Application Deadline: March 15th, 2020
Incubation Program Launch Date: May 4th, 2020
Incubation Program Duration: 6 - 12 months. Mandatory participation during our kick-off event in the first week of May 2020
Start-up Selection Process: Promising applicants will get invited for a 30-minute in-person meeting with our selection board in March. The final decision will be shared with all teams by the end of March.
Apply now via our Application FORM!
Mature founding teams with an initial pre-seed investment (e.g. EXIST) or a remaining run-rate for at least 6-12 months that seek to make the next step in getting market ready & securing additional funding.
- Motivated founding team with a clear business plan
- Initial pre-seed investment (e.g. EXIST) or a remaining run-rate for at least 6-12 months
- Full commitment to the program by all team members
Throughout the incubation program, start-ups will receive support both from a business & technical perspective. On the business side, you will get all the support needed to further shape your business plan, plan your market entry and get investor ready. On the technical side, you get access to our six top-specific incubation verticals. These verticals include the relevant RWTH institutes and partner companies that will help you to develop and test your prototype, get access to required tools, experts & resources and give you the chance to leverage the right network for your start-up.
It is all about what you make out of your time in the program. The program is flexible, catering for the individual needs of your startup. Our aim is to maximize the time you spend on product development, interacting with customers and talking to investors –giving you access to the resources you need.
The incubation program consists of the following 6 Topic-specific Verticals:
With the 6 verticals, 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:
Vertical 1: Future of Mobility & Urban Life
Vertical 2: Next Level Life Science, Health & Nutrition
Vertical 3: IoT, AI, Robotics & Communication Tech
Vertical 4: 21st Century Production
Vertical 5: Green Energy, Chemicals and Materials
Vertical 6: digitalStartups (non-deeptech) – powered by digitalHUB Aachen
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.
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.
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.
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.
With our large EU co-founder network, we will help to connect you with start-up founders & aspiring entrepreneurs. Use the network to find co-founders, your next employee or connect with like-minded people in Europe.
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 the very best start-up scene.