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.  


Our Mission

We profit from a very powerful and strong startup scene with more than 300 high-potential startups in different sectors. They have the potential to become successful internationally operating startups. Our aim is to support our local startups to internationalize and diversify their workforce. Therefore, we provide a dense network of international supporters and facilitators as well as other startup centers and technology centers and universities from all over the world.

Our Partners

Toulon, France

With TVT Innovation, System Factory and FrenchTech we have three powerful partners in Toulon and the Côte d’Azur. The region is well known for its technical background as well as for creative and music businesses. They provide onboarding programs for German startups and exchange programs between Mannheim and Toulon.

Moscow, Russia

Our local partners Skolovo Technologypark and RVC Funds provide diverse services for international startups coming to Moscow. Beginning with intellectual support and accelerator programs, they also have funded offices and coworking-spaces for international startups coming to Russia and the Moscow area. They mainly focus on tech-oriented startups in all sectors and industries.


Mainly based on MedTech startups, our partner Berlin Startup campus offers help for German startups entering the Hungarian market. They also support internationalization towards the eastern Europe. Their support is highly individualized and tailor-made for the startups from Mannheim.

Tel Aviv, Israel

NEXT MANNHEIM has a subsidiary in Tel Aviv, which is managed by the former vice consul general. Together with our partner Techbrücke we support German startups to enter the market of the Startup Nation Israel or to find perfect partners for joint projects. The support focuses mainly on tech-based startups and startups from the health industry.

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. 

Beyoğlu, Turkey

A long term friendship is already established with Beyoğlu, a district on the European part of Istanbul. Not only the cultural background of both cities link them together, but also the intercultural aspect as well as economic partnerships.  


Burak Bas

Coordinator International Projects & Intercultural Business

Anna Hüttl

Coordinator Accelerator Programs & International Projects
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