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Ready for take-off in 6 months


In this programme, we accompany you and your start-up idea. We support you in all areas that are part of the start-up process, offer you a structural framework and support you financially.

What you can expect

Here you will find a small selection of the support and benefits that awaits you in the Incubation Programme.


Coachings by the hike Team,

that accompanies you through the process and actively supports you on your way to becoming a start-up.


For example, idea workshops, business modelling, financial planning, etc. from experienced experts.

Exchange and Pitch Events with the other Start-Up Teams,

and our mentor network partners. Here you can get valuable feedback from experts, make business contacts and get to know the other hike start-ups.


Help with Networking

with potential co-founders. You are alone and want support in the form of co-founders? We show you where and how to look for them.

Budget of up to 7500 Euro

non-cash expenses for e.g. training, website, material, software, trade fair admissions, etc.


Technical Equipment

Access to e.g. 3D printer, laser engraver, camera, etc. with which you can realise your idea.



At the end of the programme, you will also receive a certificate confirming the qualifications you have acquired.


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So fresh and so

The Incubation Programme is based on Lean Start-Up and Running Lean.

This means that we continuously test and adapt assumptions to achieve the best results.

Learn more about the phases of the incubation programme and Lean Start-Up

We support you

On your journey to becoming a start-up, there are many tasks and topics to take care of. Our interdisciplinary core team is there to support you in word and deed in weekly meetings.


Christian Zoll

Venture Developer

"I am your main contact in the programme and coach you through the process."


Jonas Mielke


"For technical questions on feasibility and prototyping, I am your contact person."


Thomas Herwig

Lab Operations Manager

"I can support you in networking and give you tips on motivation and work structure.


Nina Eberhard


"I support you with questions around design, usability and marketing."

Who can take part and how?

The Incubation Programme is primarily aimed at students and staff of Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences.

To participate, you need an idea. We also recommend ...


  • One meeting per week to reflect on your progress and discuss next steps.

  • a total weekly time investment of approximately 8 hours.


  • an interdisciplinary team, as there will be many different tasks in the programme. This is an advantage, but not absolutely necessary.

You don't meet all the criteria? Talk to us directly and we'll work out what solution might fit.

You don't meet all the criteria? Talk to us directly and we'll work out what solution might fit.

Tell us about your idea

Book a 30-minute appointment to tell us more about your idea and your motivation.

We will also tell you more about hike, our support options, possible next steps and of course answer your questions.

Where should the appointment take place?

Thank you very much!
We will contact you shortly to confirm the date.

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