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Startup Lounge

Startup Lounge

The MCEI Startup Lounge is your place to get inspired to create something new and to meet and mingle with the Mannheim Startup Ecosystem. Meet startups and creative minds to discuss great ideas in a laid-back atmosphere. Every Startup Lounge features an inspirational talk by a (usually early-stage) venture to get the discussion going and has some budget to cover drinks (provided by either MCEI or one of our co-feature partners). Join us if you are into startups and want to expand your network in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region and live the entrepreneurial spirit.

 

What to expect?

Every Startup Lounge starts with an opportunity to network. You can meet new people and start conversations about your entrepreneurial ambitions over a drink. After everybody made themselves comfortable, MCEI features a startup on stage to pitch and provide insights into their current challenges. After the pitch there is always the opportunity to ask questions and give advice. Startup Lounges rest on the principle of paying it forward and serendipity. Thus, the Startup Lounges provide a platform for startups to obtain feedback and forge connections to advance. You can usually expect early-stage startups sharing their story from which you can learn a lot for your own entrepreneurial path. After the talk, we proceed with open networking. Benefit from getting to know (angel) investors, founders and many other actors from the Startup Ecosystem and share your own contacts to help others advance.

 

Date and Venue?

We are regularly meeting every other Tuesday during the University of Mannheim semester (February-June; September-December) at 7:30pm in Café L3 (L3 9, 68161 Mannheim). Make sure to check the information on our website and follow our Facebook feed and events for updates.

 

How to join?

Just stop by! Spontaneous visitors are absolutely welcome and there is no reservation required. Some exceptions might apply regarding our Seed Award and Pitch Battle Specials, when we suggest you to RSVP.

 

How long has the Startup Lounge been around?

We held the first Startup Lounge on November 19, 2013, and had a great development ever since. We have welcomed many amazing founders from all over the world as guests in the Startup Lounge and were able to connect many students, founders, and investors over the past years. It has been an honor to celebrate our 50th Startup Lounge with all of you in 2018 and we are looking forward to many more inspiring events. You can find more information on the Startup Lounge history and individual events below. Enjoy reading!

 

It's pitch battle time! As per tradition, the last Startup Lounge of the year features our course startups. Students from MAN 633 Entrepreneurial Spirit have worked all semester on their projects. Through the courses they have participated in, they have expanded their knowledge and gained experience in entrepreneurship. They will put their progress to the test in this Startup Lounge…
On the 9th of November we are coordinating with MARCIE (Mannheim Research Group in Culture, Innovation & Entrepreneurship) for our next Startup Lounge and together, we are welcoming Lilli Leirich and Carsten Huber from NOX Euer Proberaum. With a specially developed digital sharing system and hourly rental, musicians and creative professionals from all over Germany can be given access to…
We are excited to welcome MARS - Mannheim Runway for Startups from Mannheim University of Applied Sciences as our co-feature partner for our next Startup Lounge.We will be welcoming shroom aiming at revolutionizing the food market with their meat substituting mushrooms. Join us for good conversation and some drinks at Tiffany Mannheim to kick off in person Startup Lounges again.For…
We are excited to meet again in person! During the pandemic we kept your regular startup networking event going and were therefore meeting online since March 2020 for the MCEI Startup Lounges. But now it is time to meet again in person and we are very excited to see you again. We will be welcoming Florian Fischer from Styx Urban…
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Sponsors

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