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"Spin-off Cycle Enterprise Simulation" – or: How to learn to set up an enterprise
It is the ninth enterprise simulation seminar already that is hosted by Fraunhofer Venture. This year, again 20 participants met at Schloss Hohenkammer from 11-13 November to learn what the process from starting up an enterprise to exit may look like in theory by means of a business game. We asked Manfred Stöger, who is responsible for the seminar program, how close this seminar actually is to the real world and whether the participants now feel well prepared for the actual company start-up.
Mr. Stöger, how did you develop the idea to offer this successful seminar?
In the beginning the business game was one of the topics of our networkshops or Camp@Venture. We realized that the business game had the potential to become an independent event. By now, the "Spin-off Cycle Enterprise Simulation" has become a fixed element of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft event calendar. Once a year, around ten to 20 participants meet for three days at Schloss Hohenkammer close to Munich to learn how to set up and manage an enterprise.
Who participates in this business game?
The participants include Fraunhofer employees who are either about to plan their business start-up or are already in the middle of setting up their own enterprise. In particular spin-off projects that are part of the "FFE – Fraunhofer Fosters Entrepreneurship" program participate in this enterprise simulation. But also executives may learn one thing or the other here.