The Startup Network SUN is an independent, non-profit association. It connects scholarship holders and alumni of the 12 German scholarship associations and assists them to successfully take on entrepreneurial projects of any kind.
Our mission is to facilitate a trustful human interaction for people who are committed to responsible entrepreneurship. SUN unites active and future founders, businessmen, investors and mentors from various sectors and stages of the entrepreneurial journey.
The main focus is on networking via our members database and more importantly joint activities and events. At our monthly local group meetings, we offer hands-on insights into the world of startups and business. Furthermore, we offer the opportunity for networking and discussion with leaders, fellow campaigners, other entrepreneurs and field experts.
The motivation to participate in the startup network can be of different nature:
- You want to discuss general business ideas or you want to get inspired.
- You want to discuss concrete business ideas.
- You are looking for a founding team, a co-founder or employees.
- You need expert advice on specific issues (e.g. legal issues, business plan, social media).
- You are interested in receiving further business contacts (e.g. incubators, investors, journalists).
Local Chapter Meetings
It is important that SUN members get to know each other personally. To achieve that the local chapters of six German cities frequently organize local chapter meetings. On the initiative of the members workshops with startups and an exchange of founding ideas can take place. For the future we plan further regional get-togethers, countrywide meetings, concept battles and pitching days.
Our member database enables you, to quickly find the right contact person regarding different founding issues. The database includes huge databases of all the different scholarship networks to around 400 members of all scholarships and fields of studies. Through filters you can find matching members according to interests, regions, fields and other characteristics.
Important developments are published in our monthly newsletters. The newsletter is transferring the image of SUN to our members and helps to stay in touch. Important parts of the newsletter:
- Short summary of the last meetings and events.
- Upcoming meetings and events.
- Feature about one current or past founding and an idea of SUN members.
- Presentation of new members.
In the Facebook Group, members can discuss all kind of relevant entrepreneurship topics. This is the fastest and most efficient way to get help.
We constantly increase – especially through the contacts of our members – our network to founders, investors and mentors. All members should have the possibility to quickly be connected to the right person. Additionally, we stay in touch with the German chapter of the “Kairos Society” and various big and small companies. Furthermore, we plan a SUN mentoring system.
The culture of the Startup Network SUN rests on two main pillars: trust and openness. Each member agrees with the entry into the membership database and / or Facebook group that they may be contacted by other members.
If you have, for example, legal questions, need help writing a business plan, need to get in contact with investors or you are just new in town – contact the person who appears to fit you.
Like any good community, we hope everyone keeps in mind the rights and responsibilities we each have to make sure things keep running smoothly. Most important to us here at startup network SUN is that we all respect one another. We expect that an idea is never taken without consultation. Trust and openness is our first priority. We hope the members of the community will be proactive about reminding anyone who isn’t respectful about just what kind of place this site strives to be.
SUN is the first German common platform initiative that combines scholars and alumni of the 12 German scholarship associations, students and those interested in an independent and non-profit initiative.
SUN members can recommend non-scholarship holders, who have to send a short letter of motivation. Overall, they should not make up more than 10% of the members. The scholarship initiative draws on a common experience of seminar programs, holiday and summer academies, colleges, and other events of the Germanys scholarship associations, which all provide a solid foundation of trust. As a result, SUN differs significantly from other open networks for startups.