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For Companies

incube8 for companies

The change in working methods associated with the swift progression of digitalization requires many companies to rethink. Business models are changing and must be adapted to new requirements. In addition, new business models must be developed in order keep up with the competition. In many companies, well-established structures prevent an agile reaction to such challenges.

Start-ups have a different view of the problems and work more flexibly and with new, agile methods. This allows avoiding rigid hierarchies and finding a possible solution more quickly. incube8 brings established companies and start-ups together - problems meet solutions.

We are right for each other, if...

  • You need new impulses for the digital transformation of your company,
  • You are looking for contact to innovative start-ups and
  • You have a problem that lies within our fields of competence such as Interior, Food, Digital Media & Entertainment or Digital Services.

Our Program

incube8 brings together established companies and start-ups. Your company's business challenge is matched to a product idea of a start-up.

In workshops or similar formats, the companies work together with Koelnmesse's Campus Team, which offers support while carrying out the innovation project. The Campus team searches its own start-up database and within its network for suitable candidates.

The final selection of a suitable start-up is up to you. The product ideas are evaluated and after your selection a contractual cooperation is agreed upon. During this time you can use incube8 for meetings, workshops and other formats and further develop your ideas in the immediate proximity of the exhibition centre.

The various programmes each relate to one of Koelnmesse's fields of competence: Interior, Food, Digital Media & Entertainment and Digital Services.

During this time, the start-ups work closely with you and the Campus team to ensure the best possible development of product and business ideas.

The innovations can be tested directly at Koelnmesse events. The experience and knowledge gained through the direct market testing at said events, will support the further development of the ideas. The products and business ideas will then be presented at a special event to the industry’s decision-makers.

Your Benefits

incube8 matches suitable start-ups to companies that have identified a specific problem in advance. By participating in our program, you save both time and resources and receive new, digital impulses.

incube8 supports the digital transformation of companies on several levels:

Individual matching that fits your needs!

  • Thanks to Koelnmesse's industry expertise and a broad network of contacts

Development close to the customer!

  • Through live testing at industry events

A plus for your brand!

  • Showing your innovative spirit and creative will by participating.


incube8 offers:

  • Scouting and pre-selection of suitable start-ups according to the problem definition
  • Meet & Match for the selection of the start-up partner
  • Mentoring of start-ups during the project period by experienced project managers and external partners of Koelnmesse
  • Possibility of testing the product or business model at Koelnmesse's industry-specific events
  • Presentation of the innovation at a Koelnmesse event

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