25 October 1999

Start-Up for StartUP, the Biggest Business Plan Competition for People Starting Out in Business

Vice-rector Prof. Dr. Heinz Hoerner hopes for participation by persons from the university with a strong interest in branching out on their own and assuming entrepreneurial responsibility – Regional kick-off at Neuenheimer Feld, Building 306, Tuesday 26.10.99, 4 to 6 p.m.

StartUp is Germany's largest business plan competition for people starting out in business. Members of the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg had an opportunity to see what it's all about on Tuesday 26 October. The event was presided over by vice-Rector of the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Heinz Hoerner. Hoerner sees it as one of the major tasks of a university to prepare young people to stand on their own feet and expressed the hope that the opportunity would be grasped by "many qualified and specialised people from the University with a strong interest in branching out on their own and assuming entrepreneurial responsibility."

The initial event was supplemented on 27 and 30 October by a seminar at the University of Mannheim and the Rhine-Neckar New Business Day in Mannheim providing detailed information on the sources and services available for people setting out to be their own boss.

There are counselling and support services galore, and at a regional level the potential company owners can also profit from the interest shown in this initiative by major enterprises and the openings that beckon in the fields of biotechology, information technology, medicine, medical technology and environmental technology. One example is the "Post-Graduate BioBusiness" programme developed by prominent chemicals and pharmaceutics companies willing to take scientists under their wing for a period so that they can further elaborate their business ideas and draw on the resources available in individual business sectors.

For budding entrepreneurs from the universities it makes sense both to exploit regional possibilities and take part in competitions at the national level. The event on 27 October was organised by Dr. Jörg Kraus (Technology Transfer, joerg.kraus@zuv.uni-heidelberg.de).

Any inquiries should be addressed to:
Dr. Michael Schwarz
Press Officer of the University of Heidelberg
phone: 06221/542310 fax: 542317

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