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Partners

Partners

MCEI is only as good as our partners. Here you can find all our partners sorted according to the services they can offer to you.

Advisory & Support

Advisory & Support

Angel Investors & VCs

Angel Investors & VCs

Competitions

Competitions

Design and Development

Design and Development

Legal Advisors

Legal Advisors

Startup Centers

Startup Centers

Student Initiatives

Student Initiatives

Enactus – entrepreneurial, action, us: A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to shape a better, more sustainable world. Our goal is not to hand out help, but to work side-by-side with our community to create sustainable change.
With over 57,000 members worldwide, Enactus is one of the largest international student organizations. At 1600 universities around the world, students develop community outreach projects and put the theoretical concepts that they learned during their university studies into action.

Enactus at the University of Mannheim was founded in 2005 and has since grown to 150 members. In 15 projects, students develop innovative solutions for society’s problems, such as the inclusion of people with disabilities into our society. A project example is the Firmenkeks. This delicious hand-baked cookie is branded with a corporate logo and then sold to companies as a csr opportunity. What makes our cookie special is that people with disabilities are in charge of the entire production process. Past customers include the BASF or Telekom.

During the year, our members meet up regularly outside of their project teams for fun activities such as running dinners or the one-Enactus weekend, where Enactus teams from all over Germany get together. A highlight of the year is the national competition where all German teams present their past year’s results. In the past four years, we have won National Champion three times, allowing us to present our results at the world cup. Most recently, we reached the semi-finals at the World Cup 2012 in Washington D.C., making us one of the top 15 teams in the world.

For more information, please visit www.unimannheim.enactus.de for more information! If you are interested in joining our team, you can e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MCEI can benefit a lot from your support. You can help MCEI grow by becoming one of our dedicated Sponsors. If you are interested in a direct affiliation with what we do on our website and intend to become a Sponsor & Partner, or if you are an alumnus that wants to give back: Please send us an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details on how you can support our initiatives financially and/ or with manpower and direct support.

MAFINEX Gründerverbund Entrepreneur Rhein-Neckar eV

The Gründerverbund’s objective is to initiate and support the founding of innovative start-ups from students and young entrepreneurs. The assistance of the Gründerverbund covers four different areas:

1. Advice and support start-up projects through providing incubators and granting access to a large network of members from university and different industries

2. Provide Training through an annual entrepreneurship bootcamp and various workshops

3. Support participation in competitions, e.g. in the national strategic planning simulation PrimeCup, or in the statewide business plan competition NewBizCup

4. Offer financial support through a programme, which proportionally refunds costs associated with start-up activities (e.g. patent and legal advice or attending conferences)

 

Students from the University of Mannheim can seek advice from the ‘Mannheim Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’ (MCEI) and will gain more information at www.gruenderverbund.info.

 

Besides the MCEI, the following partner universities offer incubators of the MAFINEX Gründerverbund Rhein-Neckar:

- Popakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH

- Institute of Applied Research of the University of Mannheim

- Gründerzentrum at the University of Applied Sciences Heidelberg e.V.

- Heilbronn University

Additionally the MCEI cooperates with the MAFINEX Technology Centre in Mannheim and the Heilbronn Innovation Factory.

EXIST is a support program of the Bundesministerium for Business and Technology (BMWi). The goal of the program is to improve the entrepreneurial spirit at universities and other research institutes. Furthermore, the aim of the program is to increase the number and success of technology-oriented and knwoledge-based start-ups. For more information please visit www.exist.de.

The Startup Garage is a business plan workshop that helps you tweak and challenge your business plan. Please stay tuned and check our Events Section for upcoming Startup Garage workshops. Participation is free of charge for students of the University of Mannheim. 

If you need individual advice, feel free to make an appointment for our Startup Advice & Consulting Services that are offered free of charge. 

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Sponsors

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