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Hamburg, 30 September 2019: On September 27th, NIT President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Otto von Estorff and Managing Director Verena Fritzsche proudly handed over the graduation certificates to the new NIT Master's graduates. They have successfully completed the demanding Master's program in Technology Management alongside a second Master's program at the TUHH or a full-time job. More than 150 family members and friends from many countries including Germany, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Croatia, Lebanon and more took part.

TUHH Vice President Kerstin Kuchta and the Chief Digital Officer, Christian Pfromm, congratulated the new graduates.

The graduates were ceremoniously bid farewell by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta, Vice President for Teaching at the Technical University of Hamburg, who also underlined the special relationship of the TUHH and the NIT. Christian Pfromm, Chief Digital Officer of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, also spoke to the students and wished them all the best for the future. From the NIT Alumni Network, Chakra Banerjee, Class '09 graduate and founder of TOWER360, congratulated the graduates.

The DAAD Award for Extraordinary Commitment goes to US-American, Annelis Breed.

This year, the NIT student body selected graduate Annelis Breed as the winner of the DAAD Prize for Extraordinary Commitment. She was particularly qualified because of her great willingness to help and the organization of many social groups and events. The DAAD Prize is endowed with €1,000 and is intended to give a face to the more than 355,000 foreign students in Germany.

Graduates voted Canadian Bill Blake as "Best Teacher 2019".

Also, graduates from all faculty selected Bill Blake of the Queens School of Business in Kingston, Canada as "Best Teacher 2019". The students were particularly enthusiastic about his practical teaching style and his charismatic way of moderating the lessons. Unfortunately, Prof. Blake was unable to attend the ceremony, but sent his thanks via video. Afterwards, the graduates and their guests toasted the graduation in the foyer of the NIT and concluded the evening with a boat trip on the Elbe.


The NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management has developed a platform that makes it possible to book educational offers online.

Hamburg, 04 July 2019: Following the successful accreditation of the study program in Technology Management at the end of last year, the NIT has launched another innovation: the booking portal moNITor. From now on, students and workshop participants can book modules and courses via this platform and download important documents directly.

Compact, clear, and easy to use: This is moNITor

Together with the IT software development team from BIG5 Concepts in Osnabrück, Germany, the NIT has created a user-friendly interface through which users can quickly and intuitively navigate. After a quick registration, the Master's program modules and the NIT's continuing education offerings are available for booking. In addition, your client overview provides information on which courses you have already registered for or already completed.

Students and workshop participants benefit

The platform can be used by students already enrolled in the Technology Management Master's as well as by those interested in the further education opportunities. MoNITor makes it possible to partake in our educational offers from anywhere. This allows NIT students the ability to put together their own individual timetable and to coordinate their studies with other obligations at their leisure. Additionally, the transcript of records can be easily displayed here, and students always have an overview of which modules they still have to take.

All documents online at any time

Upon successful completion of a module or workshop, participants can download their certificate directly. All invoices are also available for download, and personal data can be viewed and changed if necessary. Furthermore, from now on, performance reviews and respective grades from completed courses will be available at any time.

moNITor creates new platform: 

The implementation of moNITor is just the newest way in which the NIT is addressing the needs of students and workshop participants. By creating a common platform that bundles all educational offers and makes important documents available online, the NIT also opens the modules of the Master's program to external, interested parties. In this way, the NIT creates a unique opportunity to get in touch with international students and promotes additional coordination between and with participants.


The NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management officially became a shareholder of the Süderelbe AG, and the Süderelbe AG became a part of the commuNITy e.V.

Hamburg, 24 June 2019: The NIT was officially announced as a new shareholder of Süderelbe AG at the 14th Annual, General Meeting of Süderelbe AG. Verena Fritzsche, CEO of NIT, accepted the certificate and is looking forward to future cooperation with Süderelbe.

In return, Süderelbe has become a member of the commuNITy e.V. association, which aims to promote student projects at the NIT. With its membership, Süderelbe AG both supports research, teaching, development, and further education within the NIT, as well as networking with the students directly. 

The NIT and Süderelbe AG are particularly concerned with securing skilled workers and the available skill level of personnel in the region, which both institutions want to strengthen through joint events and workshops. "With Süderelbe AG, we have gained a strong partner to benefit the region and to spark new innovations," says Verena Fritzsche.


Hamburg, 21 June 2019: For the second time, the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management has declared the winner of the "Hauke Trinks Award". During the annual summer barbeque, the winners of this prestigious award were announced. The coveted first place went to Marius Block, a student at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), for his bachelor thesis on the classification and presentation of lipid structures. Second place went to Marcel Otte and third place to Kristina Wolff, both of whom also studied at the HAW.

With the Hauke Trinks Prize, the NIT honors the reputation of its founding father and seeks to draw the attention of young people to the life and work of the former president of the TUHH. The award was aimed at undergraduate students from universities in the Hamburg region studying a STEM field. Basic requirements for this esteemed award include an outstanding thesis performance, a high degree of scientific curiosity, and the pursuit of an original and interdisciplinary approach to gaining scientific knowledge.

Marius Block won for his bachelor thesis on the "Classification of Lipid Structures by Natural Language Processing". In addition, he received a prize of 1,000 euros. Marius, a student of biotechnology, won over the jury with the interdisciplinary approach he employed, which blended chemistry, biology, and engineering as well as computer science and linguistics. In addition, his work has a high societal relevance, as lipids are becoming increasingly important in medical research.

Marius' Professor Dr. med. Ing. Gerwald Lichtenberg, Professor of Physics & Control Systems at the HAW, drew his attention to the Hauke Trinks Award competition: "Mr. Block is an exceptional student with exceptional cognitive abilities, a quick grasp of complex relationships, and the courage to pursue alternative methods, the skills Hauke Trinks always searches for."

Mr. Block's research made a significant contribution to the evaluation and research of lipids and to the development of an original high quality approach. "I had the good fortune to be able to work with the University of Hamburg, in particular my second expert, Prof. Andrew Torda, helped me with the modeling of the data and gave me important insights for the translation of lipid molecules." Currently, Marius Block works as a lecturer for computer science at the HAW, but imagines his interest in data science leading him to self-employment in the future.


A cooperative agreement between the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management and the Interessenvereinigung Mittelständische Wirtschaft

Hamburg, 06 June 2019: Verena Fritzsche, CEO of NIT, and Susan Friedrich, CEO of IMW, officially signed the cooperative agreement

Live networking: IMW sees itself as an energetic supporter of and mouthpiece for medium-sized businesses. Thanks to IMW's partnerships with educational-generally science-centered-institutions, IMW's networking techniques also include the transfer of professional know-how, such as managerial strategies and insights into future topics. The cooperation with the NIT is therefore an additional enrichment of the IMW entrepreneur network. Both partners provide impetus and pursue the goal of strengthening entrepreneurship in Germany.

The NIT prepares students and managers to shape a digital future. At the renowned private institute of higher education in Hamburg, talents from all over the world work towards a Master's degree in Technology Management, acquiring the necessary tools to take on national and global management tasks in the fields of technology and sustainability. Some IMW members are NIT alumni. Cooperation with these organizations and associations enriches the NIT's knowledge over a range of topics, while simultaneously benefiting the industry-partners from the university's scientific input.

IMW's Hanse office-based in Hamburg and headed by Imke Wolf-Doettinchem and Ines Kulka-is responsible for the Alumni & Customer Relations branch at the NIT and will coordinate the cooperation between the two institutions. The NIT also participates as a partner of the event series Mittelstandsforum Hanse


Hamburg, 28 May 2019: Two Americans, Alexander Kasinec and Andrew Moakes, were pleasantly surprised when their startup, Flugilo, won first place in the "IDEA" category at the Hamburg Innovation Awards 2019. Katharina Fegebank,  Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and Senator for Science, Research, and Equal Rights, happily presented them with the coveted prize, as well as the prize money, €5,000, and a case of non-cash prizes at the Hamburg Innovation Summit on May 23rd, 2019 in the Fischauktionshalle in Hamburg.

Together with their partner, Amos Smith, who unfortunately was unable to attend the award ceremony, they developed a parking sensor for aircraft that facilitates maneuvring on the ground. The jury was particularly impressed by Flugilo's tangible customer benefits and strong partner network. In addition, the founders acheived a clear market-entry-strategy.

The idea behind it

Until now, it has been very costly to move an airplane. Ground personnel walk under the wings and along the stern, directing the tug driver into the parking position. Parking can take up to 60 minutes, involving high personnel costs and risk for human error caused collosions. This process is exactly what the founders want to change with their start-up, Flugilo. Similar to the parking-assist in a car, the device shows whether the aircraft is too close to an object. The idea is that the set of sensors will pay for themselves within a year, representing major savings compared to the traditional repair and personnel costs.

About the founders

The founders of Flugilo got to know each other at the Northern Institute of Technology (NIT) Management. The two Americans are studying Technology Management (MBA) at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in parallel to an MSc. "Andrew and I already have some experience in product development. When we met, we quickly realized that we could work well together. That's why we decided to launch Flugilo," said 26-year-old Alexander Kasinec (now 28). Fellow TUHH student, Amos Smith, completes the team. Flugilo is currently in the process of being formally founded and wants to expand its team. The founders then want to launch a first prototype onto the market. 


Hamburg, 28 February 2019: The Akanoo GmbH and the NIT Northern Institute of Technology Management jointly offer workshops in the areas of "Customer Journey" and "Artificial Intelligence (AI)" and would like to help the market get answers to so many questions of digital change. The individual workshops enable companies and their employees to deal with digitalization and digital transformation.

In addition to the development of the technical basics, these workshops should also include the concrete application of Customer Journey Mapping and Artificial Intelligence. Verena Fritzsche, CEO of the NIT: "We want to make these important topics tangible and realizable - this is the only way to inspire companies to use them profitably in business practice". Over two days, groups of up to 15 people will work on the topics together. On the basis of agile methods, such as Rapid Innovation, the 2 days are designed to be as collaborative and interactive as possible. The first day takes place in a campus atmosphere, in the Design Thinking Room of the NIT. On the second day, the workshop will continue in special locations such as cafes, bars or above the roofs of Hamburg's metropolis. However, the workshops can also be held in any other city. Benjamin Ferreau, CEO and Managing Director of Akanoo GmbH: "We teach companies to actively deal with digital disruption and to transform it into their companies. Digital Disruption also requires the right atmosphere, which we create together with the NIT". In the end, the companies receive concrete recommendations for action and, for example, their individual Customer Journey Map in the area of Customer Journey. It should also be mentioned here that the Customer Journey Mapping is based on the specially designed Journey Model Canvas from Akanoo GmbH.

The NIT has been conducting practical workshops and management training for many years and has already made a name for itself in the market. Verena Fritzsche: "We are glad that Akanoo GmbH is strengthening us in the areas of Customer Journey and AI. With the experts all around Benjamin Ferreau we can round off our workshop offer with new topics. "Benjamin Ferreau adds: "We are also pleased to have such an established institute at our side, as the high standard is also very important to us. With Verena Fritzsche I have met and won an enthusiastic and goal-oriented cooperation partner. " The workshops will be offered immediately and the first enquiries will be scheduled.

About the NIT

At the NIT under the motto 'BE THE CHANGE', talents from all over the world learn to take on management tasks responsibly. With a focus on digitization, global management and entrepreneurship, the NIT qualifies students and executives to shape the digital future. With the NIT Toolbox, the private educational institute offers practice-oriented workshops and compact seminars on a scientific level for entrepreneurs, managers, and teams who want to promote digital change. Under the guidance of renowned lecturers from science and industry, the participants expand their competencies in the areas of new technologies, innovative methods, digital competencies as well as people management and culture. In addition, the NIT develops customized training programs for companies, especially with a global focus.

About Akanoo GmbH / Benjamin Ferreau

Since 2013, Akanoo has been one of the leading technology providers in the field of artificial intelligence, marketing and corporate strategy. As a Digital Tech-Agency, the range of services offered includes not only the provision of a unique algorithm based on the Machi-ne Learning method, but also the Digital UI / UX Campaign Creation & Development as well as consulting in all aspects of Customer Journey and Performance Optimization. With a specially developed workshop format, the Journey Model Canvas, active workshops are already being offered. With Benjamin Ferreau, a manager with both corporate and start-up experience took the helm in 2017. For nine years Benjamin worked for the second largest German print and media group in various positions, including Corporate Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. In November 2017 he joined Akanoo GmbH as Managing Director & CEO. He is also the initiator of numerous projects such as the CJI (Customer Journey Index). In addition to these activities, he is also a lecturer at HAW Hamburg and Digital Marketing Speaker at Squared Online, Google.

Digitale Transformierung an der NIT


At the NIT under the motto 'BE THE CHANGE', talents from all over the world learn to take on management tasks responsibly. With a focus on digitization, global management and entrepreneurship, the NIT qualifies students and executives to shape the digital future.

International high potentials, renowned scientists, and successful entrepreneurs come together in agile and networked learning spaces to create a special, intercultural learning environment. With expertise from research and industry, the NIT covers everything from study programs and lifelong learning workshops to process support for companies.

Master's Programme in Technology Management

At the NIT, outstanding students in the Technology Management Master's program learn how to deal with the challenges of the digital world and actively shape the future. The future world of work demands dealing with complexity and constant change. Through real projects, students acquire an extensive technical understanding and solid management knowledge. They are accompanied individually by professors and practitioners in small international and interdisciplinary groups.

The study program can be completed as a master´s degree or as a double master´s degree (degree: M.A. or MBA) in combination with a Master's program in engineering sciences at the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH). Professionals have the opportunity to study while working. The offer is flexible and modular and can thus be adapted to the individual needs of the students. A module consists of learning paths lasting several weeks in combination with virtual learning and face-to-face events.

Lifelong Learning for the Digital Age

With the NIT Toolbox, the private educational institute offers practice-oriented workshops and compact seminars on a scientific level for entrepreneurs, managers, and teams who want to promote digital change. Under the guidance of renowned lecturers from science and industry, the participants expand their competencies in the areas of new technologies, innovative methods, digital competencies as well as people management and culture. In addition, the NIT develops customized training programs for companies, especially with a global focus.

Process Support for the Digital Transformation

Furthermore, the NIT supports companies in the process of digital transformation. With regular events, such as the Hamburg Economic Dialog, the NIT sheds light on current and future developments. Thanks to the interdisciplinary network, a company's need for change is identified, analyzed and tackled. The aim is to enable employees to drive innovation and use new technologies to secure the future of the company.


About the NIT

The NIT is a private institute of higher education and was founded in 1998 by 40 professors of the Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) as a non-profit limited company. It is financially supported by various foundations and companies, among others. The NIT is located on the campus of the TUHH in the south of Hamburg.

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