We expose high school students to the language, mindset and culture of innovation and entrepreneurship to give them a new view on the world and empowering them as changemakers.   Dr. Nir Tsuk from NYU Dr. Nir Tsuk is a seasoned practitioner, academic and facilitator with over 20 years of international experience in the fields […]


innomake! The first Mannheim Innovation Festival will celebrate its premiere from 14 to 27 October 2019.   Mannheim is known throughout the world for its important inventions and groundbreaking ideas. The bicycle, the car and the tractor all began their triumphal march from Mannheim. That innovation strength continues to this day. Modern Mannheim is home […]


Mannheim is a fashion city: brands such as Schumacher and Von Jungfeld started their journeys here, and new names are constantly arising. A very special success story is that of Liebesglück. In our interview marketing director Elena Engel has told us all about what makes Mannheim a fashion city of love, and how the Brand made its way to become an established name in the industry, in just two years.

Democratic Umbrella

Until 15th of February 2019 you can participate in the ideas competition. A key aim of the awarding authority is to inspire a demographic shift of social responsibility by explicitly opening the competition to Master’s students, graduates and young architects.


Tina Cetrez, founder of the KALAIKA fashion brand, has reinvented the good old net bag, and has created a premium version of it. Currently, she is not only successfully designing handbags, but also jewelry and accessories. We met up to discuss ideas, her time at the university of Barcelona, and her studio in the Mannheim start-up center Textilerei.

What’s up2b?

An evening full of inspiration, insights, new contacts and potential partners awaits you. For visionaries and experts, founders and entrepreneurs. For all those of you, who are ready for entrepreneurship in the digital age.

At the women in tech Kick-Off female tech founders will give you an insight on:
What helped them to overcome barriers? What are the skills founders really need? What is their secret to success? And many more tips from practice…


In the Mannheim technology center MAFINEX, three friends are revolutionizing the “cloud for developers”. Lukas Gentele, Fabian Kramm and Daniel Thiry just got into business two years ago, but have already been awarded several prizes, and have been able to present their idea in Silicon Valley. 

Regional Cup Rhein-Neckar

Baden-Württemberg is looking for the best founders! On November 22nd, 2018 the next Regional Cup Rhein-Neckar takes place in Mannheim. Ten founding teams present themselves on the stage of the BW Elevator Pitch start-up in Mannheim. Apply now!

Women in tech

Mannheim is a start-up city – for any gender. The start-up center gig7 supports females in the start-up scene, and has been doing so successfully for some years. The newly created format “WOMEN IN TECH” by STARTUP MANNHEIM, is set on inspiring more women to get into tech start-ups. We sat down for an interview with the three women, who are devoted to making this happen. 


For most patients the following is still almost unimaginable: no wait times at the hospital, more safety, unstressed employees and less mistakes. OPASCA from Mannheim has been helping hospitals manage their workflow since 2011, employing digital solutions, such as sensor based data collection and real-time analysis.


As managing director of the Stuttgart innovation hub CODE_n, Moritz Gräter is a pioneer of digital transformation in Germany. CODE_n is expediting the development of digital innovations and business models — it is a triad, consisting of innovation spaces, innovative services and events. The new.New Festival, which takes places in the Schleyerhalle, in Stuttgart, is a melting pot for founders, digital pioneers and movers and shakers, from all over the globe.


Up2B Accelerator – ProductBooster

You are a startup from the field of IT, digital or high-tech with a clear B2B focus and already have a prototype or MVP? Therefore you want to get professional support improving your digital product and want find your first B2B customer. Then you´re just right at the Up2B – ProductBooster from 5th November – 28th November 2018 in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Walldorf.

PreviPharma & Fraunhofer

To save lives, researchers from Mannheim are using blood plasma to create new forms of medicine. We met up in the Cubex 41 start-up center, with the duo Marc Mazur, of PreviPharma, and Dr. Jens Langejürgen, who heads the Fraunhofer project group “Automation in Medicine and Biotech”.


Business management, promotion, consulting: A five-child family is nothing you would see as a side-project, just as little as anyone would do so with a start-up. Dr. Uta Meeder, the founder of MAOMI, sat down with us in her popup-showroom, in Mannheims inner city, to explain just how to balance such a situation.

CAPTCHA Design Festival

Mannheims creative industry is mainly focused on music, fashion and design. With the two design festivals UNCOVER and CAPTCHA, the design field has been in an especially dynamic process of development. This years edition of CAPTCHA takes place from September 3 to 16, and will become a hotspot for young designers from all around the globe.


Her passions are startups, pioneering spirit and new entrepreneurial cultures. Lilli Leirich is actively researching the subjects Social Entrepreneurship und Intrapreneurship, is teaching at the Dual University Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), is a consultant for startups, and has recently founded her own business called soculent. We felt it was definitely time for an interview!

Bandsupport goes Schlossfest

This year, Mannheim’s offspring presents itself once again at the “Bandsupport goes Schlossfest” – event in the Mannheim Castle. Six newcomer bands will be performing live on stage on September 8th and guarantee a diverse program with different genres from Electro-Pop to Metalcore, Indie, and Punk-Pop.

FIRECAMP 2018 Review

From 23rd to 27th of July, twelve selected European startups were prepared intensively for their first investment in Mannheim and Heidelberg by experienced founders and experts from Germany, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. Here is a small review in pictures.


Mannheim knows its music. In the UNESCO City of Music one can study music – and learn about how the business works. Popakademie alumni Danny Fresh and Sebastian Henzl explain why Mannheim is the place to not only dream about music, but to really live it. The guys also explain how they are currently aiming for the stars, with their start-ups and their project “Song-Dock”.


For the second half of 2018, gig7 in Mannheim is waiting for you with the 360° Female Business workshops. Out of three topics, “Business Basics”, “Online Marketing and Social Media” and “Female Empowerment”, self-employed, startups, women from the economy and all other curious have a wide range of workshops to choose from.


From a start-up to a leading medical technology company – in merely four years: Stefan Baur and Alexander Strifler have developed a very sophisticated IT service for the medical imaging field, with which they are quite successful. We met up for an interview in the CUBEX41 start-up center, located on the site of the Mannheim university hospital.

When it comes to big data, regular discussions about possible operational implementations are crucial in order to discover and evaluate opportunities for one’s own business. These and many more questions will lay the foundation of the discussions on this year’s Big Data BBQ.


Three young Popakademie students are developing the app Groovecat, with their music start-up elceedee UG. The app allows you to capture personal music moments. We sat down for an interview with one of the founders, as well as CTO Joshua Weikert and developer Laurin Quast.

Mozilla Global Sprint feat. Hackschool

Mozilla Global Sprint on the 10th and 11th of May at MAFINEX-Technology Center is a worldwide collaborative hackathon for open-source projects and an open internet. It’s happening in Mannheim, too! Whether you’re a beginner or expert, whether you stay for two days or just stop by for an hour — you’re welcome to learn and support the global community. The Hackschool mentors are joining to support you in making your first contribution. We’d love to have you around!


Ethnic marketing? A good idea in a city like Mannheim, which unites people from over 170 nations. What one could see as a little Mesopotamia, between the Rhine and Neckar, is the perfect place for Qamar Zamans and Sherry Kizhukandayils agency za:media to incubate their campaign ideas. We sat down with the two founders, that come from an Indian, as well as Pakistani Background, in their office in Mannheim.


What once might have felt like a niche trend, has become a serious movement: All over Germany a new class of creatives is rediscovering craftsmanship, creating high-quality handmade products, in urban manufacturing shops. Honeycamp will become both a workspace and community for these crafty modern folk. We met for a talk on the incarnation of their idea – and how it is intended to help creative workers. 

The Sock Rocket

Five years ago Mannheim start-up von Jungfeld re-invented socks. Since the beginnings in the C-HUB start-up center von Jungfeld has become a cult brand, with 15 employees and prominent investors, such as Joko Winterscheidt. In their stylish office-loft, in the Turley Barracks in Mannheim, Maria Pentschev and Lucas Pulkert are preparing to launch the next rocket.

Music Commission

A deejay, a singer and a guitar player … even as a band the Music Commission from Mannheim would present an interesting cross-over project. But Steffen Baumann, Beril Yilmam and Pascal König don’t share the stage. As a one-stop agency for musicians, they orchestrate the sound of Mannheim – the UNESCO City of Music.

Life Science meets IT-Hackathon

Beim Life Science meets IT Hackathon im MAFINEX-Technologiezentrum werden Programmierer, Ärzte, On 8th – 10th June 2018, MAFINEX Gründerverbund Entrepreneur Rhein-Neckar e.V., CUBEX41, the Heidelberg Startup Partners and Universität Heidelberg are organizing the third “{Life Science} meets IT” Hackathon. For the first time, this event will take place at the MAFINEX Technologiezentrum.

Rhein Neckar Technology Ventures

Looking for Venture Capital Investments? Apply for the Elevator Pitch today, where you will have the opportunity to convince private investors as well as venture capitalist that your brilliant business idea is the perfect project to invest in.


This digital agency from Mannheim is all about performance marketing. To find out how this idea transformed into a successful corporation with over 60 employees, we sat down with founder Denis Lademann. Over a plate of lasagna and a soda pop, at Italian restaurant Da Mauro in the city, we got the whole story.

Female’s Favor{IT}e Conference

The Female’s Favor{IT}e Conference on February 3rd, 2018 at MAFINEX Technology-Center was designed to be a great opportunity for women of all ages and professional backgrounds to come together, to learn about technology, and to exchange experiences on various tech-topics. Here is a little review.


The idea seems as ambitious as it seems simple: after finishing uni, Caro and Swetlana from Mannheim were keen on rethinking the idea of food service from the ground up, with their startup Klokke. Since 2017 the Anti-Café in Mittelstraße offers a fresh concept that invites „everyone“ to come in and „stay a while, chat, play or work“.

Studying and starting up!

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Marc Zuckerberg dropped out of college to pursue their visions. The Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MCEI) offers an alternative. The programs offered at the Mannheim University are set out to give optimal conditions to help balance both a startup and an academic career.

Startup Lounge #47

The MCEI Startup Lounge is your place to get inspired to create something new, to discuss great ideas while hanging out with cool people and to meet startups, students and creative minds in a laid-back atmosphere. Join us if you are into startups and want to build a network in the Rhein-Neckar area!


In the Old Testament the plethora of languages in Babylon was seen as divine punishment – and in out times of digitization the many laguages are making things difficult when watching videos online. Bernd Korz is taking on the issue with hin Mannheim startup Alugha: the video player integrates multilingual audio tracks, which saves every time, traffic and memory space, making the internet a bit faster and greener. 

UP2B Firecamp

The UP2B Firecamp at MAFINEX-Technologiezentrum presents a week full of high-class mentoring, individual feedback, professional pitch training, exchange with more than 20 experts and other entrepreneurs (12 teams) and networking with corporates and investors.


The „Vibrosonic-Aktor“ is the first ever speaker in a hearing device that is developed using microsystem technology – and Vibrosonic is the name of the Mannheim startup applying this tech to develop high-end hearing solutions that can be worn invisibly. We met the two founders Jonathan Schächtele and Dominik Kaltenbacher for an interview in the medical technology center Cubex 41. Open House

You have an idea and you are looking for a possibility to make it real? Or you just want to meet nice people? open house is the space for makers and creatives at the Hochschule Mannheim. Join one of the three upcoming events from 30th of November until 14th of December.


The Gründerbar continues with the already 11th edition. For the last issue this year, the founders have once again selected a fancy location and top speakers for you.


The Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is about to become even more interesting for start-ups: the fresh Up2b accelerator program is a joint venture consisting of three strong partners. Coming from from Mannheim, Walldorf and Heidelberg, they have united to provide better support for start-ups.

Cultural city development

There were times when he played the violin in an orchestra, and others when he played bass in a punk band. When studying he incorporated both liberal arts and business administration into his curriculum. With this in mind it is not surprising that interfaces and intersections are his field of expertise today – and cultural city development is his mission. We sat down with Matthias Rauch in Mannheim Jungbusch for an interview.

MCEI Founder Talk

Meet Christian Wiens of GetSafe at Café L3 and gather insights from the founder of the insurance startup based in Heidelberg. He will talk about the process of starting up his venture and how to manage change.


Surveys are great for scientific progress — but only with enough participants. With his platform SurveyCircle Jonas Johé is dedicated to finding the right participants for scientists and startups – and has discovered a market niche in the process. we met up for an interview with this business economist, marketing expert and Mannheim resident, in the bauteil.b coworking space. 


Tobias Günther is a geek, a professor of computer science at DHBW Mannheim, and founder of Elaspix, a fairly successful online 3D-configurator. At the same time Tobias is quite good at table tennis, has printed the Mannheim water tower in 3D, and can drive a tank. We met up to talk about Star Wars, Mannheim, evolution and artificial intelligence.


They love a good story in the business world, and with their regional blog ku.bus, which they started in 2016, they might be taking on Handelsblatt some fine day. At the moment the guys in charge, Oliver Brümmer and Wolf Müller-Christmann, are in the process of expanding their business model. So it’s about time we met Oliver and Wolf for an interview.


His first startup didn’t work out, but his second attempt kicked off a successful career as a business angel. With his Good Brands AG Mannheim resident Matthias Storch invests in good ideas and brands — but he just can’t stop starting up himself. We met the man in the concept store of his lifestyle brand BUTIQ in Quartier Q 6 Q 7, to sit down for an interview, and talked about the thin line between success and failure, pesky elevator pitches, and how Mannheim is ahead of other start-up cities such as Berlin.


Graduating from secondary school by the age of 17, a bachelors degree by 21 and a masters degree a year later — this is the norm in universities nowadays. Three young founders have made it their goal to help save school graduates and university students from burning out, by creating customized crash courses. Wellcome to the hive of the Studybees.


Felix Kollmar and David Amann founded their firm Licobo and developed the software solution “CloudRail“ – for maximum data security and functioning intersections. We met up with Felix in the Mafinex technology centre to find out what makes „CloudRail“ so unique.

„To do, what no one else is doing“

The idea is as simple as it is ambitious: creating new connections between commerce, manufacturers and consumers, to offer additional value for everyone. marken mehrwert AG has been based in the technology center MAFINEX in Mannheim since 2012. We met up with members of the Executive Board, Hannah Knoth and Frank Schwarz.

Talk To! August 3rd 2017

In this addition of TALK TO! the commission has invited Gabriel Trauth and Marcel Hofmann of trauth fabrikate. The label that the two founders created is dedicated to the development and production of modern workwear.

5th Round! 18.07.2017

The Creative Commission Mannheim and the creative region of Rhine-Neckar invite you to the fifth creative round table on 18th of July, 6 pm at Mannheims TEXTILEREI.

Maifeld Derby

Readers of music magazine Intro ranked the Mannheim Maifeld Derby as the second best festival in Germany. We sat down with the organizer of the festival, Timo Kumpf, to talk about the future of the Derby, his concert agency Karakter Live and his own experiences as a founder in Mannheim. 

The city that knows music

Since 2014 Mannheim is a UNESCO City of Music. The application process was managed by Rainer Kern, who has experience as a founder in the regional music scene from creating the Enjoy Jazz festival. We met the man in Mannheim for an espresso, between two international key note speeches he was giving to present Mannheim as a music and startup city.


The digital revolution? Is everywhere! Only with well organized change processes can businesses be successful today – and Mannheim start-up PulseShift offers the necessary software for the job: the five former SAP employees have developed an algorithm that creates valuable real-time analyses from survey data for decision-makers.


Christiane Illius, Jessica Padmanabhan and Helga Behrmann connected while studying in Mannheim. Today they run the fashion label SOOME and their EcoShowroom with a clear vision: the perfect alliance of style and sustainability.

RoadAds Interactive

Andreas Widmann just started his own firm, RoadAds interactive, in the MAFINEX technology center in Mannheim. The idea? Equipping trucks with ePaper displays to be used as advertising panels that can be digitally and centrally controlled.


Anyone developing software today will most likely not be writing all the code himself. A lot is solved using programming modules, so called open source components. Taking this fact into account Robert Reiz from Mannheim has set up his business model with VersionEye.

Q-Summit April 19.-21.

The Q-Summit (19.04. – 21.04.2017) at the University of Mannheim, is the first founding and innovation conference, initiated by students, intending to bridge the gap between succesful coorporations and dynamic startups.


The Time Warp attracts more than 15,000 fans of electronic music each year to Mannheim on April 1st. It is business as usual for Steffen Charles and Robin Ebinger. Their company Cosmopop has developed into a world-leading event agency. A conversation about the love of music – and the reasons of founding.

El Lobo

When it comes to tapas, the bite-sized delicious Spanish snacks, quality really separates the wheat from the chaff; or should one say, the olive from the stone. Since last year, there is a great Tapas Bar in Mannheim: the El Lobo.


Is someone going to beat apple and google in the race towards developing the perfect mobile wallet? Right at the forefront: Stocard, a startup from Mannheim. The three founders David Handlos, Björn Goß and Florian Barth are currently working in the creative business center C-HUB on taking the next step with their globally successful customer card app.


With the start-up Monomer Thomas Mrokon, a classically trained architect and designer, has revolutionized jewelry design. Using state-of-the-art 3D printing technology and CAD-software his team create intricate pieces unthinkable in traditional goldsmithing.

Opal Analytics

Every day supermarkets and bakeries waste tonnes of food. Marc Huber and Alexander Gossmann have made it their mission to fight this madness with their start-up Opal Analytics, by developing software that allows businesses to use real-time analytics to precisely forecast the day-to-day requirements.


VRmagic, founded in 2001 in Mannheim, is a pioneering force in the area of virtual realty simulators for eye specialists. In our interview co-founder and management board member Dr. Markus Schill tells us how the firm became a global leader and why Mannheim is an ideal home for dynamic business growth.


Mannheims new co-working space “BauteilB” has made the tech centre MAFINEX it’s home. It welcomes and invites you to live, work, to be inspired, to network and to push your ideas and projects forward.

Boulevard of Innovation

Mannheim is he city of ideas and innovation – and finally it is visible: through December 5th the outdoor exhibition „Boulevard of Innovation“ transforms the famous Mannheim landmark „Augustaanlage“ into a gallery presenting 18 exciting topics.

Mix the City

Mannheim proudly presents: Mix the City, the international music project. More exciting information about the project, artists, venues and a lot more: or by using the hashtag #MixTheCityMannheim. Listen to the soundtrack here.

Afterwork at gig7 13.10.2016

The next Afterwork Event on October 13, 2016 at the startup center offers a panel discussion of the more provocative kind. Barbara Limbeck (Head of the Center gig7), Kim Burzan (owner of Business Culture Consulting) and Dr. Simone Burel (owner of LU-Linguistische Unternehmenskommunikation – see pictures) will opine on the topic: “And that was it? Or how […]

Style for Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Hotel, a four star superior Hotel, opens on October 17 at the new Mannheim City Quarter Q 6,Q 7. It springs from the traditional philosophy of the operating company Diringer & Scheidel, to have the hotel uniforms designed in Mannheim. First contact was the TEXTILEREI, the Mannheim startup center for the Fashion […]

IOXP: Digital Insights

The Augmented Reality experts of ioxp know what the digital future of business is going to look like, how to intrigue Business Angels – and how to look at Mannheim not only through digital glasses. Nils, you started ioxp as a research project in Kaiserslautern, but moved your spin-off to Mannheim. Why? Nils Petersen: We […]

Against Denial

The Mannheim photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano, who produces his work at the Mannheim startup center Altes Volksbad, contributes with his installation “Against Denial” on September 28 to the Ukrainian commemoration in remembrance of the mass killing of the Jewish population in Kiev at the hands of the German army 75 years ago. The Head […]

The Network Smart Production

The Mannheim MAFINEX Technology-Center is joining the new Netzwerk Smart Produktion that officially has now started with 28 partners. This is going to make the metropolitan area Rhine –Neckar an international hotspot for digitalization and Industry 4.0. From innovative startups to manufacturing mid-sized companies to three universities and global players from this region, the entire […]

Mannheim-Style in Berlin

End of June the Mannheim TEXTILEREI presented exciting Mannheim fashion labels in Berlin … For an entire week, the Fashion Week turned Berlin into an international Mecca enjoyed by the fashion community and enthusiasts from all over the world. The more than 50,000 trade visitors and buyers per year make the Panorama Berlin the most important fashion platform, […]


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Founder Talk 21.02.2017

Meet serial entrepreneur and investor Claude Ritter at the next Founder Talk that´s been hosted with the ifm Förderkreis at C-HUB. Claude will share lots of insights about his vast entrepreneurial experience.