In addition to mastering the innovation process, by which an idea is developed towards a value generating product and market-proven business model, start-ups also need to build a strong and committed founding team. The objective of our 3-month Ideation Program is to help you and your founding team achieve exactly this – by guiding you from business model definition to successful pre-seed funding application and helping you deliver professional pitch presentations.
Start-ups at the pre-seed stage, including both solo-founders and teams. This includes established businesses that are pre-funding and traction, MVP and prototype-stage projects, and even part-time founders with an initial business idea.
- Dedicated founding team (for solo-founders we offer support in finding matching co-founders)
- A viable idea including an initial business model concept
- Full commitment to the program by all team members
The 3-month Ideation Program ensures an effective and scalable approach to educate, train and support pre-seed entrepreneurs entering the start-up ecosystem. During the coaching, we help you define a clear, coherent business model, support you in creating a convincing application to a pre-seed funding program and guide you to a professional, investor-ready pitch presentation. The most common pre-seed fund program we help teams successfully apply to is EXIST. This funding program, initiated by the German government, provides financial support for innovative start-ups during the start-up phase. In addition to EXIST, there are other support programs - such as the NRW Start-up.
Our 3-month Ideation Program consists of the following key elements:
Aspiring entrepreneurs that are accepted to the program take part in a step-by-step, structured training program – teaching you all the skills required in online and in-person formats.
Personalized 1:1 coaching with one of our experienced start-up coaches and mentoring – adapted to the needs of our start-ups.
As part of the program, we can provide access to specialized tools and resources that will help take your start-up idea to the next level. For example, we offer you access to an interactive online tool to create your financial plan as well as professional pitch deck support.
Receive support for funding and scholarship applications e.g. EXIST grant preparation.
With our large EU co-founder network, we will help connect you with start-up founders, aspiring entrepreneurs and investors. You’ll get the opportunity to create a solid network of experienced professionals that can help you.
Our program offers the opportunity to receive mentoring from our alumni and external networks. There will be one-on-one mentoring sessions with your mentor, and workshops with experts and other mentors. Beyond the mentoring within the teams, you will benefit from horizontal exchange between Entrepreneurs.