Stöbich Entrepreneurship Doctorate Award for Carina Bohlayer

2023-11-08 Lüneburg/Braunschweig. Dr Carina Bohlayer from Leuphana University Lüneburg has now been awarded the Stöbich Entrepreneurship Doctorate Prize. Her award-winning dissertation is about researching the motivational dynamics of prospective entrepreneurs. The €7,500 prize is awarded by the Entrepreneurship Hub at Braunschweig University of Technology and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Stöbich GmbH & Co. KG.

Bohlayer's dissertation entitled "Becoming Entrepreneurs - Critical Situations and the Dynamics of Nascent Entrepreneurs' Motivations" examines the dynamic development of the motivation of nascent entrepreneurs and the resulting actions. In particular, critical situations and their influence on founders and their motivation are analysed. The results of the study provide insights into how individual motivations and critical situations interact and thus influence the success of budding entrepreneurs.

"The importance of this research cannot be emphasised enough. It helps to close the gaps in our understanding and better support aspiring entrepreneurs," says Prof Reza Asghari, Chair of the jury and Head of the Entrepreneurship Hub.

In addition to her academic work, Dr Bohlayer co-founded the non-profit organisation "Doorways gGmbH" to support aspiring entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds through evidence-based and action-oriented entrepreneurship training. "Dr Bohlayer's commitment demonstrates not only her outstanding academic expertise, but also her passionate dedication to bringing about positive change in the entrepreneurial world," said Prof Asghari in his laudatory speech.