Accelerator Program

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What is upCAT?

UPCAT THE ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME FROM ENTECHNON

Do you have an initial idea for your own company and need a boost to turn it into reality? Then our Start-up Catalyst – upCAT – is the right place for you.

upCAT is a joint offer of enTechnon, the Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management and the KIT-Gründerschmiede.

 

Teams of scientists, researchers and students from the KIT environment, KIT partners and the Helmholtz Association may participate. Important: You and your team should focus on Deep Tech.

THE PROGRAMME

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AT UPCAT?

At upCAT, everything revolves around your business idea: You and your team learn relevant methods, tools and competences and implement them directly in your business idea. Together with trainers and mentors, you will work on your business model, your value proposition or the acceleration of your market entry.

 

Our accelerator follows a very simple structure: short theoretical input on the methods, practical application to your own start-up project, feedback loops with the upCAT team and the other participating teams.

 

At the end of the programme is the Demo Day: pitching to potential investors and the regional start-up community.

 

What makes upCAT special:

  • a tailor-made programme that specifically addresses the needs of early-stage founders
  • a broad network from science and industry
  • Targeted support for scientists who want to turn research into companies
  • Help with team building
  • Pitch training & social media marketing

THE NEXT ROUND

UPCAT – ISSUE NO. 11

Registration for the next edition of upCAT is now open.

Issue No. 11 will start at the end of September. Details on the exact schedule will follow shortly.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

The upCAT team

You still have questions? Then contact our upCAT team:
Internationalization

Ralph Henn

#Research #Entrepreneurial Ecosystems #upCAT Accelerator #Entrepreneurial Education #Early-Stage-Investment #Mentorship

 

+49 721 608-47306

ralph.henn@kit.edu

Founder Consultancy

Allen Mohammadi

# Pitching #Mentoring #Founder Consultancy #upCAT #Joint Entrepreneurship School #Start-up Competitions

 

+49 721 608-47335

allen.mohammadi@kit.edu

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OUR SUPPORTERS

OPINIONS ON UPCAT

We asked the participating teams what their experience of the accelerator programme was like. What did they particularly like about it and why would they recommend it to others? Here we have compiled some of the voices as an impulse to also apply for upCAT.
Start-up Inventife

Unsere Erfahrung mit upCAT:
upCAT war eine sehr inspirierende Veranstaltung für unser Team von Inventife. Verschiedene Referenten haben uns in mehreren Sessions viel über Geschäftsplanung, Marktanalyse und Pitching beigebracht. Während dieser “Lektionen” und in Einzelgesprächen erhielt jedes Start-up Antworten auf sehr spezifische Fragen, was bei größeren Veranstaltungen nicht möglich ist. Mit dem Netzwerk von Mentoren und Industriekontakten hinter upCAT sind wir nun erfolgreich in unserer frühen Start-up-Phase.

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