History – Q-Summit


The Q-Summit Core-Team 2016/2017

The intention

Q-Summit was founded in 2016 by Fabian Sinn and some fellow students. The intention was to create an event that brings together corporates, startups and students as the different parties can take advantage of these synergies. Fabian observed that the topics innovation and entrepreneurship were sparsely present at the University of Mannheim – despite its outstanding reputation for business issues. As a consequence, he gathered a huge group of motivated students to set up the very first startup conference at the University of Mannheim with already more than 500 participants: Q-Summit. 

“There are many students for whom founding is a real option to the classic career paths of a University of Mannheim graduate. Furthermore, Mannheim needs to be present at the maps of the major founding conferences in Germany. So far the WHU in Vallendar and the University of St. Gallen dominate this territory – that can’t be it!”

Fabian Sinn, Founder of Q-Summit
Lea-Sophie Cramer and Fabian Sinn

From the initial idea to an internationally recognized event

For the preparation of the first Q-Summit in April 2017, the team had only a couple of months time. Nevertheless, they managed to organize a conference with more than 500 participants, 80 cooperating sponsors and partners, as well as 26 top-tier speakers. As a highlight, the team could win Lea-Sophie Cramer, founder of Amorelie and University of Mannheim alumna, as keynote speaker and patroness of the conference. The external excitement and feedback after the first conference were overwhelming which approved the team’s initial vision. Since then, the Q-Summit takes place once a year and by now increasingly attracts international participants.

Innovation is the heart of Q

What the Q stands for

Q, on the one hand, represents the ‘Mannheimer Quadrate’, meaning the squared arrangement of the Mannheim city center. It is a declaration of love to the city that the Q-Summit team studies at and which is the home town of numerous brilliant minds in the past as well as in the present. To the revolutionary inventions which have their origins in Mannheim pertain amongst others the car, the bicycle and the spaghetti ice cream.

On the other hand, Q stands for the ‘quest’ – the desire to interconnect people, share ideas and foster the entrepreneurial spirit in the Rhine-Neckar-Region and beyond. Thereby, Q-Summit aims to be the assurance that Mannheim will also be the home town of outstanding inventors and pioneers in the future. 

Some impressions of the past conferences