Springe direkt zu Inhalt

Conny Steenblock

Conny Steenblock

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



As a PhD candidate, researcher and lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, Conny Steenblock is passionate about the intersection of Entrepreneurship, Digital Innovation and Female Leadership. Her current research focuses on the dynamics, changes and initiatives within entrepreneurial ecosystems directed to leverage the potential of women in (tech) leadership positions. She is part of the doctoral program of Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft. Steenblock completed her studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and also spent a semester abroad in Singapore. Prior to her academic career, she gained professional experience in the leadership academy of Deutsche Bahn AG and in horse-assisted coaching.

Current FUBiS courses:


2018 – 2020      Freie Universität Berlin, University of St. Gallen (HSG)

Master’s Degree in Management & Marketing (M.Sc.), Topic of final thesis: “Why women-only? The impact of meso-level initiatives on female founders' capital accumulation in entrepreneurial ecosystems”

2014 – 2018      Freie Universität Berlin

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (B.Sc.), Topic of final thesis: “Leadership and Identity – The Influence of horse-assisted Coachings on the Identity of Leadership Abilities”

Practical Experience

2020 – 2021      Deutsche Bahn AG, DB Academy

Product Manager Leadership Qualifications and agile Transformation

since 2018         System organization at Eiche GmbH

Junior Coach, horse-assisted Coaching for leadership- und Team development    

2017 – 2019      Strategic Support provision of services UG

Working Student in Business Development, Market Research, Project Management

2017     Precious Communications Pte. Ltd. (Singapour)

International internship Business Development & Public Relations in IT, E-Commerce, Sports industries

Summer semester 2022

Entrepreneurship Education (WoMenventures)

Research Interests

  • Gender Diversity in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
  • Women in Digital Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Entrepreneurial Passion
  • Identity Work
  • Entrepreneurship Education & Leadership Development

Journal Contributions

Sundermeier, J., & Steenblock, C. (2022). Thomas befördert Thomas befördert Thomas –Geschlechterbezogene Stereotype und ihre Implikationen für die Besetzung von CTO-Positionen. HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 59, 896–911. DOI: 10.1365/s40702-022-00866-9

Conference Contributions

Steenblock, C., & Sundermeier, J. (2022). Gender Stereotypes in Digital Innovation: Chances and Challenges for Entrepreneurship Education. Diana International Research Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Steenblock, C., & Sundermeier, J. (2022). Useful or superfluous? Entrepreneurial leaders’ perspectives on gender bias interventions. Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (RENT) Conference, Napels, Italy.