by Anne Christin Braun

With our news feeds full of the latest IPOs and unicorns we tend to focus on this one side of the startup medal. But given that 90% of startups don’t make it, let alone become a unicorn, the other side shouldn’t be overlooked.

“Success is a lousy teacher. It makes smart people think they can’t lose.”
— Bill Gates

At ZOLLHOF, it’s our mission to make entrepreneurship happen and to go the extra mile in order to help the startups we work with get to the next level. If this doesn’t pan out as planned, we…

By Laila Rühl

Ready to take the next step on the Talent learning journey with us? After collecting deep insights and brainstorming out-of-the-box solutions for the corporate innovation challenge, it is finally time to roll up our sleeves to create, hack & build outstanding prototypes in the experimental phase of the ZOLLHOF Talent Program.

If you have followed the journey up until now it doesn’t come as a surprise that we’re advancing to the final presentation of the Talent Program with huge steps. If you want to catch up on how the journey started you can check out our prior…

An interview about following your passion and dealing with challenges along the way with Alex Kusch, co-MD at Traplinked.

By Julia Neumann

As one of Germany’s fastest-growing Tech Incubators, ZOLLHOF is the nurturing ground for startups — in the region around Nuremberg and beyond. In our headquarters, visionary minds bring their innovative ideas to life, creating the new each and every day. Being the home of up-and-coming startups as well as corporate innovators we made it our mission to make entrepreneurship happen — for all kinds of organizations.

Photo Credit: Maria Bayer

But we not only open our doors for founders and established companies. We also offer a safe space for future entrepreneurs and innovators interested in the startup ecosystem. During a three-month…

By Johanna Weigl

Storytelling is a key aspect of human existence and covers more areas of our lives than we might initially expect! As convincing messages are also a crucial part of the ZOLLHOF Talent Program, an entire workshop is dedicated to presentation techniques that will allow you to unveil important insights with the wow-effect they deserve.

Following the stages of an original Talent Journey, our current blog series already took a deep dive into design thinking methods to gain customer & problem insights as well as stirred up our entrepreneurial side to discover our own purpose! Now it’s time…

Talent Learning Journey Step №2: Teambuilding & Personal Goals

By Johanna Weigl

One step at a time — ready to take the next one at the Talent Learning Journey with us? Besides boosting practical skills in taking on ownership of an own innovation project, another crucial building block of the ZOLLHOF Talent Program is the entrepreneurial development of each participant. …

By Johanna Weigl

The ZOLLHOF Talent Program is all about you taking the lead for your own corporate innovation challenge. In order to enable you to innovate like a startup and develop an outstanding solution for a real-life problem (in only 3 months!), we invite you to explore the rich toolbox of Design Thinking Methods! Hence, your coach as well as innovation workshops support you to live up your full potential.

Ready to take a closer look at the Talent Learning Journey? With our new blog series you’ll have the opportunity to “Join the Journey” and discover workshops at each…

by Julia Neumann

Pushing impact-driven innovation, ZOLLHOF is one of the fastest growing Tech Incubators in Germany. Since 2017, more than 50+ startups joined our mission to make entrepreneurship happen together by working collaboratively on human-centered ideas with real value.

After finally moving into our new headquarter at the end of 2020, we are thrilled to welcome our newest members of the ZOHO crew to their new (at least virtual) home. In the past weeks, these innovative brains have blown our minds with their outstanding visions and solutions. And we couldn’t be more excited to spread the word about the…

by Anne Christin Braun

After three intense years of construction, loads of last-minute tweaks and amidst this crazy situation that we all currently face, we did it — we officially opened ZOLLHOF 7, our brand new home base.

Photo Credit: Maria Bayer

There truly could be no better space for us to create and implement groundbreaking new ideas. ZOLLHOF 7 is not simply our headquarter, but a historic building that lives and breathes innovation since 1898. Back then an entrepreneur called Johannes Zeltner discovered ultramarine could be found in the soil around our Zollhof building. …

Interview with Judit Klein & Nils Lenhardt by Anne Christin Braun

At ZOLLHOF we are either right in the middle of our 6-months incubation program or we are preparing an upcoming batch. Actually, most of the time both happen at the same time.

As we want to get to know the startups we work with thoroughly, we like to invest quite some time in our application process. We’ve had more than 50 startups going through our program in the past 3 years. While generally only 10% of all startups make it, our ZOLLHOF startups show an impressive 80% survival rate.

by Kairun Daikoku

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” — Steve Jobs


Reflecting back to the summer of 2018 in Canada, this quote summarizes my thoughts and feelings quite accurately. Fortunately, I’ve been raised with the possibility of “designing my own life”. Personally, this means that I wasn’t bound to the traditional responsibilities of having to find a stable job, finding a spouse, moving…

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