From November 8 – 10, 2017, students of the Bucerius Master in Law and Business (MLB), three students from the Bucerius Entrepreneurs Club and Bucerius staff visited Berlin to experience first-hand the operations of companies, start-ups and a law firm that are active in completely different sectors.
The group visited the following:
- Jodel: a social media app that is mainly used by university students
- Lacore Rechtsanwälte: a law firm with special expertise in supporting the start-up industry
- Leverton: a legal tech company with a focus on the real estate industry
- Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator: a subsidiary of the successful publishing group Axel Springer SE, Plug and Play runs 100 day accelerator programs, including work space, funding and mentoring
- LeWagon: 9 week coding boot camp that aims to bring “technical skills to creative people”
- Atlantic Labs: a venture capital firm that mainly focuses on early tech start-ups
- Home24: a very successful online furniture site that has expanded throughout Europe and into Latin America (Brazil)
- Spielfeld: a joint-venture between Roland Berger and Visa Europe that “helps established companies master digitalization” and enables start-ups to innovate and create new solutions to old challenges
The visit to Berlin allowed a close encounter with the start-up scene and provided insights into the different needs, trends, players and events that surround this rapidly-growing industry. The group was able to explore different fields where MLB graduates can thrive in the start-up world, to network with important players and young entrepreneurs and, most importantly, to gain the right attitude to surf this relatively new wave.
The MLB team also organized a dinner with MLB alumni where the currents students had the chance to meet people who once were international students, just like them. Today, they have taken on interesting professional challenges, spanning legal and business questions, in Germany, oftentimes regardless of language barriers.