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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



Design and Development

Design and Development

Legal Advisors

Legal Advisors

Startup Centers

Startup Centers

Student Initiatives

Student Initiatives

Since its first annual meeting on 9 November 2009, the 20th anniversary of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall, the Falling Walls Conference continuously developed into a world forum for science. Some of the most important researchers and thinkers on the planet discuss with world leaders in science, politics, business and the media a small number of high-calibre breakthroughs, answering the core question of the Falling Walls Conference: “Which are the next walls to fall in science and society?“

As much as the Covid-19 crisis restricts personal gatherings in 2020, it opens up a new opportunity for Falling Walls to overcome the limitations of a traditional conference through innovative, open and engaging digital formats (Never waste a crisis!). This year, we will shift from a series of meetings and one conference with a limited number of speakers and topics to a global showcase that gathers, celebrates and discusses a much broader set of the most recent breakthroughs in science and society.


To highlight breakthrough thinking from all over the world, Falling Walls calls for nominations for the most recent breakthroughs in ten categories, from life science to science management. Leading academics and world-class academic institutions from around the world – universities, research organisations, companies, private and public research centres, academies, research funders, foundations and individuals – are asked for their nominations in ten categories:

(1) Life Sciences,

(2) Physical Sciences,

(3) Engineering and Technology,

(4) Social Sciences and the Humanities,

(5) Science in the Arts,

(6) Digital Education,

(7) Science and Innovation Management,

(8) Emerging Talents (Falling Walls Lab),

(9) Science Start-ups (Falling Walls Venture),

(10) Science Engagement Initiatives (Falling Walls Engage).

For how to nominate, visit

Hochschule Mannheim is hosting two events on how to start up – make sure to not miss out!

The first one is this Tuesday (18 August) on how to actually get from idea to business modell.

The following one will be Tuesday of next week (25 August) about scholarships for founders.

Please register in advance via career@hs–

Mannheim University of Applied Science is looking for a Research Assitant in the field of virtual reality for their Department Virtual Engineering Rhine-Neckar.

Tasks will be:

  • development of scientific and practical applications in the field of VR/AR and product visualisation
  • Administration of partners of industry cooperations
  • Building-up and maintenance of innovative learning and research environment in using VR/AR-technologies
  • Identification and implementation of new methods in the field of VR/AR in education and research
  • Consulting and support for the use of VR/AR at Mannheim University of Applied Science
  • Maintenance and repair of all installations from KVE, PC- and network infrastructure

Requirements are:

  • university degree or university of applied science degree with relevant practical experience
  • Broad knowledge in the field of virtual and augmented reality
  • Coding experience in the field of virtual and augmented reality and 3D-data
  • Experience in object coding, particularly C++
  • Software knowledge with VR software products COVISE or IC.IDO are an asset
  • Knowledge in the field of 3D-data converting, CAD/CAE/PLM, product visualising and scene graphs
  • Fast analytical skills and understanding as well as broad interdisciplinary technical understanding
  • Very good English skills, written and oral
  • Logical thinking and communication and teamwork capacities
  • Knowledge in IT-support and basic administrative skills as Windows, Linux, Client and server skills are another asset, but explicitly not required

For more info follow the link or write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Would you like to get out of the lab and solve real-world challenges? Stop imagining – START UP and realise your ideas! Join Uni Heidelberg´s STARTUP SCHOOL by heiINNOVATION. Join on a six-week innovation journey and develop innovative, actionable solutions for meaningful challenges on the issue of „Healthcare in a Digital World“. Our STARTUP SCHOOL leads you through the whole cycle of innovation from the idea to a viable business product. Guided by professional coaches and mentors, interdisciplinary teams will qualify themselves using state of the art innovation methods and will get the chance to deep dive in digital technologies that will shape the future.


5 October – 12 November 2020 (part-time)
Live online workshop sessions on Thursdays and Fridays
Online talks by innovators
Online self-learning sessions
Topics: Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping, Business Model Innovation, Story Telling, Pitching, Networking, Digital Transformation in Healthcare.

About the Startup School

The STARTUP SCHOOL is conceptualised to motivate young researchers to develop new skills and methods, to think outside the box, and to solve challenges with innovative ideas.

You will work in interdisciplinary teams on real-world challenges from different stakeholders in healthcare. While qualifying yourselves using state-of-the-art innovation methods like Design Thinking, Rapid Prototyping, Business Model Innovation, you will also gain hands on experience in digital technologies that will shape our future.

Professional coaches and mentors will guide you through the full cycle of innovation in six weeks: The first week will be all about onboarding and understanding the challenges, choosing the one you will work on for the duration of this programme and getting to know your new team. In the second week, we will introduce you to Design Thinking methods and how to use them to test human desirability and understanding the user’s needs. The third week will be about exploring solutions and creating low-fidelity prototypes to test your ideas. In week four we will deep dive into digital technologies and you will get the chance to earn hands-on experience in coding and hacking. At the end of week four we are planning a Hackathon, so you can use your new skills and concepts to wrap a prototype with the help of IT experts. In week five we want to generate a business product out of your solutions, test the financial viability and create a viable business model. In the final week you will learn how to pitch the solutions you developed and to present your ideas at the final pitch night in front of a jury and the other teams.

During the programme you will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a series of exciting talks from healthcare professionals and innovators..

More info on program and application here.


Female entrepreneur on stage! Entrepreneurs and start-ups with minimum 50 % female founders from all over Baden-Württemberg are now able to present their ideas on stage for the Female Founders Cup 2020. Application is open until 20 November! Until then also votes can be collected to boost your application and to secure a spot for the final online pitch on 30 November 2020.

The Female Founders Cup forms part of the founding competition “Start-up BW Elevator Pitch”, looking for the most innovative business ideas and founders in the region. The pitch will be hold in front of a jury of renown experts. Winners will be awarded with a price from the public L-Bank.

For more info see or oder sent an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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