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In the current “Gründungsradar” list of company startups issued by the German business-community initiative known as the “Stifterverband”, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management finished 2nd in the group of universities with fewer than 5000 students.
That WHU has produced many successful founders of startups since its establishment in 1984 was already reflected in recent years in a continuous upward trend in the Gründungsradar. It increased its score once more in the third Gründungsradar just published. With 22 percent overall improvement in its score over the first Gründungsradar issued in 2012, it is the fourth-biggest mover among all universities.
In the “Startup awareness” field WHU shared first place with HHL Leipzig. In the category of “Startup support,” it shared first place with the HHL and the University of Göttingen in the comparison group of small universities. WHU also ranked high in the factor of “Startup anchoring.”
“Our university is very entrepreneurial, so it attracts people with a special entrepreneurial attitude. This is reflected not only across a broad selection of course content but also in research and contacts with the practical world as well. With this in mind, WHU also offers lots of activities on the topic of startups outside of scheduled instruction, such as counseling, conferences, field trips and road shows. I am delighted that this entrepreneurial spirit that we actively practice here is once again reflected in an excellent ranking result,” Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU, explained.
Among other things, the extensive range of offerings in entrepreneurship at WHU includes the student-organized conference, "IdeaLab!," for which startup founders and startup enthusiasts from all over the world flock to Vallendar each year, as well as the “WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable” and the “3-Day Startup” event. The University also has two chairs for entrepreneurship and its own incubator that helps young entrepreneurs launch businesses of their own. Beginning next fall semester, WHU will offer Germany’s first Master of Science degree in Entrepreneurship; the program begins September 1, 2017.