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!

Don’t miss out on the chance to meet your future co-founder over a nice streetfood-meal, your investor at the dinner in an atmospheric location, your mentor at a workshop or speech, your future employer in a speeddating session or network at one of the epic parties.

As a student that loves the spirit of entrepreneurship, there is no better place to get inspired, learn and meet new people from around the world, than IdeaLab!


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.


This year’s  IdeaLab! will be unique in many ways. It will be one of the first in-person entrepreneurship events this year, and we have put together an outstanding program.



Send us your CV and apply to become part of the best Founder's conference of the year


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.



Free Accommodation

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

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.

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.

Watch our PitchBattle

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.

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.

Participate in Workshops

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.

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 and the other on our beloved university campus.

    Head of Participants & Speaker

    Head of Participants & Speaker

    Head of Participants & Speaker

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