Program Overview

Developing your idea towards a promising, convincing business model – this is the objective of our Ideation Program.

Our 3-month program will guide you from business model definition to successful pre-seed funding application and help you deliver professional pitch presentations – all with continuous 1:1 coaching by one of our experienced startup coaches and free access to professional tools and services!

The Ideation Program structure 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 to successfully apply for 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 is a growing number of other support programs we assist with – to best match your needs.

Target Group

Teams or individuals interested in founding a business. This also includes projects without existing prototype or MVP.

Requirements

  • 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

       

Program Offer

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.

Program Elements

Our 3-month Ideation Program consists of the following key elements:

1. Coaching

The core of our program is the 1:1 coaching along three phases. During those phases one of our experienced coaches will guide you from business model sketching to creating a full business plan and, finally, a convincing, professional pitch deck – ensuring along the way that all elements are adjusted to the needs of your business idea.

2. Professional services

We believe that access to expert tools and resources will kick-start your idea from day one – this is why we give you free access to it (if requirements are met). Our range of offerings tries to capture the needs of early phase start-ups and is constantly evolving. Here is an overview of our offering.

3. Events and Workshops

We believe that building our network and letting your startup be part of it is key – this is why we organize a range of events and workshops across the year. Our objective is to bring together our partners – VCs, Business Angels, Legal Experts and many others – and your promising business idea to create an environment for success.

4. Pre-seed funding

In your early stage, getting access to a first financing is crucial. This is why we spend a lot of time on coaching you to secure a pre-seed funding program. Your coach will work intensively with you in preparing a successful application. The range of funding programs we offer is constantly evolving with EXIST Gründerstipendium being the most common. Talk to us to find out about the perfect pre-seed funding program for your idea!

      

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