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Startup Batch #2

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Applications are now closed and being reviewed. We will reach out to every applicant shortly.

We are looking for:

Highly ambitious teams with a scalable business idea.
Tech startups who are less than 5 years in the market.

Deadlines:

Applications
30th April 2018
Final idea pitch (shortlisted teams)
8th May 2018
Final decision
15th May 2018

Success.

The ZOLLHOF Batch #1 startups have already achieved great things in a short time.

Smart City System GmbH aims to establish the perfect infrastructure for smart cities by tracking every possible object in cities via upgradeable sensor technology. The Internet of Things solution not only enables comprehensive city analysis but also reduces city traffic due to its navigation feature which guides drivers to free parking spaces thereby optimizing parking space utilization.
Thanks to their innovative achievements, the young and dynamic team was invited to the Pitch Night of the Digital Hub Initiative in Berlin this March. They were among a small group of startups -selected from all over Germany- who had the chance to pitch their idea in front of leading VC representatives.
MatchManao (formerly Matchworking) has developed a system that matches the project participants, who not only fit in with the project and the respective contact person, but also with regard to their working methods, values and personality.
The startup was awarded in the business plan competition of northern Bavaria. Competition was strong, only 10 startups were honored for their innovative business ideas.
IT-Labs GmbH is developing an intelligent care management platform to interlink all employees involved in the care of chronically ill patients. With more efficient and easier processes, the startup is striving to increase the quality of patients' lives.
In the framework of the program Start?Zuschuss!, an initiative from Gründerland Bayern (Entrepreneurship department within the Ministry of Economics, Energy and Technology), tech-oriented startups with a digital focus can gain financial support for their starting phase. Numerous startups from whole Bavaria applied for the support program. IT-Labs stood out with its innovative business model and was selected as one of 10 startups to be supported in 2018.
"ZOLLHOF supported us to quickly gain foot as a young startup. Thanks to the network in and around the startup incubator, we have built great connections to other startups and experts. I can highly recommend joining Zolllhof to every tech startup."
— Güven Karakuzu, Founder - IT-Labs, ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator
"It doesn't matter if it's 8 AM or 11 PM, you never work alone at the ZOLLHOF office. You have high-quality startups around so you can ask for advice or feedback anytime."
— Thorge Harms, Co-Founder - Smart City System, ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator
"We see many advantages of being based at ZOLLHOF. I would highlight the events where startups can build long-term valuable contacts to potencial investors, corporate partners and other startups. Networking is a crucial topic for our business model, that's why we are happy to attend the ZOLLHOF events."
— Alexandra Brückner, Co-Founder - MatchManao, ZOLLHOF Tech Incubator

Benefits.

Six reasons for working with us.

You Never Walk Alone

Exchange with other experienced founders in the ZOLLHOF family. Overcome the daily challenges of the startup life together.

Tap Into Our Network

We have friends in the business! Connect with our excellent corporate partners, investors and mentors. Be part of the German startup scene.

Learn How To Startup

Need support? We have many events and workshops held by the smartest entrepreneurs.

Your Starter Kit

Get our awesome partner kits and save up to 15.000€ (Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, Digital Ocean).

No-Shares Policy

We don't take shares in your company!

Office Sweet Office

Get 24/7 access to our open office space. Free coffee and printing is included. It is only 89€ a month.

You Never Walk Alone

Share your challenges with other startups. We have teams in various founding stages and diverse sectors. Exchange with our interdisciplinary community and learn from each other's experiences. The startup journey comes with a lot of ups and downs, but you never walk alone.

Learn How To Startup

Develop your professional know-how, learn relevant skills and grow your business. We offer expert workshops & events. You need help in specific areas such as marketing, design, IT, laws or other fields? We have experts and other entrepreneurs who can support you on the way.

Your Starter Kit

Benefit from our awesome partner deals:

3.000 $
Google Cloud Platform credits

5.000 $
Amazon Web Services credits

5.000 $
Amazon Web Services Business Support

80
Amazon Web Services Self-Paced Labs credits

10.000 $
DigitalOcean infrastructure, training, mentorship credits

Tap Into Our Network

We have friends in both the startup and business worlds. Invest into your future with ZOLLHOF at your side. Get access to our networking and know-how events to expand your own invaluable network.

No-Shares Policy

We don't take shares in your company. In contrast to other incubators we are funded by our well-known corporate and public partners who support us in our mission to make entrepreneurship happen!

Office Sweet Office

Keep working! Don't get distracted by organizing facilities and equipment. In our Office Sweet Office we provide you with:

  • 24/7 co-working space access
  • Meeting rooms
  • EventSpace
  • Office supplies
  • Tech equipment & WiFi
  • Kitchen with free coffee & fruit

Partners.

Our founding partners, corporate partners and supporters.

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"ZOLLHOF is the new hub for startups in Germany. If ZOLLHOF had already existed at the time Flixbus was founded... who knows... maybe our headquarters would be in Franconia now."
— Daniel Krauss, Founder and CTO — Flixbus, Munich & Berlin
"ZOLLHOF - Tech Incubator has in a short time gone beyond idea or concept. ZOLLHOF provides an inspiring environment and support structures for tech and digital startups that have the potential to develop into legitimate companies. When I visit ZOLLHOF it reminds me of the prominent incubator / accelerator StartX at Stanford University in Silicon Valley."
— Klaus Hambuechen, Partner Emeritus — The Angels' Forum (TAF), San Francisco
"ZOLLHOF is the puzzle piece the region was missing: a real hub for digital and tech startups. I highly appreciate the support of startups! Definitely exciting for me as a business angel."
— Heinz Raufer, Founder — hotel.de and Business Angel, Nuremberg

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FAQ.

You really don't take any shares? How do you make money then?
No, we really don't take any shares in your company. Our well-known corporate and public partners support us in our mission to make entrepreneurship happen!
Do you help me get funded?
You can tap into our investor network. Plus, you can get expert feedback from us and other entrepreneurs on investor readiness. Also, we are always on the lookout for available startup funding opportunities.
I have just an idea and no team. Can I still apply?
For our Batch #2, we only take teams. If you are looking for your A-team, join our networking events & find your co-founder(s)! If your technology or business model is brilliant, send us an email anyway.
My startup doesn't fit your topics of interest like VR etc., can I still apply?
If your team focuses on tech with a scalable business model, we are happy to take your application.
What are the conditions to rent office space at ZOLLHOF?
We offer 6-month contracts with monthly cancelling option for up to 2 years for only 89€ per month. Affordable, flexible, awesome!
What should I bring to the table? What expectations do you have?
We are looking for teams that are highly ambitious, work hard for their ideas and have a big vision.
I want to join the ZOLLHOF network but am not able to move to Nuremberg. Can I still apply?
The ZOLLHOF Fellowship Program, our remote support program, is open to teams from all over Europe. For Batch #2 we take up to 5 teams, so apply today!