On 28.04.2022, three new founding teams moved into the OGFLab after a successful pitch.

The OGFLab jury was in a good mood, praising the quality of the applications.

All three teams convinced the jury with their start-up ideas and will now receive professional support for nine months to develop their ideas. The applicants presented themselves and their ideas in a maximum of 7.5 minutes, followed by a 7.5-minute question and answer session. The jury is made up of the OGFLab advisory board with representatives from the faculties of the university and the business community. They praised the quality of the applications and selected all three teams to participate in the new Open Game & FabLab Offenburg.

Wide range of topics for start-up ideas

In a range of topics from energy supply, charging cable organisation and a digital marketplace for producer products, another twelve young members of the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences are now being accompanied in three teams on their ambitious path to self-employment in the OGFLab. With the four teams from the first round in the winter semester, the OGFLab is now supporting a total of 23 university members in seven teams.

OGFLab very well received

The OGFLab was launched on 1 July 2021. With the second semester round, the supervising project leader Prof. Dr. Oliver Korn draws a first interim balance and is very satisfied: “The OGFLab is very well received by people interested in founding a company. 23 participants in the first year are a great success. Next, we would like to expand the offer to those who have not yet dealt with the topic of start-ups.”

Workspace, advice and financial support

In addition to space with work equipment and tools, OGFLab members receive specific coaching and technical support in developing their demonstrators and prototypes, in addition to start-up knowledge and method lessons. In addition, they can access the university’s network and apply for a KickStart grant from the BMBF of up to €7,500.

The next application round will take place at the beginning of the coming semester. For all those interested in founding a company, the OGFLab offers intensive support for the participant teams as well as start-up advice, seminars and networking events throughout the year. The OGFLab is funded by the BMBF as part of the StartUpLab@FH programme.