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A Tradition of Innovation

The fact that Mannheim and the Rhine–Neckar Metropolitan Region have a long tradition of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit is beyond question. So it is no mere coincidence that the car, bicycle, and jet plane were invented here, and that many of today’s world market leaders have their origins in the region. This unique entrepreneurial spirit is still perceptible today. Hence, due to the variety of programs available as well as their specific content, it is only a matter of course that Mannheim Business School is an ideal breeding ground for company founders.

Master Projects


From Idea to Startup

The Master Projects of the MBA and Executive MBA programs at Mannheim Business School are undoubtedly the crowning glory of the respective programs: they constitute a unique opportunity for all participants to work together in small groups and apply their own experience, skills, and newly acquired knowledge and methodologies to developing a practical solution to a complex business issue or even a business plan for a new enterprise. In fact, a significant number of successful companies have already sprung from our Master Projects (please see below).

Startups and Beyond

Many of our alumni have successfully founded companies.

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Startup Club

Sharing Business Startup Experience

Making new contacts, exchanging ideas and acquiring knowledge are all essential activities, particularly for founders. And this is precisely the purpose of our Network Clubs, which are accessible to our program participants and our more than 2,500 alumni. Indeed, the Startup Club addresses anything related to business startups. The members regularly meet to attend interesting and inspiring lectures and panels, as well as to network and exchange experiences.

Detailed information about our Network Clubs can be found here.

Collaboration with NEXT MANNHEIM


A Win-Win Situation

Since Mannheim is a highly effective business location, it is ideal for founders. Therefore, the fact that the city has a vibrant, booming startup scene that attracts innovators from all over the world comes as no surprise. In NEXT MANNHEIM, a municipal subsidiary, innovators have an ideal partner that opens doors and assists them in a variety of ways when setting up a company, for example, by providing business incubators with an excellent infrastructure that has been tailored to their needs. Consequently, NEXT MANNHEIM and Mannheim Business School have entered into a close collaboration that will benefit all parties—a genuine win-win situation.

Detailed information about NEXT MANNHEIM can be found here



The Stifterverband’s Gründungsradar

The University of Mannheim is a hotbed of ideas and innovation. This was the conclusion reached by the Gründungsradar (‘German Startup Detector’) issued by the renowned Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft in 2018. It came in second nationally in the medium-sized universities category, making it one of the most startup–friendly universities in Germany. Apart from performing very well overall, Mannheim attained top scores, primarily in the “startup activities” category, which measures the prevalence and quality of startups.


Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.


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