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MAN 453 Thinking Beyond Boxes - Advance your Startup (Spring 2017)

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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 Goals:

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.

Grading:

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

Instructors: Nora Block, Dr. Jan Zybura

Professor: Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode

Course Sectretary:
Gabriele Schleicher, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 (February 9-19). 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.

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 2017'. We will not use ILIAS at any point in this class. Please do not be irritated by the ILIAS option not being available.

Schedule:

February 14 (optional) - Get-together in the context of out Startup Lounge and Seed Award Ceremony in Café L3 

March 4 - Intensive workshop in which you will present your projects and we will cover all the content in lecture-style. Starts: 10.30am Ends: by 6pm. Room: 001, L9 1-2

tab - Short Exam on workshop content (we will find a date that suits all of you, expect the exam to be held by the end of March)

tba - Status update  (we will find a date that suits all of you, expect the status update pitch to be held by the end of April)

tba - Final Pitches - Final Presentations are due, Final Ceremony (we will find a date that suits all of you, expect the status update pitch to be held by the end of May)

June 20 - Business plan/ written documentation is due

 

 

 

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.

Contact

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Sponsors

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