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Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Room 106
(+49) 621 181 2894
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Michael Woywode
Michael Woywode

Michael Woywode is a full professor of entrepreneurship at Mannheim University and academic director of the Center for small and medium sized business at Mannheim University. His research interests focus on entrepreneurship, the life cycle of firms and industries. His work has been published in journals like American Journal of Sociology, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies and Journal of Industrial Economics. Michael has studied business administration at Mannheim University, Hochschule St. Gallen (HSG) and École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). He received a doctorate in economics and a habilitation in business administration both from Mannheim University. He spent two years as visiting researcher at Stanford University at the Graduate School of Business and the Department for Economics. Before joining the Mannheim Faculty Michael held professorship positions at the RWTH Aachen and Karlsruhe University.


Dr. Jan Zybura
Room 110
(+49) 621 181 3485
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Jan Zybura
Jan Zybura

Jan leads the MCEI initiatives and team at the University of Mannheim and, in his dual role, is part of the ifm Entrepreneurship Team (ENT) since summer 2011. Jan was involved in Entrepreneurship teaching and restructuring the teaching towards more practical/ action-oriented formats at the Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship from his first day in office onwards. Jan has co-founded MCEI in 2012-2013 and been in charge of its further development since. Jan believes in a serendipitous startup culture of paying it forward and mutual learning. He loves startups with lots of scalability and his vision is a flourishing Startup Ecosystem around the University of Mannheim. Send an e-mail if you have questions or meet Jan at the Startup Lounges or in class (MAN 453, MAN 630, MAN 631, MAN 632, MAN 633).

Academic and industry background: Jan has started his doctoral research as a fellow at the Graduate School of Economics and Social Sciences (GESS) at the University of Mannheim in fall 2010. He is a management scholar and holds a B.Sc. in Economics (2008) and a M.Sc. in International Business, Business Intelligence (2010) from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Jan has obtained his doctorate in management from the University of Mannheim (2016). Alongside his studies, Jan has gained some practical insights into start-up marketing, strategic restructuring, and strategic procurement. In spring 2014, Jan has spent half a year as a visiting student researcher at SCANCOR, Stanford University. For more information on his research, please visit Jan's research profile. For all other CV-relevant information, please visit Jan's LinkedIn (Englisch version) or XING (German version) profile.


Nora Zybura (née Block)
Room 101
(+49) 621 181 2889
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Nora Zybura
Nora Zybura

Nora Block holds a Bachelor degree in social sciences and history, which she obtained at the University of Erfurt and the University of Gent, Belgium. After that, she continued with her master studies in sociology at the University of Mannheim with focus on empirical social research as well as migration and integration. In the context of her studies, she spent a semester abroad at the East Carolina University, USA. Since spring 2014, Nora is part of the ifm Team. Next to several migrant entrepreneurship projects, Nora significantly worked on a technology transfer project with the Family Business Team and on the jumpp project on migrant female entrepreneurship with the ifm team Neue Selbständigkeit. Since summer 2016, Nora is part of the MCEI team and has significantly advanced our practically-oriented approach by co-creating and teaching our new courses MAN 453 and MAN 633 and developing our MCEI Startup Mentoring Program. If you choose one of our practical MCEI classes, Nora will most likely be your mentor. 


Thomas Hipp
Room 110
(+49) 621 181 2893
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Thomas Hipp
Thomas Hipp

Thomas holds a B.A. from Munich Business School and has done a double degree Master's program at the University of Mannheim and Queen's University, ON, Canada. During his studies, he has gained experience in start-ups, audit, and consulting as well as corporates in Germany and abroad. He was and is an active member in several student initiatives including INFINITY Mannheim e.V. and INFINITY Deutschland e.V. 

In 2016 Thomas joined the MCEI team and helped advance the iniative. Since 2018 he is actively involved in teaching MAN 453, MAN 631 and MAN 633. Besides his teaching activites, his responsibilies include event planning and conducting, partner relations, and website strategy and administration. If you want to get in touch with Tom, just drop him an email.


Baris Istipliler
Room 108
(+49) 621 181 2766
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baris Istiplier
baris Istiplier

After spending a year abroad at J.L. University of Giessen during his bachelor studies at Ege University (Turkey), Baris decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Germany upon completion of his bachelor degree. In 2017, he completed the Master in Management program offered by the University of Mannheim and since the beginning of 2018, Baris is a PhD candidate and a research associate at the Institute for SME Research and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim. Apart from his individual research and the projects he conducts for the Family Business Research team, he supports the Bachelor and Master level teaching activities of the Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship.

Baris was born to an entrepreneurial family, observed birth and death of variety of family ventures and he himself made some experiences in venture creation. In 2016, he and his team of founders managed to win a seed investment of 8,000 Euros in an international start-up competition. Although not actively involved in the venture any more due to his focus on academics, he is still an advisor to Treye Tech. He supports MCEI by offering coaching for the students taking MCEI courses, supervising Inside the Venture Master Thesis as well as helping with other organizational activities if necessary.


Ndivhuho Tshikovhi
Room 102
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Ndivhuho, before joining the MCEI team has been a guest researcher at the institut für mittelstandsforschung 2018-2019. He completed his undergraduate degree in human resources management 2008-2011. After that, he went on to do a magister in entrepreneurship focusing his thesis on entrepreneurship education at the Tshwane University of Technology 2012-2013. He then went for a Ph.D. in social and political sciences at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium focusing his thesis on public policy and entrepreneurship 2014-2019. He also visited Fudan University, China in 2016. Parallel to his studies, he worked as a research assistant, art business incubation coordinator, and also taught entrepreneurship skills and business management, as well as being a project leader for SIFE TUT (now ENACTUS TUT) in South Africa.


Maria Khodaeva
Room 107
(+49) 621 181 2890
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Maria Khodaeva
Maria Khodaeva

Maria holds a Bachelor degree in Management, which she obtained at the Graduate School of Management, Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. As an undergraduate, she was actively involved in student rights protection, charity, events organization, and development of several startups. During her exchange semester at Trinity College Dublin Maria was studying the social aspect of entrepreneurship and conducted a consultancy project for a startup, which aimed to help visually impaired people. She is currently pursuing a Master in Management degree at the University of Mannheim.

At MCEI Maria is responsible for planning and conducting of events. If you want to present your awesome ideas to investors, or have founded your own startup and will be glad to share your success story, just drop her an email!


Marta Riva
Room 107
(+49) 621 181 2890
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Marta Riva
Marta Riva

Marta holds a Bachelor degree in International Science and European Institutions from the University of Milan. Also in Milan, she completed a Master degree in Economics and Political Science in which she focused most on quantitative research. Right now she is enrolled in the Faculty of Political Science at the University Mannheim where she is studying statistics and informatics. At MCEI Marta is responsible for Business Intelligence. She closly works together with the rest of the team to implement and improve the information flow between Startups and MCEI.

If you are interested in contacting Marta, please send an e-mail and she will get back to you as soon as possible.


Philipp Karich
Room 107
(+49) 621 181 2890
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Philipp Karich
Philipp Karich

Philipp graduated from Maastricht University with a B.Sc. in International Business. Therein, his primary focus was on Information Systems. After having finished his Bachelor’s degree, he completed two internships in the automotive industry and in a Big Four consulting company in Southern Germany. Currently, Philipp is working towards his Master’s degree, as he is enrolled in the Mannheim Master in Management. He has lived in several countries, inside and outside of Europe. In his free time, he likes to play tennis and play the guitar.

Please feel free to contact Philipp via Email.


Rukshana Akhter
Room 107
(+49) 176 7120 1244
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Rukshana Akhter
Rukshana Akhter

Rukshana is currently looking after the content management system for MCEI, and as part of this role her responsibilities include publication of content for the website and for other social media channels related to MCEI, providing support in startup related reports and also putting up events for MCEI.

Besides her current role at MCEI, Rukshana is currently pursuing the Mannheim Master in Management program at the University of Mannheim. Prior to coming to Germany to pursue her Master’s, she had gained working experience in corporate banking, retail banking as well as in the FMCG sector. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

If you would like to get in touch with her, just drop her an email and she will get back to you shortly.

 

 

MCEI Affiliated Entrepreneurship Team Members


Prof. Robert Allen Isaak, PhD
Room 109
(+49) 621 181 2895
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Robert Isaak
Robert Isaak

Prof. Dr. Robert Isaak is the author or coauthor of eleven books including Brave New World Economy (German edition: Geldherrschaft) with German economist Wilhelm Hankel, The Globalization GapManaging World Economic ChangeGreen Logic: Ecopreneurship, Theory and Ethics, and Modern Inflation (with Wilhelm Hankel). Included in Who's Who in Finance and Business, he has taught as Henry George Professor of International Management at Pace University in New York (courses in international management, comparative management, creativity and entrepreneurship across cultures, and venture initiation). He has consulted for global enterprises including Siemens, Technicon, Prudential Intercultural and Global Intercultural and has taught many places in the world including at the University of Heidelberg, The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Groupe École Superieure de Commerce deGrenoble, SKEMA European Graduate School of Management in Sophia Antipolis, and Franklin College in Lugano. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from New York University. He continues to teach at Pace University and Franklin College as well as at University of Mannheim. Robert teaches the electives MAN 635 Social Entrepreneurship and MAN 636 International Entrepreneurship


Robert Strohmeyer
Room 109
(+49) 621 181 2895
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Robert Strohmeyer
Robert Strohmeyer

Robert Strohmeyer studied sociology, social-psychology and statistics at the University of Mannheim. He is currently a research fellow and PhD Candidate at the Chair for SME research & Entrepreneurship. He (co-) authored several research reports and book chapters and published in refereed journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice,International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research and International Journal of Sociology. He has been awarded the Academy of Management’s Best Paper Award (Entrepreneurship Division). He has been involved in numerous entrepreneurship and SME related research projects, funded by German ministries (BMBF, BMWI), and national research foundations (such as Fritz-Thyssen foundation, Rat für Sozial-und Wirtschaftsdaten). In 2011/12 he spent four months as visiting researcher at Stevens Institute for Technology, Hoboken. He has been involved in teaching lectures on entrepreneurship at the master level (such as Advanced Entrepreneurship, Theories of Entrepreneurship, Applied Econometrics in Entrepreneurship and Management Research).

Before going to college, he finished apprenticeship training in the craft sector and worked several years in start-ups and small businesses.

Robert facilitates MCEI Master Theses and Theses Inside the Venture projects and is involved in the MAN 770 Seminar

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