The “founder is the loneliest person” and “in the beginning, networking is everything”, these two phrases often come up in connection with founding and building a startup. But how do you find access to people and resources that will take you and your idea further – without having more in your pocket than the potential of your idea and drive to implement it?
With the Open Innovation Cycle, we want to solve exactly this challenge. The Open Innovation Cycle is a program for digital and scalable ideas. The three-month cycle supports you in turning your ideas into validated and marketable value propositions and business models – because the beginning is nothing more than an idea! And best of all, your coaches are all founders themselves.
The program starts in the idea phase and accompanies you over three months until the pre- or seed phase. The Open Innovation Cycle provides you with startup-relevant skills, such as state-of-the-art startup methods, and mentors to develop your project. You will learn to form the crucial hypotheses and how to test them. You’ll gain the know-how to develop your startup quickly and with minimal resources. During the program, we will put you in touch with industry experts who will discuss your project with you.
Nobody is left alone! You use your new skills to advance your project in a group of five other startups. In cycles, you discuss your projects and procedures together and thus tap into the swarm intelligence.
By the end of the cycle, you have an initial company vision, a first marketable business model, and have developed a minimum viable product. At the end, you can present your project to a panel of experts who can provide valuable feedback and contacts for your advancement. Perhaps we will also find the first investors together. With the skills you have learned, you can continue your startup journey well prepared and have the tools for a digital and scalable project at hand.
With our help, you can also prepare for participation in an incubator, accelerator (e.g. ESA BIC) or the Starthaus Coaching Program. We also support you, for example, if you want to prepare the content of your project for EXIST funding. You will receive the EXIST application and the corresponding advice from our cooperation partner BRIDGE .
If you are unsure whether your project already or still fits into the program, simply contact us. Our experience shows that most projects can be supported by our program – regardless of their degree of maturity.
Open Innovation Cycle – This is where startups and innovations are born, shaped and developed successfully!