Next batch starts – Empower2Build on 29.11.19

Kick off event:

Get ready for your first STARTUP experiences and apply now!

Venue Kick off: The new CAMPUS LAB, Forum, Bildungscampus

What awaits you

Do you have the first idea for your business model or product? Perfect! Join our Empower|2|Build program to get a first rendezvous with reality. We will enable you to work on your problem solution fit in our 8 weeks program. 

We provide knowledge, methods, and tools to build and test your business hypothesis by collecting data with potential clients. The challenge consists in identifying a real-world problem and prototyping fist solutions for it.

Test yourself as an entrepreneur. And maybe this is could be the launch of your own startup. We’ll show you how to take off. 

  • Get started with our eight-week part-time program.
  • We connect potential co-founders and help build the team.
  • We help academic teams validate their research in the marketplace.
  • We pick up problems from industry and develop innovative solutions.
  • We help you better understand the problem and validate your start-up idea.
  • Experienced coaches accompany you and your team

We look for you with your strengths. Apply and become a Startupper!

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The timeline for your success story

Fri, 29.11.19 / 16:30 - 21:00


Sat, 30.11.19 / 09:00 - 17:00

Customer & Problem

Wed, 04.12.19 / 18:00 - 21:00


Wed, 11.12.19 / 18:00 - 21:00

Value Proposition Development

Wed, 18.12.19 / 18:00 - 21:00

From Concept to MVP

Wed, 08.01.20 / 18:00 - 21:00

Concept Review

Wed, 15.01.20 / 18:00 - 21:00

Revenue & Costs

Wed, 22.01.20 / 18:00 - 21:00

Pitch Preparation

Thu, 23.01.20 / 18:00 - 21:00

Graduation Day

Why to join?

After successfully completing the Empower2Build program, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply Design Thinking, Needfinding, Ideation methods to stimulate creativity and identify business opportunities.
  • Implement project-based, interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Design prototypes to demonstrate their proposed solutions and receive feedback.
  • Design a short business plan, short presentation, and teaser video to effectively communicate the business value
  • To deliver own project results and to defend them before an audience of like-minded people, academics and practice partners

Besides this, the new CAMPUS LAB will be the workspace for you and your team. Enjoy the great inspiring atmosphere and get in touch with our startup community.

Good things to know

Do we get support by coaches?

We offer you a great network of experienced and dedicated coaches. We will introduce you to all coaches and strongly recommend that you apply to one of them afterwards. You will probably meet your coach (virtually or locally) once a week.

You don't have an idea of your own?

No problem! We simply network you with a team with an idea. Another alternative are our “sponsored ideas”: Our industrial partners regularly tell us about problems they encounter in their day-to-day business, which we then develop into sketches of ideas. The advantage? With each predefined idea of our partners, you automatically receive a mentor from the company.

You have an idea of your own?

Great. Tell us as much as possible about it in your application! All ideas we work on at the Academy should have what it takes to become Unicorn. Pitch your  idea to Tim & Hannes (Startup Lab & Corporate Lab). Our bar is high: we are looking for innovations that create real value and digitalize the everyday life of our users in a sustainable way. We favour B2B business models and want to see real market potential! We don’t bake small rolls. Our goal is at least tenfold growth!

Your business idea doesn't work. Restart.

Sometimes business ideas don’t work as planned. Don’t panic! This is normal and absolutely no reason to give up! Be open, accept the feedback, work with it, rethink. If your original business idea still leads you into a dead end, we will evaluate the situation together, discuss new solutions or redefine the idea. Don’t worry. This is quite normal in the life of a founder!

What happens between meetings?

Between the workshops, the focus is on implementing what has been learned. You have to organize yourself in your team: When do you meet? How do you exchange data? Who takes over which tasks? You have to apply the findings from the workshop weekends and Meetups to validate your idea! Interviews, conversations, surveys … that is, roll up your sleeves and get started! And best – we offer you & your team a nice working place at our new CampusLab.

What happens at the meetings?

The workshop weekends will be led by Tim (Startup Lab). In the workshops, he and his team explain methods to help you validate your business idea. After the event, we will send you Tim’s presentation and a list of “homework” that you and your team will work on until the next meetings. Step by step you gain data. They flow into a startup presentation – a pitch deck – which you then present on our stage on the final day – the Graduation Day.

What happens at the Graduation Day?

The Graduation Day is the closing event of the Empower2Build program. Before you go on stage for your final pitch, we’ll make sure you’re ready and have a convincing pitch deck. We’ll invite our startup community and an expert jury will listen to you on stage that evening, evaluate your business case and your pitch and ask questions. The winner gets … well, let’s surprise you!

Is catering provided?

Yes, we will provide you with drinks, snacks and food. So there are no excuses not to participate.

What comes next after the E2B program?

It’s simple: It depends on you! Anything is possible!
We recommend that you talk to your team members before Pitch Day to clarify everyone’s expectations: Who is interested in what? Who wants to continue? Although we would like all participants to discover their Startup DNA, experience shows that not everyone wants to continue. If you want to continue, you can apply for membership in our Camps Lab. It includes 3 to 6 months of coworking, participation in workshops and individual mentoring.

How much time do I have to plan?

We expect 100% attendance at the meetings. However, the actual work takes place between meetings and is just as important. Prepare yourself for eight intensive weeks, during which you should invest at least 1-2 hours a day for the idea and its validation.

Your contact for more info


Do you have questions about the program? Or would you like to pitch your idea to Tim in advance?

Then write him a message and discuss the next steps.

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