Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Analyzing entrepreneurs' mental health.


Chair of IT-Entrepreneurship
Hasso Plattner Institute

Office: Campus III, Room G-1.E.13/14
Tel.: +49 (0)331 5509 4933
Email: Anne.Radunski(at)hpi.de

Links: Homepage LinkedIn

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle, MBA

Starting Date: 01.05.2021

Research Area

In my research, I am interested in analyzing the mental health of entrepreneurs. Specifically, what we can learn about it and how we can achieve positive mental health among this particular group. Therefore, my research includes the fields of psychology, management, and information systems.



Entrepreneurs are innovation drivers for societies and create conditions for future growth. However, many of them develop mental health problems over the course of their career due to heavy workload, high responsibility, risk-taking, and decision-making conflicts. 
These problems may result in anxiety, burnout or depression. 
Hence, the correct and timely diagnosis and early recognition of warning signs are of major relevance not only for the entrepreneurs but also for society as a whole. 
In this research project, we aim to collect most available datasets in the field of clinical research and psychology of entrepreneurs to see how the data can be prepared, analyzed, used and evaluated. 
Here, machine learning promises new opportunities to better and more comprehensively analyze and predict risk factors for mental disorders and illness. 
We plan to use the decision tree algorithm to identify the mental health status of entrepreneurs based on the collected data. 
Identifying and understanding entrepreneurial stressors as well as analyzing and predicting the path to serious mental illness is the necessary starting point to develop and test preventive care programs and support systems for entrepreneurs. 
By developing a comprehensive prediction model of mental illness among entrepreneurs, our study will help mitigate the impact of mental health and make an important contribution to economic health.


Teaching Assistant


  • Master's thesis of Jonas Umland (#WhoFollowsWhom? Mapping the Diversity of the Entrepreneurship Scholar Network on Social Media)