Humboldt Founders Club

Humboldt Founders Club

Startup Programm

Humboldt Startup-Program

All information about the admission criteria, the process and the support services!



Our startup courses for Bachelor's, Master's and researchers provide the tools for entering the startup world— including credit points.


Funding & Financing

Within the framework of the Humboldt Startup Programme, the Prepare Phase, the Launch Phase including the Berlin Startup Grant and EXIST, offers attractive sponsorships for all start-up phases*. We also support funded startups in securing follow-up financing.


Startup Incubators

Our startup incubators in Mitte and Adlershof offer the necessary infrastructure and exchange platform for successful company development.

Coaching & Mentoring

Consulting, Mentoring & Coaching

External expertise and experience are essential for a successful startup. Our startup consultants and our entire network of coaches and academic mentors are available for this purpose.


Startup Portfolio

Over 153 companies have already been founded with the support of Humboldt-Innovation.

The Humboldt Founders Club is a joint initiative of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and its transfer company Humboldt-Innovation which provides members with a large network and cooperation opportunities with experts, researchers and industry contacts.

About Us

Humboldt Founders Club is the network for founders from the environment of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. We advocate for more entrepreneurial spirit at Humboldt-Universität and thus drive social change through interdisciplinary innovative spirit.

Our offer

We offer founders of Humboldt-Universität the unique opportunity to network with like-minded people, get to know innovative startups and stay informed about the startup culture at the university.

We believe 
that founders can 
only succeed 
with a 
strong network! 


The DNA of our network lies in the diversity of our members. Experienced entrepreneurs meet young startup founders. Through cross-generational and cross-sector networking we create impulses with real impact.

Members of our network

400+ founders of startups and established companies are already in our network. Here is a small selection.

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Our Ambassador Board

Get to know our great Ambassador Board – consisting of 8 experts in different clusters, they are the go-to address for members of the Humboldt Founders Club.

Our Ambassadors … 

  • volunteer for more startup culture at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • support the club as an advisory board.
  • are experts in their respective fields and can be contacted by our members.

"I'm advocating for more startup culture at Humboldt-Universität because we as a society need more innovation for the pressing issues."

Adiba Maignan

Dr. Adiba Maignan
Ambassador «People & Culture»
Co-Founder duple by up - unfolding potential GmbH

Eva-Valérie Gfrerer

Eva-Valérie Gfrerer

Ambassador «Fintech & Deeptech»
Founder & CEO Morphais VC

My Expertise

Fintech & deep tech startups (VC cases)

Marek Checinski

Dr. Marek Checinski

Ambassador «Sustainability»
CEO CreativeQuantum GmbH & CSO C1 Green Chemicals AG

My Expertise

Chemistry | GreenTech

Katja Kolmetz

Katja Kolmetz

Ambassador «Education»

My Expertise

Leadership and personal development | Team development and corporate culture | Diversity and female empowerment

Arman Nassirtoussi

Dr. Arman Nassirtoussi

Ambassador «Artificial Intelligence»
Head of Product at Henkel & Founder Sentientic GmbH

My Expertise

Leveraging data & AI to add value in ecommerce, marketing, financial markets and intelligent conversational personal assistants

Adiba Maignan

Dr. Adiba Maignan

Ambassador «People & Culture»
Co-Founder duple by up - unfolding potential GmbH

My Expertise

Human Resources | People & Culture | Organization Building | Organization Development | Leadership | Management | Team Dynamics | Recruiting | Employer Branding | Performance Management | HR Processes

Robert Nachama

Robert Nachama

Ambassador «Legal Tech & Venture Financing»
Co-Founder Advofleet & TULA

My Expertise

LegalTech | Venture Financing | Transactional Risk

Nijuscha Gruhn

Dr. Nijuscha Gruhn

Ambassador «Health Tech»
CEO Protoplast Holding GmbH

My Expertise

Biotechnology (Medicine | Plants | Molecular Biology) Pharma (Business Cases | Market Determination | Partnering | Medical Device Development | Regulatory Issues) Incubation (Data Science in Medicine) IP Law (Patents | Trademarks | Licenses)

Sebastian Winkler

Sebastian Winkler

Ambassador «Emerging Technology»
MD mediaan gmbh, Founder shoutr labs ug & no bullshit gmbh

My Expertise

Emerging Technologies & Technology in general | Enterprise Business | Business Development | Networking | Leadership | Executive Management | Digitalization | HR | Recruiting | Investment

Contact our Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are experts in their respective fields and as a member of the Humboldt Founders Club you have the possibility to contact them with your question or request. 
Please use the following button to send us an e-mail with the name of the Ambassador and your question:

Impressions of our events

We regularly invite our members to exclusive networking events.

Network with 300+ Humboldt Founders on LinkedIn

Are you an entrepreneur with a connection to Humboldt-Universität? Are you looking for exchange with like-minded people and want to network with 300+ founders? Do you want to learn more about the start-up and innovation scene at your home university?
Then join our growing Humboldt Founder Community on LinkedIn!


Who can become a member of the Humboldt Founders Club?

The Humboldt Founders Club welcomes founders who are alumni of Humboldt-Universität (because they studied, researched and/or worked there) or who founded their company with the support of the Humboldt Startupservice.

How can I become a member of the Humboldt Founders Club?

Simply sign up for our email list. After the successful verification of your details, you will receive a welcome email regarding your membership.

What are the benefits of a membership?

Your benefits in the Humboldt Founders Club:

  • You are part of the Humboldt Founder Community and benefit from cross-industry networking and exchange with other Humboldt Founders.
  • You receive invitations to exclusive networking events and lunch breaks for an informal exchange of experiences.
  • You benefit from our offers from members for members.
  • You stay up-to-date on the startup culture at your home university and get to know young innovative startups. 
  • You get exclusive access to the scientific innovation ecosystem of Humboldt-Universität.
  • You have the opportunity to advocate for more startup spirit at Humboldt-Universität.
What does a membership cost?

A membership with us is free of charge so far.

How can I end my membership?

Just send us an email with your wish to leave the membership. We will delete your data according to our privacy policy.


Text us, we will be happy to answer them.

Support our work

Would you like to support our work financially? Then we would be delighted to receive a donation by bank transfer.

Bank account
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
IBAN: DE95 1007 0848 0512 6206 01



Note: No formal donation receipt is required for donations of up to 300 euros per payment. The bank booking confirmation (e.g. account statement or PC printout for online banking) is sufficient proof of donation for the tax office if it shows the name and account number of the donor and recipient as well as the amount and booking date.