TUM Venture Labs for founders and founding teams

The TUM Venture Labs support you in making your start-up project a success, especially in the early phases of venture emergence until spin-off. The TUM Venture Labs offerings are continuously expanded and tailored to the specific needs in your technology domain. Benefit from access to state-of-the-art infrastructure at your school/faculty, individual consulting and program support as well as a broad, high-profile network.

TUM Venture-Lab overarching offers for founders and founding teams

Below you will find TUM Venture Lab's cross-disciplinary support services - take advantage of our entrepreneurial, technological, and market and industry expertise to advance your startup project. 

You can find support formats geared to the needs of your technology area on the pages of the individual TUM Venture Labs! This also includes more detailed information on courses, coaching and training as well as on spaces and infrastructure.

The TUM Venture Labs accompany your startup project in the early stages. Hereby, you can benefit from support offerings adapted to the domain-specific needs of a typical startup project in the respective phases. 

  • Individual support throughout your start-up journey - The TUM Venture Labs are providing you individual support along your journey by domain-experts with entrepreneurial, technological, market and industry know-how, as well as by the TUM start-up consulting

The TUM Venture Labs offer you individual consulting by our domain experts, who can either support you directly in subject-specific questions or refer you to other experts from the network. 

Duration: Individual support until spin-off

The TUM Start-Up Consultants support students, scientists of the university on their way to founding innovative companies in all important phases - from the business plan to the market evaluation to the application for funding.

Duration: Individual support until spin-off

Use the spaces and infrastructure of the individual TUM Venture Labs - depending on the technology field, you will be given access to e.g. labs, workstations or workshops. For more information on availability and access, please visit the relevant TUM Venture Lab websites.

  • Pre-incubation: We support you in the development of your business model - You have a technology with commercial potential and are looking for a suitable application area? Or do you want to solve a challenge in one of our tech domains with your scalable start-up idea? We would be happy to support you in defining your business model as well as in building a promising founding team

XPLORE Plus is a 3-month, free pre-incubation program offered by UnternehmerTUM for early-stage tech startups, preparing them for the next steps - incubation and initial funding.

The XPLORE matching process enables start-ups to match with highly motivated entrepreneurial talent and develop the start-up idea together.

Central aspects of the program are: 

  • Identification and analysis of target markets
  • Development of a convincing problem-solution fit 
  • Accompaniment during hypothesis testing
  • Development of an MVP strategy for software and hardware
  • Founder - Team and Leadership Development
  • Training in story-telling and pitching skills
  • Agile work

Duration: 3 months (part-time) 

Further information about applying as a start-up & as a talent

The Start-up Services are a demand-oriented and phase-independent trainings coachings offered by UnternehmerTUM to your team. In the formats you can deep dive in the areas of:

  • Market Readiness and Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Prototyping and Product Development
  • Business to Business Sales
  • Leadership and Self Empowerment
  • Agile Mindset and Organizational Development 
  • Team Development and Talent Acquisition
  • Financing Options and Investor Pitch
  • Business Model Design

You can access the individual coachings and trainings as part of the TUM Venture Labs venturing program, just get in touch with us. 

Duration: Demand-oriented trainings (1-2 days) and coachings

  • Incubation: We support you on your way from MVP to market entry - You already have a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and are an (almost) complete team whereof some of you are already fully committed to the start-up project? We support you in validating your business model, acquiring your first customers and raising your first investment

XPRENEURS is an incubation program for high-tech startups. In the 3-month full-time program, we support strong early-stage teams on their path to market entry by helping you validate your business model, acquire your first customers, and secure your first investment. Here, your team will cover areas such as:

  • Product-Market-Fit
  • Marketing and B2B Sales
  • Company formation and valuation 
  • Financial planning and fundraising
  • Negotiations with investors

Duration: 3 months 

More information


How do you get support?

Do you want to benefit from the support offered by the TUM Venture Labs? Answer a few short questions about yourself as well as your start-up project and directly get in touch with the Venture Lab that is relevant for your tech domain. In a personal meeting, we will identify suitable support formats and discuss the next steps!

What do you need to bring along?

Show us your start-up project or idea to benefit from the support of the Venture Labs and explain the following elements:

  • Innovative idea in the high-tech field, based on a strong scientific foundation, with the intention to found a company – alone or in a team
  • Promising and scalable commercial potential
  • Affiliation with TUM, which is given when at least one team member is a scientist, student, employee or alumnus of TUM or associated with cooperating institutions.
  • At the time of your application, no company has yet been established