WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable –

An initiative of MBA students.

About the initiative

To inspire an entrepreneurial mindset among our future leaders

The WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable is a platform to discuss ideas, gain valuable business skills and receive expert advice on start-ups and the entrepreneurial journey. We want to connect MBA students with entrepreneurial institutions within WHU network as well as the German start-up network – Founders, VCs, etc.

Event Formats

Join us in our monthly events:

Question-guided expert conversations with founders and VCs about a specific topic with open Q&A session.

Industry experts give keynote presentations about a specific topic with open Q&A and networking session.

Short pitch sessions of students with direct feedback from experts.

Go with us through each step of the entrepreneurial journey to be ready for your challenges after the MBA – regardless of an entrepreneurial or corporate career!

  1. Opportunities & Product Market Fit
  2. Team & Skills Buidling
  3. Business & Pitch Planning
  4. Prototyping
  5. Pitching
  6. Funding

Mark your calendars:

September   Fireside Chat: Opportunities & Product Market-Fit
October   Industry Event: Topic tbc; e.g. Venture Capital Night
November   Fireside Chat: Team & Skills Building
December   Conference: Topic tbc
January   Fireside Chat: Business & Pitch Planning
February   Industry Event: Topic tbc; e.g. Inhouse Entrepreneurship
March   Fireside Chat: Prototyping

Additional events will be held after March ‘21. Pitch events are in planning and will be announced at a later stage.

Conference 2020

Full-day event with focus on a specific topic; high-level industry experts will participate in keynote presentations, panel discussions, Q&A and networking sessions. Watch this space for upcoming details in the next few months.

Board members

Our team:

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Contact us

Do you want to be part of ER?

We are always looking for volunteers and future potential board members.
Get in touch with us if you are interested or would like further information on any of our events.
We are also open to other forms of corporation with various institutions/parties and would love to hear from you.
If you are interested, please contact us.

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Contact us

Do you want to be part of ER?

We are always looking for volunteers and future potential board members.
Get in touch with us if you are interested or would like further information on any of our events.
We are also open to other forms of corporation with various institutions/parties and would love to hear from you.
If you are interested, please contact us.

Send e-mail

Past events

Snippets of our past events:

Mobile Banks and FinTech Startups:
Transforming Financial Markets

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 in Düsseldorf:

Following the success of our event on the future of mobility in December 2018, we held this conference on the developments on the financial markets.

Once again we were able to attract an interesting line-up to offer our participants the perspective of startups, traditional banks and politicians who shared their insights. We covered upcoming trends and technologies and their impact on traditional banks, Banking Startups and InsureTech Startups.

Check out our speakers to see the amazing line up that took part in our event.

Speakers

Mobile Banks and FinTech Startups: ​ Transforming Financial Markets

Shaping the future of mobility –
How will the future of mobility look like?

Friday, 7 December 2018 in Düsseldorf:

After the overwhelming success of our event in summer 2018, we went back to present a deep dive on the topic of mobility.

We have invited a number of internationally renowned speakers, including corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors. Our speakers provided their insights into the future of mobility. We focused on the topics of electrification, connectivity, autonomous driving, and vertical mobility. We discussed upcoming trends and how corporates evaluate these investment opportunities.

WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable '18 Dec: Shaping The Future of Mobility

Corporate venturing and innovation –
Lessons learned from startups.

Thursday, 24 May 2018 in Düsseldorf:

After a deep dive focus on US and Israel in the past years, this year we took a look at the German innovation ecosystem. What are the lessons to be learned from startups that will aid corporate innovation? Alternatively, what can startups learn from corporates?

We have invited a number of internationally renowned speakers, including corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors. Our speakers provided their insights into the corporate venturing and innovation scene by relating their experience in digitalisation, B2B negotiations, corporate accelerators, evaluating investment opportunities and much more!

In the second part of the event, we heared from successful entrepreneurs and investors on how they overcome the challenges of acquiring and integrating startups to boost corporate innovation. We have taken a look at deal flow generation, innovation accounting, and discuss the upcoming trends in the food industry and how corporates evaluate these investment opportunities.

Check out our speakers to see the amazing line up that took part in our event.

Speakers