The cooperation agreement with the association "Die Wirtschaftspaten e. V." (Business Mentors) allows Hochschule Geisenheim University to improve the range of services offered in support of their students and alumni in the future. It is the aim of this strategic partnership to raise students´, alumni´s and research scientists´ awareness of entrepreneurial activities and qualify them accordingly. In addition, the cooperation focuses on education and advanced training of potential founders and on supporting specific start-up plans by providing coaching services.
"Founding a new business and company succession are major topics for our students in our diverse degree programs. We are therefore very pleased to have found a strong partner with the Business Mentors who will offer our students and alumni their expertise and advice in this area and provide them with all information on how to found a new business, and also with commercial know-how, " says Prof. Dr. Otmar Löhnertz, Hochschule Geisenheim University’s Vice-President of Economic and Student Affairs. The cooperation agreement does not only comprise advisory services and guidance for students during their career orientation phase and when it comes to company succession but also various events and workshops relating to the topics.
"All students and alumni of Hochschule Geisenheim University are highly qualified in their respective fields and have excellent business ideas. We would like to give these young people the necessary knowledge to enable them to set up a business based on their own ideas and dare to step into self-employment, " explains Helmut Eikelmann, Chairman of "Die Wirtschaftspaten e. V.". Furthermore, according to the association´s representative, especially university spin-offs will allow research results to be rapidly turned into marketable products.
The association "Die Wirtschaftspaten e. V." pursues the aim of promoting general and professional education as well as assisting students by passing on the knowledge and expertise of former managers from industry, trade, commerce and banking. After retirement, they support young people according to the motto "The older generation helps the young generation". The association provides advice on all topics relating to founding a company, securing a business and company succession.