Services and activities Consulting Services for Founders

hei_INNOVATION’s start up consultation is your first point of contact when you want to realise your business idea or launch a business. Our coaches support all members of Heidelberg University – students and employees – on every step of their path, from discussing an innovative idea or promising research finding to supporting your successful business start-up. Be it validating your idea, developing the business model or applying for funding – the hei_INNOVATION team supports prospective founders with their comprehensive know-how and practical experience.

The consulting process is oriented towards efficacy and seeks to develop custom solutions by focusing on your individual ideas and goals. As process consultants, the hei_INNOVATION founding team supports all members of the university on their individual start-up journey. Therefore, they work with validated start-up methods as well as the KTH Innovation Readiness Level Tool of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Consultation appointments with the hei_INNOVATION team:

Tel. +49 6221 54-12677


Open consultation at the hei_INNOVATION HUB (Im Neuenheimer Feld 370, Heidelberg):

  • every Tuesday, 10 am - 3 pm | 

We recommend that you make an appointment via the mail address above.


Science Value Heidelberg GmbH's next consultation appointments on IP management at the hei_INNOVATION HUB, from 10 am to 12 am:

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024


Target group

All members of Heidelberg University can take advantage of our consulting services – no matter whether you are a student or professor.

First session

In the first session, we talk about some fundamental questions: What is your project about? What’s your status quo? What are your objectives and challenges?

Status quo of your idea

No matter if your idea is just an idea at this point or if you already have a complete business model, everybody is welcome.

Online- and offline services

We offer on- and offline consultations. Usually, appointments last about an hour.


When your objective has been defined, we can work together on the implementation process. To accomplish this, we offer a structured consulting process (early stage consulting) that will lead you to a solution as quickly as possible. We cannot provide legal advice as part of the start-up consultation.


Frequently asked questions

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