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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.  

Martin-Lucas Herzog, Tushna Vevaina, Shivagni Jain and Robin Bittner joined Styx Urban Investment in spring 2021 as Inside the Venture – project during their participation in MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit. Their main objective was creating a report on the state of the Property Technology industry and the possible implications that it brings for real estate stakeholders in the DACH region.…
Being part of the MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit course in spring 2021 Peter Schwind, Ester Sykora and Quynh Nhu Nguyen consulted Bacchus Software. The consultancy service in this project was limited towards software design and a marketing channel analysis. A decision matrix was introduced to identify improvement potential. That led to the development of 2 prototypes of time trackers. In…
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As part of the MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit course in spring 2021 Cansu Öztürk, Caroline Pfeffer, Hanna Putz and Simon Wyrich supported Mentalport. Their main task was to develop a marketing concept for the young startup. A special challenge was to come up with a concept from scratch as Mentalport is in many ways early stage. Mentalport is a new…
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