• Borderstep researches

    Climate Change

    Climate change is one of the most existential challenges of the 21st century. Borderstep focuses on the role of economic actors and, in particular, pioneers and innovators in the transformation process toward a resilient climate-neutral economy. More

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    Green Economy

    The concept of a green economy aims to combine economic welfare, ecological sustainability and social justice. The goal is a low-emission, climate-neutral and resource-efficient (circular) economy. More

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    Pioneers and Instruments of Change

    Borderstep deals with fundamental transformation and innovation processes as well as with key actors of the transformation, and their methods. More

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    Sustainable Innovation

    Borderstep studies how sustainable innovations emerge, how they can be successfully implemented, and which factors influence their diffusion. More

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    Smart energy

    Besides the expansion of decentralized and renewable energy supply, increasing energy efficiency is the largest potential toward a more sustainable energy supply. Borderstep conducts research into how the energy transition can succeed with smart energy. More

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    Sustainable Entrepreneurship

    Sustainable entrepreneurship sees a wide variety of opportunities in challenges such as the transformation of the energy system, climate change, or increasing commodity prices. Borderstep deals, amongst others, with start-ups in the green economy as well as funding and financing conditions for green start-ups. More

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    Digitisation & Green IT

    Borderstep has been researching the resource-efficient use of digital products and services for more than a decade. All facets of the GreenIT are examined. More


Innovations with sustainable chemistry

Start-ups that deal with sustainable chemistry face particular financial challenges. The project develops strategies to facilitate access to funding for young companies in this field. Mehr

Borderstep Mission

Entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges

Borderstep is an independent think tank focused on entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges. With our research, we aim to contribute to a fundamental global transformation toward a green and sustainable economy. Mehr

Borderstep Publications

Special Issue: Journal of Cleaner Production

Borderstep Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter is lead guest editor of the now published special issue on assessing the sustainability impacts of start-ups. He is also the lead author of the introductory article. Mehr