WHU Incubator

WHU Incubator – The idea behind

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 help students launch their ventures!

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:

  • First ideation coaching and idea validation, identification of central challenges and next steps
  • Regular coachings during implementation of the idea
  • Close collaboration and mentoring with members of the WHU alumni network InPraxi
  • Contact to partners in case of specific questions, e.g. legal issues
  • Support of seed financing round through the WHU Incubator roadshows in various cities in Germany

Insight into our work

WHU Incubator supports students of all programs at 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 is supported by all departments such as the WHU Career Center, where for instance we collaborate with the WHU Start-Up Career Day.

Through our incubator roadshows, we organize pitching events in front of successful business angels and venture capitalists that can be a starting point for a seed-financing and provide the teams with valuable feedback. Hence, we support WHU students from the first ideation stages until the (hopefully successful) seed-financing round.