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Europe’s premier student-led startup conference 

Each year, we bring together young founders, seasoned investors and the most interesting persons of the startup scene as outstanding speakers.

Enjoy an amazing event, dive deep into the world of startups and experience the unique athmosphere at

IdeaLab! – WHU Founders’ Conference.

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More than just a startup conference

Meet great people and experience the unique IdeaLab! atmosphere

Meet people from all over the world

The IdeaLab! lives on the variety of people who join us every year and who are the key to make the conference become an unforgettable event.

For more than ten years, the IdeaLab! has been gathering the who-is-who of the start up scene: Experienced entrepreneurs
and ambitious students, young founders and renowned 
investors, with whom you will all connect at our conference.

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Have a great experience

The IdeaLab! conference is known for creating an unique and intimiate atmosphere, enabling you to have great conversations – way beyond the usual “business-card-exchange-networking” events.

Starting the day with a fresh coffee and crazy founding stories is just the beginning. Chat with experienced investors during our unique speeddating, our relaxed cocktail night or at the legendary after-party.

A few of last years’ speakers

Experience emotional stories, learn from the best and have a chat with some the world’s most interesting founders and investors
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Peter Read

General Partner, Google Ventures
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Oliver Samwer

Founder & CEO, Rocket Internet
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Philipp Moehring

Head of Europe, AngelList
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Stefan Glaenzer

Partner, Passion Capital
More than 20 high-class founders and investors are thrilled to meet you. Have a look at our complete line up.
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What people say about us

“I think it’s awesome. It feels intimate. It’s not like some corporate commercial thing that packs 8000 people into a room.”

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Sahil Lavingia
Founder of Gumroad

“The IdeaLab! is made by founders for founders. It is down to earth. It is about the founders themselves and I think that is what the true spirit of the IdeaLab! is all about.”

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Oliver Samwer
CEO at Rocket Internet

“I think this entire setup is pretty great, these are the kind of places where people make connections and think of new ideas. It really is a great model for other conferences!”

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Gregor Hochmuth
Early Employee, Instagram

“I like that it is a conference organized by students, not some big media company - it is the audience that is organizing it!”

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Eileen Burbridge
Partner at Passion Capital

“This is an amazing event! It is incredible!”

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Yuval Kaminka
Founder & CEO of JoyTunes

“IdeaLab! is wonderful. This is a place with fantastic speakers, a very vibrant community and lots of people who have the passion to founding new businesses.”

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Dorothee Ritz
Management Board, Microsoft Germany

“There is a simple answer why IdeaLab! is so unique: For our company Springstar, it is the first choice for getting high talented and very intelligent people.”

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Klaus Hommels
Venture Capitalist

“I love IdeaLab! It is a great conference - made by founders for founders.”

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Jens Begemann
Founder & CEO of Wooga

“I am here more for an educational mission, to share experiences in order to help you avoid mistakes that I made.”

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Stephan Uhrenbacher
Serial Entrepreneur and Business Angel
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