organized by Dr. Günter Faltin, Professor. Through interviews with business founders, these events highlight ways to develop an initial idea to the point of being a mature business model with all of the necessary aspects having been thoughtfully considered and designed. Methods of idea development and idea refinement that were developed specifically for this purpose are used in the process. For advanced startup founders, these events offer an opportunity to examine their own business model from a professional standpoint and make crucial improvements.