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Partners

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

Legal Advisors

Legal Advisors

Startup Centers

Startup Centers

Student Initiatives

Student Initiatives

A unique learning opportunity in Mannheim! Join our partner the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneruship at the University of Mannheim for a one-week intense PhD workshop and daily public morning lectures on institutional analysis.

In public morning lectures international faculty will present and discuss research within the field of institutional theory. Afternoon workshop sessions with international faculty are limited to PhD students who successfully apply to the workshop.

Find more information and apply here: http://www.institut-fuer-mittelstandsforschung.de/forschung/scancor-workshop-2019



The Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) facilitates inquiry in organizational social science among a transnational network of scholars. Its member institutions in Scandinavia and greater Europe support working visits and residencies at Stanford and Harvard Universities. SCANCOR also sponsors conferences, workshops, and mentoring opportunities worldwide (for more information, please visit https://scancor.org/)

The Mannheimer Existenzgründungspreis honors successful startups of the last three years in various categories. The categories are Technology and Services. The category Technology is sponsored by Roche, Mannheim, and the category Services is sponsored by the Sparkasse Rhein Neckar Nord, Mannheim. The media partner of the MEXI2020 is the Haas Media GmbH. In addition to professional planning and consistent market…
Apply now for the startup education program Herausforderung Unternehmertum! Would you like to become fit for founding your business in one year? With this program you can optimize your for-profit or social business model in an interdisciplinary team. Get feedback from experienced coaches and transform your startup idea into a full-fledged startup in a year! Benefit from the one-year education…
This year marks the 4th year of K-Startup Grand Challenge which has been a part of South Korea’s global startup acceleration programs organized by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency. K-Startup Grand Challenge was established with the goal of promoting the expansion of an open entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and assisting in South…

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. 

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Sponsors

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