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MAN 453 Thinking Beyond Boxes - Advance your Startup (Spring 2018)

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Course Syllabus

The course encourages the further development of student business ideas from all faculties of the University of Mannheim. In the course format, students develop their own already existing business ideas individually or as a start-up team (after consultation). Milestones tailored to each startup are set at the beginning of the course. Coaching by MCEI employees to develop innovative products and services is ensured throughout the semester. The MCEI DesignLAB offers the student founders room for the further realization of their projects. In a workshop at the start of the course, basic tools for business model development and how to reach investment readiness (angel financing, VC) will be taught. At demo day by then end of class, the startups will pitch in front of experts and investors.

Students who do not have an advanced business idea yet should follow MAN 450 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Model Design instead.

Learning Outcomes:

The course fosters the further development of your own entrepreneurial project. You will acquire and deepen your entrepreneurial skills. We start by a brief recap of the basic concepts and connections of creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. Most importantly, you will further advance your pitch deck and the business plan of your already existing the startup project. Growing your presentation skills is essential to pitch your startup in front of an expert jury on demo day by the end of the course.

Assessment:

  • 20% exam (individual)
  • 40% final pitch presentation (team)
  • 40% final business plan/report (team)

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Professor: Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode

Registration procedure/ Application (mandatory):
Please get in contact with one of the course instructors in order to apply. Only Students who have an advanced business idea should apply for this course. We will then enroll you at the Dean's Office during the central registration period. BAKUWI-Students apply via Mrs. Rüttiger at the Studienbüro II (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Attendance (mandatory):
All students are required to attend all classes.

There is no way to participate in MAN 453 when you do not attend the Kick-Off Meeting! Students who do not want to take the class for credit should announce this prior to the initial theory exam. You can also participate to receive an MCEI certificate instead of a grade.

ECTS: 3

Language: English

Readings & Resources

  • Ash Maurya (2016). Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Course Material:
All course material (where applicable) will be provided via the MCEI Group 'MAN 453 Entrepreneurial Spirit FSS 2018'. We will not use ILIAS at any point in this class. Please do not be irritated by the ILIAS option not being available.

 

Schedule Spring term 2018

February 20 (optional) | Café L3 | 19.30-22.30

Get-together in the context of our Startup Lounge with the MCEI Seed Award Finals 2018 in Café L3

February 24 | L9 1-2, 001 | 10.00-18.00

Intensive workshop in which you will present your projects and we will cover all the content in lecture-style. Starts: 10am Ends: around 6pm. Room: 001, L9 1-2. Note: This is the only seminar day in the entire semester. Attendance required to participate in MAN 453 - no exceptions being made.

March 15, | L9 1-2, Room 210 | 7:30pm

Short Exam on workshop content.

April 17 & 19

Status update/ mid-term presenation (optional). You can choose between two dates for mid-term presentation/ status update.

May 22

Final Pitches - Final Presentations are due, Final Ceremony (all teams presenting + Top 3 Startup Lounge Special).

June 16, 11:59pm

Business plan/ written documentation/ written documentation are due. Please submit the report via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 We are looking forward to having you in class!

 

The course encourages the further development of student business ideas from all faculties of the University of Mannheim. In the course format, students develop their own already existing business ideas individually or as a start-up team (after consultation). Milestones tailored to each startup are set at the beginning of the course. Coaching by MCEI employees to develop innovative products and services is ensured throughout the semester. The MCEI DesignLAB offers the student founders room for the further realization of their projects. In a workshop at the start of the course, basic tools for business model development and how to reach investment readiness (angel financing, VC) will be taught. At demo day by then end of class, the startups will pitch in front of experts and investors.

Students who do not have an advanced business idea yet should follow MAN 450 Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Business Model Design instead.

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Sponsors

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