Experience the great IdeaLab! atmosphere


Our diverse and kick-ass speeches will truly inspire you. By listening to renowned founders, VCs, corporates or impressive personalities you will gain priceless insights and feel the pains of founding your own company.


Learn from the best companies in our hands-on workshops and deepen your knowledge in intimate, small groups. We are sure you’re going to find the fitting workshop for you!


This is where the magic happens: Off-stage! Grab some refreshments, go out and mingle. Get to know students and founders or have a drink with our investors – and don’t worry, the coffee’s on us!

Investor Speeddating

More money is always better than less money - grab the chance and present your business to over 40 renowned investors. You have 4 minutes to convince them that you are the next big unicorn.


Partnering with HackZurich, we will welcome this year's winning teams right after an exhausting weekend of coding and newly created prototypes. Here, we will provide you with enough networking opportunities and business knowledge to start through.


Exclusively for this year’s conference we are going to introduce an unique PitchBattle with a jury consisting of four top-tier venture capitalists from Europe. We are offering you an once-in-your-lifetime-chance to pitch your idea in front of legendary investors.

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The simpleshow explains IdeaLab!

For us, entrepreneurship is about being an innovator: Facing risks, learning from mistakes, sometimes struggling on the way to success. It requires skills and experiences you cannot take from book-learning.
The IdeaLab! is renowned for creating a unique and uncomplicated atmosphere, enabling you to have great conversations, which go beyond the usual “business-card-exchange-networking” events.

What it’s all about

Our home

We are very happy to host IdeaLab! – WHU Founders’ Conference at our university WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. Vallendar is a lovely little town near the city of Koblenz.

It has been made a great place to stay by the people who live and study there and we can assure you that you will have a great time here!

Our family

Our IdeaLab! family is a very important part in organizing and hosting the conference. Our team is greatly supported by the previous team members who organized IdeaLab! 2014, IdeaLab! 213 and by our IL!-Alumni all around the world. This is how the IdeaLab! spirit drives the conference since 2001.

Proudly supported by our main partners