Ralph Henn

Ralph Henn

  • Gebäude 01.85

    Zähringerhaus 5. OG

    Fritz-Erler-Str. 1-3

    76133 Karlsruhe

Ralph Henn

Ralph Henn is a research associate and doctoral student at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Technology Management and Innovation (EnTechnon) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He graduated in industrial engineering at KIT with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation management, marketing and renewable energies.

Among other things, he is responsible for the coordination of research activities in the field of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. His research focuses on understanding regional entrepreneurial activities and the different needs of individual local actors. To this end, he is conducting a longitudinal study of start-ups from Karlsruhe and the region. In this context, he led the first round of the Harmonized Instrument Initiative (HII) in 2015 as well as the second round in 2017. Furthermore, he is responsible for leading the seminars "Business Planning for Founders" and "Entrepreneurship Basics".

Ralph Henn advises founders and start-ups at the Center for Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship (CIE) and organizes local events such as the monthly founder barbecue. He is also a member and former marketing director of Pioniergarage e.V., the largest student entrepreneurship group in Germany. Internships in innovative units at Daimler, Fraunhofer ISI and EnBW complete his broad spectrum of practical knowledge.

His language qualifications are German, English and Spanish.

In the press

Wiegel, L. (2020). Karlsruhe is a successful start-up region - but too few know about it. ka-news.de, Karlsruhe.


Henn, R., Kuschel, K., Finner, A., & Terzidis, O. (2022). Resilient Growth of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems - A Questionnaire-Based Evaluation Approach. RADMA Conference 2022. Trentino, Italy.

Henn, R., Kuschel, K., Sueiras, C., & Terzidis, O. (2022). Designing an International Soft-Landing Program for Startup Founders: Finding the Internationalization Mode. BALAS Conference 2022. Lisbon, Portugal.

Henn, R., Kuschel, K., Sueiras, C., & Terzidis, O. (2021). Designing an International Soft-Landing Program for Startup Founders: Finding the Internationalization Mode. RENT Conference 2021. turku, Finland.

Kwasnitschka, D., Henn, R. & Terzidis, O. (2020). Building resilience in entrepreneurial ecosystems: The role of coherence and diversification - An empirical approach in FinTech. G-Forum 2020, 24th Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Conference. Karlsruhe.

Henn, R. & Niermann, H. (2020). Growing a Start-up into an Established Company. Case Study #1 - The Evolution of the New Technology-Based Venture RESTUBE. KIT SCIENTIFIC WORKING PAPERS 134. Karlsruhe.

Henn, R. & Terzidis, O. (2019). Framework conditions of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and its influence on the success of structural change driven by new business creation - A Systematic Literature Review. G-Forum 2019, 23rd Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Conference. Vienna.

Henn, R., & Terzidis, O. (2019). Structural change through artificial intelligence - Challenges and opportunities and the impact of the framework conditions of regional start-up ecosystems on the implications for society. In M. A. Weissenberger-Eibl, Future vision of Germany - Innovation for progress and prosperity (pp. 69-95). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Gabler.

Madriz, C., Leiva, J. C., & Henn, R. (2018). Human and social capital as drivers of entrepreneurship. Small Business International Review, 2(1), p. 29-42.

Hasse, R., Henn, R., Stimpfle, A. & von Wangenheim, W. (2016). The financial crisis and the implications for regulation. Expert talks on the social market economy on in Frankfurt. Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Sankt-Augustin.

Madriz Ortiz, C., Leiva, J. C., Henn, R. & Hernández, N. H. (2015). motivations Related to Knowledge in Business Start-up Activity. Journal of Contemporary Management, p. 18-28.

Henn, R., Siegele, J. & Terzidis, O. (2015). Longitudinal study to analyze regional start-up activity in Karlsruhe. G-Forum 2015, 19th Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Conference. Kassel.