Jens Rockel

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Jens Rockel

Deputy Head of Unit, Innovation Financing

Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW
Neumarkt 9-19
04109 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 231039-119

Fax +49 341 231039-9119


  • International project management in the field of innovation funding
  • Focus on innovation funding in the field of the environment and sustainability

Professional Development

Jens Rockel holds a Diplom-Volkswirt Degree in economics and has worked at the Fraunhofer IMW since 2009. He has assisted the Knowledge and Technology Transfer Division as a research associate since January 2012 and is the acting head of the Innovation Financing Unit. He studied economics with a focus on public finance and banking at Leipzig University, graduating in 2011. Alongside his research and the practical application-oriented work in his field of expertise, he was also a member of the team working on the Fraunhofer IMW's international innovation transfer project, PRESOURCE, which was aimed at improving the financial and institutional framework conditions for the cross-border transfer of environmental and sustainability-related innovations. He currently manages and coordinates the matching concept project, which aims to develop a new instrument for the early involvement of venture capital providers into extra-university research institution innovation processes. Due to his banking background and his work for the Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS) investment team, Jens Rockel can also look back on several years of professional experience in the area of innovation financing and innovation strategy evaluation.


Ackermann, E.; Bürger, R.; Rockel, J.; Becker, A.; Duttmann, S. (2019): Kommunales Crowdfunding im Freistaat Sachsen. Neue Wege in der Finanzierung kommunaler Projekte. Study. Fraunhofer IMW, 32 p. Leipzig. (in German)

Lehmann, H.; Schmitz, V.; Kehrer, J; Preissler, A.; Preissler, S.; Riemer, A.; Rockel, J.; Zirkova, I. (2016). Wege zur Stärkung der wirtschaftlichen Verwertung aus der Wissenschaft. Lehren aus der förderpolitischen Praxis. Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, Stuttgart. ISBN 978-3-8396-0989-7. (in German)

Rockel, J.; Bürger, R.; Riemer, A.; Keppler, L. (2014). Innovative financing instruments for eco-innovation in Central Europe: Policy recommendations. Conference Paper. Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Internationales Management und Wissensökonomie (Fraunhofer IMW). Leipzig.

To what extent and in which fields of innovation crowdfunding has become an alternative financing instrument and where do potential development paths emerge? DLR expert´s workshop “Alternative ways of financing inventions and innovations from non-university research institutions“, DLR Bonn, Germany, December 15, 2015.

Instruments to finance resource efficency measures. UBA trunk lecture “Resource efficiency in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – the EU project PRESOURCE“, December 2, 2015. (in German)

Innovative financing concept: Regional infrastructure financing via crowd. G-Forum annual conference: 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Kassel, Oktober 8 – 9, 2015.

Boosting Nanotechnology Innovation – How the Nanotechnlogy branch realises innovations supported by the crowd. Crowdfunding Conference, IFM Bonn, April 15, 2015. (in German)

Bürger, R./Rockel, J. Green Finance – International Research Perspective. UNIDO-Workshop: “Financing SMEs in developing countries“. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), 23. September 2016, Wien.

Rockel, J. Innovatives Finanzierungskonzept. Regionale Infrastrukturfinanzierung via Crowd. G-Forum Jahreskonferenz: 19. Interdisziplinäre Jahreskonferenz zu Entrepreneurship, Innovation und Mittelstand zum Leitthema „Innovationen und Gründungen aus Hochschulen“. Universität Kassel, 8. Oktober 2015, Kassel. (in German)

Rockel, J. Boosting Nanotechnology Innovation – Wie die Nanotechnologiebranche mit Hilfe der Crowd Innovationen realisiert. Crowdfunding-Konferenz. Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM), 15. April 2015, Bonn. (in German)