SCE Annual Report 2016


Annuel Report 2016 of the SCE, Entrepreneurship Center of the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

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Dear friends and partners

of the SCE,

We are turning fi fteen! It’s been

fi fteen exciting years in which we

experienced, initiated and learned

a great deal, but in spite of it all we

still see ourselves as an innovative

start-up. Because going forward, we

want to continue to be an example

of what we demand from our

students and start-ups. And we are

still full of new ideas and plans

to help shape the entrepreneurship

world and accompany young

entrepreneurs on their pathways.

When we look back and see how

quickly entrepreneurship and its

perception in society have changed,

we have no alternative but to be

innovative. The economy conjures

up the start-up spirit, and the

importance of business establishments

for the innovative power of

a society is now almost indisputable.

In academia, entrepreneurship has

developed into a recognised

discipline that no longer only focuses

on promoting new businesses,

but also on the key competencies

necessary for independent life in

a complex world. And from time to

time we even hear that we need a

different approach to risk and failure

from the mouths of high-ranking


Thus, if we see entrepreneurship in

a broader sense, it offers tools

and methods for creative interaction

with our society for everyone –

employees, innovators, artists, social

workers or founders. And if entrepreneurship

is really to be a key to

shaping a viable future, it is the

responsibility of the Entrepreneurship

Center to accompany the rapid

changes of globalisation, digitisation

and highly dynamic overarching

processes of change that we

experience at all levels.

In Europe, we must fi rst establish

and further hone an independent,

sitespecifi c entrepreneurial

understanding. While it is tempting

to adapt or imitate a successful

entrepreneurship ecosystem or the

mindset of a society, in the troubled

times like these, fi nding an independent

pathway can be a great

opportunity. Silicon Valley or the

Chinese Pacifi c Rim have their own

location specifi cs, their philosophies

and political characteristics that

are clearly different from those in

Europe and Bavaria. It would be a pity

not to combine our achievements

and strengths with the possibilities

of entrepreneurship activities. We

therefore see great creative freedom

with a multitude of new challenges.

We would like to pursue this task of

supporting free enterprise and entrepreneurship

education in Bavaria,

Germany and Europe together with

our university and our partners in

Munich and the region as well as

at the Denkfabrik Gründerhochschule

at the national level and not least

with our European networks and

institutional partners such as the

European Commission, OECD and the

HEInnovate Initiative. They are all

part of our successful development –

primarily as donors and a university

that are always at our side, but

also as students, founders, business

partners and project providers.

Therefore, our entire team would like

to thank you for your support and


We still have plenty to do and are

looking forward to the future with

happy anticipation.


Klaus Sailer & the SCE team

Shaping the future together.

Thank you for 15 years together!

Thanks to our partners:

We thank Falk F. and Renate Strascheg and our Munich University of

Applied Sciences for 15 years of great support and collaboration!

Falk F. Strascheg

Founder of the SCE

The SCE was founded in 2002 by

the Falk F. Strascheg Foundation at

the Munich University of Applied

Sciences. Falk F. Strascheg is one

of the most successful venture

capitalists in Germany and Europe

and is a founding partner of the

venture capital company EXTOREL

Private Equity Advisers. Falk F.

Strascheg has been many things in

his life. To limit it to his career, he’s

been an engineer, founder, entrepreneur,

venture capitalist, supervisory

board member, industry

association head and, last but not

least, donor and patron. His wife

Renate Strascheg also has very

close ties to the SCE. Since 2014,

the Renate and Falk Strascheg

Foundation has been sponsoring the

Strascheg Award for innovations at

the Munich University of Applied


President Prof. Dr. Martin Leitner

Munich University of Applied Sciences

With 18,000 students in more than

85 undergraduate and graduate

courses of study in 14 faculties,

the Munich University of Applied

Sciences is one of the largest

universities of applied sciences in

Germany. It offers excellent

application-oriented teaching and

research, a distinct culture of

innovation and open academic

coexistence. This culture enables

cross-disciplinary education and

personal development. In addition

to sound knowledge and practical

experience, MUAS alumni are

characterised by international

experience, intercultural competence

and their viable and entrepreneurial

thinking and acting. With these

interdisciplinary qualifications, they

are well prepared to engage in work

and society with vision, creativity

and a sense of responsibility.

Strascheg Center for

Entrepreneurship (SCE)

As the Entrepreneurship Center of

the Munich University of Applied

Sciences, the SCE promotes innovation

and entrepreneurship through

interactive educational programs,

start-up support and networking

activities. The aim is to motivate and

empower people for entrepreneurial

thinking and action, thereby

contributing to a viable future.

In our numerous educational formats

and diverse entrepreneurship events,

we focus on practice-related, teamoriented

and interdisciplinary project

work, bringing entrepreneurial

students, founders as well as intrapreneurs

together with our inspiring

network of academics and international

experts, successful entrepreneurs,

cross-industry business

partners and investors.

We stand for a vibrant innovative

culture and support start-ups with our

funding and acceleration programs.

In addition to qualifi ed consulting, we

offer our start-ups, students and

partners innovative and creative

working spaces and a physical

incubator. In addition, we develop

innovation workshops and entrepreneurship

trainings for companies

and executives in order to jointly

develop solutions for the future of

the economy.

We are constantly further developing

our educational approaches and

our understanding of entrepreneurship.

To this end, we are active in the

regional, national and international

institutions that are helping to

shape a European understanding of


We combine the best of many worlds:

as an academic institute of a large

German university, as an innovation

laboratory and research institution,

as a think tank, start-up incubator and

as part of a cross-society learning


We want to equip them to become

active, to build and to use their

own resources and to translate their

ideas and projects into actions as

entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs. Our

goal is to establish the founding

of a company as a viable option for

one’s own life, as well as to act

as a successful intrapreneur within

a company.


Responsible entrepreneurs shape a viable

future. Entrepreneurship as a meaningful and

responsible tool can be both positive and profitable

for the individual as well as for society. We support the

pursuit of professional goals, as entrepreneurs or employees,

and the shaping of social change.

The most important thing is to develop an entrepreneurial

mindset. We motivate people to think like

entrepreneurs and to shoulder responsibility. We

teach them to deal with uncertainty as well as

leadership qualities and the ability to work in a team.

We encourage people to look beyond the horizon of

their disciplines and develop their own visions.




Holidu receives

5 million

Holidu, the search engine for

holiday fl ats, secures € 5 million

in a Series A fi nancing round

for further growth and expansion

of the business model. Holidu

compares more than 3 million

holiday homes worldwide and

helps users save time and lots of

money when planning their




pays off

The market leader in the fi eld of

individualised package inserts in

e-commerce completes the fi nancing

round, continues to grow and starts

off the year well in their new offi ces.

In April, they accompany the

German-Accelerator to the USA to

prepare their market entry there.



as a Service

To develop, innovation needs creativity,

courage to take risks and freedom to find

one’s own way. The FREIRAUM Accelerator

offers companies the opportunity to

develop and implement innovations beyond

the boundaries of their own organisation.



The Munich Summit

The deal-making event for science,

start-ups and industry leaders took place

for the first time in February in Munich.

Around 300 technology start-ups,

companies, scientists and investors from

all over the world come together in

Munich under the motto of “Connected

Cities.” This is where key players from

areas such as digitisation, mobility,

FinTech, Industry 4.0 and manufacturing

network. The summit was initiated by

LMU EC, SCE and UnternehmerTUM. The

first MUST Summit satellites have already

been created. MUST 3D Printing took

place for the third time in April 2017.



Querfeld reaps

the Federal Award


Das Entrepreneurship-Seminar

The Entrepreneurship Seminar

Real Projects

The practice-oriented and interdisciplinary teaching

format Real Projects starts in the summer semester.

Each year, more than 1000 students are trained in

entrepreneurial thinking and responsible action. The

projects can include both product and service ideas

and aim for monetary or societal profit. Subject this

summer semester include 3D Printing and Automobiles,

Industrial Internet of Things, Health and Technology,

and Security.

Mime et moi

It’s finally here! Flats in the

morning, high heels in the

evening – the lady’s shoe with

interchangeable heels!

After a successful crowdfunding

campaign, these chic,

height-adjustable ladies’

shoes are now on the market.


Querfeld receives the Federal Award

for Commitment to Fighting Food

Waste “Zu gut für die Tonne” (too

good for the bin). Fruits and

vegetables that are too small, too

big or too crooked are rare in the

supermarket. Querfeld takes seasonal

products of regional organic farms

that are considered “not marketable,”

and sells them, for instance, to daycare

centres and schools. The partner

farms estimate that this affects

on average about 30% of each crop.


nearBees wins

Europe’s biggest

environmental award

The 2016 GreenTec Award in the “Lifestyle”

category goes to the bee start-up. The

Greentec Award is granted to innovative

projects for environmental and resource

protection worldwide. nearBees aims

to support beekeepers in marketing their

honey and to radically simplify the sales of

honey. Through an online marketplace

and regional local suppliers, honey lovers

can conveniently purchase local honey

from small beekeepers. Now nearBees

honey is also sold by the retail trade.


Toposens on the

market and on

the winning side

After winning the IKT Innovative Award

of the Federal Ministry of Economics

and Technology (BMWi), Toposens goes

even further in 2016 to gather more prizes

such as the IT Innovation Summit’s first

prize, the Automatica Startup World Award

and the IT Innovation Prize. At the end of

the year, it launched its fi rst product on

the market, the Toposens Evaluation Kit.

Toposens develops 3D sensor systems that

can perceive their environment by means

of ultrasound in real-time and have a

variety of possible applications, such as in

the smart home and the automotive sector.


First genuine

3D pre-press goes

on the market

RuhrSource brings about the Gutenberg

revolution for 3D printing. No matter

what type of display models need to

be printed in 3D, CUR3D simplifies and

speeds up the work enormously. In

addition to its unique main feature of

enlarging and reducing exported

models to scale without losses, CUR3D

makes the models waterproof,

corrects overlapping surfaces and

false normals as well as gaps.

Global Entrepreneurship

Summer School (GESS)

For the fi rst time, the GESS will take place on three continents at the same time!

105 participants from 54 nations will be taking on a global challenge for a week

in Shanghai, Mexico City and Munich: Immigration! Another new feature is a

Massive Open Online Course with entrepreneurship greats such as Muhammad

Yunus and Alexander Osterwalder, which our Social Entrepreneurship Academy

organises not only for the GESS participants, but for a further 12,600 students.

3D Trust brings

in one million

3D Trust enables secure communication with remote

3D printers. As a result, the owners of 3D data retain

the permanent control over their valuable print and

design data. The technology won over both the

IT Innovation Awards jury and investors who invest

€ 1 million in the Series A round.




The “Arbeitswelt 2030”

research study by the Adecco

Foundation and the SCE

examines future challenges and

opportunities arising from the

changing working conditions in

digital society.



E’ship Day meets

European Virtual


Our E’ship Day was international in 2016. In

addition to start-ups and entrepreneurial projects

from the Munich University of Applied Sciences

and the SCE, visitors were also able to get to

know international start-ups and entrepreneurial

universities from the six partner countries of our

European Virtual Accelerator EU-XCEL and get

into the action while speed networking or on the

pitch stage and be entertained by the interactive

stage programme.


Award and


On International E’ship Day, the

€30,000 Strascheg Award was

awarded to nine winning teams

in three categories. In addition to

the final of our European Virtual

Accelerator, the EU-XCEL Award

was also awarded to pan-European

start-up teams in 2016.



innovation processes

The successful completion of the research

project “Real-time foresight - preparedness for

dynamic innovation networks” by Dr Christina

Weber facilitated a new foresight method for the

control of innovation networks and a measuring

instrument for innovation processes in real

time. In cooperation with Leiden University and

supported by the Hella Langer Foundation,

research was conducted on how collaborations

can be successful, sustainable and innovative in

spite of great uncertainty and dynamism.


GIGA Accelerator

Start-Up Radar


The Munich University of Applied

Sciences and SCE are ranked at first

place in the promotion of start-ups at

German universities. The “Start-Up

Radar” study by the Stifterverband für

die Deutsche Wissenschaft (German

Founders’ Association) on the initiative

of the Federal Ministry of Economics

and Technology (BMWi) compares the

performance of German universities

in the promotion of business start-ups.

With the goal of promoting German-Israeli start-ups,

Google, the Israel Consul General, FOM and the SCE

founded the GIGA Accelerator. After the launch week in

Munich, 3 months of virtual incubation and a closing

week with final pitches will be held for investors in Tel

Aviv. We look forward to exciting cross-culture start-ups!

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