Das Research Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE)

From entrepreneurship to organized entrepreneurship

Since its fundamental reforms in 2006, Leuphana has strongly emphasized a profile in entrepreneurship research, teaching, and industry engagement. In 2013 the OECD and EU considered Leuphana as Best Practice for Entrepreneurship Education - “Supporting the entrepreneurial potential of higher education.” In 2015, the OECD study on the unique Leuphana Innovation Incubator showed a clear impact on regional development. In 2016, the university ranked as the top mid-sized entrepreneurial university in Germany three times in a row (Gründungsradar, Stifterverbandes), a position in the top ranks that could be sustained until today.

For creating an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship platform, the Research Center of Entrepreneurship was first established in 2012, which acted as a crystallization point for joint research. Over the years, different research groups and networked communities formed within the Research Center of Entrepreneurship. To account for this diversification of research topics, interests, and communities, Leuphana created three offsprings with different research profiles hosted in three research centers with their respective scholarly communities: