University of Mannheim alumni founders, such as Lea-Sophie Cramer (Amorelie), David Handlos and Florian Barth (Stocard), Alexander Rittweger (Payback) and Rupprecht Rittweger (e-shelter), are examples of successful entrepreneurs who have pursued new business opportunities in a way which is innovative, path-breaking and contributing to growth and employment generation.
But who is a typical entrepreneur? How well does the typical startup perform? Is there such a thing as the typical entrepreneur or the typical startup? Why do people start businesses? Is every young business a startup? What characteristics do entrepreneurs have? How do entrepreneurs finance their start-up? What is the role of networks for launching and running new businesses? These are some of the questions that we will discuss in MAN 630 Introduction to Entrepreneurship. We will discuss in lecture settings and have 3 to 4 additional case study sessions in which student teams will present their solutions and advice to startup challenges. Theories presented will be combined with real-life cases. Additionally, guest speakers (i.e., entrepreneurs and/
Beware of the following upsides and downsides: The course is tons of fun and highly rewarding but challenging and demanding in terms of its self-study elements and the case study team efforts. If your expectation is a class with lectures to randomly attend, this might not be your first choice.
What you can expect from us is a fun and rewarding atmosphere in class paired with optional Founder Talks and Start-up Lounges (evening events) throughout the semester to get in touch with lots of role models, business models and a fair chance to develop your networks. Overall, you can expect a perfect introduction to central theories in entrepreneurship and the Start-up Ecosystem at and around the University of Mannheim and beyond.
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By the end of this course, students will have gained fundamental perspectives in theoretical and practical entrepreneurial mechanisms. They will gain experience with case studies.
|Forms of teaching and learning||Contact hours||Independent study time|
|Lecture||2 SWS||10 SWS|
|Exercise class||1 SWS||4 SWS|
|Form of assessment||Written exam (60 min, 50%), presentations (40%), peer evaluation (10%)|
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode
Prof. Dr. Michael Woywode, Nora Zybura, Dr. Bettina Müller
|Frequency of offering||Fall semester|
|Duration of module||1 semester|
|Range of application||M.Sc. MMM, M.Sc. WiPäd, M.Sc. VWL, M.Sc. Wirt. Inf., LL.M., MAKUWI|
|Preliminary course work||–|
|Program-specific Competency Goals||CG 1, CG 2, CG 4|
|Literature||Please find required and recommended readings for every session in the MAN 630 course syllabus: https://www.mcei.de/teaching/graduate/man-630-introduction-to-entrepreneurship|
|Course outline||Please find further information on course outline and content on the MAN 630 course website: https://www.mcei.de/teaching/graduate/man-630-introduction-to-entrepreneurship|