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The University of Mannheim offers a wide range of services and excellent development opportunities for founders in all disciplines.

In our courses, German and international students can their business models and develop their entrepreneurial spirit. We have a particular focus on practial relevance in this process. The courses also teach important theoretical knowledge and tools for starting your own business. All our courses are taught in English.

In addition to the courses we have further offers for founders: dedicated student initiatives invite for the exchange of ideas and networks, among others.

The Mannheim Center for Entreprenerurship and Innovation (MCEI) offers so-called “accelerator formats”. These formats help accelerate the startup process and support students in their foundations during their studies and beyond through targeted coaching.

In addition, several departments and institutes offer complementary formats in which students can expand and complete their acquired entrepreneurship skills.


Connected to practice.

Students receive many inspiring insights into practice and opportunities to share ideas and validate their ideas. There, the founders apply their theoretical knowledge quickly and receive immediate feedback.

Our events are generally public – thus they bring about the important networking with the startup ecosystem of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and beyond.


Facilitation opportunities. 

Students can take advantage of numerous university, municipal and regional funding opportunities. With the strong networking to partners and alumni in the startup scene, we pursue an “pay it forward” mentality spanning mulitple generations.

It is the cornerstone of our startup offerings at the University of Mannheim and gives our students, scientists and alumni access to the German and international startup scene.

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Study and Startup

Studying and founding at the same time? Join us!

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How you can get involved.

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How we support your startup. Also externally. 

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Technology Transfer

How we put academia into practice. 

Dr. Thomas Hipp

Dr. Thomas Hipp

Startup Coordinator
University of Mannheim
Castle – Room 271
68161 Mannheim