Global networks and diversity

Strictly international: Intercultural cooperation is our strategy for success.



Global networks, diverse and inspiring: The startup ecosystem NEXT MANNHEIM offers the ideal environment for your venture into the German market.  

Mannheim is an agile german economic center in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region – in the heart of Europe. NEXT MANNHEIM offers a diverse network with its flourishing startup scene and a top-class academic infrastructure. The mission is to continually internationalise and diversify this dynamic startup scene. We connect Mannheim-based founders with an international network, support intercultural enterprises and invite international startups to our on-boarding programme. Anyone looking for the perfect entry into the German market is welcome to come to Mannheim.



In order to give international startups an optimal entry into the German market, we offer an attractive onboarding program with exceptional benefits:


  1. Simply fill out the application form

2. Onboarding programme

  • Three months of free co-working
  • Three months free accommodation in our Startup flatshare
  • Meetings with promising and relevant companies
  • Events with the Start-up Community
  • Individual consulting from experts on: business model, financing, law, start-up advice, etc. 
  • Optional: participation in our Accelerator Programs

3. Make a decision and get started

Define your goals together with us and make your decision for Mannheim - the "powerhouse" of the southwest German economic region.

4. Ready for takeoff!

  • Move into your office in one of our Startup Centers 
  • We will support you in finding your new home in Mannheim 
  • Enjoy the Mannheim start-up network with regular events, meetings, consulting sessions
  • Access to our complete network of experts: lawyers, insurance companies, experts in marketing & sales, etc.
  • Access to our network with companies and medium-sized businesses in the region. We connect you individually with your ideal customers.
  • Optional: Participation in our Accelerator Programs  


Offers for business startups and entrepreneurs with intercultural background:

In Mannheim, cosmopolitanism, diversity and tolerance are very much alive. People from over 170 nations live in the city, over 43 percent have a migration background. Intercultural mentality and diversity are natural elements of Mannheim's economy - and NEXT MANNHEIM stands for integration through participation.

The INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS department offers a special point of contact for female founders and entrepreneurs with a migration background. We provide support with advice and training and are the first choice for sustainable intercultural business startups.  We evaluate business ideas with regard to marketability and sustainability, we contribute our knowledge and network to promising projects and support the realization of ideas. 

Consulting services

The consulting services cover a broad spectrum: from legal basics and funding opportunities to important aspects of intercultural communication and industry-specific regulations in the different phases of setting up a company. More information on subsidies and financing such as the EXI voucher can be found here.

Focus Community Turkey

Due to the large number of people of Turkish origin in Mannheim and the associated economic potential, the focus is on the Turkish community. Our activities pursue the goal of supporting and advising Turkish founders and entrepreneurs in the development of self-employment and in the management of their companies. We support startup initiatives, which improve the economic situation of our Turkish fellow citizens and create jobs.  


Mannheim and the startup hotspot Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has one of the most innovative and vibrant start-up scenes in the world. NEXT MANNHEIM has developed close partnerships especially in Tel Aviv. In 2017, Mannheim and Tel Aviv founded a cooperation within the framework of the accelerator programme B-WIP, which was consolidated in 2018 with a liaison office in Tel Aviv. Jonathan Glick is accompanying the cooperation as an advisor and ambassador in Tel Aviv; Florian Fischer is his counterpart in Mannheim.

Many innovative startups from Tel Aviv are interested in a cooperation with German companies. The goal  is to create links to Mannheim's industry and medium-sized companies in order to promote the transfer of technology and knowledge. Through the representative office in Tel Aviv, Mannheim is perceived as an innovation location in the Israeli start-up scene. 

Cooperation with the Russian Venture Company 

Russia is a hidden champion of the global startup scene. "Young, Russian IT companies are among the most innovative in the world," says Dr. Claudia Rabe, Deputy Managing Director at NEXT MANNHEIM and responsible for the STARTUP COMMUNITY division. She has an overview of the Russian startup scene and established the link to the Russian Venture Company (RVC), a kind of state "umbrella fund" that distributes funds to VC funds.

In 2018, Russian startups visited Mannheim - the finalists from the creative industries of the "GenerationS" program, the RVC's accelerator program advertised throughout Russia - the prelude to a sustainable strategic cooperation with the Russian Venture Company. 

The Hebron-Mannheim Co-Working Lab  

The lab aims to create a collaborative workspace for business startups and to establish an international startup scene in Hebron. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the development policy program "Sustainable Community Development through Partnership Projects" (NAKOPA) of the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW). In addition to creating jobs, the programme aims, among other things, to impart skills and initiate a transfer of knowledge between Mannheim and Hebron. 


Burak Bas

Coordinator INTERNATIONAL projects

Anna Hüttl

Coordinator Accelerator Programs /International
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