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RWTH Incubation Program

Apply now to join our integrated incubation program and become our next unicorn!

The RWTH Incubation Program is a pre-seed stage start-up program, with a focus on deep-tech, established to support founders in Europe to get their start-ups off the ground.

The RWTH Incubation Program duration is 4-months and it is designed to give start-ups the professional support they need to make their business model sustainable and ready for investment - all around our six tech-focused incubation verticals, supported by RWTH institutes and our strong partner network. This program will help you to build your prototype, get your product to market, and secure additional early funding - by giving you access to our deep network & setting you up for success!

The Incubation Program consists of the following core elements:

  • 6 Topic-specific Verticals
  • Access to our Co-working Space
  • Exclusive Workshops and Training
  • Mentoring Program
  • Individual Coaching
  • Cross-university Co-Founder Network
  • Demo Days & Social Events
  • Access to a broad network of venture capitalists (VCs) and business angels (BCs)

To find out more about our program, check out this video or visit our website.

Target Group and Requirements:

Target Group

Mature founding teams with an initial pre-seed investment (e.g. EXIST) or a remaining runway for at least 6 months that seek to make the next step in getting market-ready and securing additional funding.


  • Motivated start-up teams with a clear deep-tech-focused business plan

  • Initial pre-seed investment (e.g. EXIST, bootstrapped) or a remaining runway for at least 6 months
  • Full-time commitment from all founders, which means we expect to see at least one representative of the start-up in attendance at all program workshops and meetings. Participation will amount to approximately 3-5 hours per week.
  • One does not need to be a current student or researcher of the RWTH University Aachen to qualify for the program - all founding teams from Europe are welcome to apply

Application Deadline:

May 25th , 2021

Startup Selection Process:

Promising applicants will first receive a 15-minute 'Get to Know Each Other' phone call, followed by a 30-minute in-person meeting with our selection committee at the beginning of June 2021.

The final decision will be announced to all teams by late June.

Launch Date Fall 2021 Batch:

August 2nd, 2021

Duration & Format: 

The program is 4-months long and is executed in a hybrid format, meaning a combination of digital and live events, therefore no relocation is required.

Mandatory participation of all founding team members during our kick-off event at the beginning of August 2021.

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