As in previous years, the University of Mannheim was placed among the top positions in the German Startup Monitor 2020, which is published annually by the auditing company PWC.
In the survey on which the ranking is based, the focus is on innovative and growth-oriented start-ups, including the question of where their founders have studied. The University of Mannheim ranks fourth among the most frequently named educational institutions. Prof. Michael Woywode, who coordinates the entrepreneurship activities at the University of Mannheim and manages the Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, is pleased about this result: “We feel confirmed in our perception that many of the fastest-growing start-ups in Germany are initiated by alumni of the University of Mannheim and Mannheim Business School”. Because what the public often does not know: former Mannheim students have been involved in the foundation of Auto1.com, Weltsparen/ Raisin, Payback, Eshelter/ Investa, Amorelie, Homeday, Camelot Consulting, Foodspring, Stocard, Treasury Intelligence Solutions, VR Magic, Instafreight, Sovanta, Curagita and many others. “Our students are highly motivated, they are extremely high-performing, well-educated and have the desire to bring about changes in economy and society. These are excellent conditions for growth-oriented start-ups,” adds Prof. Woywode, who has been teaching Entrepreneurship at the University of Mannheim for 10 years.
Students of the University of Mannheim can deal with the subject of entrepreneurship in numerous curricular and extracurricular events. The start-ups from the University of Mannheim have created thousands of jobs all over Germany, produced disruptive product and business model innovations and are driving the structural change of the markets.