Nicolas Friederici, Dr.

Nicolas Friederici holds a dual appointment as Research Group Lead Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) and as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. Nicolas is interested in how economic development happens in the digital age, and how the opportunities of digital technologies unfold unevenly in different places and for different actors.

At HIIG, Nicolas coordinates our projects related to digital innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes work on digital business models, the digitization of small and medium-sized enterprises (Mittelstand), open and user-centric innovation, and startup collaborations. Nicolas’ own research consists of three streams: digital enterprise strategy, innovation intermediaries, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. He mostly focuses on Africa and Europe as empirical contexts.

Nicolas did his PhD at the Oxford Internet Institute, where he has studied digital entrepreneurship and innovation hubs in Africa. He was a visitor at SCANCOR in Stanford, a Clarendon Scholar, and grantee of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Earlier, Nicolas was consultant for the Mobile Innovation for Development program at infoDev (World Bank). He was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan State University, where he did his MA in Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media. Nicolas also holds a Diplom in Media Management from the University of Cologne. Nicolas continues to be active as a consultant: for instance, he recently helped the World Bank assess the digital entrepreneurship ecosystems in Bangladesh and the Caribbean.

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Head of Research Group: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Relevant Publications
Conference contributions and other activities
Relevant Publications

Journal Publications and Conference Proceedings:

Friederici, N. (2018). Grounding the Dream of African Innovation Hubs: Two Cases in Kigali. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 23(02). Publication details

Conference contributions and other activities

Lectures and Presentations:

Lead Discussant at UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting: Brainstorming Meeting on the Information Economy Report 2019 (Session: Capturing value in the digital sector versus in other sectors). Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland: 31.05.2018

Nicolas Friederici

7th GiZ Make-IT Alliance Networking Meeting (Session: Digital Enterprise and Ecosystems in Africa: An Uneven and Challenging Landscape). re:publica, Berlin, Germany: 04.05.2018

Nicolas Friederici

Moderation of Workshops and Panels:

Digital Economies, Digital Connectivity, Digital Margins: Session I: Development, Entrepreneurship, and Inequality
5th Global Conference on Economic Geography. Universität zu Köln, Cologne, Germany: 24.07.2018

Mark Graham, Nicolas Friederici, Mohammad Amir Anwar, Sanna Ojanperä