Startup Programs

Let's build a livable future together

A livable future is created by entrepreneurs and innovators. Their creativity, entrepreneurial power and passion is needed to respond to the industrial, economic, and social challenges of our times. With our startup programs, we inspire and empower innovators, entrepreneurs and existing startup teams to realize their ideas and bring their ventures and solutions to the next level.

Early-Stage Startups

Startups in their first business years in need to validate the business on the market, get access to industry knowhow or attract customers and investors.

Current running and former Startup Programs

Startup Programs that are running right now or already have been completed.

General Startup Support

Our booster is not the right fit for you? The time, industry or stage do not match your needs? The Founder Lab Membership is the right choice for startups of all stages and industries.

Partner Programs

We believe in innovation as a joint venture - therefore we join forces with amazing partners from different industries to offer you a wide network of experts, use cases, mentors and potential clients. Learn more about our BRYCK partner programs:

by Chemstars offers an industry-specific support program for deep-tech startups from chemistry, industrial biotechnology, material sciences and digital (with applications / use-cases in the chemical industry). Start-ups benefit from individual and tailored coaching sessions, access to industry experts and investors and joint communication activities as well as being part of a vivid support community. is supported and funded by global players in the chemical industry, the Verband der chemischen Industrie NRW (VCI NRW) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of NRW.

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Data Hub Ruhr

by Gründerallianz Ruhr

DataHub Ruhr is a business building program that connects start-ups with established corporations in the Ruhr region. As part of a three-month collaboration, start-ups and companies work together to develop innovative, data-driven solutions. 

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GUIDE Start-up School


The Start-up School is a qualification program for university employees that focuses on learning by experience. Therefore, the participants work on their own ideas and projects from the very beginning. The Start-up School is divided into the two programs "Start-up School BASIC" and "Start-up School ADVANCED". In combination, they offer an optimal opportunity to develop and deepen an entrepreneurial idea.

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H2UB Startup Sprint

by H2UB

The first H2UB Sprint powered by BRYCK takes place twice per year. A 10 week program with individual and group coaching sessions that supports hydrogen start-ups from Europe in overcoming current challenges and accelerating their ideas. With experts from business and science; individually adapted to your needs.

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sbm Orientierungskurs Unternehmertum


small business management (sbm) is a course offering under the GUIDE umbrella. In 2022, the program offers the "Orientierungskurs Unternehmertum“, with all-round support on the subject of entrepreneurship. The content is taught in 120-140 hours and course takes place mainly on weekends and occasional evening events during the week.
Besides further development of the entrepreneurial idea, technical, business and legal knowledge, the course focuses on the development of key entrepreneurial skills such as personality and performance.

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