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Startup Lounge #101

Startup Lounge #101

Welcome back to the spring semester! This semester’s first Startup Lounge will focus on the topic of “Impact Entrepreneurship”. This topic is not only about the economic success of startups, but also about their social, ethical, and ecological contribution to all our lives as well as their transfer into society. Together with our partner Hochschule Mannheim and their Center for Entrepreneurship (MARS), we are addressing these topics as part of the project “Innovative Hochschule” , which started at the beginning of this year.

To kick things off, we teamed up with the student initiative Enactus for this Startup Lounge. Enactus is a network of leaders committed to using business as a catalyst for positive social and environmental impact. They educate, inspire, and support young people to use innovation and entrepreneurship to solve the world’s biggest problems.

Differgy and MushROOM, two startup projects from Enactus, will tell us more about their journey in the Startup Lounge on February 28, 2023!

The vision at Differgy is to create a future where every autistic person feels fully integrated at work and can develop individually and experience personal and professional success. They believe that people with autism are a great asset for companies as they introduce new perspectives due to their unique perception of the world by introducing new perspectives through their individual perception of the environment and their versatile skills. By educating, training and supporting companies during the recruitment process, Differgy wants to encourage them to overcome their reservations and embrace the advantages of diversity.

MushROOM aims to repurpose old shipping containers and equip them with a fully functional mushroom farm-room inside. By installing photovoltaic panels on the roof, they are planning to make the container rely only on its own, clean energy. The original concept of every container being transportable, a MushROOM will be perfect for small, sustainable business ventures especially in the agricultural sector, as it allows unused space to be employed profitably. The underlying business model is planned as a franchise where our clients would rent a container and sell the mushroom produce for a profit.

Date & Time
February 28, 2023 at 7:30pm

Location & full address
AGÁTA Rösterei & Café, Mafinex B, Julius-Hatry-Straße 1, 68163 Mannheim
Just stop by! No registration needed!


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