In this simulation game, a team of participants (4-5 students) founds and runs a start-up and has to stand its ground in simulated competition. To do this, the team members start by formulating a business plan, "founding" the enterprise on this basis, and subsequently running the business in competition with the other teams over several periods of time. In doing so, they have to take entrepreneurial decisions under time pressure, which are of crucial importance for both the individual period and for the future of the enterprise and its staff. Finally, the teams present their results before a jury to get feedback on the business plan, the course of business, and the presentation.

The simulation game is suitable for students of all subject areas. Participants are introduced to concepts and tools of business plan design, corporate planning, and management, by means of the planning tool used in the simulation game. During the game, they are supervised by trainers from entrepreneurial practice who work on the learning content with participants in discussions and rounds of questions, and are available to answer questions that may arise.

The participants have to distribute roles and responsibilities in their teams independently and must jointly take decisions for each period. The teams shall explicitly address possible conflicts of objectives and solve them autonomously.

The priME CUP is at the same time an international simulation-game competition; qualified teams are given the opportunity to participate in the further rounds of this competition.

Start-up SLAM

In the Start-up SLAM, persons interested in founding a company as well as founders of Leibniz Universität Hannover will bring to the stage entertaining five-minute-pitches. The event is offered on a regular basis within the "Gründerwoche Deutschland" (Startup Week Germany). Everyone with ideas is welcome for registration, to convince the jury and the audience of the vision in mind. Putting on stage will ensure important feedback and a first test of the business ideas. Interested spectators and slam enthusiasts are cordially invited to attend this event free of charge, and to network over snacks and drinks.

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LeanLab Hannover

During a week-end, we provide the opportunity to sharpen business ideas on the basis of the Lean-Startup Approach, and to find co-founders. The model for the LeanLab we have been carrying out yearly since 2014, is the world-renowned Format Startup Weekend. In the course of the event, entrepreneurs and consultants will be available as coaches round the clock. During 48 intensive and emotional hours they will give support for idea transfer into business concepts.

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In courses, students are given full insight into the start-up process of a company. The essential challenges and success factors are highlighted in six lecture units by means of start-up examples and best practices.

Participants learn, inter alia, which agile methods are used by technology start-ups nowadays to develop products in a customer-focused manner. The basics of a valid analysis of market and competition are also among the important cornerstones of the event, along with an introduction to the necessary business and finance planning.

Given the fact that start-up projects frequently involve major initial investments, some fields also deal with capitalraising possibilities.

Besides start-up projects, products, and services, it is always the personal requirements on the founders themselves which are in discussion, with participants getting to know the business start-up issue as an alternative option for their careers.

The presentation of the essential elements of start-up support within the Hannover Region is a mandatory component of the courses.

Next lecture: Summer Semester 2017, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. (Appelstraße 11A - A145)



Crash Course

In one- or two-day block courses we provide students with the possibility to gain insight into self-employment as a professional alternative or as a supplement to regular employment.

The main emphasis of the first part of the course is on imparting basic skills relevant for business start-ups. Besides various types of enterprises or legal forms, financing and funding opportunities, particular focus is put on the explanation of the legal and bureaucratic framework, and field-proven tips are provided.

In the second part of the course, the central elements of a business plan and the development of business ideas with the help of different methods are in the fore. That part gives start-up examples, particularly from the field of social sciences, to evolve success factors and obstacles in start-up projects.

Next crash course: 2017-06-10 and 11, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. (Schneiderberg 3109 - 108)