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10 August 2018

Wagner ascends at Humboldt University

Thomas Wagner will lead Humboldt University of Berlin’s Venture Service, overseeing assistance given to students, alumni and researchers in forming companies.

Author: Callum Cyrus, reporter

Humboldt University of Berlin has promoted Thomas Wagner (pictured), one of the venture managers at its tech transfer arm Humboldt-Innovation, to become head of the unit’s Venture Service.

Venture Service is jointly run by Humboldt-Innovation and the university’s research hub, Servicezentrum Forschung im Überblick, to form student, alumni and researcher-led startups.

Since launching in 2005, Venture Service has been involved in generating at least 66 companies with a total of 550 staff between them.

Wagner began the position earlier this month after spending more than two years in the venture manager role. His responsibilities will also include consulting services and supporting startup projects at the university.

Wagner previously delivered startup consultancy in his role as a project manager at Friedrich Schiller University Jena from 2011 until 2014. He worked as a startup consultant at Bauhaus University Weimar between 2005 and 2007.

His tenure at Bauhaus continued with a three-year stint as director of Gründerwerkstatt Neudeli, the university’s commercialisation division, from 2007 until 2010.

Wagner received a business administration diploma in marketing from University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in 2005. He has paused his career on two occasions to travel around Asia, first in 2010 and 2011 and then from late-2014 until 2016.

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