Frequently asked questions

Anything you need to know about the IdeaLab!

General questions

What’s special about IdeaLab! – The Founders’ conference?

IdeaLab! is the biggest founders conference in Germany, entirely organized by students.
It is famous for its unique platform that enables the exchange of ideas and opinions between international students, entrepreneurs, academia and professionals.
We are not only uniting successful founders from all over the globe with ambitious students and renowned academics, but also create an inspiring atmosphere for interesting and stimulating discussions through workshops, speeches and panels. Furthermore, we offer speeddating opportunities with investors and representatives from well-known VC’s.
Thus, our participants have the chance to get in touch with the most famous personalities of the start-up scene.

When and how long does the conference take place?

On October 10 & 11th we will open the doors to this years IdeaLab! 2014. The two day event begins Friday morning ending Saturday night with our amazing closing party. You are more than welcome to stay until Sunday to have a more convenient trip back home.

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How can I apply for this years’ conference?

Please follow these 3 easy steps to send in your application:
1. Click on the “Tickets” section on our homepage
2. Fill in the information asked for and upload the following two PDF files
      i. your CV
      ii. a little essay addressing the question “How will the future of the start-up scene look like?” (max. 150       words)
3. Send in your application Application is open from May through September.

When do I get informed of my application status?

We start processing your application as soon as you have handed it in. However, we cannot promise to get back to you before Juli 1st. Nevertheless, we intent to respond to our international applicants earlier as we want to make your travel planning easier.
If you have any questions concerning your application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Directions, accomodations & more

How do I get to WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management?

There are four airports close to Vallendar:
Frankfurt International (105km), Cologne/Bonn (95km), Düsseldorf (152km), and Frankfurt Hahn (97km)
From there – and everywhere else in Germany – you can easily reach Vallendar by train. The local train station is just a 2 minutes walk from the WHU campus.
There will also be a shuttle service provided for all participants arriving at the airport on Thursday night and Friday morning.

What about accomodation?

You are invited to stay at our lovely students’ homes. Therefore, it might be good to bring your sleeping bags and mats.

Tips and hints

• Dress Code: Smart Casual
• Bring print versions of you CV
• Bring business cards
• Don’t forget your sleeping bag and mat
• Bring a smile and some motivation! 
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