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Startup of the Month

Startup of the Month



This section provides an overview of the success stories connected to the MCEI and/or the University of Mannheim. We at MCEI are working hard to make this list as complete as possible but we are still missing out on many startups and companies. If you have further suggestions of companies we should include, please let us know.


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Startup of the Month

Startup of the Month
Dr. Johannes Schmidt-Tophoff, former PhD-student at the Chair of Organization and Innovation of Uni Mannheim, founded in 1999 the Curagit AG, a successful provider of medical technology. Today the company is well established and has over 100 employees. Interviewed by Startup BW he gives useful insights for successfully founding a startup. From politics he would like to see improved framework…
This year's spring semester turned out to be extraordinary due to the current COVID-19 situation. While we still had a usual start with our courses and events, the semester needed to be moved online due to governmental directives and restrictions. As access to university buildings was prohibited for a while, also the MCEI had to switch to home office for…
End of June, with a heavy heart we said goodbye to Dr. Jan Zybura here at MCEI and the chair of SME research and entrepreneurship.  Jan is one of the original founding members of the MCEI at the University of Mannheim and was a major force in shaping not only the center itself but also a driving force in shaping…
On February 15 and February 22, MCEI kicked off its spring semester accelerator formats Thinking Beyond Boxes (Bachelor, MAN 453) and Entrepreneurial Spirit (Master, MAN 633). Dr. Bettina Müller, Dr. Jan Zybura, and doctoral candidate Thomas Hipp were welcoming highly motivated students striving to make a difference either by advancing their own startups or by helping one of MCEI’s partner…
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