Bundesagentur für Sprunginnovationen

Barbara Diehl

2021 Circle Speaker 2021

Barbara Diehl is a respected expert in entrepreneurship, innovation and education and has been in charge of partnerships with science and business at SPRIND since 1 December 2020. She is a member of the Sprind Management Board and has also been a member of the accent advisory board since the start of 2020.

Before she moved to SPRIND, she worked successfully in Great Britain and Ireland for 10 years: at the Entrepreneurship Centre at the University of Oxford (2008-2015) and the Innovation Academy at University College Dublin (UCD) (2015-2018). In Oxford, for example, she led early-stage investment programmes and an executive education programme for fast-growing small companies (Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Growth Programme). She was also a member of investment committees at various seed investment funds. Back in Germany, she was the Head of Transfer and Innovation at the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres from 2018 to 2020.

Barbara Diehl’s particular strengths: She is able to give learners the confidence to develop and test their creative and entrepreneurial skills.