Dr. Jens Clausen, a mechanical engineer, is a co-founder of the Borderstep Institute and a senior researcher as well as head of Borderstep’s office in Hannover, Germany. His work focuses on research into start-ups and innovation as well as sustainable markets of the future, with a special focus on heating and cooling, climate adaptation, and green IT.
After obtaining his degree as a graduate engineer, Jens Clausen worked for Continental AG as a product development and application engineer. From 1993 to 2000, he served on the DIN Standards Committee “Principles of Environmental Protection.” In 2004, he obtained his doctorate at the Institute for Institutional and Socio-Economics of the University of Bremen. He has advised the Startup Impuls Gründerwettbewerb (a start-up competition) for the Hannover region as a reviewer since 2006.
Jens Clausen’s home is made of wood and has a sod roof, is too large, and part of an ecological model neighborhood dating back to the 1980s. Since his two sons can now mostly take care of themselves, he has started reading long books again. His best ideas come to him when he is walking the family’s terrier, which is why he always takes his cellphone along.
Green start-ups need more tailwind 21.07.2020
An article on the Bertelsmann Foundation's innovation platform presents the Green Startup Monitor 2020. The team of authors analyzes which forms of funding help the community. One example is the StartGreen Award, which Borderstep has been presenting since 2015 as part of the Startup Week Germany. More
Green Startup Monitor 2020 15.07.2020
The key findings of our Green Startup Monitor 2020 are now available in English! Read about the key hurdles and the measures we recommend. More
Digital energy management in existing buildings 20.09.2019
The Smart Living industry association has submitted a statement on the Building Energy Act to Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister of Economics and Energy. In this statement, the association refers to the climate protection contribution of digitisation in buildings. Borderstep has calculated figures for the possible CO2 reduction through building automation systems in existing residential buildings in Germany. More