Anyone wanting to run a successful business requires commercial know-how. A course run by the Sparkassenstiftung shows how this knowledge can be gained in a playful manner.
The mood is relaxed, yet concentrated – just like a game where everyone's having fun playing but definitely wants to win. Over the three days of the “Micro Business Game”, the young men have learned a lot about what they need to know before becoming self-employed: Why do some small businesses succeed and what difficulties might they face? How do I calculate expenses and income? How can I find a suitable bank? How do I look after my customers? How do I react to changes in the market?
The trainees aren't just boringly spoon-fed information about the topics, but they act them out in the truest sense of the word. This is because the training is taking place in September before the restrictions were reimposed due to the corona pandemic, and so is therefore an actual in-person meeting. The participants have organised themselves into teams in the seminar room in the centre of Mannheim. Each team is managing an imaginary small fruit juice business. A large board with oranges printed on it is set out in front of the budding founders. The participants have to move play money around the board. The cost of the fruits is discussed. What other costs will there be, like for electricity and taxes? How do I calculate a selling price for the juice? The person who is the best at it wins the round. The others are not losers, though. They might have less play money in their tills at the end, but they have gained some knowledge.