Dear Food Startup Founders,

the "Food Startup Gründung" certificate will start its fourth application round in spring 2023. After a successful start last year and meanwhile already the third round starting in summer 2022, the Food Startup Incubator Weihenstephan (FSIWS) is again in the starting blocks for the next round with space for 12 new startup teams in 2023.

Here again at a glance:

Objective of the certificate course: Development of a start-up idea in the food sector up to market launch or application for an Exist start-up grant.

Duration: 12 months (2 semesters)

Place: Freising and online

Nächster Bewerbungsschluss: am 16. Januar 2023

Interviews (online): expected February 1, 2023.

Feedback on application success & scholarship: around 10 days after the interview.

Next start of the certificate: February 27, 2023 (online), first date in Freising March 6 & 7, 2023.

Der Kurs kann nur vorbehaltlich ausreichender Teilnehmerzahl / Anmeldungen stattfinden!

We are looking forward to your application!

For questions, contact

Your FSIWS Team


Seit einem erfolgreichen Start des Zertifikats „Food Startup Gründung“ im Juni 2021, können Gründungsinteressierte ein zwölfmonatiges Programm durchlaufen an dessen Ende ein Hochschul-Zertifikat, die Gründung eines Food-Startups oder aber auch die Chance auf ein EXIST-Gründerstipendium von bis zu 140.000 € stehen. Ab sofort kann man sich auch für ein Teilstipendium (50% Kostenübernahme für die Kursgebühr) für den kostenpflichtigen Zertifikatlehrgang bewerben. Insbesondere gründungsinteressierte Mütter sollen wieder bei der Vergabe der Stipendien berücksichtigt werden.

The only requirement for participation is a university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, but also master craftsmen with work experience and comparable qualifications). The application process is deliberately kept simple: With just a few details about yourself and your start-up idea, you can apply for one of the certificate places.

You can apply via our applicant portal, where you can register free of charge with your e-mail address. All other documents for the application are also stored there.

If you would like to be informed in time about the start of the next application round, please register in our applicant portal.

Key data

Application deadline January 16, 2023
Job interviews February 1, 2023
Studienbeginn (bei ausreichender Teilnehmerzahl) 27. Februar 2023 (online), 6. & 7. März  vor Ort
Study location Freising and online
Duration 12 months
Application Curriculum vitae, proof of university entrance qualification, forms
Access requirement University entrance qualification (also master)

Teaching content

The certificate is designed to be very practice-oriented, as the FSIWS would like to primarily address the craft, agriculture and gastronomy sectors. The workshops and webinars offered in this context include all relevant information of the Food Startup foundation - from product development to food production, basics of marketing and sales to financial planning, funding opportunities and business start-up. A special highlight of the certificate is also the monthly joint product development appointments at the university's Food Startup Incubator with its diverse pilot facilities and laboratories for food development and production.

Looking in advance for content around the topic of food?

Impressions 2022

"I find the different coaches with diverse expertise, the cooperation with SCE, Selda Morina from the REWE Startup Lounge, etc., the workshops -> relevant knowledge for the startup is always conveyed here, the network via FSIWS/ coaches, the exchange among us participants and of course the opportunity to produce at the Institute of Food Technology super."

Alina, Vegan red wine sauce

"I especially enjoyed the exchange with like-minded certificate participants, the testing of their products and the energy we share with each other. The production facilities at the institute are available to the certificate participants free of charge and are ideal for experimenting. In addition, other startups are also represented there, and you're also welcome to look over their shoulders."

Chris, Way2Nuts

"In the certificate program at the Food Startup Incubator Weihenstephan, I receive very valuable and outstanding support on the topics of product development, food technology, entrepreneurship, sensor technology, patent and brand research, shelf life of products, and much more. Exchange & learnings are constantly alternating and it's just a lot of fun with the coaches and the other participants together."

Mercedes , WineLovelicious

"The time here is so exciting and educational.

From helpful contacts to great lectures, you get plenty of input.

Super great is also the personal exchange with a coach and the regular tastings of the product.

How to be well prepared for the foundation!"

Miriam, No sweets - candy bar

"The certificate program is a good guide in the jungle of the food startup founder world. How do you go about product development? How do you do a patent/trademark search? How to design a label? What is important in a pitch? And much more ... help is at hand! Especially valuable is the exchange with like-minded people and the opportunity to expand one's own network in the "food" sector."

Ulrike, Regional Kombucha

"What I have liked best so far is that you are accompanied the entire way of development, with the professional competence of all FSIWS employees. No question is stupid, but is taken seriously and answered excellently or forwarded to the appropriate departments. Especially important for me was the flexibility when Corona or private/professional appointments had priority, here you could always talk about it and met with understanding. I am already looking forward to another equally interesting six months."

Esther, Habermann's Höflädle

"It was especially great that we were given the chance to develop our idea under professional supervision at the institute in the first place. All the coaches and employees are incredibly helpful. The regular tastings with direct feedback are very enriching for product development. Also the lectures and the knowledge transfer was very valuable and interesting and thereby the flexibility / change between online & offline events of great advantage." 

Sebastian and Nadine , Herbal Power

"I can only warmly recommend the certificate course. The expertise in product development is enormous. I found the mentoring particularly helpful. In other programs, you only have a small window of time - here I can ask my questions at any time and get help - no matter in which areas. If the specific knowledge is not there, you are referred to contacts who can help you further. I'm very grateful for the full support in developing my product idea."

Hannah , MyMjlk

"It's good to have a coach and there are regular "updates/talks". The attendance days are also great for mutual exchange."

Anna, sugar reduced fruit juices

"The Food Startup Incubator in Freising is great. You get valuable tips around the topic of Food Startup. Anyone who wants to found a food startup gets the best support here. Excellent support. I can recommend it to everyone."

Chikei, Robot Kitchen - Bowls