Find your co-founder and launch your data-driven venture
Join the venture-readiness program, build your team, take your entrepreneurial first steps and feel that “Yes, I can!”
Registration is now open for spring 2023.
Applications close 12 February.
Yes, you can
H_Ventures is a 9-week startup program that gives first-time founders the knowledge and the connections to build a viable team and start data-driven businesses.Sponsored by the Hessen Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transportation and Housing and powered by Goethe University Frankfurt and TechQuartier, this program was created to empower young professionals and students with diverse backgrounds to launch ventures using data, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).Up to 25 ventures will be accepted to the program.
H_Ventures is ideal for data scientists from all backgrounds who want to start a data-driven business in Hessen and who are looking for new team members while working on business models.It’s also the perfect place for students, future founders and entrepreneurs to experience how to build a business while being part of a team and learning about artificial intelligence (AI). No data science or startup experience is necessary. Just a strong desire to help build a business that uses data technology.
Applications closed on 12 February
"H_Ventures offers a unique blend of founder matching with a fantastic hyperfocus on what really matters for your specific idea. It gave me the motivation to focus on innovation and my clients all while working with simply amazing people.”
Participant in 2022
I have a venture idea
Glad you’re here. We are looking for data experts who are already building a venture business or have an idea using AI, machine learning and big data in all areas of business.This program will help you build and grow your team, refine your product vision, and develop your data-driven business model.
I want to join a team
We have the perfect opportunity for you to join a team, become a co-founder and learn hands-on what it takes to launch a data-driven business. You do not have to be a data scientist, a student or originally from Germany. Teams need people from all backgrounds and areas of expertise who are creative, driven and excited to work together.From marketing to medicine, your area of study and background isn’t as important as your enthusiasm for technology and building solutions.
“H_Ventures is an amazing program for anyone who wants to validate an idea, make progress, or join a team. In one week, we learned more about business than I had learned over the last year. It is not always easy, but perfect for anyone who wants honest feedback and tips from real experts.”
participant in 2022
H_Ventures starts March 2023
Virtually & In-Person
For 9 weeks, you will have access to virtual networking events, workshops, keynotes, and input sessions. Participating in live events in Frankfurt and other selected cities around Hessen will offer you many opportunities for in-person contacts and self-paced virtual activities.
01 - 22 March
Start with ideation & building your team– virtually & in-person
Get a crash course in building a solid team and find your new co-founders with the help of HR experts.The Team Formation Phase includes virtual evening sessions and three in-person events in Frankfurt, team building exercises, instructions on working in Agile teams and a matching events.At the end of the program, a guided team readiness check will help you find who your team needs to thrive. The next step - Bootcamp!
24 March - 03 April
Meet founders, mentors, and coaches across Hessen– in-person
The one-week Bootcamp is an intense, hands-on learning experience in-person at TechQuartier and various locations across Hessen. You will join us for a whole week with full days of program.The program gives you the opportunity to work with experienced serial entrepreneurs and experts who are using AI, machine learning and big data. Moreover, you will learn what it takes to start and grow a successful business and get the chance to pitch your idea to a panel of investors.
17 April - 14 May
Incubation & Validation
Be mentored & coached by experts in their fields– virtually & in-person
After the Bootcamp, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the four-week incubation and validation period.This is where you'll put everything you've learned into practice and work on developing your business further.In addition, you will have access to networking opportunities, online educational sessions and investors.
get with H_Ventures
Find or join your team
Accelerate your idea in 60 days
Get free training, network access and mentoring from experts
Meet other founders and entrepreneurs in Hessen
Build and test your ideas with investors
Learn about fundraising, business modeling and product readiness
Tackle HR and legal considerations
Explore the potential of AI in many sectors
The chance to work in a hybrid structure with virtual meetings and many live events across Hessen
Earn a Certificate of Achievement
Get help to form and complete your team.
Receive guidance for launching your data-driven venture.
Get help to develop a data-driven business model.
Access exclusive resources and guidance from business experts.
What we expect from you
Be a team player
Enjoy working in diverse and interdisciplinary teams
Participate in all surveys by Goethe University Frankfurt
Have an open and tolerant mindset
Be respectful and friendly towards your team members and coaches
Bring enough time and mental capacity to focus on the program
Commit yourself fully to your team and challenges
Be motivated and passionate about entrepreneurship
Be ready to travel across Hessen to multiple live events
Meet Our Board of Innovation
Our Board of Innovation is made up of program jury members and mentors who will host input sessions to challenge and support the development of your venture ideas.
Dr. Kevin Bauer, Postdoc Researcher, Leibniz-Institut für Finanzmarktforschung SAFE
Dr. Michael Chromik, Tech Lead, DB Netz
Ingo Franz, Managing Partner Vectorpilot
Dr. Thomas Funke , Co-founder and Co-CEO, Tomorrows Education
Sarah Gronwald, Ecosystem Manager, TechQuartier
Prof. Dr. Dipl-Ing. Jörg von Hagen, Geschäftsführer ryon - GreenTech Accelerator
Sebastian Heinz, Founder & CEO, statworx
Tobias Kehl - Project Lead, AI Startup Rising
Dr. Thorsten Lambertus, Director DEEP, ESMT Berlin
Dr. Sebastian Schäfer, Managing Director & Co-founder, TechQuartier
Friedhelm A. Schmitt, Founder and Co-CEO Fincite GmbH & Fincite Ventures GmbH
Dr. Arndt Schwaiger, Entrepreneur and Advisor
Lea Vajnorsky - Consultant- Executive Search & Leadership Advisory - Russell Reynolds Associates & CEO Wo\men Inc.
"Too many promising venture ideas fail because either the right founding team is missing, or the team is dysfunctional and lacks the necessary skills and experience.With H_Ventures we build on our years of matching experience and take the team formation process to a new level. “
Dr. Sebastian Schäfer
Co-Founder and Managing Director of TechQuartier
Need more information or have questions, contact Cristian Frigo, Innovation Manager at TechQuartier.