Startup Mannheim

Optimal launch and acceleration

Become part of Mannheim‘s STARTUP COMMUNITY – in one of a total of eight dedicated startup centers.



In Mannheim, startups turn great ideas into reality. Our STARTUP COMMUNITY is a strong community that shapes a mutual future.

People come together in the startup ecosystem NEXT MANNHEIM to create sustainable innovations. In branch-specific startup centers, tech-oriented founders find modern platforms for a successful start. In addition to business advice, contact mediation and financial support, the idea of a startup community is an important focus. This is a network of  global brands with close ties to medium-sized companies and universities. 

In Mannheim, startups find modern office space and competent contacts for all aspects of settlement and Promotion. The MAFINEX TECHNOLOGY CENTER is a core element of Mannheim's startup support. The spotlight is on IT, Industry 4.0, IoT and Artificial Intelligence.

The Startup Community offers founders an energetic network with international companies based in or near Mannheim, such as BASF, SAP, Roche, John Deere, Daimler-Benz, Bombardier, Bilfinger, MVV, ADM/Wild and many more. Interfaces to medium-sized companies and universities complete this unique infrastructure. The NEXT MANNHEIM startup ecosystem also offers numerous events including workshops, meet-ups, accelerator programs and hackathons.


Starting a fashion label is something different than launching the next Facebook. Every startup needs a fitting and inspiring environment. Our modern startup centres offer the ideal conditions with favourable rental conditions and variable spaces and runtimes. The centers communities are run by teams that know their way around the respective industry, providing advice and networking. In addition, we intensively promote cross-cluster innovations and support interdisciplinary exchange. 

Information and links to the individual startup centers can be found here:



Creative Industries Centre

Central and optimally networked: The creative industry centre C-HUB in Mannheim's harbour and trendy district Jungbusch.
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Foundation centre for the music industry

The founding centre for start-ups from the music industry - perfectly networked in Mannheim's trendy Jungbusch district.
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The Technology Centre

The start-up centre for tech founders* from the fields of IT, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, IoT.
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Founding centres for medical technology

Two specialized centers for the sustainable growth of innovative medtech companies.
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Foundation centre for the cultural and creative industries.

The creative industry centre in Neckarstadt-West is a hotspot for start-ups in the cultural and creative scene.
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Foundation centre for fashion and textile industry

The TEXTILEREI offers tailor-made starting points for start-ups* in the fashion, textile and lifestyle industry.
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Competence Center FeMale Business

A unique centre of excellence for Female Entrepreneurship - centrally located in the Mannheim squares.
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The focus of this accelerator program is the early identification of scientific and technological startup ideas from the life science sector. Within the framework of an intensive qualification program, experts provide participants with a comprehensive toolbox with which they can successfully prepare and focus on the successful launch of their startup. The Accelerator was created through the joint commitment of Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH as a founding member of Heidelberg Startups Partner e.V., the Business and Structural Development Department of the City of Mannheim as the office of the MAFINEX Gründerverbund e.V. and the Tübingen-based non-profit Foundation for Medical Innovations.

Contact and application:

Sonja Wilkens, Department of Economic Development of the City of Mannheim, Tel.: 0621 / 293 – 3665,  Mail:

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This accelerator is designed for B2B startups with a tech-based product, service or corresponding business model with a focus on IT, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Big Data. The team with the partners NEXT MANNHEIM, Technologiepark Heidelberg and InnoWerft Walldorf supports founders in their business plans in three different (free!) programs. In order to support fast growth, contacts to investors and business partners are provided. All three programs, which are aimed at startups from different development phases, are conducted several times a year.

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Why waste time? Simply speak directly to NEXT MANNHEIM professionals who will advise you individually on what to consider, do or rather not do when setting up a company. What is the right form of company, how do I find suitable spaces and how can I acquire funding? These and many other questions are resolved in compact or intensive consulting sessions.

Up to nine hours of consultation are free of charge! Association partners in Mannheim offer free EXI consultations for certain target groups. More Information can be found here:

Information on consulting services especially for female founders is available in the context of the workshops in the competence center for female business GIG7.



Tailor-made, practice-oriented and competent: Our workshops offer a wide range of topics to enhance your expertise with important skills for your professional life. Ranging from Business Basics, Online Marketing to Female Empowerment – there is something for every founder, freelancer, startup, entrepreneur and female in business. Let yourself be inspired and take the next step forward for yourself and your business.

More information about current workshops and seminars can be found here. 


KREATECH grant program

Starting up a business costs money. The Mannheim Department for Economic and Structural Development has therefore set up the KREATECH grant program, which provides financial support for small and micro enterprises in the creative industries or companies with a technology orientation. The funding can be up to a maximum of 50% of the eligible investments, the amounts are limited to a minimum of 1,000 and a maximum of 20,000 Euros.

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City of Mannheim investment fund

The investment fund of the Mannheim Economic Development Corporation provides financing in the form of silent or open participations from 50,000 to a maximum of 200,000 euros. The standard participation period is 5 to 10 years. Support is provided for innovative, technology-oriented companies or companies from the creative industries that are in the so-called seed phase (max. 5 years after establishment). Currently the fund is fully distributed, so that unfortunately no applications are being accepted at this time.

More information can be found here.

Startup BW Pre-SEED

Startup BW Pre-Seed is a funding instrument that takes effect at an early stage. In this phase, institutional investors are cautious due to the increased risk and uncertain prospects of success of the startup project. In order to support promising startup projects, the state of Baden-Württemberg is providing 14 million euros for the Startup BW Pre-Seed programme. In addition to financial support, the funded startups will be supported by Startup BW Pre-Seed partners in working on their business models and in establishing their companies. They also provide assistance in the search for co-investors. 

More information is available here.

Questions about financing? Further information and advice is available from the Economic Development Department:  

Sonja Wilkens, Fachbereich für Wirtschaftsförderung der Stadt Mannheim, Tel.: 0621 / 293 – 3665,  Mail:


Mannheim is a center of medical technology. The CUBEX41 startup centers and the CUBEX ONE Business Development Center (starting winter 2020) provide the perfect environment for companies on a course for growth. Both centres are integrated into the infrastructure of the Mannheim Medical Technology Campus (MMT-Campus)


A successful corporate culture and internationally recognized research centers are key features of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. The 5-HT Digital Hub Mannheim / Ludwigshafen which is part of the nationwide network de:hub, strengthens the topic of digitization specifically in the areas of chemistry and health. Numerous public and private venture investors ensure that innovative technologies and services are developed and available more quickly.

Focus: Digital Chemistry & Digital Health




Andreas Viehöver



Beratung & Coaching

Dr. Andrea Kranzer

Business Angel

Eledora UG

Schmuck- & Taschendesign

FUB – Ferhat Eryurt Unternehmensberatung

Development of a digital platform for purchasing

Immanuel Sickmüller


Michael Germer

Next Mannheim Co-Working


Next Mannheim Internationales

Burak Bas

Niklas Esser


Polysense GmbH

Real TV GmbH


Robert Kesternich


Sascha Lang Solutions

Cosulting within digitalization and automation; development of software solutions

Stefan Müller

There There Ventures


Voigtländer & Brechmann GbR

All companies in our centers


Dr. Claudia Rabe

Deputy Managing Director / Head of Tech, Startup-Support, International

Anna Hüttl

Coordinator Accelerator Programs & International Projects
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