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Privacy Policy

We at MCEI help entrepreneurs and startups grow and support the growth of the startup ecosystem at and around the University of Mannheim. To do so, we need some data at points. We do value your data privacy very highly. Thank you for taking the time to read our privacy policy. Most importantly, our privacy policy will tell you more about…



 Last updated on 1 June 2018

How we store and use data at MCEI

Visiting our website without logging in with your account occurs anonymously except for your IP and general website access data being used by Google Analytics for statistical purposes. For instance, these statistics tell us more about the MCEI pages you looked up, the duration of your visit, language settings, your operating system and your device so that we can ensure a continuous improvement of our website and services. These data are not stored on our servers but retrieved via Google Analytics. More information on Google Analytics (and how to opt out) is provided as a separate item in this privacy policy statement.

What personal data we collect and how we process it only collects personal data if you actively register and create an account with us to make use of specific services (e.g., course groups you want to participate in). In this case, you voluntarily express consent and except for the basic requirements of profile type (founder, student, investor, alumnus, user name, name and e-mail address) all other information you provide (e.g., your age, gender, the name of your business etc.) is optional. Other ways of providing us with personal information on you include completing forms to attend events (e.g., via Eventbrite ticketing) or awards as well as requesting materials or information via e-mail. Unless subject to other legal requirements, we only use your personal data for the purposes you have given your consent. Only if your request (e.g., to be connected with a mentor or partner) requires us to do so, we will share your contact details with the respective 3rd party. For internal research purposes, we will keep your contact data and business name in our CRM system for research on our startup ecosystem development. We list all current University of Mannheim alumni and partner startups we work or have worked with in our “Success Stories” section on This category includes the founders' names, basic information on the company and how we collaborate(d). You can withdraw your consent without reasons at any point in time.

What data we keep and why (data retention)

When you agree to sign up with us, we store your data (unless required otherwise by legal obligation) for the period of time that the data is needed to provide the service that you have agreed to (including staying in touch in the future to support you and your business).

How you can review and correct the data we have and how you can object (delete your data)

If you signed up with, followed/ applied for a program, event with ticketing or award with us or e-mailed us, you are entitled and even kindly encouraged to review and correct your personal data.

  • MCEI profiles can be changed or deleted at your discretion at any point in time: Please follow this link to gain a direct overview on your profile data at a glance. If you need assistance, you can request more information via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Occasional news letters and event mailings that you have signed up for also have an individual unsubscribe function. For data you sent us via event/ award applications and e-mail, send an e-mail with your request to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Social Plugins and 3rd Party Services uses plugins and embeds third party content to maximize your user experience. Social embeddings in use are Facebook (content of our MCEI Facebook page), Youtube (embedded videos, mostly in closed course groups), Founder2Be (an MCEI partner’s website matching co-founders). Plugins in use are Embedly (link preview) and Akismet (Spam protection). The embedded tools and plugins can be identified with the respective company logo and corporate identity as well as "Like Buttons" or fields. When you visit a page on that displays such embedded content, your browser will create a direct connection to the respective server operating the platform. This is just like you accessing their respective website. For your convenience, this happens without a popup or a consent field as a simple integration. Thus, Facebook, Youtube, Founder2Be and Embedly will know you visited their page and also know your IP. This data is not forwarded by our server and neither do we transfer any other personal data. If you are registered and logged in with the 3rd party provider (YouTube, Facebook, Founder2Be) in your browser, you will be identified with your respective user account there. YouTube, Facebook, Founder2Be are, to our knowledge, not that explicit on what data is used by the social plugin. So you should expect the plugin to function like visiting the respective 3rd party website itself. The data protection regulations of the social media services Facebook and Youtube should be considered as well as more information of the privacy policy of Founder2Be, Embedly and Akismet. To prevent links to your user account, you should always ensure to log out and delete your privacy data after leaving a social media website like Facebook, Youtube or Founder2Be. We do not access any of your social media data. 

We may rely on third party services to process and store your data in order to provide our services and offerings. We use Mailchimp (The Rocket Science Group LLC) to administer subscriber lists as well as send mailings to subscribers.


Google Analytics uses Google Analytics. This web analytics service is provided by Google LLC. Google Analytics uses “cookies”. These are text files placed on your computer that help the website understand how users use it. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. In case IP-anonymization is activated on this website, your IP address will be truncated within the area of Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases the whole IP address will be first transferred to a Google server in the USA and truncated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing them other services relating to website activity and internet usage. The IP-address, that your Browser conveys within the scope of Google Analytics, will not be associated with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of You can also opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics with effect for the future by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon for your current web browser:


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Data protection and security

Our employees involved in data processing are obliged to treat your personal data at confidentiality. To us, data protection is a continuous process of improvement. Your feedback is always highly appreciated (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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