Projects Adlershof - Adlershof Founder's Lab - Adlershof Founder’s Lab Application

Application procedure and requirements for the Adlershof Founder’s Lab

Who may apply?

  • Founding teams consisting of a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 3 people are eligible for funding
  • Founders with an academic background and a college degree
  • A maximum of 1 team member per team may accepted without a college degree if they can present relevant work experience of at least 5 years
  • Team members cover relevant interdisciplinary technical and economic professional skills
  • The founders’ place of residence (registered address of the main residence) should be Berlin
  • Potential beneficiaries shall also be the key personnel during the start-up phase, business model development, product development, and, later, management of the company
  • Business model and the resulting company are geared towards economic success and the commercial exploitation of the business idea
  • Important: Founders who have been funded through an EXIST founder’s grant / EXIST research transfer grant, or other business founder’s grant aimed providing a livelihood are not eligible for funding and may not participate in the project (Team members must declare not to have received other founder’s grants upon applying)
  • Adlershof Founder’s Lab comprises a full-time basis scholarship (40 hour / week) and a minimum of 20 hours attendance at the co-working space IM.PULS


Application Procedure

First Step: Business Concept and CV

Required Documents

  1. Business Concept (maximum 10 pages) on paper:

    • Summary (1 page)
    • Product description (3 pages)
    • Founder team description (2 pages)
    • Market analysis (1 page)
    • Financial plan(1 page)
    • Marketing plan (1 page)
    • General description of the company (1 page)

  2. CV Founders (maximum 2 pages per founder)
  3. Detailed milestone plan broken down for every month of the 12-month funding period
  4. De minimis aid confirmation / funding eligibility (Please request via mail)

Second Step: Pitch your Business in front of the Founder’s Board

On Pitch Day, the founders pitch their business concept to the Founder’s Board.


In order to receive the grant, it is essential that there is proof of a registered residence in Berlin.


We currently don’t accept applications. The next application period for the Adlershof Founder’s Lab is planned for spring 2019.


Ralph Langanke
WISTA Management GmbH
Coordinator Adlershof Founder’s Lab

+49 30 6392-6020
+49 30 6392-6010

Tobias Kirschnick
WISTA Management GmbH
Head of IGZ Adlershof Business Incubator

+49 30 6392-6002
+49 30 6392-6010