Venturing is a radically proactive and inclusive approach to build, establish and grow startups while consistently applying a clear roadmap during the entire development and growth process. In other words, it is about iterative ideation and validation of a business idea, ultimately leading to a real startup.
The Incubator for Digital Engineers is designed to structure and support the creation of your business model at a very early stage so that your promising business idea can be developed and turned into a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
Our program consists of twelve weeks of customized workshops, expert input sessions, and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs. Each week, we will focus on a specific entrepreneurial topic. In parallel, you will further refine your business model and start to build your venture while we simultaneously support you. Thereby, we provide guidance and focus on your individual needs, challenges, and financing opportunities to build a successful startup.
The incubation program is divided into two parts. It begins with a Kick-off event at an off-site location where you can meet the other participants and the support team.
After the first six weeks, you will pitch to potential investors. At the first presentation ("Challenger Day"), you can connect with investors and receive hands-on feedback, including questions that need to be answered before actual fundraising.
After part one, we will take a one-week "Christmas break" allowing you time to reflect on the past six weeks and redesign your business model, value proposition, and go-to-market strategy.
The incubator ends with the final "Tomorrow Day" where each team will present their venture idea and get another opportunity to connect with venture capitalists and business angels for potential follow-on investments. We aim to get you and your startup to a level where you are ready to convince first customers and receive funding.
After the twelve weeks, we will close the batch and individually support your team on possible next steps in the upcoming week. Nevertheless, the support never stops. You will become a lifelong member of our founder's community with regular alumni networking events and free advisory appointments at the School of Entrepreneurship.
It does not matter what academic background you have. Everyone can be a tech entrepreneur. Our aim is to create an inclusive and diverse community of entrepreneurs, and we believe that talent and innovative ideas can come from various backgrounds. To achieve this, we will support you on your journey. With our incubation program, you can take your business idea to the next level.