Program Overview

Application details for the Spring Batch 2023

Application Open: 30.08.2022

Application Deadline: 07.11.2022

Selection Days: 28./29.11.2022

Announcement of participation: 15.12.2022

Kick-off: 23./24.01.2023

Demo Day: 24.04.2023

Duration & Format: 3 months in hybrid format - combination of digital & live events (no relocation required)

Start-up Selection Process: Promising applicants will first receive a phone call to get to know each other, followed by a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with our selection committee.

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Program Details

Our 3-month Incubation Program is a holistic early-stage deep tech start-up program run to support founders in Europe. The program is designed to help you to build your prototype, get your product to market, scale and secure additional (early) funding.

Without taking any equity, our offering includes 6 pillars:

  • 1-on-1 coaching with an experienced start-up coach
  • Mentoring with successful founders & industry experts
  • Access to content-specific Expert Hubs and broader community
  • Possibility to engage in corporate partnerships
  • Customized benefits such as logo and pitch deck design, professional video shoots, software engineering support, and access to co-working spaces
  • Holistic structured 3-month curriculum with workshops and events, such as Demo Day, with access to broad investor network and other partners (e.g. VCs, Business Angels, legal experts, serial founders, etc.)

Apply now via our Application FORM!

Program Key Offerings

  • Clear and tailored offerings with a focus on early-stage deep tech start-ups
  • A final event – "A demo day" – when start-ups pitch their ideas to raise first big funding
  • We do not take an equity stake in your start-up
  • No relocation necessary as we can do the mentoring and workshops remotely
  • We connect you directly with our leading corporate partners and mentors 
  • Extensive coaching, mentoring, expert workshops & networking events

  • Access to Collective Incubator or digitalHUB Aachen co-working space & mechanic workshop

 

Target Group

Mature founding teams with an initial pre-seed investment (e.g. via EXIST scholarship or business angels) or a remaining runway for at least 6 months that seek to make the next step in getting market ready & securing additional funding.

Requirements

  • Offering
    Clear and innovative deep-tech-focused product/ service offering

  • Motivation
    Full-time commitment from founders, we expect to see at least one representative of the start-up in attendance at all program workshops and meetings. Participation will amount to approximately 3-5 hours per week

  • Team 
    The combined team brings the necessary experience and a strong skillset to the table. One does not need to be a current student or researcher of the RWTH Aachen University to qualify for the program - all founding teams from Europe are welcome to apply.

  • Business Model
    We look for a convincing pitch with clear product-market-fit, feasibility, scalability and attractive investment opportunity.

  • Financial Status
    We look for teams with an initial pre-seed investment (e.g. EXIST, bootstrapped) or a remaining runway for at least 6 months

    

Program Elements

4 Topic-specific Expert Hubs

With the 4 Expert Hubs, we created topic-specific innovation ecosystems that will help you with product development & market expertise. Here, you may get access to existing labs, experts and a wide partner network:

 

Expert Hub Life Science (join on collӕb)

Expert Hub Resources (join on collӕb)

Expert Hub Digitized Hardware (join on collӕb)

Expert Hub digitalStart-ups – powered by digitalHUB Aachen (join on collӕb)

Access to our Co-working Space

Be one of the first startups to access the co-working space of the Collective Incubator or digitalHUB Aachen. The co-working spaces provide office and conference spaces as well as a large open space for interdisciplinary exchange and events.

Exclusive Workshops and Trainings

We will provide in-person workshop formats with top investors, founders, lawyers and corporates from the European startup scene. We give you access to our structured, in-depth training curriculum – giving you the opportunity to learn the skills you need in online and in-person formats.

Mentoring Program

Our program offers you the opportunity to receive mentoring from successful founders & industry experts. It’s on you how to best leverage the power of our mentors. Our mentors are there for you to share their learnings from founding a company, guide you along your way and give you insights into their industries & networks. Additionally, in cooperation with German Entrepreneurship, we have access to a large international mentoring network around the world, which we are delighted to leverage as best, too. 

You find our mentors here.

Individual Coaching

Personalized 1:1 coaching with one of our experienced start-up coaches – adapted to the needs of your start-up & guiding you throughout the program.

Co-Founder Network

With our large EU co-founder network, we will help to connect you with start-up founders & aspiring entrepreneurs. On collӕb, the participating teams have the chance to connect with the Aachen Entrepreneurship community. Use the network to find co-founders, your next employee or connect with like-minded people in Europe.

Demo Day & Social Events

Our program will get you prepared for the Demo Day where you will get the opportunity to pitch your business to attract customers and investors. The Incubation Program will also host numerous events designed to provide you with plenty of opportunity to network with other teams. In addition, the teams have the chance to participate in various events within the Aachen Entrepreneurship community via collӕb.

    

The program curriculum is organized in sprints, each addressing different challenges our start-ups face. Below is an overview of a typical program structure with the workshops covered in each sprint.

Apply now via our Application FORM!

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Do you have any other questions? Click here for the FAQ.

Our incubation program is conducted in English and welcomes international teams.

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