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Student Projects Inside the Venture

Student Projects Inside the Venture

 

Interested Startups - How and why to participate?

Is your business expanding rapidly? Are you excelling on a growth path or are you facing some trouble of which you might not even know the cause? Whatever challenge you are faceing, you might consider that one of our student teams with their dedicated business and (theoretical) entrepreneurship experience can be of great help.

Are you eligible for an Inside the Venture project?

Your business should not be older than 5 years and have less than 150 employees.  A location close to University of Mannheim ( Rhine-Neckar region) is desirable to ensure frequent onsite visits by the student team and reduce travel expenses. Ideally, you also have some sort of connection to the University of Mannheim in e.g one of your founding members has studied at the University of Mannheim or the like. Anyhow, this is not a mandatory condition. 

When are Student Projects Inside the Venture offered and how long is such a project?

The projects are conducted in our applied course MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit. The course is offered in spring as well as in fall term, and therefore takes places twice a year (kick-off FSS in Feburary and kick-off HWS in September, so please apply by the end of January or August). The projects are then conducted throughout the semester (Februray-June & September-December). The projects duration averages from three to four months.

How to participate and what are the next steps?

Startups intending to participate should write us an e-mail or MCEI message. Please let us know what the most pressing challenges are that need to be resolved. In the next step, you will meet the MCEI team and we will prioritize your needs into a project definition and in the following we will assemble a student team out of our student accelerator talent pool and a subsequent project kick-off. 

How much does it cost to participate?

All projects are conducted free of charge. Given a high amount of time and effort students will spend on your business and its advancement, you are kindly encouraged to define a success-oriented incentive scheme for the team. However, this is up to you and not obligatory. Note that we will not have any contractual agreement and that you work with student consultants who invest a lot of time in your startup- and since this is intented to be a mutually beneficial cooperation, you share your experience, learnings and offer them great insights into the startup world to help them grow. 

 

Student Candidates - How to participate?

Student Candidates can join by applying for MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit. The course web page will provide you with more information on all the options.  

In spring semester 2021 Emma Kuhn, Thomas Schramiak and Johannes Kimmle supported Symovo as part of the MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit course. Their main task was to create a business plan in preparation for investor pitches. In addition to the business plan certain elements were identified as crucial for a successful pitch - a team presentation, an industry, a customer…
As part of the course MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit in spring 2021 Christine Ullrich, Xiaorui Pang, Niklas Rausch and Tim Lix consulted Pacific Straws. Their main task was to evaluate und develop another product beside Pacific Straws main product glass straws since Pacific Straws still suffers from the pandemic. In doing so, the team performed market analysis, customer surveys and…
As part of the MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit course in fall 2020 Richard Derks and Eduard Sasot supported SaleUp. The purpose of the project was to create something tangible that may be sold as a product or act as a demo to improve SaleUp's cold acquisition process for their sales training. The three suggested solutions have been (in-)validated by four…
As part of the MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit course in fall 2020 Asad Auyb, Asad Ellahi an Gauri Maya Upreti assisted Opal Analytics. The main purpose of this project was to help Opal Analytics to improve its forecasted value and meet its core objectives. In the project they tried to enhance the 3-core objectives that Opal created for the customers i.e., improve…
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