Apply now for the Cyber Valley Start-up Incubation Program

March 4, 2022

With the Cyber Valley Start-up Incubation Program, we give Cyber Valley scientists the chance to get their own start-up on the way in six weeks.

You don’t need a team, previous experience or a start-up project. All the tools you require for a successful start-up will be provided for you. Together with experienced start-up coaches, you will gain insights into topics such as team building, market analysis, prototyping and pretotyping, business models and start-up pitches. At the end you will get the chance to present your start-up project in front of a top-class jury and you can win valuable prizes.

Target Group

The incubator is aimed at all Cyber Valley scientists. Ph.D. students of the International Max Planck Research School for Intelligent Systems (IMPRS-IS) will receive 3 credit points upon successful completion of the course.

Procedure & Dates

The incubator is planned as a 6-week program with a full-day on-site workshop once a week (10:00–18:00 CET). The individual dates will alternate between Stuttgart and Tübingen. There will be a shuttle bus for participants from the other location. If the pandemic does not allow an on-site event, the event will be held virtually. The dates of the workshops are:

  • Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Friday, April 8, 2022
  • Friday, April 22, 2022
  • Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Friday, May 6, 2022
  • Friday, May 13, 2022 (Final pitch event)

The program is offered in English.

Application process

To apply for the Cyber Valley Start-up Incubation Program, a CV and motivation letter is required. The motivation letter (approx. one page) should explain why the applicants are interested in the program and describe a problem of the applicants' research or their everyday life they would like to solve with a start-up. Ph.D. students also requiere written permission from their supervisor (e.g. via email) to participate in the six appointments.

Please send your CV, the motivation letter and the permission from your supervisor via email

About Cyber Valley
Cyber Valley is Europe’s biggest research collaboration into artificial intelligence. Alongside the University of Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen, the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Fraunhofer Society as well as seven industrial companies are involved. Cyber Valley also receives support from four foundations.

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