Chemovator Startup Bootcamp

Learn about business buildup and how to pitch your idea with some of Germany's brightest startup minds!

Whether you are working in research & development, production, procurement or finance: Is there a business idea you've always wanted to work on? A problem you identified within your area of working and a potential way to solve it?

We invite both BASF internal employees and external participants to bring their business ideas to the Chemovator Startup Bootcamp. For external participants, it is crucial that your ideas align with our search fields, which include process & research optimization, next-gen materials or sustainability. Alternatively, your ideas should have a clear connection to the chemical industry.

During this intensive Startup Bootcamp, we will focus on the integration of Artificial Intelligence into startup ideation and development. We will provide hands-on training with AI tools to help refine and enhance your business ideas.

No idea? No problem! Come anyways, join other attendees and get an intense, fast-paced, practical training on the interface of chemistry startup thinking.

Note: For external participants without a specific idea, it is important that you have a strong motivation for entrepreneurship and an interest in working in a deep-tech startup in the chemical industry in the future.

After completing the Chemovator Startup Bootcamp, you will receive a certificate to recognize your successful participation.

Who can join the Chemovator Startup Bootcamp?

Everyone who...
... would like to get to know Chemovator and learn about entrepreneurship, as well as our tools and methods
... is interested in meeting and working with experienced entrepreneurs & BASF ideators
... would like to refine a business idea in a professional framework
... wishes to prepare for the Entry Pitch and get the chance to become a Chemovator Venture Team

Anything important you need to know?

Do you have a business idea? Great! You can join with your idea, even if it's in the early stages. You will have one minute to quickly present your idea.

Don't have a business idea or not interested in working on one? You can still actively support participants who have already developed an idea.

What can you expect?

Join us for five interactive virtual sessions that will enable you and your teams to take your idea to the next level.

Those will include:

- getting to know and working with the Business Model Canvas for you to try out the basics of developing a business plan for your idea
- working with personas, AI tools and other methods to verify your customers
- learning how to collect and work with data from your landing page
- utilizing Artificial Intelligence to revolutionize your business idea
- improving your presentation skills by working with pitching and storytelling techniques

Over the sessions you and your group will be working on a business idea, refining it and learning how to pitch. At the end of the Bootcamp, you will hold a final pitch as a group and receive constructive feedback, which can be very useful to improve your presentation skills and for your personal and professional development.


How much does the event cost?

We want to make the virtual Chemovator Startup Bootcamp available for everyone. For this reason, it is free to participate. However, we always put a lot of effort into our Startup Bootcamps and in order to plan properly, cancellations are only accepted until one week prior to the event.

Do you need to join all sessions?

To receive the Startup Bootcamp certificate, you need to participate at least 4 of the 5 sessions.

What do you need to prepare for the Startup Bootcamp?

There is no need for preparation.

Do you have a business idea? Great, you can join with your business idea. It can also be in a very early stage. You will have one minute in the beginning to quickly present what your idea is all about.

You do not have a business idea or you do not want to work on it? You can also actively support other participants who already developed an idea.

Do you want to participate?

What do previous participants think about the Startup Bootcamp?

“The Chemovator Startup Bootcamp is very interactive. Experienced coaches explain the theory explicitly and comprehensibly with good examples. Then there is time to adapt the input to our business ideas in team work sessions.”
- Yi Sheng Wu, BASF Business Services GmbH, Senior Project Next Generation Business Architecture

"It's great to see how experienced entrepreneurs and many smart ideas from BASF colleagues come together. The Chemovator Startup Bootcamp is a truly inspiring event"
- Jan Lukas Kleinschmidt, Digitalization / Corporate Communications

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to connect with BASF colleagues and discuss business ideas in a different context. With a good mixture of diverse people and a high level of energy, we could really provide innovative impulses together.”
- Maren Sievert, BASF New Business GmbH, Internal Startup

“Thank you for the amazing bootcamp experience last week! It was truly eye-opening, and I had the opportunity to meet some incredible individuals with impressive backgrounds and experiences. I am now in the early stages of implementing the valuable knowledge and skills I gained into my daily operations. Exciting times ahead!”
- Jens Lehmann, BASF Digital Solutions GmbH