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Dr. Jan Harima

Foto Jan Harima

Research Assistant


Enrique-Schmidt-Straße 1
D-28359 Bremen
WiWi 1, Room A 2200

Phone: +49 (0)421 218 - 66877


Research Interest:

• Accelerators & Incubators

• Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

• Entrepreneurship in Emerging Countries

• Entrepreneurship Education


Dr. Jan Harima is a research associate and lecturer at the Chair in Small Business & Entrepreneurship of the University of Bremen. His PhD thesis deals with public accelerators as resource orchestrators in entrepreneurial ecosystems. For this research project he conducted a three-week field study in the ecosystem of Santiago de Chile in corporation with the well-known accelerator Start-Up Chile. Besides this research focus on entrepreneurial ecosystems and startup support organizations, he is also interested in entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurship in developing countries. At the University of Bremen, he teaches bachelor and master students in interdisciplinary project-based courses. He integrates his own diverse startup experiences as a founder and startup mentor/coach into his course concepts. Furthermore, he has teaching experiences at École de management de Normandie (UK/France) and University of Oldenburg (Germany).

Dr. Jan Harima acquired his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany) and his master’s degree in Management at the University of Bremen (Germany). He also studied at KEIO University (Japan) for one semester as an exchange student. Dr. Jan Harima joined the LEMEX team in 2015. In 2019, he acquired Ph.D. (Doctor in Economics and Social Sciences) with his dissertation "Public Accelerators as Resource Orchestrators in the Early Evolution of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" (distinction: summa cum laude). Based on his own startup experience, Jan Harima coaches’ founders and helps startups with their everyday challenges. He is also actively involved in the Bremen entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Since 01/2020

Research Associate (Postdoc)

At Chair in Small Business & Entrepreneurship (LEMEX)

University of Bremen (Germany)

10/2017 - 12/2019

Ph.D. Candidate at Chair in Small Business & Entrepreneurship (LEMEX)

University Bremen (Germany)

Title of the Ph.D. Thesis: Public Accelerators as Resource Orchestrators in the Early Evolution of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (summa cum laude)

10/2016 – 09/2017

Master programme in Business Administration

University Bremen (Germany)

09/2008 – 08/2011

Bachelor's programme in International Management

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany)







SummerEntrepreneurship III9 ECTSGermanLecturer


Teaching Project IEM² - SME Managment





Entrepreneurship and SME Management





Journal Article

  • Harima, A., Harima., J., & Freiling, J. (2021). The Injection of Resources by Transnational Entrepreneurs: Towards a Model of the Early Evolution of an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 33(1-2), 80-107.


  • Harima, J. (2020). Public Accelerators in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Resource Orchestration in the Early Ecosystem Evolution. Wiesbaden: Springer.
  • Freiling, J., & Harima, J (2019). Entrepreneurship: Gründung und Skalierung von Startups (Lecture Book), Springer Gabler Verlag. 

Conferences Proceedings

  • Harima, A. & Harima, J. (2021). Anchor Organizations as Change Agents in Nascent
    Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: An Ecosystem Governance perspective. In Academy of
    Management Proceedings (Vol. 2021, No. 1, p. 16498). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510:
    Academy of Management.
  • Harima, J., Harima A., Van Zyl, C. (2021). Ecosystem Change Agents: The Hybrid Governance Mechanism of Nascent Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. In European Academy of Management Proceedings 2021 (EURAM 2021).
  • Harima, J., Freiling, J., & Harima, A. (2020). Public-Accelerators: Developing Resources in Nascent Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 21463). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.
  • Harima, A., Harima, J., Freiling, J. (2018) Startup Chile: Government-Initiated Accelerator Developing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in an Emerging Country. Conference Proceedings 63th ICSB World Conference.
  • Harima, A., Harima, J., Freiling, J. (2018) Start-Up Chile: Resource builder and facilitator for the Santiago entrepreneurial ecosystem (best paper award). Conference Proceedings 6th Asian SME Conference (ACSB 2018).
  • Freiling, J., Baron, T., Juling (Harima), J., & Harima, A. (2017). Capital Structure of Urban Startup Ecosystem. In Conference Proceedings 62nd ICSB World Conference.
  • Harima, A., Juling (Harima), J., Freiling, J. (2017). Startup Chile: Facilitating Knowledge Transfer from Transnational Entrepreneurs to the Santiago Startup Ecosystem. Conference Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Migration & Diaspora Entrepreneurship (MDE 2017)
  • Juling (Harima), J., Harima A., Freiling, J. (2016). The Eight Capital Model of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems. Conference Proceedings, 6th Leuphana Conference on Entrepreneurship (LCE2016)



  • ZF Impulse Research Fund 2021: Exploring the Intention-Action Gap of Student Entrepreneurship. Empirical data collection and analysis to explore the intention-action gap of student entrepreneurship by examining student startups' development during a venture creation course and how students proceed after completion of the course
  • ZF Impulse Research Fund 2019: Public Accelerator as a Resource Creator and Facilitator for Startups in Developing Countries. Empirical data collection, co-development of a proposal for third-party funds with the hosting organization Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). 
  • Qualitätspakt Lehre ForstAintegriert (2018-2020): “Forschendes Lernen im Gründungsmanagement innerhalb des Studienschwerpunktes IEM (B.Sc. BWL)“. Integration of blended learning and research-based learning into entrepreneurship education modules at the University of Bremen (funding source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany).
  • Research Project (2017): One-month empirical studies in Santiago de Chile on the Santiago entrepreneurial ecosystem and the Start-up Chile accelerator (funding source: University of Bremen).
  • DIGILAB (2016-2019): Development and implementation of an innovative teaching concept that brings together students and practitioners from regional companies to work on complex and new problems from their business environment (funding source: WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen (economic development agency).
  • Academy of Management
  • European Academy of Management
CommitteeDoctoral Committee
  • Dr.rer.pol / BIGSSS-Ph.D at University of Bremen
  • The representative of research associates
  • August 2020 – Today
Appointment Committee
  • The representative of research associates
  • 2020 - 2021


  • Founder of two startups
  • Startup mentoring/coaching