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Startup Sparring

Startup Sparring


Take your startup to the next level!

MCEI Startup Sparring to help you advance your startup

The MCEI Startup Sparring program connects you as an aspiring student or alumni founder with experienced entrepreneurs. They can coach you on your particular problem, provide access to their network and give you insights into their path as a founder. Through their expertise and personal experience they can help the next startup generation to advance in their journey towards growth. Your individual personal development as a founder is also a big part of the program.

Whether you are a student entrepreneur or an alumnus of the University of Mannheim starting your business, you should not miss out on this great opportunity. Our MCEI Startup Sparring aims to provide you with the support you need for your concrete startup challenge. Its intend is to assist you with solving the specific issue your are currently dealing with. Of course, we encourage you to stay in touch with your sparring partner after you have resolved the issue at hand and actively engage in the startup community.

Apply now with your current investor pitchdeck and an one-pager, describing your current problem and how you expect your desired sparring partner to help you. Send the documents including your contact info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.We will then check your application and provide you with some feedback. If everything fits, we will introduce you to your sparring partner at which point you have to send your pitchdeck and one-pager to them and they will reach out to you afterwards. 

This program is designed to target a specific, current challenge you are facing with the assist of an experienced entrepreneur. How exactly you are going to be in contact is up to you and your sparring partner. It can be email, skype, or also in person. Remember, not all our sparring parter are located in the Rhine-Neckar region. Once the challenge is resolved, we consider the sparring partnership to be officially over and you are asked to give us some feedback, too. We also strongly recommened to stay in touch with your sparring partner even after the end of the Startup Sparring program. Should you desire a more general mentoring to get access and insights into the startup community without your own startup and challenge, you should opt for the mentoring program of our partner Absolventum Mannheim.


Established and experienced startup alumni are invited to become a sparring partner of the MCEI Startup Sparring program and pass on their know-how and experience to the next generation of young founders. Participating sparring partners should have expertise in following fields:

  • Business Model Development / Business Modell Canvas
  • Customer Development
  • Lean Startup
  • Design Thinking
  • Venture Capital / Financing

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Klaus Dibbern, Dr.-Ing, MBA Serial Entrepreneur, CEO and Company Builder Internet, Software, and Mobility Located in Mannheim Klaus thoroughly enjoys building companies with great people from the ground up. Tagline: "Building Profits by Putting People First". He has more than 25 years of experience in successfully building and scaling companies and organizations. As co-founder and CEO, he has established two…
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Johannes Britsch Co-Founder & CEO of contagt Software, Navigation Located in Mannheim Johannes co-founded contagt GmbH, a students' spin-off from University of Mannheim. Contagt's team are app developers and specialized in indoor/outdoor navigation. The multi-award winning visitor guidance system can be found for example in conference centers and company buildings.Johannes is doctorial candidate at the Chair of SME enterprises and…
Jan Zybura, Dr. Co-Founder of MCEI Startup, Education Located in Mannheim MCEI is the interdisciplinary center for entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Mannheim. The three core pillars are inspiration, entrepreneurial education and startup support. With these MCEI helps create a culture of learning, knowledge exchange, innovation and excitement for startup development.Jan Zybura holds a B.Sc. in Economics (2008)…
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  • University of Mannheim
  • Institut für Mittelstandsforschung
  • Gründerverbund
  • ESF
  • Europäische Union
  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
  • Absolventum