About us

transforming technology into business

IT Inkubator GmbH is a company of Max Planck Innovation GmbH and Saarland University Wissens- und Technologietransfer GmbH (WuT).  The task of the IT Incubator is to develop outstanding ideas, technologies as well as research results from the fields of information and communication technology (ICT) through an incubation process, to found new companies (start-ups) for commercialization, or to grant licenses to new ICT technologies for further development and commercialization to established industrial companies.  

Based within the Start-up Center of Saarland University with its international research facilities, we are exactly where information and communication technologies are created. The heart of our team beats digitally: Equipped with vast experience in a dynamic environment, we know how to develop and drive technology-based business models.

The incubator

the stairway to success

At the heart of the IT Incubator is our unique incubation program, designed to meet the exact needs of high-tech entrepreneurs. Whether you've just started thinking about building a business or have already found your ideal co-founders, this modular program will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to finally get started. We've vetted more than 100 startups and helped many of these teams successfully launch their startups. We're fully equipped to help you overcome obstacles and help you jumpstart your business. In addition, we provide your business with pre-seed assistance to avoid financial bottlenecks before you enter your seed round.

Learn more in the details below or in our portfolio!

 
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preparation phase

Teambuilding, coaching and mentoring to help you develop your product concept and businessmodel.

acceleration phase

Product planning, customer focus, dynamic and lean project management to develop your MVP or prototype! 

funding phase

Determine cash and financing needs, prepare materials for investors, connect with top seed investors, and provide legal support.

What our founders say

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Dr. Endre Palatinus

CEO and Co-Founder at d:AI:mond

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"The IT Incubator has given us all the support needed to navigate the learning curve of B2B. They paved the way for our success with internal and external mentoring and gave us access to their network."

Apply now!

You have a start-up idea that you just can't get out of your head?

 

You want to work closely with other innovators and founders to maximize the success rate of your startup?

 

Then apply now, we are looking forward to your idea!

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For companies

We make businesses ready for the future!

Are you looking to digitize your company or create innovative, digital products and services?

 

Do you want your company to attract the brightest talent or integrate agile methods, rapid prototyping, and a "startup feel" into your company?

 

Then partner with us! We have exactly what you need: a place for risk-free testing, systematic knowledge, and programming power. 

 

Our team

our experience = your benefit

Our team has vast experience in operational and strategic roles within the tech space.

 

We are connected to dynamic startups and well-known global market leaders and are the ideal partner for your company or project.

 

We equip you with the latest agile product and project management tools to help you scale your business.

 

Learn more about us through our partners and incubation managers!

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This is us

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Ralf
Zastrau

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Managing Director

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Nina Schuhmacher

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project coordinator

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Matthias Eßling

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incubation manager

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Chris
Dorsey

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Operating partner

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Wanda
Helfer

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Be a part of it!

Are you passionate about information/communication technology and startups? Do you want to help scientists become entrepreneurs and create breakthrough companies? Then come and join us! We are permanently looking for young talents and experienced leaders!

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News

You want to know what is currently happening in the incubator? Here you will find current information and the most important news!

 

Get in touch

You have an idea for a technology-based startup?

 

You want to advance your startup and are looking for content and financial support? 

 

Contact us via our form below and we will get back to you.

 

Funding from the State Chancellery 

The State Chancellery of Saarland supports the IT Inkubator GmbH. The funding is an important building block for the stabilization of successful structures for the establishment and support of companies in their early stages. At the same time, preparations for the future development of the IT Inkubator into a venture builder are to be supported.

"With the funding, a building block has been created to be able to significantly expand and further professionalize our activities in the future. With this, we want to transfer start-up ideas into concrete companies as well as accompany them in their development. The planned further development into a venture builder in the technology sector is also linked to the goal of leveraging additional start-up and growth potential. In addition, a stronger cooperation with all actors in the region is planned in order to make optimal use of all opportunities and synergy effects in the Saarland and to implement them entrepreneurially," says Ralf Zastrau, Director of Entrepreneurship at Saarland University.

 

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