Jan leads the MCEI initiatives and team at the University of Mannheim and is part of the ifm Entrepreneurship Team since summer 2011. He was involved in Entrepreneurship teaching and restructuring the teaching towards more practical/ action-oriented formats at the Chair of SME Research and Entrepreneurship from his first day in office. Jan has co-founded MCEI in 2012-2013 and been in charge of its further development since. He believes in a serendipitous startup culture of paying it forward and mutual learning, and loves startups with lots of scalability. His vision is a flourishing Startup Ecosystem around the University of Mannheim. Academic background: Jan is a management scholar and holds a B.Sc. in Economics (2008) and M.Sc. in International Business (2010) from Maastricht University. He has obtained his doctorate in management from the University of Mannheim (2016).