Venturing is a radically proactive 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 in a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
Our program consists of twelve weeks of customized workshops, input sessions from experts, 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. 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 in front of potential investors. The first presentation ("Demo Day") will be on December 15, 2022, where you also get the opportunity to connect with investors. You will receive hands-on feedback including questions that need be answered prior to actual fundraising.
After part one, we will take a two-week "Christmas break" during which you will have time to reflect on the past six weeks and afterwards redesign your business model, value proposition and go-to-market strategy.
The incubator ends with the final "Investors Day" on February 09, 2023, when each team will present their venture idea again and get another opportunity to connect with venture capitalists and business angels for potential follow-on investments. We are aiming to get you and your startup to a level where you are ready to convince first customers and receive funding.
After the 12 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. We will guide you on your way without taking away the whole experience of starting a venture from scratch. With our incubation program, you can take your business idea to the next level.