You’ve got your business idea, but you could maybe use a little support to flesh it out? Incubators and accelerators can help you develop a viable business concept and find networking partners, premises, infrastructure and mentors. A host of useful points of contact are shown on our map and in this list.
Services offered by Munich’s universities
UnternehmerTUM, the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the Technische Universität München, is in the business of identifying and building bridges between talents, technologies, capital and customers. UnternehmerTUM motivates students, scientists and business professionals to think and act like entrepreneurs. It also helps established companies and startups alike to use the challenges of our day to their own advantage by creating successful new businesses. The UnternehmerTUM Fund frees up capital for promising young tech companies that have international market potential.
The LMU Entrepreneurship Center brings together students and graduates who have a keen interest in entrepreneurship. Each semester 15 startups with promising business models are supported by the lab with free offices, coaching and access to a fantastic network. The LMU EC community meets at exceptional events in the digital field as well as at many more startup events like “Leading Entrepreneurs”. Besides, LMU EC also offers qualification programs and the LMU Spin-Off-Service (go to map).
The Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE), an offshoot of the Munich University of Applied Sciences, provides education and research programs in the field of entrepreneurship, as well as fostering innovation processes and the development of entrepreneurial personalities. SCE supports startups that are spun off from the academic community, accompanying young companies as they progress from developing ideas to delivering market-ready innovations. In July 2011, the SCE and the Munich University of Applied Sciences together became one of a total of six EXIST startup universities in Germany.
The Center for Technology and Innovation Management (CeTIM) is the entrepreneurship center run by the “Universität der Bundeswehr München”. The center has an international focus and supports industry-focused startup entrepreneurs from the academic environment by organizing networking activities, events and a wide range of other services.
The Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) is a joint research and teaching institution of two Munich universities, the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU). Its focus is on highly talented students, applied ICT research and promoting entrepreneurship.
TechFounders is a three-month international accelerator program that brings technology startups together with industry partners and venture capitalists.
Xpreneurs is the incubator for high tech startups from UnternehmerTUM. In the three-month full-time program they support early-stage teams on their way to market entry. The teams benefit from free office space, access to the MakerSpace, prototyping grants, coaching and mentoring.
Other incubators and accelerators
The new Munich Technology Center supports startup entrepreneurs and young companies in every area of technology during the launch phase, supplying suitable space and offering intensive coaching. Right next-door is the M-Campus technology park, which provides high-quality work spaces for established technology companies.
Based on the concept of coworking, WERK1 is designed to provide freelancers, startups and small businesses with business premises, office space and excellent opportunities to build networks. Events, workshops and a network of mentors give advice and support to young entrepreneurs.
The ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria startup program operated by the AZO Anwendungszentrum in Oberpfaffenhofen provides financial and technical support to young firms whose business model is based on the use of space technologies and/or space travel infrastructures for products in other (non-space) lines of business.
For a good 20 years, BioM has been supporting southern Bavaria’s biotechnology startup community. BioM acts as a general-purpose networking agency, covering everything from ideas to innovations, from business plans to subsidies, funding and the launch of new businesses. The network has a local, national and international footprint and gives startups the right contacts at the right time.
The three-month accelerator programme is looking for new business models , focusing on smart ideas for the ‘IoT-kitchen of the future’.
Media Lab Bayern is the right place for anyone who wants to help shape the changes digitization is bringing to the media landscape. Situated in the east of Munich, this coworking space and ideas incubator for digital journalism is open to young talents and offers a Founders Fellowship to support the launch of media startups.
The German Accelerator helps ICT startups to enter the US market. The program runs for three to six months. In workshops and seminars, young firms are brought together with IT corporations and venture capital companies. During their stay, they are coached by mentors. Workplaces are also made available.
The Innovation and Start-Up Center for Biotechnology (IZB) is one of the world’s top ten biotech hubs. At the complex in Planegg-Martinsried on the southwest edge of Munich, it offers both space and an extensive network to startups with a focus on medical biotechnology. North of the city, in Freising-Weihenstephan, the IZB creates optimal conditions for business startups in the life sciences sector.
NUTRION operates a Munich-based business incubator specifically to develop startups and entrepreneurial innovation. Nutrion also serves as a management consultant in the fields of organization, financing and communication.
The Retailtech Hub: MediaMarktSaturn promotes the development of digital companies in the electronics and retail industries at its tech accelerator facility. A mentoring program offers office space to complement three months of hands-on support.
ProSiebenSat.1’s three-month accelerator program runs twice a year. It provides consumer-focused startups with advertising time worth EUR 500,000, startup cash totaling EUR 25,000, mentoring services and office space. In return, the media company acquires a stake in the startups.
In this overview (german only) you do not find an incubator of its own, but a large number of different network partners in the field of social entrepreneurship.
The first Munich-based Digital Health Accelerator, created by Werk1 in cooperation with Roche and Plug and Play.
Startup Collaboration Space by Volkswagen Data:Lab Munich (go to map)
The Startup Collaboration Space of the Volkswagen Data:Lab in Munich supports innovative Startups of any stage in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing), Advanced Analytics and any other technology related to the automotive industry.
Wayra, the Telefónica Group’s startup accelerator, actively seeks business ideas in the internet and new technologies context. Funding, specialist mentors, training courses, professional business consulting and access to the Telefónica Group’s own business network are made available to startups – as is an office in the heart of Munich.
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