heiINNOVATIONStartup Lab

You want to build your own success, create your own story and start up your own idea? You are motivated, curious and want to change something? Then we have something for you: Four weeks of working on your already existing idea. Four weeks of team building with your existing or new team members. Four weeks of self-learning sessions with videos, live online panels, mentoring sessions and support from role models and successful founders. One final pitch night with a jury and audience!

heiINNOVATION: Symbolbild Startup Lab

Programme

  • 26 February – 26 March 2021
  • Mentoring and 1:1 Coaching
  • Topics: Problem-Solution-Fit, Business Modelling, Revenue Modelling, Pricing, Marketing & Sales Strategy, Financing, Story Telling & Pitching 
  • Language: English

About the Startup Lab

Heidelberg University presents the second round of the STARTUP LAB by heiINNOVATION. Our goal is to show you new ways and methods to develop ideas, think outside the box and get your own idea off the ground! Your idea doesn't have to be fully developed yet, but you and your team should have a first concept to participate in the STARTUP LAB. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic students or alumni who want to get involved outside the lecture hall. However, we also welcome established ideas, startups and teams who want to continue working on their startup and want more input, mentoring and support from startup experts. 

The program will begin on Friday, February 26, 2021 with an online kick-off event. Mondays are Live-Mondays. We will organize live online panels with renowned founders, investors and role models who will give you insights and tips and answer questions as well. From Tuesday to Thursday you will have the opportunity to work on your startup as a team. Every Wednesday there will be a 1:1 mentoring and coaching session where we will support you with current challenges to give your startup the ignition it needs to get off the ground. Friday is pitch night! At the end of each week, we will organize a virtual get-together, make preparations for the final pitch and lead a regular pitching session with all teams. The grand finale of the STARTUP LAB will be the final pitch night: each team will pitch in front of a jury and present their own startup or project and have the chance to win great prizes!

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Frequent Questions

YOU CAN APPLY, IF YOU…

  • already have an idea/team and want to take it to the next level;
  • have initial experience in the field of entrepreneurship and the formation of an enterprise (ideally you attended the lecture “Entrepreneurship” at Heidelberg University prior to the STARTUP LAB); 
  • are a student or alumni (5 years after graduation) of a university or college from Baden-Württemberg;
  • have an English language level of at least B2;
  • are motivated to establish yourself in the Heidelberg startup ecosystem; 

You are still missing the right startup idea? 

Apply anyway! We will gladly put you on the waiting list and offer a design thinking workshop shortly before the beginning of the STARTUP LAB. 

You have an idea, but need to catch up in terms of entrepreneurship? 

No problem! If there are enough participants, we will organize a crash course before the STARTUP LAB starts.

WHAT TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS DO YOU NEED?

You need a stable Internet connection, a laptop or computer, which can be used for video calls. We will provide you with accesses for platforms like Mural or Slack.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED?

You should be available between 26 February and 26 March 2021. During the week, online activities will be live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays will each be organized primarily in self-paced sessions - with a few exceptions. You will work towards completing your business plan and convincing the jury as well as investors in the final pitch. 

WILL YOU GET ECTS CREDITS, IF YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAMME?

After successfully participating the STARTUP LAB you will get a certificate with ECTS credits. It depends on your faculty and study course, however, if they accept this certificate. Please check with your department or faculty to make sure of that in advance. An active participation during the programme, especially during the live sessions, is a requirement. It is also necessary that you submit the tasks within the deadlines.

WILL THE WINNER OF THE FINAL PITCH EVENT BE REWARDED?

Yes, we will award prizes to all team members of the top 3 teams.