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Uni Mannheim 5th Germany's most startup-friendly uni in German Startup Monitor 2021

Uni Mannheim 5th Germany's most startup-friendly uni in German Startup Monitor 2021 DSM

As in previous years, the University of Mannheim was able to end up in one of the top positions in the German Startup Monitor 2021 ranking, which is published annually by the auditing firm PWC.

The recently published German Startup Monitor 2021 shows a spirit of optimism in the national startup scene. After a pandemic year in 2020, startup activity and investment activity are on the rise again.

The survey on which the ranking is based focuses primarily on innovative and growth-oriented startups, including the question of where their founders studied. RWTH Aachen, WHU Koblenz, TU Munich, KIT and the University of Mannheim were named most frequently by founders as one of 194 possible universities. Prof. Michael Woywode, who coordinates entrepreneurship activities at the University of Mannheim and heads the Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, is pleased with this result. "We feel confirmed in our impression that many high-growth startups in Germany are initiated by alumni of the University of Mannheim and Mannheim Business School." Because what the public often doesn't know: former Mannheim students were involved in the founding of such big shots like, Weltsparen/Raisin, Payback, Statista, Instafreight, Eshelter/Investa, Amorelie, Homeday, Camelot Consulting, Foodspring, Stocard, Treasury Intelligence Solutions and many others. "Our students have a strong motivation, they are extremely high-performing, well-educated and have a desire to drive change in business and society. These are excellent prerequisites for growth-oriented start-ups," adds Prof. Woywode.

In the German Startup Monitor founders highlighted the importance of universities for regional startup ecosystems in different contexts: One in four of the growth-oriented startups surveyed (26.0%) came directly from the university environment, and more than a third of them met their co-founders at university (36.4%). When assessing the quality of the regional startup ecosystem, proximity to universities was cited as the most important factor by founders surveyed.

Startups from the University of Mannheim have created thousands of jobs in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and throughout Germany, generated disruptive product and business model innovations, and are driving structural change in various markets. This does not come as a surprise since students at the University of Mannheim have the opportunity to engage with the topic of entrepreneurship in numerous curricular and extra-curricular events.

For further questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Woywode.


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