The project "MeerCommunity - Meer-Startups für die Region" is part of the EXIST V program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The project, headed by Prof. Dr. Annika Wolf, aims to promote startups from within the university and to establish the Emden/Leer location as a beacon for startup promotion.
The MeerCommunity Startup Center is the central point of contact: "In addition to consulting and coaching services as well as workshops for students and professors, the new services include support for startups by mentors and permanent exchange with regional companies. We will hold regular investor pitches to give founders feedback early on in the start-up process. If the business model is valid, there will also be access to new sources of funding," says Prof. Dr. Annika Wolf.
Initially, the project will focus on the structured development of start-up support in order to create optimal conditions for people eager to found a company and start-ups, and to increase the number of spin-offs.
The project builds on the existing but largely unused infrastructure and thus aims to initiate fundamental structural and strategic change within the university and for the region itself.
The range of subjects at Emden/Leer University of Applied Sciences, with its departments of Engineering, Maritime and Maritime Sciences, Business, and Social Work and Health, has a very application-oriented focus in teaching and research. Thus, it has great potential for successful start-ups. The strategic focus is on the creation of Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), as it is a proven strength of the university to develop prototypes quickly.
Through good networking and interdisciplinary projects within and outside the university, the aim is to leverage the existing potential and establish a sustainable start-up culture.