The WHU Incubator –

The entrepreneurship hub at WHU Vallendar.

About us

We are passionate about entrepreneurship –
and developing new ventures!

The entrepreneurial spirit has long been fostered at WHU. Every year, more and more students are attracted by the idea of founding their own business. This is accentuated by the growing number of WHU alumni who impress with their entrepreneurial success stories. Oftentimes, these start during or directly after their studies at WHU. The WHU Incubator is the central starting point for our students and alumni to start a venture – it forms a forum for entrepreneurship in practice at WHU.

We help students launch ventures!

The support and services the WHU Incubator provides to WHU students includes:

  • Ideation coaching and idea validation, identification of central challenges and next steps
  • Regular coachings during implementation of the idea
  • Contact to partners in case of specific questions, e.g. legal advice
  • Contact and exposure to notable investors through Startup Roadshow powered by InPraxi and RWTH Innovation
  • Help with finding suitable co-founders with our co-founding newsletter
Startup Sessions

The Startup Sessions by the WHU Incubator –
We look forward to virtually meeting you!


Startup Roadshows –
Pitch and secure funding for your start-ups!

Twice a year the WHU Incubator participates in the Startup Roadshow, an exciting pitching event powered by InPraxi and organized by RWTH innovation. The Roadshow events take place in exciting locations across Germany (Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf) as well as in a virtual / hybrid format. Startup teams with at least one student or alumni on the founding team from WHU and RWTH Aachen (and partner universities) are welcome to apply. Selected teams have the unique opportunity to present their venture to professional investors, VCs as well as business angels and members of InPraxi.

This event provides amazing networking opportunity for founders, investors, and anyone with an interest in startups, and of course the chance to secure Seed or series A funding!

Over the last years, more than 100 startups, many with a direct link to WHU, have presented their venture at the Startup Roadshow. Many of these startups have successfully acquired capital from notable investors following our event. Noteworthy participants that have successfully presented their ventures at our Startup Roadshow include Kitchen Stories (WHU), (RWTH), (RWTH/ETH), Dubsmash (WHU), Adhesys Medical (WHU/RWTH), Carl Finance (WHU), evopark (WHU), etc.

Find out more information about upcoming Startup Roadshow events here.


Meet our partners and benefit
from our notable network in the start-up ecosystem!

We have formed valuable partnerships with internal and external initiatives, other incubators, and entrepreneurship centers from notable institutions all over Germany.

These partnerships allow us to offer our teams access to relevant resources such as the Exist Founders’ Scholarships through RWTH innovation, participation in pitching and coaching events i.e. (founders’ Tuesdays at APX, events hosted by the German Accelerator, Tech Side Story powered by SmartUp! and RWTH Innovation, and the Startup Roadshow hosted by InPraxi and RWTH Innovation).

Through these collaborations with our partners, we aim to foster the founding spirit and strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We strongly encourage all startup enthusiasts to check out our partners:

Our team

Adjunct Professor Dr.
Malte Brettel


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Pia Fischhuber

Research Assistant
Managing Director WHU Incubator

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Stefan Katzenmeier

Research Assistant
Managing Director WHU Incubator

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Dennis Zeiler

Research Assistant
Managing Director WHU Incubator

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Dr. Marcus Erken

External Advisor

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Stefan Mader

External Advisor

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Come meet us at the WHU Incubator!

Get in touch with us via email: and follow us on social media where we post about our upcoming events, roadshows, and share the success stories of our #alumni.