Blockchain - Using Its Potential to benefit Your Business

> Target audience  - Key benefits  -  Key topics  -  Meet the staff

In 2018, trends such as blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are continuing to take press and social media outlets by storm. Blockchain remains in the spotlight and is sought after by myriad markets for its application possibilities. The technology can be seen as the core of a digital trust machine that people can use to replace the human and laborintensive processes we have traditionally employed to overcome trust boundaries. However, blockchain technology remains out of reach for many companies, policymakers, and strategists. What is behind this innovative technology, and how can it actually create added value for individual companies? Which application possibilities exist, and how can the implementation of blockchain technology work within the company?

The block chain payment network Bitcoin showcased that it is possible to perform highvalue transactions, that is, send money around the world as simply as an email, without the need for complicated systems of settlement and clearing processes run by banks and payment processors. The past three years have seen significant applications of the tech nology. Our goal in this program is to provide a practical introduction to blockchain technology for executives across industries in order to understand its disruptive potential and application possibilities.


Target audience

Executives across industries who would like to get an introduction to cuttingedge, decentralized digital tech nology (“blockchain”), its potential for disruption, and how they can harness the technology to the benefit of their businesses. We do not expect deep IT expertise but welcome enthusiasm for the potential of digital technologies.


Key benefits

  • Master the basic workings of decentralized technology
  • Be able to analyze the disruptive potential of decentralized technology on your business
  • Share the excitement of innovative entrepreneurs around the globe to experiment with this technology


Key topics

  • Understanding blockchain and its promise
  • Value creation and business models of startups
  • IP on blockchain and smart contracts
  • Application workshop to experience technology
  • The legal side of blockchain
  • Experiences in implementing blockchain



"Business Schools and Educational institutions in general tend to lag behind when it comes to technology, as it is very fast moving (in comparison with finance for example).

In this regard, it is really impressive how ESMT is able to provide such an in-depth program for such a leading-edge technological trend! Simply amazing! Congratulations, amazing job and amazing program!"

Peter Minev, VMware Bulgaria EOOD


"The two days at ESMT were just great. Step by step the blockchain world unfolded and during interactive sessions, breaks and evening activities, we were able to draft plans which now – just five months later – have led to concrete new projects"

Christopher Nigischer, Project Manager Cooperative Innovation Projects, NXP Semiconductors

Meet the teaching staff

Blockchain - Using Its Potential to Benefit Your Business

13. - 14. Dec 2018
2 Days
2,400 €

Blockchain - Using Its Potential to benefit Your Business

2. - 3. Dec 2019
2 Days
2,600 €

Christoph Burger (Program Director)

is a senior lecturer at ESMT Berlin. He worked in industry at Otto Versand and as vice president at Bertelsmann Buch AG. He also worked at the consulting practice Arthur D. Little and as an independent consultant focusing on private equity financing of SMEs.

His research focuses on the areas of energy, innovation/blockchain, and decision making/ negotiation.

Christoph studied business administration at the Uni versity of Saarbrücken (Germany) and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) as well as economics at the Uni versity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA).

Greg McMucllen

is a lawyer, internet activist, and director of the Interplanetary Database Foundation (or IPDB, an internetscale block chain database for everyone) and chief policy officer of BigchainDB.


Bruce Pon

is the CEO/co-founder of BigchainDB, a blockchain database that allows enterprises to deploy decentralized applications. Prior to BigchainDB, Bruce cofounded Avantalion, a consulting firm specialized in building banks and industry start ups in Europe and Asia. He has an engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has advanced training from MIT Sloan, the University of Cambridge, and IMD.


Björn Wagner

is responsible for the examination of the application possi bilities of distributed ledger technology within a scientific work at Siemens AG, Berlin. Meanwhile, he works at Ethcore, Ltd., as business developer and project manager.