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Startup Lounge

Startup Lounge

The MCEI Startup Lounge is your place to get inspired to create something new and to meet and mingle with the Mannheim Startup Ecosystem. Meet startups and creative minds to discuss great ideas in a laid-back atmosphere. Every Startup Lounge features an inspirational talk by a (usually early-stage) venture to get the discussion going and has some budget to cover drinks (provided by either MCEI or one of our co-feature partners). Join us if you are into startups and want to expand your network in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and live the entrepreneurial spirit.

 

What to expect?

Every Startup Lounge starts with an opportunity to network. You can meet new people and start conversations about your entrepreneurial ambitions over a drink. After everybody made themselves comfortable, MCEI features a startup on stage to pitch and provide insights into their current challenges. After the pitch there is always the opportunity to ask questions and give advice. Startup Lounges rest on the principle of paying it forward and serendipity. Thus, the Startup Lounges provide a platform for startups to obtain feedback and forge connections to advance. You can usually expect early-stage startups sharing their story from which you can learn a lot for your own entrepreneurial path. After the talk, we proceed with open networking. Benefit from getting to know (angel) investors, founders and many other actors from the Startup Ecosystem and share your own contacts to help others advance.

 

Date and Venue?

We are regularly meeting every other Tuesday during the University of Mannheim semester (February-June; September-December) at 7:30pm in Café Agata @Lindenhof (Mafinex B, Julius-Hatry-Straße 1, 68163 Mannheim). Make sure to check the information on our website and follow our Facebook feed and events for updates.

 

How to join?

Just stop by! Spontaneous visitors are absolutely welcome and there is no reservation required. Some exceptions might apply regarding our Seed Award and Pitch Battle Specials, when we suggest you to RSVP.

 

How long has the Startup Lounge been around?

We held the first Startup Lounge on November 19, 2013, and had a great development ever since. We have welcomed many amazing founders from all over the world as guests in the Startup Lounge and were able to connect many students, founders, and investors over the past years. It has been an honor to celebrate our 50th Startup Lounge with all of you in 2018 and we are looking forward to many more inspiring events. You can find more information on the Startup Lounge history and individual events below. Enjoy reading!

 

Join us as we welcome you to our very first Startup Lounge this Fall semester! Melina Bucher is eager to disrupt the linear, wasteful leather industry. The ambitious startup develops vegan designer bags and accessoires that combine traditional craftsmanship with next-generation, bio-based materials. The pioneer of sustainable luxury was the first brand In Europe launching handbags made with the progressive material Mirium,…
It's pitch battle time! As per tradition, the last Startup Lounge of the semester features the own ventures from our courses. Students from MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit and MAN 453 Thinking Beyond Boxes have worked the whole semester on their startup projects. Throughout the courses, students advanced their startup projects to the next level and gained substantial knowledge. They will show their progress…
We are excited to welcome MARCIE – Mannheim Research Group in Culture, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Mannheim as our co-feature partner for our next Startup Lounge! We will be welcoming Enote - a music technology startup which offers a new industry standard for musical notes and makes these more accessible and affordable. The Enote App (available on…
It’s our favorite time of the month again! This month’s Startup Lounge presents mentalport. mentalport wants to ensure the availability of psychological help below the therapy level. Especially, students who can not go to professional help with their psychological problems are left alone. This is mainly due to time, costs and stigmatization as well as the fact that the severity…
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Sponsors

  • University of Mannheim
  • Institut für Mittelstandsforschung
  • Gründerverbund
  • ESF
  • Europäische Union
  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
  • Absolventum