Open Innovation Cycle – English version

A “founder is the loneliest person on earth” and “when you start your business network is everything”, these two phrases often coincide with a setup of a startup. But how can I gain access to people and resources that support me and my idea – without having more in my pocket than the potential of my idea and drive for implementation?

By providing the Open Innovation Cycle by Starthaus Bremen we want to tackle exactly this challenge. We are offering not only the periodic exchange of resources with other founders within a growing entrepreneurial minded community, but also rapid and resource-poor validation of your idea, value proposition and business model. In addition to that we facilitate to form a vision and strategy for your future company. Moreover we are aiming at shaping your business idea to a possible investor pitch.

Open Innovation cycle – This is where startups and innovations are born, shaped and developed successfully!

How is the Open Innovation Cycle structured?

Within 12 weeks, together with 4 other teams at various innovation hotspots in Bremen, you will plan your sprints (according to SCRUM) and benefit not only from the knowledge, from the network and probably from the resources of the other teams, but also from various individual one-to-one coachings and from weekly coaching sessions.

Participating in the Open Innovation Cycle begins with an One-Day Incubator – an one-to-one all-day workshop and a kick-off to explore, to model, and to shape intensively your vision, strategy, business, elevator pitch and to define carefully resources needed to validate the business model.

It continues with a SCRUM training – during a half day workshop, you also learn in an one-to-one setting how to plan the results of strategic planning in an agile way.

Now you are ready to participate in the Open Innovation Cycle over the upcoming 12 weeks. During this phase of the cycle you will be supported by weekly checks of your reached goals and planned activities as well as a continuous evaluation based on the learnings of experienced coaches and startups. Through the open exchange within the group, mutual synergies should be harnessed and new perspectives on one’s own actions demonstrated.

Halfway through the time, there is an intermediate pitch.

At the closing event, we will once again address your specific needs by linking you with potential pilot customers, mentors, investors or future employees. In this way, we want to give you the smoothest possible transition from incubation to the acceleration of your idea.

What are the goals of the Open Innovation Cycle?

Rapid validation and development of business idea and model via MVP design

Ensuring customer-centered development through integration of network partners

Learning and cultivating lean startup and agile methods in daily business
Being part of a group, mutual motivation, celebrating success together and dealing with setbacks

Optional mutual sharing of network contacts and resources

Linking to interested parties for pilot projects
Preparation for investor talks.

Who can participate?

Anyone who …

  • Is willing to deal transparently with his/her idea and his own processes and progress within the group
  • an innovative idea in a scalable business model,
    as well as every 3 weeks time for the participation in the joint sprint (on Fridays).

How to apply?

There is no fixed entry date. You can join continuously!

You find all information here.


Starthaus Bremen
Domshof 14/15
28195 Bremen

 Kostja Hausdörffer

Tel.: +49 (0)421 9600 – 494



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