Since 2009 Daniela Ernestus is a lecturer and PhD Candidate at the Chair for SME research & Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim (Germany), having designed and implemented the first practical oriented lecture on entrepreneurship. Since then, she has been involved in teaching lectures on entrepreneurship (such as Creativity & Entrepreneurship in Practice or Entrepreneurial Spirit – Launching the Venture) at the Master level and in organizing and implementing the yearly Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. Her research interest focuses on the area of innovation management. Besides research and teaching, she supervised various diploma and master theses on entrepreneurship topics. She is involved in consulting university spin-offs, is co-founder of the Mannheim Entrepreneurship Club (www.entrepreneurshipclub.de), and is acting as a faculty advisor in the student organization enactus (www.enactus.org; formerly SIFE, www.sife.org).
Before working at university, Daniela studied law at the University of Mannheim and completed a two-year practical at the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt am Main. She holds the first and the second legal state examination and worked five years as a lawyer in the area of insolvency and bankruptcy law before she enrolled in a fulltime MBA program at the Nottingham University Business School, UK. In 2008, she received her MBA degree with Distinction and was awarded with The Best Overall Performance prize in the MBA in Entrepreneurship program.