Hamburg’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and the Next Media Initiative

Based on research into entrepreneurship policy done at UNSW in 2016, I completed my graduate studies at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in December 2016 with a master thesis on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hamburg, Germany, and the entrepreneurship policy approach by the regional government.

The thesis is called “Hamburg’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem And The Next Media Initiative – Public Policy Towards Entrepreneurship” and focuses on Hamburg’s regional innovation strategy 2020 and the dedicated media/IT industry cluster initiative nextMedia.Hamburg. The abstract of the thesis can be found below.

master thesis


Introduction

Entrepreneurship, more specifically the formation of tech startups, is often attributed with economic growth and job creation due to their high-growth potential by many policy makers in the world. This link is widely debated in scientific literature, which does not necessarily seem to inform public policy.

The City of Hamburg established a Next Media Initiative – nextMedia.Hamburg – in 2014, focusing on media/IT industry related innovation to nurture the future development of this industry cluster with the help of high growth ventures.

This master thesis explores the composition of Hamburg’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, local government efforts to facilitate its development and the (dis)connect between municipal innovation policy and academic literature.

Method

With its nextMedia.Hamburg initiative within the media/IT industry cluster, the City of Hamburg aims to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem as well as the media and creative industry in general. In various official documents and on a dedicated nextMedia.Hamburg website the efforts to nurture innovation, to create more ventures and maintain Hamburg as a media industry capital are published.

This thesis will introduce the local entrepreneurial ecosystem along with its most relevant stakeholders and review the regional innovation strategy and nextMedia.Hamburg initiative in 3 parts.

Taking into consideration the current setup of Hamburg’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and its various entities, the first part will summarise salient points of the innovation strategy outlined by the City of Hamburg as well as key elements of the nextMedia.Hamburg initiative’s activities by which the regional government aims to attain its goals.

The second part takes relevant aspects of the outlined strategy and activities and reviews them from an academic perspective, considering arguments presented by Shane (2009), Audio et al. (2007), Morris et al. (2015), and Brown & Mawson (2015).

The third part draws on research findings to classify the outlined policy agenda and its measures to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hamburg and discusses them in regards to Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) analysed by Moutinho et al. (2015) and the Triple Helix Approach (Ranga and Etzkowitz 2016) to asses their possible impact on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hamburg.

Results

This thesis makes 4 contributions. Foremost, several disconnects between local entrepreneurship policy in Hamburg and academic literature on entrepreneurship policy are explored by analysing both the regional innovation strategy and nextMedia.Hamburg initiative’s documents and activities. Additionally it is shown how relevant scientific findings have not been taken into consideration despite collaboration with research facilities at local universities.

Third, it is illustrated how the activities to nurture entrepreneurial activity by the nextMedia.Hamburg initiative lack a connection to actionable metrics to successfully measure results and adapt for change. As a fourth contribution, this thesis draws on common challenges in developing regional entrepreneurship policy and proposes closer collaboration between the research community, industry and policy makers.

Source: Recke, M. P., 2016. Hamburg’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem And The Next Media Initiative – Public Policy Towards Entrepreneurship.


Next Steps

I plan to take this research further in the future. Considering research findings on entrepreneurship policy effectiveness, emerging new transdisciplinary approaches can be utilized to develop a better understanding of underlying mechanics within entrepreneurial ecosystems and their impact on economic development.

For more information, feel free to contact me directly.

Sashimi Platter at Matsumi

Again I went to Matsumi some time ago, my absolute favourite Sushi restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. It is located in the Collonaden near to the Jungfernstieg at the inner Alster river and I highly recommend it for the most amazing sushi. I don’t know any better place.

Matsumi Restaurant

We got seats at the sushi bar and started out with some very nice side dishes and a sake kava temaki (grilled salmon skin hand roll), which is my absolute favourite hand roll at Matsumi. They are a little bit messy to eat but an absolute delight.

Matsumi - sake kava temaki
sake kava temaki

Afterwards we enjoyed an amazing sashimi platter with a huge variety of delicious fish. We had hamachi (yellowtail), maguro, medium fatty and fatty tuna (I think it was chu toro and toro), sake (salmon), hirame (halibut), ika (squid), tako (octopus), saba (mackerel), perch/zander (I am not sure about the Japanese name), ama ebi (sweet shrimp) and hotategai (scallop), aka gai (red clam) and mirugai (giant clam). To be honest, I am not quite sure about the last two mussels. Alongside the sushi platter there were two more side specialties, spicy ika (squid) and aji tataki (seared horse mackerel).

To make it short, the sashimi was all awesome, fresh and so delicious. I especially enjoyed the 3 varieties of tuna, the hamachi (yellowtail) and tako (octopus). Also I never hat hirame (halibut) at Matsumi before and really liked its smoothness. As always I also appreciated the mackerel, being on my long list of sashimi favourites.  Therefore I also really enjoyed the aji tataki (seared horse mackerel) It was refined with herbs, wasabi and soy sauce and was absolutely delicious.

I will be back for more…

P.S.: Sadly, Hideaki Morita, the head chef at Matsumi, fell terribly ill in autumn 2015. I miss him very much and wish him all the best for his recovery. I sincerely hope that he feels much better soon.

Tower of Power live at the Fabrik in Hamburg 2015

On December 9 2015 epic recording artist Tower of Power from Oakland, California, was showing off their awesome tower groove and world’s best horn section at the Fabrik in Hamburg. As was advertised repeatedly during the show, the band is celebrating its 48th year of existence, providing the world with urban soul music… and as you may know, I have seen them quite often already and highly recommend them as one the most energetic live bands I have ever seen. Just check out Youtube

I especially like their new lead singer, Ray Greene, who joined the band 2 years ago, substituting for Larry Braggs, and also joins the horn section on the trombone at times. This certainly adds to the mix of the already outstanding setup of the band. I really hope Emilio Castillo and Stephen “Doc” Kupka, the founders of the band and both well in their sixties, keep it up until at least 50 years of Tower of Power for a hopefully awesome and global anniversary tour.

For anyone interested in the Tower Groove, I especially recommend the video “Tower of Groove” by David Garibaldi, the bands drummer and probably the the most relevant funk drummer of all time.

solutions.hamburg – Silpion Sommerfest

Silpion Sommerfest - Ein Event mit Herz

Ein Event mit Herz. Every year Silpion is inviting IT professionals from all over Germany to its summer party. The infamous Silpion Sommerfest ist part of the solutions.hamburg conference. Due to the growing size of the event over the years, it took place at Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik in Hamburg.

Some Amazing Tuna Sashimi

Amazing tuna sashimi at Matsumi
fatty tuna sashimi

Matsumi just received a new tuna. So I had the opportunity to taste some amazing toro sashimi, maybe the best I ever had.

Sweet Potato Fries at Vincent Vegan Food Truck

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries at Vincent Vegan Food Truck (at Rindermarkthalle St. Pauli)

Colors at Hafencity Universität Licht Und Klangspektakel

Colors (at Hafencity Universität Licht Und Klangspektakel)

Moses & Taps – The Wall

Moses & Taps – The Wall

A video of the graffiti artists Moses & Taps, building a brickwall inside a metro train car as a masterpiece of concept vandalism in April 2015 in Hamburg, Germany.