XPRENEURS is a program for high-tech start-ups on their way from MVP to market entry. We support you to validate your business model, find first customers and secure your first investment.

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Our main focus

We are keen to work with start-ups in the in the pre-seed and seed stage with a strong high-tech focus. Specific technologies of interest see in the following. However, if you are working on a technology-based business that is not included in this list, don't hesitate to apply! We are looking forward to seeing creative and groundbreaking solutions in all technology fields.

Our program is completely free and we do not take any equity!


AgTech / FoodTech

AI / Quantum

BioTech / Clean Energy



Legal Tech



Sustainability / Impact


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  • Intense review and development of your business model

  • Weekly 1:1 sessions with the XPRENEURS program team

  • Ongoing exchanges with other founders participating in the program


  • Matched personal companion supporting your journey

  • Individual mentorship during and after the XPRENEURS program

  • Access to our industry partners and VCs


  • Bi-weekly founder insights provided by experienced entrepreneurs

  • Insights on Sales, Marketing, Operations, Finance, Team etc.

  • Learn by doing approach


  • Intensive pitch and presentation training

  • Making your business understandable for anyone – easy as 123

  • Getting you prepared for the Demo Day where you will meet with potential customers and investors

Within our XPRENEURS Incubation program, we run several specialized tracks.

XPRENEURS offers new tracks that are specifically targeted at different groups and provide more support. Find out if one of our tracks within our program is more suitable for you.

Built Environment Track powered by Nemetschek

Our Built Environment Track is powered by Nemetschek and supported by BEFIVE and TechFounders.

In the coming years, the built environment sector will undergo the most fundamental transformation of its existence. This offers innovative start-ups immense potential to become a driver of the change process. Building bridges between the “old” and “new” players is therefore a key success factor.

This accelerator program is designed for innovative companies operating in specific areas of technology within the Built Environment sector. We are seeking startups from the DACH region, Nordics, and the UK that have reached the post-product-market-fit stage and are already generating revenue. Our focus is on more advanced stages of development, emphasizing the importance of first revenue as an indicator of business viability.

Our accelerator is tailored for companies that are ready to scale and make a significant impact in the built environment sector. We provide a platform for growth, networking, and access to a wealth of industry expertise. Join us in shaping the future of the built environment!

Our entry requirements

We specifically encourage start-ups working on the following potential emerging technologies:

  • Cloud Applications for Legacy Software Solutions: In our Built Environment Track, we are looking for startups specializing in transitioning legacy software applications to the cloud. This includes cloud-based platforms for design, monitoring, and error detection in the built environment domain. Such technologies play a crucial role in enhancing the efficiency of architectural design software, construction project monitoring systems, and error detection tools used in building assessments. The use of cloud technology facilitates real-time data analysis and collaborative work environments, offering scalability and flexibility not available in traditional desktop solutions. While AI integration is not a mandatory criterion, its incorporation could significantly enhance the capabilities of these cloud applications.

  • AI Co-Pilots for AECO: We are seeking innovative AI solutions that assist architects and project managers in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Operations (AECO) sector. The aim is to develop AI co-pilots capable of simplifying the interpretation of complex building codes and managing vast quantities of project data. For instance, AI-enabled software that can instantly provide construction-specific information like optimal ramp dimensions for multi-family houses or real-time updates on site deliveries. Another area of interest is AI-driven tools for material sorting and inventory management on construction sites. These technologies could also include AI systems that estimate the quantity of materials like windows or other components required for specific designs, enhancing the efficiency and accuracy of project planning and execution.

  • Fintech in Construction: Our accelerator is interested in fintech solutions tailored to the construction industry. We are looking beyond basic billing and contractor management tools, focusing instead on technologies that offer sophisticated cost or revenue projections, cash flow optimization, and advanced invoice management. These solutions could include software for dynamic financial modeling in construction projects, predictive analytics for budgeting, and automated tools for managing complex invoicing processes. The goal is to streamline financial operations in construction projects, enabling companies to make more informed financial decisions and improve their overall financial health.

  • Automated Permitting Processes: We are also focusing on technologies that automate permitting processes in construction. These include software solutions that simplify and expedite the submission of documents to authorities for construction permits. By automating these processes, such technologies could significantly reduce the time and resources spent on acquiring necessary permits, thus accelerating project timelines. These solutions could integrate features like automatic document generation, compliance checks, and direct communication channels with permitting authorities. While AI is not a necessary component for these technologies, its integration could further streamline the permitting process, making it more efficient and less prone to errors.

Why join the Built Environment Track powered by Nemetschek


  • Powerful incubation services to the start-ups by XPRENEURS

  • Excellent access to relevant industry experts, mentors, potential customers and investors will be insured by BEFIVE(UnternehmerTUM's Built Environment Initiative, which works with well known established companies along the entire value chain)

  • Exchange of experiences with like-minded build environment start-ups

Any questions about our Built Environment Track powered by Nemetschek?
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Leo Martinez

Dr. Leonardo Martínez

Senior Venture Consultant

XLab Track

Our XLab Track is designed to help entrepreneurial scientists in their transition from lab to market

XLab is a track within our XPRENEURS incubation program exclusively targeted at scientists across universities and research organizations willing to commercialize high-tech, complete their team and accelerate this process to take the leap towards entrepreneurship. XLab offers more flexibility through virtual modules, lower intensity than the main XPRENEURS track but for a longer period of time (5 months instead of 3).

Our entry requirements

  • A clear problem - solution fit addressing a relatively well sized market (e.g.: our epigenetic analysis software can identify nutritional deficiencies related to aging, thus helping young adult population change diets to lower their aging rate)

  • Team of minimum 2 people with complementary skills

  • Ideally close to a minimum viable product that has received feedback from first potential customers (depending on the technology field, un-tested prototypes will not fit, for example)

Why XLab


  • Flexible integration of program with other obligations

  • Demand-based support for the gradual transition from science to business (e.g for IP & strategy, customers & funding)

  • Exchange with other entrepreneurial scientists across research organizations

  • Focus on matchmaking: mentors, investors, co-founders & talent pools


  • Making venturing programs more accessible and relevant for scientists

  • Exchanging experiences and using synergies to create more spin-off success stories

  • Building strong & diverse teams that combine tech and business expertise and are embedded in a powerful ecosystem

Any questions about our XLab Track?
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Barbara Mehner

Dr. Barbara Mehner

Managing Partner

Q&A session Batch #14
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Have a look into our Q&A to learn more about our program.

You can find the slides here.


example curriculum

Start ups
Week 1


Offsite & Kick-off

Calibration Sessions
Week 2

1st Stand-up

Investor Readiness
Week 3

Poker Night

Business Modelling
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6


XCONNECT Mentors & Alumni

Pitch Training & Revision
Week 7

2nd Stand-up

Legal Topics for Fundraising
Week 8

Angels Den

IP Strategy
Week 9Hiring & Team Building
Week 10
Week 11


XCONNECT Investors & Business Angels

Marketing & Branding Strategy
Week 12


B2B Sales Strategies
Week 13

Business Angels Stammtisch

Product Development (Alumni Insights)
Week 14Personal Development (Resilience for Founders)
Week 15


Week 16

Batch Closing


How to apply

  • Applications for the XPRENEURS program are currently closed. Batch #14 is running from September 5 until December 5. Get notified for our next application phase here and be part of XPRENEURS Batch #15.

  • First, we check if your application fulfills the minimum selection criteria for the XPRENEURS program. Then we will rate the different aspects of your application (e.g. product/service, team, or business model). The best 40-45 start-ups will be invited to pitch in front of the team. Finally, we will select 20-30 start-ups to participate in our program.

  • We generally accept start-ups from a wide range of fields. As minimum criteria, we require that your business model is based on a technological innovation, and that you already have a committed founder team with at least one full-time founder (no single founder). You do not need to have an incorporated company yet, but with a strong intent to fund a company. The field of our interest is mostly in the B2B market but on occasion, we also take in teams in the B2C/B2G market if its a strong team.

  • We ask you for some information on the basic cornerstones of your business (e.g. your team, product/service, business model, market). In addition, we also ask you to submit a short informal video introducing your team (max. 2 minutes). Please also upload your up-to-date pitch deck (max. 15 slides).

  • Application phase for Batch #15 starts on December 5, 2023 and ends on January 22, 2024.

  • Selection pitches will take place end of July 2023. We will send out acceptance and rejection messages by end of July at the latest.

About the program

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Vivian Wiljanen

Program and Event Manager