GISEP | Dr. Thomas Funke
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Dr. Thomas Funke



Dr. Thomas Funke is the co-director of TechQuartier. The Frankurt-based TechQuartier serves as a focal access point to the startup and FinTech community in the largest financial center in continental Europe.


Before that he headed the entrepreneurship department of a think tank of the German Federal Ministryfor Economics since August 2013. Additionally he is co-founder of, and


Previously he was Assistant Professor and founder of the Entrepreneurship Center Network at Vienna University of Business and Economics. In addition he was founder and head of operations of the Research Studio eSPARK, a studio that aims at supporting entrepreneurs in the very early stages. In his academic career he was based in the US, Hong Kong and Austria.


He just recentlypublished a book on entrepreneurship ecosystems with FAZ Buchverlag withthe title: „Beyond Silicon Valley: Examples of Successful Entrepreneurship Ecosystems“. He also serves as academic contributor for the renown Global Startup Ecosystem Report by Silicon Valley based company Compass, which just recently published the top 20 startup ecosystems ranking.