WHU Incubator

WHU Incubator – Idea & Understanding

The entrepreneurial spirit has long fostered at WHU. Every year, more and more students are drawn in by the idea of starting their own business and a growing number of WHU alumni impress with their entrepreneurial success stories that oftentimes started directly after or even already during their studies. The WHU Incubator is the central starting point for all students seeking to start a venture – it forms a forum for entrepreneurship in practice at WHU.

We explicitly invite external partners to join our efforts to start more successful companies. Please contact us for further information (incubator@whu.edu).

Benefits of WHU Incubator

The incubator fosters entrepreneurial activities at WHU. Focus of the support we provide to teams is the so-called "pre-seed-stage". One of the main goals for the young ventures is the delivering of a “proof of concept” and the WHU Incubator accelerates the associated efforts with the following services:

  • Regular coaching regarding the implementation of the idea but also the personal development of the founders
  • Free access to our partner network of service providers, such as legal counseling, communication agency etc.
  • Use of the incubator infrastructure
  • Close collaboration and mentoring with members from WHU alumni network InPraxi
  • Assistance in obtaining follow-on funding

Insight into our work

WHU Incubator will cater for students of all programs of the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. To our events we invite entrepreneurs or business angels – to most we maintain close or personal ties – who, thanks to the intimate WHU atmosphere, oftentimes share more in-depth and concretes insides from their work than they would at conferences and fairs. This proves to be extremely valuable for young teams.

Internally at WHU, the incubator is well connected and gets supported by all departments such as Career Services, where for instance we collaborate for the WHU Start-Up Career Day.

As part of the incubation program, there are pitching days held on campus in front of a jury of business angels and venture capitalists that can be a starting point for a seed financing round for the venture and provide the teams with valuable feedback. Other events include start-up tours to entrepreneurial hubs such as Berlin to visit start-ups and experience the entrepreneurial spirit. The various occasions to get in contact and discuss own ideas with entrepreneurs and business angels present a significant advantage when starting your own business.

Contact with external partners

The WHU Incubator is the central contact point for practical entrepreneurship at WHU. We support teams from all programs leveraging our network of services (e.g. legal advice) and alumni. We also work with external stakeholders in the creation of new ventures. For further information, feel free to contact us (incubator@whu.edu).