Fundamental to our startup ecosystem is networking. At the University of Mannheim, we have various networking formats offered by the Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) and numerous student initiatives getting involved in startup-related topics. Thus, there are endless possibilities to exchange ideas with other founders, mentors, business angels, VCs and many other interested parties and opportunities to learn from each other.
Learning from the experience of other founders helps to get ahead faster and avoid typical mistakes. In addition, each contact enables new possibilities.
Our events and partner events promote a high degree of networking in the regional, nationwide and international startup scene. There are numerous contests and formats in which you can participate.
Find a selection of startup-related events and initiatives at the University of Mannheim below. The MCEI pages feature an overview of many upcoming partner events and activities.
The German Association of Political and Business Economists (Bundesverband deutscher Volks- und Betriebswirte, BdVB) is the largest academic network for economists in Germany. In addition to workshops and presentations by companies, the organization arranges seminars on careers and character development.
Enactus has over 70,000 members worldwide, and is committed to nonprofit projects. The organization aims to find sustainable, lasting solutions to challenges in society using innovative ideas and entrepreneurial action. The range of projects available gives everyone the chance to contribute their ideas, take on responsibility, and work on developing solutions. The ReSoil project, for example, is helping small farm owners in Uganda to improve their diet and income by using soil which is particularly rich in nutrients.
Infinity Mannheim is committed to raising awareness about sustainability. In addition to presentations and workshops on sustainability, Infinity also organizes courses in which members can develop their skills, such as courses on rhetoric and Photoshop.
INTEGRA is a business consultancy run by students, which has already worked on 300 projects with companies from different sectors. The organization works with companies of all sizes, from start-ups to major corporations. By attending workshops and courses, members have the chance to develop their skills outside of their program of study, and to prepare for life as a young professional in the consulting sector.
The Q-Summit is a conference on entrepreneurship and innovation which is organized by students. The two-and-a-half day conference attracts over 500 visitors and features pitch battles, workshops, panel discussions and a start-up village. Our members can get involved with the conference by developing the event concept, providing IT support, finding speakers and sponsors, and organizing and marketing the event.
Be inspiring. Be Q.
thinc! is an organization for start-ups and addresses questions like “how do I turn my idea into a business?” and “what do I have to think about when starting my own company?”. It regularly organizes presentations and workshops with experts from different sectors, and its members travel to Berlin once per year for an insight into the city’s start-up culture. You don’t need to have a concrete business idea to join thinc!, it’s also possible to help others with their projects.