Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik 


Our Vision

Welcome to the Chair for Entrepreneurship at the University of St.Gallen under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik. The chair of Prof. Grichnik conducts evidence-based entrepreneurship research and best practice applications for startups, venture capital and corporate venturing. Based on the decision-making perspective, we analyze relevant research questions concerning the entrepreneurial process of discovering, creating, evaluating, and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities with high relevance for entrepreneurial practice. Our teaching activities are designed to provide profound theoretical and practice-oriented skills needed for entrepreneurship and responsible decision-making. 


We strive to be a leading institution that delivers entrepreneurial excellence by addressing major societal challenges leveraging new technologies.

  • Research: Conduct and publish impactful empirical research in entrepreneurship and beyond
  • Education: Train and encourage highly skilled entrepreneurs and responsible decision-makers
  • Startup World: Build interdisciplinary teams and develop highly scalable startups with a global reach
  • Corporate World: Identify technology & consumer trends and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems with best practices

Our Labs

Startup Navigator Lab

Dietmar Grichnik | Manuel Hess | Tatjana Christen | Janine Crivelli | Michael Greger | Sarah Maria Nordt | Jana Reuther | Sophie Romeiß | Bernd Schneider

The St.Galler Startup NavigatorTM teaches you how to systematically create your business. It is a practical guide, which builds on cutting-edge entrepreneurship research and best practices of some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Europe. Learn how to apply the Startup Cockpit with more than 66 tools and methods to make sure that your business decisions are based on facts instead of beliefs.
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Startup@HSG Lab
Dietmar Grichnik | Maria Luisa Fuchs | Michael Greger | Sarah Maria Nordt | Bernd Schneider | Robert Schreiber | Besart Kajdomqaj | Stefan Gahrens   
Startup@HSG is the first point of contact for startups and entrepreneurship at the University of St.Gallen. Our Startup-Lab supports students and all other HSG-members on her entrepreneurial path, independently which level they reached so far (Idea, Prototype, ready for market).
We offer an incubation program, startup-coaching, startup-offices, startup-events, a MakerSpace and much more. HSG-Startups that are already successful can apply for our HSG-Spin-Off-Label and join the network of amazing HSG-Entrepreneurs. On top, we annually award an outstanding entrepreneur of the HSG with the Prize “HSG Founder of The Year”.
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Research - Global Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Dietmar Grichnik | Manuel Hess | Mike Hudecheck | Robert Schreiber


As part of the Global Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation we conduct and publish highly impactful research in entrepreneurship and beyond. Based on an entrepreneurial decision-making perspective, our center does research on Entrepreneurial Finance, Experimental Entrepreneurship, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Entrepreneurial Communication.


In addition to our research activities, we collaborate with a large number of internationally leading business schools and universities, as well as corporate and institutional research partners.
Moreover, we ensure practical impact by applying gained insights in teaching and practical projects and at the different units of the Chair for Entrepreneurship.


Contact: dietmar.grichnik@unisg.ch


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Our Team

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Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik
Professor of Entrepreneurship

Director ITEM 

Chair for Entrepreneurship

Curriculum Vitae

Corinne Metzger
Personal Assistant to Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik
Dr. Robert Schreiber
Postdoctoral Researcher & Project Manager
Sahana Sivachelvam
Research Associate & PhD Candidate
Besart Kajdomqaj
Research Associate & PHD Candidate
Fabian Wüest
Research Associate
Bernd Schneider
PhD Candidate
Stefan Gahrens
PhD Candidate
GCE&I - Global Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Based on an entrepreneurial decision-making perspective, our center does research on Entrepreneurial Finance, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Experimental Entrepreneurship, Technology Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, and Corporate Entrepreneurship. At this, we maintain manifold co-operations with international leading business schools, universities, and technical universities.


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Entrepreneurship Research Talks

Our successful research talk series has delivered valuable collaborations between the GCEI and our renowned guest researchers. This series serves to provide entrepreneurship, family business and innovation researchers a forum for mutual exchange and dialogue about their subjects of interest, while offering HSG young researchers (PhD students and postdocs) opportunities for individual consulting and mentorship.


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Our Courses

The Chair for Entrepreneurship offers courses on the Bachelor, Master and PhD level as well as in the Executive Education programme. Teaching is a matter of particular concern to us and our team is dedicated to offer high-quality education to the students of the University of St.Gallen.


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Unternehmertum CAS-HSG

Die rasant fortschreitende Digitalisierung lässt Branchengrenzen verschwimmen – konventionelle Geschäftsmodelle sind zu überdenken, traditionelle Industrien müssen sich neu erfinden. Selbst erfolgreiche KMUs und Grossunternehmen stehen vor der Herausforderung, digitale Geschäftsmodelle aufzubauen bzw. neue Geschäftsfelder zu erschliessen.
Vor dem Hintergrund dieser anstehenden unternehmerischen Herausforderungen zeigt der Zertifikatskurs ganzheitlich auf, wie im Startup-Kontext bewährte Methoden und Tools Innovation, Wachstum und Transformationsprozesse in etablierten Organisationen erfolgreich unterstützen können. Die Teilnehmenden werden befähigt, anhand von den speziell für jedes Modul entwickelten Konzepten das eigene Geschäftsmodell kritisch zu reflektieren und somit den direkten Praxistransfer in den beruflichen Alltag zu gewährleisten.

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Selected Publications

Please find an extended list of publications by the Chair of Entrepreneurship below as well as the full publication list of Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik here.
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Please don't hesitate to contact us via phone, email or in person. You will find us in the ZIG-building on the 2nd floor.

Chair for Entrepreneurship

Dufourstrasse 40a

9000 St.Gallen

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