Your own company in nine months

Application round for the new Ilmkubator Class open

The Ilmkubator - TU Ilmenau's start-up service - invites interested parties to apply for a place in the Ilmkubator Class 2023 by March 1. After three successful rounds, the intensive coaching program of the Gründerservice will start its fourth round in April.

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During the 9-month program, the participants of the Ilmkubator Class develop start-up ideas. Regular coaching sessions help them to draft a business plan, among other things.

Starting in April 2023, up to nine teams and individual founders will have the opportunity to further develop their start-up ideas in six modules with the support of Ilmkubator coaches, mentors from the business world and experts.

Comprehensive coaching program

During the 9-month program, participants in the Ilmkubator Class analyze the market for their start-up idea, identify target groups and develop strategies for entering the market. Legal and financial framework conditions are also considered in the Ilmkubator Class to pave the way for the start-up idea. Regular coaching sessions help participants to focus on their own goals, such as prototype construction or the first business plan. In addition, all participants are given their own office space and have the option of a non-cash budget of up to 300 euros, which can be used for prototype development, for example. The Ilmkubator also focuses on networking in the region and supports the participants with mentors from the business world and various events. These were found to be particularly useful in previous years, as one participant reported:

The Ilmkubator Class was worth a lot to us: meeting other founders, exchanging ideas and getting new input gave us a lot and helped us on our way. You just always knew where you could go and get help.

Participation in the Ilmkubator Class

The Ilmkubator Class program is aimed at students and scientists at the TU Ilmenau and is free of charge for them. Teams and individuals who are interested in the topics of founding and entrepreneurship can apply to participate in the coaching program. Whether thereby already a concrete establishment project is present or so far only an idea exists, is not decisive for the selection to the participation. What is important is the individual motivation of the applicants and the potential of the project.

The Ilmkubator would also like to explicitly invite international and interdisciplinary teams to apply. Research projects with start-up potential and projects with EXIST aspirations can also be funded as part of the Ilmkubator Class.

This year, for the first time, there is also the possibility of qualifying for the Ilmkubator Class through a team matching process: Interested parties without a start-up idea and those with an idea who would like to find a partner can apply to the Ilmkubator by submitting a short profile with their competencies or requests. The staff of the Founder Service will put together suitable teams from the submissions, which can go through the class together.

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Interested parties can apply by March 1, 2023, with a brief presentation of their idea and a profile via e-mail to All information on the required details can be found on the website at

Questions about the program and the application modalities can be clarified on February 9 (online) and February 23 (Ilmkubator Finnhütten) at 5:00 p.m. in each case during a consultation hour with the start-up consultant Julia Baumert. Pre-registration is not necessary.

The participants will then be selected from all applications in a jury process and contacted by the end of March. The first workshop module will take place as early as April and work on the start-up projects will begin.

Apart from the Ilmkubator Class, students and employees can also contact the Ilmkubator's start-up coaches at any time at and arrange consulting appointments or attend the Ilmkubator's events. All information about the Ilmkubator program and the Class can be found at and on social media on LinkedIn and Instagram.

The Ilmenau Ideas Incubator (short: Ilmkubator) is the start-up service of the TU Ilmenau and is funded in the line EXIST-Potentials by the BMWK and EXIST.


Laura Martin

Ilmkubator PR und Events