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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!


Startup #112 | May 7th, 2024, 7:30 PM We are thrilled to invite you to the fourth and final Startup Lounge of this semester! Our distinguished guest for this event is byho, a biomass recyling startup based in Ludwigshafen. bhyo is a startup based in Ludwigshafen that aims to produce carbon-negative hydrogen from local biowaste in regional concepts. It is…
We are thrilled to invite you to the third Startup Lounge of this semester! Our distinguished guest for this event is Sally, an AI-powered sales assistant startup based in Mannheim. This Startup Lounge is a collaborative effort between MCEI and is a platform designed to streamline the creation and distribution of verifiable certificates and badges online. Through their…
This time the Startup Lounge will be special due to the Gründerinnen Akademie week! We will meet at the Social Innovation Bar at cafe|bar Alte Feuerwache (Brückenstraße 2, 68167 Mannheim) from 6:30pm with the Startup MyBuddy. Meet us there!
We are excited to invite you to the first Startup Lounge of this semester! Our featured guest for this event is ICODOS, a Mannheim-based climate startup. This Startup Lounge is a collaboration between MCEI and serves as a gateway for individuals with green business ideas, offering support for those aiming to create ecological value and contemplating the establishment…
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  • University of Mannheim
  • Institut für Mittelstandsforschung
  • Gründerverbund
  • ESF
  • Europäische Union
  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
  • Absolventum