IdeaLab! - a WHU Initiative


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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!

Do you wonder how we make IdeaLab! the perfect event for startups? If you represent your startup, you will have many additional opportunities to connect with others, raise funding, and get recognized by others. Besides the regular program, you have the chance to not only watch the Pitchbattle but to pitch your startup in front of dozens of investors. By the way, the winner of the Pitchbattle wins a fantastic prize that will give the venture an incredible boost (Last year’s award: 75.000€ media budget, 5.000€ cash, 10.000 AWS credits, Workshop from McKinsey & Company).



In addition, you get access to the investor’s lounge, where you can hang out and meet investors and other founders.


What we have ready for you

We are happy to announce that this years’ IdeaLab! Conference can occur on our campus again. Of course, we will abide by all necessary safety measures. We will keep you updated on how we make this possible.


To make it easier for you to meet potential investors, we mainly invited early-stage investors whose startup-type preferences match the startups attending.



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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.





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

Familial Atmosphere

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

Access to Investors Lounge

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

Free Food

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.

2 Parties at scenic locations

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.

Free Accommodation

If you want, we organize accommodation for you. You will then sleep in the apartment of another student.

Once in a lifetime networking opportunities

IdeaLab! is what you make of it. But be assured you will meet people that can give you an incredible boost on your way.

Participate in the Pitchbattle

Have you ever had the chance to pitch your idea in front of dozens of investors? No? Well, that’s going to change once you attend IdeaLab!. You get the chance to compete with the other startups for funding and an amazing prize (e.g. 10k in cash, 75k advertisement budget and support from top tier consulting firms).

Over 20 Speeches

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.

    Head of Participants & Speaker

    Head of Participants & Speaker

    Head of Participants & Speaker

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