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External doctoral candidates

Dipl.-Medienwiss. Dennis Brüntje

Dennis is digital business consultant with expertise in strategic communication, crowdfunding and business development and CEO at Mobile Retter e.V. As head of the Scientific Work Groups on crowdfunding at the European Crowdfunding Network and the German Crowdfunding Network he connects crowdfunding researchers all over Europe. As co-founder of the local start-up initiative auftakt. Das Gründerforum Ilmenau since 2010 he has supported several founders on their journey to independence and in the business development of their start-ups. His expertise is the result of many years as research assistant at the Technische Universität Ilmenau with applied research and teaching, consulting, start-up support, networking and cooperation work as well as the co-establishment of the venture capital company Brandenburg Ventures. In his Ph.D. thesis he focuses on intermediation by platforms in equity-based crowdfunding.

Abelardo Medel, M.A.

Abelardo Mendel is PhD student in the Media and Communication Management Group of the Technische Universität Ilmenau. He completed his Master's degree in "International Business and Economics" at the University of Schmalkhalden. Between 2013 and 2016 Abelardo Mendel dealt in research and teaching at the institute, inter alia, with the issues of Entrepreneurship, Media Management and International Migration Studies.