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 and alumni includes:

  • 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 advice
  • Contact and exposure to notable investors through WHU Incubator Roadshows
  • 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!

Roadshows

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

Twice a year the WHU Incubator organizes the WHU Incubator Roadshow.These are pitching events in exciting locations across Germany (Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf). Start-up teams with at least one WHU student or alumni on the founding team are welcome to apply. Selected teams have the unique opportunity to present their venture to WHU alumni as well as  angel and venture capital investors.

This event provides amazing networking opportunity for founders, investors, and anyone with an interest in start-ups, and of course the chance to secure Seed or series A funding! Over the last years, we have had the pleasure to welcome more than 1000 guests and more than 100 start-ups at our roadshow events. Many of these start-ups have successfully acquired capital from notable investors following our event.  Noteworthy participants that have successfully presented their ventures at WHU Incubator Roadshows include ArtNight, Kitchenstories, Carl Finance, ShopCo, Volo, evopark, Dubsmash, Cargonexx, OWNR and many others!

If you have any question or wish to be kept informed, send us a message at incubator@whu.edu. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our upcoming roadshow events.

Partnerships

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. In collaboration with these partners we regularly host and sponsor events that foster the founding spirit and strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We strongly encourage all start-up enthusiasts to check out our partners:

Our team

Adjunct Professor Dr.
Malte Brettel

Chairholder

send email

Pia Fischhuber

Research Assistant
Managing Director WHU Incubator

send email

Stefan Katzenmeier

Research Assistant
Managing Director WHU Incubator

send email

Dennis Zeiler

Research Assistant
Managing Director WHU Incubator

send email

Dr. Marcus Erken

External Advisor

send email

Stefan Mader

External Advisor

send email

Come meet us at the WHU Incubator!

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