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Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Room 106
(+49) 621 181 2894
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Michael Woywode
Michael Woywode

Michael Woywode is a full professor of entrepreneurship at Mannheim University and academic director of the Center for small and medium sized business at Mannheim University. His research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the life cycle of firms and industries. His work has been published in journals like American Journal of Sociology, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies and Journal of Industrial Economics. Michael has studied business administration at Mannheim University, Hochschule St. Gallen (HSG) and École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). He received a doctorate in economics and a habilitation in business administration both from Mannheim University. He spent two years as visiting researcher at Stanford University at the Graduate School of Business and the Department for Economics. Before joining the Mannheim Faculty Michael held professorship positions at the RWTH Aachen and Karlsruhe University.


Dr. Jan Zybura
Room 110
(+49) 621 181 3485
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Jan Zybura
Jan Zybura

Jan leads the MCEI initiatives and team at the University of Mannheim and, in his dual role, is part of the ifm Entrepreneurship Team (ENT) since summer 2011. Jan was involved in Entrepreneurship teaching and restructuring the teaching towards more practical/ action-oriented formats at the Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneruship from his first day in office onwards. Jan has co-founded MCEI in 2012-2013 and been in charge of its further development since. Jan believes in a serendipitous startup culture of paying it forward and mutual learning. He loves startups with lots of scalability and his vision is a flourishing Startup Ecosystem around the University of Mannheim. Send an e-mail if you have questions or meet Jan at the Startup Lounges or in class (MAN 453, MAN 630, MAN 631, MAN 632, MAN 633).

Academic and industry background: Jan has started his doctoral research as a fellow at the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim in fall 2010. He is a management scholar and holds a B.Sc. in Economics (2008) and a M.Sc. in International Business, Business Intelligence (2010) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Jan has obtained his docortorate in management from the University of Mannheim (2016). Alongside his studies, Jan has gained some practical insights into start-up marketing, strategic restructuring, and strategic procurement. In spring 2014, Jan has spent half a year as a visiting student researcher at SCANCOR, Stanford University. For more information on his research, please visit Jan's research profile. For all other CV-relevant information, please visit Jan's LinkedIn (Englisch version) or XING (German version) profile.


Nora Zybura (née Block)
Room 101
(+49) 621 181 2889
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Nora Zybura
Nora Zybura

Nora Block holds a Bachelor degree in social sciences and history, which she obtained at the University of Erfurt and the University of Gent, Belgium. After that, she continued with her master studies in sociology at the University of Mannheim with focus on empirical social research as well as migration and integration. In the context of her studies, she spent a semester abroad at the East Carolina University, USA. Since spring 2014, Nora is part of the ifm Team. Next to several migrant entrepreneurship projects, Nora significantly worked on a technology transfer project with the Family Business Team and on the jumpp project on migrant female entrepreneurship with the ifm team Neue Selbständigkeit. Since summer 2016, Nora is part of the MCEI team and has significantly advanced our practically-oriented approach by co-creating and teaching our new courses MAN 453 and MAN 633 and developing our MCEI Startup Mentoring Program. If you choose one of our practical MCEI classes, Nora will most likely be your mentor. 


Thomas Hipp
Room 110
(+49) 621 181 2893
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Thomas Hipp
Thomas Hipp

Tom holds a B.A. from Munich Business School and is currently pursuing a Masters in Management at the University of Mannheim. During his undergraduate studies, he has gained experience in start-ups, audit and consulting as well as corporates in Germany and abroad. At the University of Mannheim, he is an active member in several student initiatives including INFINITY Mannheim e.V..

Tom's main responsibilities at MCEI consist of content management and strategy for the website and the other communications channels, partner relations as well as planning and conducting of events. If you want to get in touch with Tom, just drop him an email. As of fall 2017 to spring 2018, Tom will pursue his double degree with Queen's University, ON, Canada and work from there - so email contact is the best way to go.


Kai Bruchmüller
Room 107
(+49) 621 181 2890
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Thomas Hipp
Thomas Hipp

Kai holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim and is currently enrolled in the Mannheim MMM program with focus on entrepreneurship. During his studies in Mannheim and during his semester abroad, Kai focused his studies on the startup world. Next to his academic focus on entrepreneurship, Kai co-organized the Startup Homecoming 2014 and organized several Startup related events during his activities for the bdvb Hochschulgruppe Mannheim.

At MCEI Kai is responsible for partner and Startup relations. If you have founded your own Startup, are in the process of doing so or simply want to get in contact with the MCEI, just drop him an email.


Elisabeth Gourlin
Room 107
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Elisabeth Gourlin
Elisabeth Gourlin

Elisabeth studied French and German law in the joint Bachelor program of the University of Potsdam and the University of Nanterre, near Paris. During her time in Nanterre, she was able to complete a one year course about the American Legal System. She is now currently a Master of Laws student at the University of Mannheim, with speciality in Human Resources. Her studies allow her to follow her interest for law as well as to further grow her expertise in the startup world. Among her responsibilities are MCEI PR - so the chances of reading one of Elisabeth's articles on MCEI about events, success stories, MCEI partnes and much more are fairly high. If you have a success story or want to be featured on MCEI, contact Elisabeth any time!

 

 

MCEI Affiliated Entrepreneurship Team Members

 

Prof. Robert Allen Isaak, PhD
Room 109
(+49) 621 181 2895
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Robert Isaak
Robert Isaak

Prof. Dr. Robert Isaak is the author or coauthor of eleven books including Brave New World Economy (German edition: Geldherrschaft) with German economist Wilhelm Hankel, The Globalization GapManaging World Economic ChangeGreen Logic: Ecopreneurship, Theory and Ethics, and Modern Inflation (with Wilhelm Hankel). Included in Who's Who in Finance and Business, he has taught as Henry George Professor of International Management at Pace University in New York (courses in international management, comparative management, creativity and entrepreneurship across cultures, and venture initiation). He has consulted for global enterprises including Siemens, Technicon, Prudential Intercultural and Global Intercultural and has taught many places in the world including at the University of Heidelberg, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Groupe École Superieure de Commerce deGrenoble, SKEMA European Graduate School of Management in Sophia Antipolis, and Franklin College in Lugano. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from New York University. He continues to teach at Pace University and Franklin College as well as at University of Mannheim. Robert teaches the electives MAN 635 Social Entrepreneurship and MAN 636 International Entrepreneurship


Robert Strohmeyer
Room 109
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Robert Strohmeyer
Robert Strohmeyer

Robert Strohmeyer studied sociology, social-psychology and statistics at the University of Mannheim. He is currently a research fellow and PhD Candidate at the Chair for SME research & Entrepreneurship. He (co-) authored several research reports and book chapters and published in refereed journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice,International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research and International Journal of Sociology. He has been awarded the Academy of Management’s Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship Division). He has been involved in numerous entrepreneurship and SME related research projects, funded by German ministries (BMBF, BMWI), and national research foundations (such as Fritz-Thyssen foundation, Rat für Sozial-und Wirtschaftsdaten). In 2011/12 he spent four months as visiting researcher at Stevens Institute for Technology, Hoboken. He has been involved in teaching lectures on entrepreneurship at the master level (such as Advanced Entrepreneurship, Theories of Entrepreneurship, Applied Econometrics in Entrepreneurship and Management Research).

Before going to college, he finished apprenticeship training in the craft sector and worked several years in start-ups and small businesses.

Robert facilitates MCEI Master Theses and Theses Inside the Venture projects and is involved in the MAN 770 Seminar

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