Franz Wenzel, is researcher, lecturer and entrepreneur. He studied Business Economics and Management with the major subjects Marketing, Informatics, Psychology and Adult Education at Catholic University / Ingolstadt School of Management. Research in the domains of Innovation and Management both on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as well as on Start-Ups form the center of his academic work. Holding expertise in Management Strategy, Leadership and Socio Economics (viewed from the perspective of Sustainable Development), Franz developed an innovative Megatrend approach and his concept of Cooperative Innovation. He is entrepreneur, self-employed in the fields of education, media and digitization. executive officer of an international eCommerce company, managing Director of a research institute, scientific Director of an innovation think tank and Start-Up investor.