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MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit (Fall 2017)

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Course Syllabus

The title image of this Course Syllabus says it all... This course is about making things happen!

You do not think inside the box and love working on challenging projects? Next to studying, you are eager to apply your knowledge in the real world and learn from startup teams on the project? You like new ideas and love their execution? You want to dive deeper into the anatomy of business models and get the unit economics right? Then you should opt for Entrepreneurial Spirit. The course is a new format to foster startup growth, entrepreneurial culture and to advance the startup ecosystem at and around the University of Mannheim. With their expertise, the students support the startups in improving their products, services and business models and help them to be more competitive. We will work with real companies in this course and you will actively contribute to their well-being. Thus, high dedication, willingness to take over responsibilities and professionalism are a prerequisite. There are two tracks in MAN 633: One for students who have no startup project yet and one for students (individual or founding team) who work on their own advanced startup project.

MAN 633 helps advance startups in our network by sending students teams as a task force (Track 1) but also helps students with an advanced startup idea to reach their next milestones and gain support in a course format (Track 2). For both tracks, the course starts with an initial educational workshop (1 day). The initial workshop is the same for both tracks and provides hands-on tools to assess, structure and solve startup challenges. The workshop part is concluded with an exam (30 min.) about 3 weeks after the Kick-Off Session. Following this educational element, the students form interdisciplinary teams of 3-5 and solve challenges in real ventures. Experienced MCEI coaches will work closely with the student consulting teams to make sure that they are on track to maximize their learning experience while simultaneously permitting the teams to have as much fun as possible.

Track 1 (for students with no own startup)

Offers students who have no own startup but want to experience the startup world an excellent opportunity to work at eye-level with an experienced real-world startup team. The concept: Solving challenges of young companies with student approaches and on-site by student teams. Assisted by an experienced MCEI coach, the students carry out joint projects with the startup after a needs analysis. The startups are recruited via our extensive MCEI network.

Selection of participating startups with Track 1 project opportunities this term (more will follow depending on the number of students applying for this class):

 Track 2 (for students who already work on their advanced startup project)

Further advance your own startup in class. Your performance appraisal will be according to milestones set at the beginning of class and you will receive continuous counseling by MCEI coaches. MAN 633 offers you the opportunity to recruit a student team from class to work on your startup’s challenges during the course just like in our “client companies” in Track 1. Please approach the instructors upon course registration to sort out whether your startup project is eligible for Track 2. This offer is for advanced startup projects only – you can start greenfield (i.e., at idea stage) in MAN 631.

The direct integration of the students into the startups within the framework of the course enables a joint action-oriented learning experience on both sides. In addition, we strengthen the startup community, promote startup companies as well as potential startups, integrate startups directly into the university's offerings and support the transfer of knowledge and technology between the university and the economy.

What you can expect from us is dedicated and continuous feedback to advance your projects, intros to MCEI partners who can help you grow and a fun and rewarding atmosphere in class and on our joint entrepreneurial journey. Do not miss out on our Startup Lounges and Founder Talks throughout the semester to maximize your Startup experience. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students

  • have learned tools to analyze and develop business models and how to tweak them towards growth
  • are able to solve real-life challenges in new ventures in a project format
  • have learned first-hand what it is like to work in a startup by gaining real startup experience
  • have acquired managerial skills and gained familiarity with problem solving in practice
  • have a solid foundation for, e.g., a seminar or master thesis at our chair - especially theses "Inside the Venture"
  • have improved their team work, presentation and consulting skills
  • In total: Real life challenges, learnings for life. 

Registration:

Please register via the Student Portal during the central registration period. We highly appreciate diversity of all kind - including disciplines! Please send us an e-mail upfront to make sure that your potential MAN 633 Track 2 project qualifies - otherwise MAN 631 might be a better class for you to join.

Place & Time:

  • Kick-Off Event on September 23, 2017 (10am to 6pm), Room 001, L9 1-2
  • Exam on workshop content (we will find a date that suits all of you, expect the exam to be held in mid-October)
  • Mid-Term Presentation on November 14, 2017 (7pm to 10pm), Café L3
  • Track 2 Startups: Final Pitch on December 5, 2017 (7pm to 10pm), Café L3
  • All other meetings are flexible and individual (i.e., arranged between the teams and us as mentors)
  • Track 1 presentations are usually held in the respective startup's office with the startup team and us in the audience (mid-term presentation around the 2nd week of November, final presentation in early December)

Please note: There is no way to participate in MAN 633 when you do not attend the Kick-Off Meeting! As a Track 1 team, letting your Track 1 team down along the way (i.e., dropping out) will lead to failing this class. Course choices are final after Session 1. Track 2 Students who do not want to take the class for credit should announce this prior to the initial theory exam. You can also participate to receive an MCEI certificate instead of a grade as a Track 2 student or team.

Lecturers: Nora Zybura, Dr. Jan Zybura

Professor: Prof. Dr Michael Woywode

Assessment:

  • Test on educational module (20%)
  • Mid-term client or advanced own startup presentation (20%)
  • Final client or advanced own startup presentation (20%)
  • Final managerial report (40%)

ECTS: 6

Language: English

Readings & Resources

  • Ash Maurya (2016). Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Course Material:

All course material (where applicable) will be provided via the MCEI Group 'MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit (Fall 2017)'. We will not use ILIAS at any point in this class. Please do not be irritated by the ILIAS option not being available

 

Schedule "Entrepreneurial Spirit" Fall term 2017

September 23 | L9 1-2, 001 | 10.00-18.00

Startups for the Track 1 Inside the Venture projects will pitch potential projects. What is more, the day is an intensive workshop in which Track 2 students will pitch their projects and we will cover all the course content in lecture-style. Starts: 10.00am Ends: by 6pm. Room: 001, L9 1-2 Note: This is the only seminar day in the entire semester. Attendance required to participate in MAN 633 - no exceptions being made.

September 26 | Café L3 | 19.30-22.30

Get-together in the context of our Startup Lounge: MAN 453 & MAN 633 Fall Pitch Special in Café L3.

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Short Exam on workshop content (we will find a date that suits all of you via Doodle, expect the exam to be held in mid-October).

November 14 | Café L3 | 19.00-22.00

Individual project Track 2 presentations. For Track 1 projects: We will find an individual date with your client startup and team. Expect the status update pitch to be held by the beginning of November.

December 5 | Café L3 | 19.00-22.00

Final Pitches & Ceremony of Track 2 Students in the Context of the Final Startup Lounge for Fall 2017 - Track 1 presentations will be scheduled with the participating startups and their support teams.

December 22

Business plan/ written documentation/ project reports are due.

 

We are looking forward to having you in class!

 

Contact

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