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This section provides an overview of the success stories connected to the MCEI and/or the University of Mannheim. We at MCEI are working hard to make this list as complete as possible but we are still missing out on many startups and companies. If you have further suggestions of companies we should include, please let us know.


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On April 1st, 1973, Frank Merkel and Kurt Klein founded a small agency for marketing and organisational consulting called wob (‘Werbung und Organisationsberatung’). Specialising in B2B marketing, wob was able to become one of the most influential agencies in the industry within the last decades and is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Always driven by dynamic thinking and potential opportunities,…
Stocard GmbH Founded by Florian Barth, Björn Goß and David Handlos Founded in 2011 App Located in Mannheim Florian and David are University of Mannheim Alumni. Stocard has been active at MCEI Founder Talks and the Startup Homecoming. Over 25 million users make Stocard one of the leading mobile wallets in the world and one of the preferred shopping…
KLM Mobile Solutions UG (haftungsbeschränkt) Founded by Sebastian Klein, Artur Schreiber and Felix Lander, then re-founded by Gregor Tränkle and Julian Brack Founded in 2011 Exit in 2015 Mobile Solutions Located in Mannheim KLM Mobile Solutions received an office from MCEI. The founders are University of Mannheim Alumni. They have been active at the StartUp Lounge.   KLM Mobile Solutions…
Simfy AG Founded by Christoph Lange, Steffen Wicker Founded in 2010 2015 Streaming Service Located in Berlin Steffen Wicker is an University of Mannheim Alumnus. Simfy received consulting from MCEI. Simfy is a german Spotify competitor, which was the first long-term legal music service in Germany in spite of all opposition from the aggressive digital music industry. By using simfy,…
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