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IdeaLab! – The founders’ conference takes place annually on the campus of WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany (near the city of Koblenz). In the past years, the IdeaLab! has established itself as Europe's premier student-led founders' conference. With around 450 international participants, the annual event brings together experienced founders, venture capitalists, investors as well as ambitious students for networking and the interactive exchange of ideas and experiences.
Back in 2000, the IdeaLab! was known as an event purely concentrating on technical innovations and entrepreneurship. Since then it has become an ideal platform for people interested in business founding.
Especially topics such as internet innovation, e-commerce and mobile applications are the core elements the IdeaLab! focuses on. At the same time, the conference emphasizes the personal temper of entrepreneurship and launching of companies. What are key factors for a successful entrepreneur, and how can I learn from them?
Renowned keynote speakers of the last years include but are not limited to Skype-founder Morten Lund, Xing-founder Lars Hinrichs, Alexander Ljung of Soundcloud, Instagram's co-establisher Gregor Hochmuth, as well as Accel's Max Niederhofer or Oliver Samwer, founder and CEO of the European Founders Fund.