Executive Education


The global financial services industry is being disrupted by emerging startups which are backed by venture capital and are aiming to tackle the mounting challenges in traditional financial services. The course provides

1) an in-depth overview of the fintech landscape, 2) analyzes business cases from personal finance management, customer identification, and robo-advisory, 3) discusses the opportunities from open banking and PSD2 and 4) outlines innovation strategies and digital transformation journeys of traditional financial institutions. The content is delivered through pre-readings, class-room presentations, case studies and presentations from key figures from the Fintech-scene.


Ludmila Ketterer

 +49 69 798 33512



This course is offered in the part-time Master in Finance program and may be attended on a “no credit” basis by individuals not enrolled in the program. Course participants are visitors who are not responsible for assignments and do not take an exam or earn academic credits. As the number of seats in the course is limited, we recommend to register online early.


Upon completion of this course, you will:

Be able to evaluate the quality of new business models and digital value drivers

Be able to apply the digital economics toolbox to industry challenges and develop use cases

Be familiar with the Fintech scene and the founder mindset through personal interactions


    Business models
    Open innovation
    Platform economics
    Lean Startup


Dr. Sebastian Schäfer

Sebastian Schäfer is CEO of TechQuartier, an innovation platform and Germany’s official Fintech Hub (de:hub) based in Frankfurt am Main. TechQuartier offers access to a large network of industry partners, acceleration programs, startup community activities, and coworking facilities across the city.

Prior to that he was the managing director of Goethe University’s business incubator and co-founded Pitch Club, a Frankfurt-based HR-Tech startup and community builder. Additionally, Sebastian teaches entrepreneurship at Goethe Business School, and is member of the Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO) and the Frankfurt Laboratory of Experimental Economics (FLEX). After studying economics and Japanese Studies at the University of Tübingen and the Chuo University in Tokyo, he received his doctorate in behavioral economics between 2008-2013 at Goethe University. Sebastian Schäfer is also active as public speaker, an advisor and partner in various companies and as a juror in startup competitions.

Key Facts

Course materials

Course materials will be provided in electronic form.




Campus Westend of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Certificate of participation

A GBS certificate of participation is awarded upon completion of the course.

Course Fee*

€ 950 (fee is exempt from VAT). The fee for GBS students or alumni amounts to € 400.

*Withdrawal and fee refund
In case the course withdrawal request is received two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain a withdrawal fee of €50. In case the course withdrawal request is received less than two weeks prior to the start of classes, GBS will retain 50% of the payment made.

Course Schedule
Date Session
Sat., Jun. 04, 2022 09:00-11:00; 11:30-13:30
Sat., June 18, 2022 11:30-13:30; 14:30-16:30
Sat., July 02, 2022 11:30-13:30, 14:30-16:30

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Stephan KieneDuke-Goethe Executive MBA Class of 2009

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