In the current Gründungsradar 2018, which is published by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ranks second in the group of small universities with less than 5,000 students.
"The placement of the Gründungsradar 2018 shows that WHU is a perfect hub for startup entrepreneurs and investors. That is also reflected in the growing interest in our Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program, which we have been offering since 2017. In addition to innovative study content, students benefit from numerous consulting services, conferences, excursions and the lively exchange with WHU alumni who have founded their own company," says Professor Dr. Markus Rudolf, Dean of WHU.The ranking evaluates the following four indicators: Startup anchoring, Startup awareness, Startup support, and Startup activities. Startup anchoring measures the importance of entrepreneurial projects concerning the strategic orientation of a university. It also evaluates the extent to which a sustainable and institutionally established startup culture prevails. What counts for the Startup awareness of founders is the extent to which the university points to the positive possibilities of entrepreneurship, and promotes extracurricular events such as idea competitions and startup conferences beyond the university curriculum. The latter include, for example, the conference "IdeaLab!" organized by students, which is attended annually by founders, investors, and people interested in founding companies, who come from all over the world to Vallendar.
WHU supports students interested in starting a business through advisory services, the WHU Incubator, and extensive global networks. In the overall ranking, the Gründungsradar rates WHU with exemplary performance and improvement of between 20 and 30 percent compared to its first ranking in 2012.