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MCEI is only as good as our partners. Here you can find all our partners sorted according to the services they can offer to you.

Advisory & Support

Advisory & Support

Angel Investors & VCs

Angel Investors & VCs



Design and Development

Design and Development

Legal Advisors

Legal Advisors

Startup Centers

Startup Centers

Student Initiatives

Student Initiatives

Last chance to get your ticket for Q–Summit – so make sure to get yours and not miss out!

Q–Summit is the innovation and entrepreneurship conference at Mannheim University. Each year students are hosting this conference and welcoming top-tier entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to Mannheim Castle. We at MCEI as a partner are proud to have this format at the University of Mannheim and provide support for the event.

Q–summit will take place from 07 – 08 April and this year due to covid–restrictions be all online. Nevertheles, thanks to the amazing crew of Q-Summit the conference will still be filled with passionate speeches, lively panel discussions, networking opportunities, meeting ups with exceptional students, startups, founders as well as investors, and numerous workshops.

Q creates lasting connections between individuals, shares insights among them and works with them towards success through innovation.

Visit to get your ticket!

Discover the world of social entrepreneurship at the first ever international Social Impact Weekend!

Organized by global social entrepreneurship program Social Impact Award, the event is packed with:

• Skill-building workshops
• Inspirational talks from successful social entrepreneurs
• Networking opportunities

If you’re interested in social entrepreneurship and want to learn more, or already have an idea and want to take it to the next level, this is for you!

Learn more and register before April 12th here:


Hochschule Mannheim has invited Sonja Wilkens from the City of Mannheim Startup Consulting who is for about 15 years now in startup consultancy. Furthermore there will be Marc Huber from Opal Analytics. He will tell his story and how he particularly benefitted from the startup ecosystem atmosphere in Mannheim.

The event takes place on 30 March from 5 pm to 6:30 pm and is accessible through this link.

The funding program ”young innovators” supports young researchers from universities, non-academic research institutions and academies in developing and selling innovative products and business models. Fundable is the preparation for setting up a start-up that deals with innovative products, procedures or services, e.g. inventions, software or other technological know-how.

The program includes consulting and other support as well as a constant funding and income comparable with a permanent post-doc position. That is about to offer an alternative to a regular uni contract to enable researchers starting over with their ideas. As a long-term target the program tries to ease knowledge and technology transfer from academic and research institutions into business. Therefor it particularly aims at potential founders who were benefitting from other funding before that is about to end.

The next funding is open for application until 29 March. For more info follow the link.

Apply now for the Up2B-Accelerator Program! The Up2B Accelerator is a common project from the Technology Park Heidelberg, NEXT MANNHEIM and innoWerft Walldorf. Invited to apply are Entrepreneurs aiming to challenge themselves to boost their business and Start-ups in a tech business with B2B focus from the field of IT, digital or deep-tech.

Program Period

12th April – 21st May 2021

Program Language


Program Location

***online only***

Due to covid-19 all coachings and network activities will take place as a virtual format.

That means for you:

You can stay at home and benefit from the Breakthrough program
You save cost and travel time
You keep your carbon footprint low

What you can expect

Six challenging weeks to boost your startup and to get access to our B2B world

  • Selected workshops to sharpen your business know-how
  • One-on-one coachings with mentors and B2B experts
  • 4 hours average of intensive startup coaching per week
  • Demo Day to pitch your startup in front of our industry network
  • A chance to become elected for Start-up BW Pre-Seed with up to 200.000 € funding
  • Free participation

The program

Six weeks to get access to our B2B world

You’ve stumbled across a potential customer need but are not sure about whether it’s a problem worth solving? You’ve gathered one or two potential co-founders but don’t know about how to create a fast-growing startup?

Up2B Breakthough is all about getting a clear picture about what we call problem-solution fit. We’ll support you in asking the right questions and find potential customers. You’ll also learn a lot about best-practice in starting a company.

Monday always starts with a week and theme kick off. Friday is feedback day: An expert takes an hour of time for you and your specific questions. Every now and then there is a Breakthrough special on Wednesdays, where you can delve deeper into important topics.


Apply now on

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