digitalHUB Incubator

Bring your Business Model to Life!

You are a young startup with an exciting business idea and are already working on its implementation? You need a creative workplace in the direct environment of the Aachen startup community as well as continuous advice and mentoring from experienced experts?

Then the digitalHUB Incubator Program is the right choice for you!

Application for the new Batch #5 ongoing until 19.09.2021.

The program starts on Monday, 06.10.2021 and ends with the Demoday on Thursday, 20.01.2022.*

*There will be no official dates between 16.12.2021 and 05.01.2022.

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About our Incubation Program Batch #4

“You have set up a fantastic batch with an awesome spirit – the mutual support is exemplary. I’m glad that I was involved as an alumni in the Incubation Program and that i could share my experiences with the young founders. It’s great to see what’s happening in the Aachen startup ecosystem and what the digitalHUB is getting up to. Keep up the good work!”  –

Andreas Booke, gridX

What you get

  • Preparation: eLearning course on “Lean Startup basics”.
  • free Startup Business membership
  • Bi-weekly feedback rounds in peer review format with all teams led by trainer Vidar Andersen
  • Bi-weekly goal-setting meetings and targeted KPI growth tracking with Vidar Andersen
  • Mentor feedback from Incubation Program alumni and experienced entrepreneurs
  • For the duration of the Incubator you will be assigned a personal digitalHUB Coach
  • Exclusive workshops and theme days such as FinanceDay and ConsultingDay (“Taxes” and “legal”)
  • Final DemoDay with a unique chance for a free DesignSprint with the Interactive Pioneers for the winning team.

Our incubation program is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of NRW (DWNRW project). This means that the program is completely free of charge for the participating startups. This also means that no startup shares have to be given

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Additional Benefits

  • Full media attention via our marketing campaigns
  • A strong network:
    • Exchange with other founders and established SMEs in the HUB community.
    • Access to the NRW-wide network of DWNRW hubs in Bonn, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Münsterland, the Ruhr region and the OWL region
    • Euregio: access to co-working spaces in Hasselt, Belgium (Corda Campus) and the Netherlands (Brightlands and Qeske) and networking at joint events
    • Investor contacts
  • AWS credits and Matlab license
  • A workspace in one of the most creative and inspiring co-working spaces in Germany
  • A lot of remote work possible (e.g. through eLearning/ZOOM coaching sessions)
  • If you are a member of digitalHUB Aachen, these benefits are also available to you beyond the incubation program.

 

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Who are you

  • An aspiring team with an exciting idea looking for start-up and scaling support.

What you’re bringing:

  • Ambition to take the next step within the framework of the program
  • Market knowledge and first customer contacts
  • Openness to discuss and further develop your idea with other participants of the program
  • Willingness to steady attendance during the entire program
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The application

Our effective application process starts with a short pitch presentation of your business idea. Based hereupon, one of our coaches will discuss your business idea and your motivation to participate in the program with you and your team in further detail. Based hereupon, we will jointly assess the fit of your venture with our program.

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Let’s get started together!

What founders say

„We are a founding team from Aachen and greatly appreciate this location: The proximity to the universities gives us access to outstanding tech talents and creative minds. We started in the digitalHUB with a perfect match with Opel Kohl – soon further cooperations with the local energy and mobility providers will follow. As a member and co-initiator of the digitalHUB Aachen, we are convinced that the HUB is a place with supra-regional appeal, which fosters exchange between digital pioneers and, thus, facilitates the immense potential of the technology region Aachen. –  Michael Minis, MOQO

„I have already seen many coworking spaces from the inside – but the digitalCHURCH is unique: We particularly appreciate the atmosphere, the constant and uncomplicated exchange with industry experts, mentors and other start-ups as well as the high density of relevant partners. As a member of the digitalHUB, we were able to make the right contacts. The digitalHUB Aachen gave us access to further growth capital and were decisive for our current success story.“  – Daniel Kirch, Taxy.io

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digitalHUB Aachen in numbers

  • digitalHUB community: approx. 350 member companies:
    • more than 200 startups
    • more than 150 SMEs
  • Over 50 million euros of funding in the HUB community since our launch in 2017
  • Over 1000 direct matches
  • More than 1000 coaching sessions
  • 55 founder scholarships
  • 5 additional DWNRW HUBs
  • Approx. 100 (networking) events per year
  • Incubator Program: 36 Alumni, Survival Rate: 83%
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