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Berlin's entrepreneurial spirit : a More lateral thinker needs the city!

Germany is not only the Land of Poets and thinkers, but also the Nation of the founders. A look into the history book: Werner von Siemens, Robert Bosch, or Alfred Krupp only three of a myriad of Industrial, which have shaped our economy. A glance at the statistics shows, however, that the entrepreneurial spirit seems to be in the German presence not too widely used: Only 557000 people have taken in 2017 a new self-employment activity, the establishment of the monitor of the KfW banking group from last year.

And although Berlin has developed in recent years to the Start-up centre of the Republic, it is also in the capital, not better: In Berlin, in 2017, Founded, according to KfW per 10 000 Working only 207 to be self-employed – which represents a Minus of 31 people from the previous year.

founder or zappel Philipp?

But why is that? Daniel-Jan Girl, believes that the main urban establishment of fatigue, a result of misguided education work: "I often have the impression, that Berlin's students in a self-employment are very skeptical." Girl needs to know, because with the German society for multi-media customer loyalty systems (DGMK) he has founded not only a company, for the chamber of Commerce and industry Initiative, "I'll do it on my own" (IMMS) visited it for years, school classes, to motivate students to reasons.

"I was in school, well what used to be called 'zappel Philipp'," recalls the Girl. But also the founder's desire was already present: "I always wanted to make something that comes from me – my own idea to implement," says Girl. Which is why he was there shortly after graduation, at the age of 21, his first company was founded, the distribution of the time in Berlin popular "party card" means A chip card, with the discounts in the Clubs of the city.

function as a role model. Fabian Görres (r.) and Daniel Girl motivate students to reasons.Photo: DAVIDS/Casual

The Foundation was at that time completely without the use of entrepreneurial knowledge, because the economy took place in the school, possibly on the edge. What has not changed until today. The vast majority of the ministries of education in the Federal States does not consider entrepreneurship education in the schools for a politically relevant topic, the Berlin Senate administration.

according to a Kienbaum study of entrepreneurship in schools by August 2018. It says: "All of the interviewed actors see in the case of students significant positive effects by participating in the entrepreneurial spirit-measures". The study is therefore in favour of greater Integration of economic issues into the classroom. Also as a separate school subject. Finally, let say that "a school subject in economic impact as an anchor for entrepreneurial education in the long term."

Berlin, the liberal mood

Also, Sven Ripsas, Professor for Entrepreneurship at the Berlin school of Economics and law (HWR) is missing in the capital for a need for action: "That in Berlin in comparison to the Rest of the Republic, a special backwardness prevails in the mediation of economic understanding in schools, I will sign immediately." The identification with the company's founders, as it is in Baden-Württemberg or Bavaria existed, it was lost in Berlin for historical reasons - the Nazis had disturbed, then the Communists. "No one here says something like 'I work at the Siemens or Daimler'. In Berlin no means prevails-friendly, liberal atmosphere.“

there Is hope that will change? Ripsas is optimistic. For over 20 years, he is in the training of teachers in Berlin, and I know that many teachers are enthusiastic about very quickly for the topic of Entrepreneurship, and also willing to show on the field more commitment. Had to move, however, is the policy: "In most other countries, Entrepreneurship is already part of the teacher training. The local Senate is, unfortunately, anything other than willing to leave Berlin because of catch up. There's been a lot of conversations with various initiatives, but red-Red-Green walled up.“

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it would be interesting examples: A school subject "Economics" for example, there are already in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and soon also in North Rhine-Westphalia. In Berlin, economy is represented, however, only Pro-rata in the framework plans. In secondary schools, there is also the collection specialist "economy-work-technology" (WAT) with a circumference of at least two hours in the class seven to ten levels. High schools can also offer an elective social Sciences/ economic Sciences. A private school business is not currently up for discussion, it is part of the Berlin Senate administration for education, youth, and family.

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