Founders can already enjoy many of the incubator's services completely free of charge as part of our open FSIWS community :


The exclusive FSIWS Startup Community has access to the entire range of services offered by the incubator:

  • All services of the open FSIWS Community
  • Use of our Laboratories and Technical center facilities
  • Use of co-working spaces
  • Sachstipendien
  • Access to business angel and investor network
  • Monthly exchange in our "Get together
  • Access to a network of food startups
  • Free participation in workshops and guest lectures
  • On request - consulting on food technology issues and entrepreneurship topics

We Inspire. We Empower. We Connect.

Together with our partner the International University (IU) we have launched the Female Founders Program program!

We help you to become the founder you always wanted to be! We inspire you! We support you! We connect you! Let's start your successful future together!

Together with our partners, we want to significantly increase the share of female founders in the startup scene! For this purpose, we offer women interested in founding a company an innovative and free online program that supports them on their way from founding to scaling their company! Through workshops, webinars and a unique networking platform, our participants can recognize and develop their potential, their know-how and their business idea and build a valuable network in parallel!

You too can join us and register for our next round!


Become Network partner of the FSIWS!

  • because you enjoy innovation and the support of young founders
  • Because your technology or manufacturing capabilities represent an opportunity for further development for startups
  • because you also support startups and your and our work complement each other perfectly
  • because your company would like to become a partner of the Innovation Campus Food
  • because you would like to participate in the Investor Day as a business angel or investor
  • because you want to meet the startups and founders of the FSIWS community at our monthly meetings

And this is how you become a member of our FSIWS Community

We look forward to seeing you!

Founders:inside & Startups


Als HSWT Angehörige:r hast Du die Möglichkeit am FSIWS Deine Idee für die Gründung eines Food Startups praktisch umzusetzen. Sehr gerne beraten wir Dich individuell. Kontakt unter:

Als Externe:r gründungsinteressierte:r stehen Dir unsere kostenlosen Online-Angebote, die Weiterbildungsangebote sowie kostenpflichtige Beratungs- und Coachingangeboten zur Verfügung.

Food Startups

Key data

Access requirements Founded food startup and public liability insurance
Application Send us a one pager or pitch deck of your food idea to.
Application deadline none


As a food startup, we provide you with development and production facilities as well as pilot plants for your innovative food ideas on the basis of a user agreement. In addition, you can get coaching and advice on the foundation and product development with us.

Des Weiteren könnt Ihr Studierende der Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf für das Praxissemester oder Abschlussarbeiten (Bachelor oder Master) für Euer Unternehmen gewinnen.

Bewirb Dich jetzt mit Deiner Idee und sende uns Deine Unterlagen an

Network partners & supporters

Network Partner

Wir unterstützen Gründerinnen und Gründer, die zusammen mit uns einen Beitrag für eine nachhaltige Welt leisten. Dazu bieten wir diesen Gründenden im Lebensmittelbereich die Möglichkeit, ohne größeres finanzielles Risiko innovative Ideen für bessere und nachhaltigere Lebensmittel zu entwickeln und schnell in die Praxis umzusetzen.

The great success of this offer with a respective doubling of the Food Startups and founding teams active at the Food Startup in the last two years (to now more than 25 Food Startups) has taken us completely by surprise.

Therefore, we are currently facing the great challenge of meeting the rapidly growing demands for the necessary infrastructure such as pilot facilities, coworking spaces and support. We urgently need the support of network partners and sponsors to help us master these challenges together.

Interested? Then we look forward to your message to

Investors and companies

In parallel to the expansion of the Food Startup Incubator (currently around 30 food startups as well as over 25 certificate graduates and student startup teams), we are in the process of setting up an accelerator for food startups with the Innovation Campus Food, which will be launched at the end of 2023.

Diese Aktivitäten bauen wir in enger Zusammenarbeit mit unserem Partner, dem Strascheg Center der Hochschule München (SCE) aus. Sie haben mit dem Drink Innovation Campus (DICA) bereits erfolgreich einen Accelerator im Food Bereich etablieren können.

If you are interested in supporting us in this, please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you.

How to become a female founder


The Food Startup Incubator Weihenstephan (FSIWS) of the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), together with the International University (IU) and the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE ), offers the free online short program "How to become a female founder?" for women interested in starting a business. Every spring (approx. March to July), experts provide valuable tips on start-up-related topics such as funding, negotiating, creating a business model and legal aspects in around fifteen live online events.

Zusätzlich stehen neun online Webinare zur Verfügung, um die wesentlichen Schritte der Gründung immer wieder nachzuholen.

Ladies! Take a look around under:

The program successfully contributes to raising the visibility of women with innovative business ideas and increasing the number of female founders. Did you know? Most company founders in Germany are still male. Although the proportion of female founders is increasing, it is currently only around 16 percent. A particular challenge for female founders is that they receive less capital for their ventures, as potential investors often rate women lower than men. In contrast, companies founded by female founders are usually more successful than companies founded exclusively by men.

Fragen zum Programm werden gerne unter beantwortet.

Here is the program from 2022 as an example

(You could apply again next winter!).


"Your Purpose" - with Hannah Jensen and Carla Schäfers, Women Entrepreneurs in Science at the Start-up Center of the University of Wuppertal


"No Limits" - with Hannah Jensen and Carla Schäfers, Women Entrepreneurs in Science at the Start-up Center of the University of Wuppertal


"Founding with impact - sustainability and impact measurement in start-ups" - with Juliane Boeselager, consultant for sustainability and impact management.

14.3.2022 "Sustainability and Law" - with Dr. Alexandra Wuttig, attorney, Prof. of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Chancellor of IU-International University.

"Financing options with the LfA" - with Christine Grass, Consultant, LfA Förderbank Bayern

30.3.2022 "Investing in sustainable start-ups - that's what matters" - with Viola Stadler, Project A Ventures.

"Q&A Session: Inside a founders mind: Do's and Don'ts" - with Ole Schaumberg, Co-Founder Foodist & Foodspring.

27.4.2022 "Q&A Session: Founding sustainably - what does it mean for my business?" - with Julia Zirpel, The wearness GmbH
4.5.2022 "Personal Branding" - with Christine Kainrath, The Media Agent
11.5.2022 "Social Media & Strategy" - René Skwara, Creative Consultant
25.5.2022 "How start-ups deal with the media" - with Christine Kainrath, Die Medienagentin
1.6.2022 "Recording and reporting sustainability potential in your own startup" - with Björn Kaminski, Project Manager Green Startups & Sustainability, German Startups Association.
22.6.2022 "SEO & Google" - with Silvia Ammerl, SEO & Online Marketing Consultant, Sustainable strategies for lasting rankings.
29.6.2022 "Behind the scenes - Insights from the CLOTHESfriends founders"- with Carmen Jenny, Sonja Wunderlich and Nicole Simone (BA)
Middle July Mentoring & Pitching Day