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Cities of Innovation: Mannheim

Additional information

University links and access to talent

Higher education institutions include the University of Mannheim, which had 12,000 students for the year 2016-2017, and includes a top 20 European Business School.

City support for start-ups and SMEs

There are various initiatives, including eight startup centres with lower-prices rents, including Start-up Mannheim Center, and the Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Many events are organised for entrepreneurs, including the Life Science Meets-it hackathon, the Women in Tech initiative, the international desk exchange programme, an onboarding programme for foreign startups, and a corporate innovation programme.


Financial support and access to investors & accelerators



Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and innovation (MCEI) an interdisciplinary centre for entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Mannheim.


The UP2B Accelerator, which offers programmes to elevate startups to the next stage.


Startup Mannheim. The web page serves as a central communication channel for the mg:gmbh, a municipal subsidiary, to inform new entrepreneurs and investors from Germany and the rest of the world about what is going on in the startup-city Mannheim.



Include Angel Networks, VCs, Private Equity Funds and a public-owned fund with growth money, as well as the Kreatech programme for pre-seed startups.


Start im Quadrat supports startups – it is managed by the Special Department for Economic and Structural Aid of the City of Mannheim.