IdeaLab! - a WHU Initiative


WHU – Otto Beisheim School of
Management is the #1 German Business
School for degree programs. WHU offers
academic programs as well as education
for executives, following four core values
with courage and commitment:
community, cosmopoliteness,
entrepreneurship, and excellence.


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Welcome to IdeaLab!

Our Founder’s Conference is always packed with young entrepreneurs and visionairs. We make sure that every investor will meet a bunch of interesting startups that are looking for funding themselves. That is why you are exactly right at IdeaLab as an early stage investor.

We will take into account which investment preferences you have, and we will invite startups accordingly. And besides that, fun will never come too short at the event.


You Don't Want to Miss it?

Then secure your ticket now and meet founders with great ideas!


Our Speakers

We have dozens of amazing Speakers! Check out who we have announced already.





Our Sponsors

Our sponsors make the event possible. You will have the chance to talk to all of them.



Don’t worry about food, when it’s time for lunch you will find fantastic street food – for free of course. And don’t forget about the exquisite dinner in the atmospheric vault cellar.

Over 20 speakers distributed over several panels which cover the newest topics of the startup world. And every single speech is full of valuable lessons.

To get a hands-on experience, you can choose between several workshops to learn valuable skills in a relaxed manner.

At IdeaLab! there are no awkward formal conversations. Once you’re there, you can be yourself.

Have you ever seen an actual Pitch? No? Well, that’s going to change once you attend IdeaLab!. Over ten startups compete in front of several investors about funding and a fantastic prize.

Parties are the best place to connect with other people, so we have two for you. One of them on a boat on the river Rhine.

We have a comfortable investor’s lounge ready for you at the event. There you can speak with all the startups more privately and more personally. The investor’s lounge is an exclusive area for startups, investors, corporates, and speakers to facilitate business partnerships.

No matter if you want to get to your hotel late at night or if you need a ride from the airport to the IdeaLab! – Founder’s Conference, our shuttle service will give you a smooth ride in an adequate vehicle.

You can talk to all founders first hand and get the opportunity to invest before the startup is actively searching for investors. You can be the first person who sees the potential.

To make sure the event does not become stressful, we have a relaxation spot for you – the speaker’s lounge. Here you can hang out and connect with others.

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