digitalHUB Incubator

Get your product market fit!

You are a young start-up with an exciting business idea and are already working on its implementation? Then the digitalHUB Incubation Program is just right for you!

In our 4-month incubation program, we promote your digital product innovation and support you in achieving your product market fit.

Our focus is on supporting digital start-ups in the areas of Mobility, Green Tech, IndustrialTech, Digital Health, PropTech and FoodTech. In addition all future-oriented and innovative industries are welcome.

Through our collaboration with the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) Rhineland, digital and AI-based start-up ideas are given easy access to the scientific and technical resources of RWTH Aachen University.

Application for batch #7 is closed

The program starts on 05 October 2023 and ends with DemoDay on 18 January 2024. *

Application for batch#8 starts June 2024

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”)

Additional Benefits

  • Full media attention via our marketing campaigns
  • Access to the CoWorking incl. meeting rooms in the digitalCHURCH for the entire start-up team
  • A strong network:
    • Exchange with over 160 established SMEs in the HUB community.
    • Exchange with other Founders 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 lot of remote work possible (e.g. through eLearning/ZOOM coaching sessions)

The best receive:

On demoDay on 18 January 2024, our sponsors IHK Aachen, Sparkasse Aachen, Fujitsu Deutschland, STAWAG, Bistum Aachen and NetAachen will award a HUB scholarship so that you can use the services of digitalHUB Aachen e.V. free of charge for another 12 months.

TechVision Fonds is sponsoring prize money totalling 3,000 euros.

Incubator HUB-Stipendien
Who you are:
  • 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


Our short and effective application process begins with a personal meeting with one of our coaches, in which we find out together whether your business idea and your team fit into our program. Your first short pitch is scheduled right at the beginning so that we can quickly get to know you better.

Let’s get started together!

*Application for batch 8# starts June 2024

About the past batches:

Batch #6

Batch #5

Batch #4

Batch #3

Batch #2

digitalHUB Aachen - facts and figures

  • digitalHUB community:more than 500 member companies:
  • more than 280 start-ups
  • more than 160 established companies SMEs
  • Over €115m funding in the HUB community since our launch in 2017.
  • More than 1,800 direct matches
  • More than 1,300 coaching sessions
  • 96 start-up scholarships
  • 5 additional DWNRW HUBs
  • 100 (networking) events per year
  • Incubator Program: 58 alumni, Survival Rate: 81%

Our Incubation Program is realised in close cooperation with European Digital Innovation Hub Rheinland (EDIH) and RWTH-Innovation. It is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (DWNRW project and  Excellenz-Startup Center) and the EU.

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