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Partners

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

Competitions

Competitions

Design and Development

Design and Development

Incubators & Accelerators

Incubators & Accelerators

Legal Advisors

Legal Advisors

Startup Centers

Startup Centers

Student Initiatives

Student Initiatives

On March 6 MCEI was a guest at the Up2B Demoday and innoWerft annual event hosted this year by our partner in Walldorf. We were greeted by Dr. Thomas Lindner from innoWerft and the Mayor of Walldorf Christiane Staab. The event continued with an inspiring talk by Norbert Haug, former head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, with his insights on innovation and entrepreneurship.

First up was the Up2B Demoday. In a full tent of spectators, eight startups were competing in the final pitch of Breakthrough 2019. The startups pitched in front of the audience and an expert jury of three. Capdevila ite aims to improve solar power generation. Comuny offers a secure digital identity. Foodchecker provides overview over grocery stock to filter for ingredients. Fuzzy Factory offers a decentralized platform for clinical data sharing. i2 (say: i square) is a platform to identify ingredients of dishes for restauranteurs. Pace Up Invest offers an intelligent financial advisor. Smart Forest is a tree tokenization platform to neutralize CO2 emissions. Stick4R is a marketing platform for content creators. Each pitch was followed by an Q and A from the jury where the startups cleared up remaining questions.

After the pitches the jury retired for counsel to decide on the winner of this year's Up2B cohort. During the following break all guests could experience the startup gallery where the startups were exhibiting their solutions.

After the break the innoWerft annual event started with a brief overview of the past year. Dr. Thomas Lindner, CEO of innoWerft, used the opportunity to give an update about the developments of the past year. As the innoWerft defines their successes as their startups’ successes, he mentioned two startups in particular due to to their recent developments: 100 Worte and Actinate. Both have been achiving outstanding results over the past year. Further successes included over 2.5 million Euro in overall investments for the startups and the first ever exit of an innoWerft portfolio startup. Next on stage was Arndt Upfold from the Wirtschafstministerium introducing the Start-Up BW Pre-Seed program as a form of investment. One of the participating startups in this investment program Volcanicblue shared their experiences live on stage. Nemrude Verzano from SAP followed and gave an introduction to Industry 4.0 from the perspective as an enabler for startups and its possibilities. In the following investor and startup talk BRC Solar and aucubo gave insights into their experiences. The round of talks was finnished by Daniel Zacharias who introduced his startup Sdui which provides an app for communication among administration, teachers, parents, and pupils in schools. He also gave insights into his experiences with the series A financing round. 

Before the evening networking with barbeque, the winner of this year's cohort of Up2B had to be found. Therefore, the jury came on stage and acknowledged the hard work the startups put into their development. The race was apparently quite close and the jury encouraged everybody to continue on their entrepreneruial journey and advance. Finally the winners were announced: Stick4R won the third place, i2 the second place, and Capdevila ite the first place. We congratulate the winners and are looking forward to upcoming cohort of Up2B. 

What will be there in the future that seems impossible to us today? We want to see your visions! With your idea and participation in the competition you are setting trends! The 30 best submissions will present their project at the Future Convention on September 4, 2019. Because the Future Convention is the day of experience and knowledge for the…
Do you want to conquer the Chinese market, establish your product in China and meet influential partners within the Chinese startup ecosystem? If yes, then apply now to be selected to participate in a fully funded trip to China! Apply for InnoAlliance – an innovation challenge for German startups in China. 60 startups will be selected in a preliminary phase…
Since last year, the <SMART> GREEN ACCELERATOR has been cooperating with start-ups and innovation-driven companies in the green economy. In addition, the startup accelerator from Freiburg offers "Start-up BW Pre-Seed", a new, attractive investment option for startups in the seed phase. With the launch of the new GROW program, for which startups can still compete until 30 June 2019, a new…

On Monday, Ruth Cremer (Selection and Pitch Advisor at "Die Höhle der Löwen" and Jury Member of 1. FC Köln Accelerator, former investment manager at HTGF) and PitchGuru will be giving a workshop on what really matters in a successful pitch and how to create the perfect pitch deck. Make sure to come :)

 

We will meet at the MAFINEX Technology Center https://goo.gl/maps/ApZb1bZA33keJjA3A on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 2pm in the Vortragssaal.  

 

The workshop is free of charge for participants, but spots are limited. If you want to participate, you should at least be an early stage startup and have some pitch experience so you can improve. Your entire startup team is welcome! 

To register, please filll out this form: https://forms.gle/eD1uorbeeQY29rDi7. First come first served!

 

 

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Sponsors

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