FinTech, especially the area of Crowdfunding
Erik Ackermann joined the Innovation Financing Unit of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy in March 2016. Before that, he was able to familiarize himself with the various areas the institute is active in as a research assistant, a position he held for two years. During his studies, he also focused extensively on banking and finance as well as innovation and technology management. Following the successful defense of his Master's degree thesis on “The digitalization of the finance industry: status quo and outlook in the area of FinTech“, his work particularly focuses on this area, among others. As a member of the European Crowdfunding Network and project manager of the strongly application oriented project crowdFANding, he and his team developed an active participation instrument for application in the sports area which won the 2016 Innovationspreis Thüringen's people's choice award and was successfully replicated in 2017 with the fan project of the FSV Mainz 05.