Erik Ackermann

Erik Ackermann

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Erik Ackermann

Research Fellow, Unit Innovation Financing

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

Phone +49-341 231039-135

Fax +49-341 231039-9135

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Services Technology (FinTech)
  • Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing
  • Blockchain-based financing


    Professional Development

    Since March 2016, Erik Ackermann has been a research associate at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in the Innovation Financing Unit. He spent the two years before already working at the IMW as a research assistant. During his studies, he focused on banking and financial management as well as innovation and technology management. He successfully defended his master's thesis "The Digitization of the Financial Sector: Status Quo and Perspectives in the FinTech Sector". This topic remains central in his work. With the team of "crowdFANding", a highly application-oriented project that he leads as a co-respondent, he developed an active participation instrument for the field of sports. In 2016, this project was awarded the audience prize of the Thuringian Innovation Prize. Further successful campaigns in the context of "crowdFANding" have been replicated in 2017 with the fan project of the FSV Mainz 05, the Erlebniswelt Schlitten und Bob in Ilmenau (2018), and with the HFC Falke in Hamburg (2019). The latest project received the silver medal at the "Mitteldeutscher Fundraisingpreis". Erik Ackermann studied business administration and is a member of the European Crowdfunding Network, the ECN's working group "Exploring Blockchain for Alternative Finance", and the FGF working group for start-up and SME financing.


    XING-Profil Erik Ackermann


YearTitle/AuthorDocument Type
2021Blockpool: How do SMEs in Europe deploy Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies? - Early insight and assessment around this new technology to guide SMEs and investors
Weber, Conny; Ackermann, Erik; Kilp, Johannes; Richter, Robert
2020Democratising Entrepreneurial Finance: The Impact of Crowdfunding and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)
Ackermann, Erik; Bock, Caroline; Bürger, Robin
Book Article
2019Kommunales Crowdfunding im Freistaat Sachsen. Neue Wege in der Finanzierung kommunaler Projekte
Ackermann, Erik; Bürger, Robin; Rockel, Jens; Becker, Anne; Duttmann, Sven
This publication list has been generated from the publication database Fraunhofer-Publica.

Further Conference Contributions


  • Ackermann, E. (2020). Grundlagen & Anwendungen von Blockchain. 5. Arbeitstreffen der User Group »Abrechnung in der Energiewirtschaft«. Energieforen Leipzig GmbH, online (GoToMeeting). 5.5.2020.
  • Ackermann, E. (2020). Akteurs- und Governanceperspektive (Wie gelingt die Integration in die Stadtverwaltung?). Workshop »Stadtmachen auf digitalen Plattformen«. urbanista GmbH, online (Zoom). 23.4.2020.


  • Ackermann, E. (2019). 10 Mythen über Blockchain. Workshop »Blockchain zwischen Mythos und Anwendung«. Fraunhofer IMW - Gruppe Data Mining und Wertschöpfung, Leipzig. 24.9.2019.
  • Ackermann, E. (2019). Finanzierung und Realisierung kommunaler Projekte mit Crowdfunding - Transparenz, Engagement und Mitbestimmung - ein Musterprozess aus Praxis und Wissenschaft. DasForum 2019 - Technologie, Innovation, Crowd. Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. 22.10.2019.
  • Ackermann, E. (2019). Kommunales Crowdfunding. Mädlervilla in Leipzig. 27.5.2019.


  • Ackermann, E. (2018). Initial Coin Offering (ICO): Marktentwicklung und Herausforderungen im Bereich Blockchain/ICO im Kontext der Innovationsfinanzierung. Workshop in der Rheinischen Fachhochschule Köln. 22.11.2018.


  • Ackermann, E.; Schley, T. (2017). CrowdFANding als aktives Instrument der Bürgerbeteiligung. Präsentation bei der DFL in Frankfurt am Main. 18.10.2017.
  • Urbig, D.; Bürger, R.; Ackermann, E. (2017). Crowdfunding run for small-scale socio-political influence: A case study on dollar votes as credible signals of community supportJahreskonferenz zu Entrepreneurship, Innovation und Mittelstand (G-Forum). Bergische Universität Wuppertal. 5.-6.10.2017.


Interview with Erik Ackermann und Dr. Robin Bürger on "crowdFANding II"