Dr Nicolas Friederici

Postdoctoral Researcher, Oxford Internet Institute


Dr Friederici is a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, working on the Geonet project. He studies how digital entrepreneurship works in environments that are far more challenging than Silicon Valley or London. His comparative grounded research covers African cities including Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Kigali, and Harare. Nicolas is interested in the interplay of environmental factors with entrepreneurial motivations and capacities. Ultimately, this work addresses the question how and why digital entrepreneurship flourishes in some places but not in others.


  • Digital entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa
  • Innovation hubs, coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators in Africa
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems in Africa
  • Digital development
  • Digital entrepreneurship and innovation in Germany

Media experience

Dr Friederici has experience of print and broadcast media.


English, German