H_Ventures is a startup-readiness program for entrepreneurs - with or without a business idea. Over 9 weeks, learn what it takes to build a startup and be successful.

Program Date

Fall Edition: 13 Sept. - 04 Dec.

Application Deadline

August 13




Yes, you can!

H_Ventures is a 9-week free startup program that gives first-time entrepreneurs 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 professionals and students with diverse backgrounds to launch ventures using data, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).

Live workshops & events will take place in the evening in TechQuartier's innovation hub.

Who should apply?


H_Ventures is ideal for change-makers from all backgrounds who want to start a data-driven business in Hessen. Are you looking for co-creator and hands-on startup-building workshops? This is your program!

Or do you just want to taste the startup life?

It’s also the perfect place for future founders and entrepreneurs to experience how to build a business while being part of a team and learning about artificial intelligence (AI). No startup experience is necessary. Just a strong desire to help build a business that uses data technology.

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.

I have an idea for a startup.

Glad you’re here. We are looking for entrepreneurs who are already building a venture business or have an idea using AI, machine learning and big data.This program will help you build and grow your team, refine your product vision, grow your network 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-creator and learn hands-on what it takes to launch a data-driven business. Teams need people from all backgrounds and areas of expertise who are creative, driven and excited to work together. Your area of study and background isn’t as important as your enthusiasm for technology and building solutions.
"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. “

H_Ventures Edition 3 starts in September 2023

  • Application Deadline: 13 August
  • Interviews: 21-22 August - virtual
  • Program Start Day: 13 September - Live in Frankfurt
  • Demo Day: 04 December - Live in Frankfurt


13 Sept. -01 Oct.

Team Formation

Validate your business idea & build your team

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 matching events.


06 - 18 Oct


Meet founders, mentors and coaches across Hessen

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.


31 Oct - 04 Dec

Incubation & Validation

Be mentored & coached by experts

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.
Need more information or have questions?
Contact our Innovation Manager, Cristian Frigo