YES — we are innovators!

Young Entrepreneurs in Science fosters the creation and development of regional networks for entrepreneurship and innovation—with the help of strong partnerships in academia and the industry.

Boosting scientific transfer—together.

Enabled by our partnerships with universities and academic institutions, Young Entrepreneurs in Science empowers academic personnel, doctoral researchers, and postdocs to put their ideas into practise. We help enhance our partners’ startup activity by motivating early-career researchers to transfer their ideas to incubation units, and thereby obtain a reputation as incubators for innovative startup ideas and excellent research transfer.

During the role model Q&A session as part of our workshop programme, our academic partners can showcase their home-grown talent as well as inspire researchers with insights into successful startup stories. As part of the pitch jury, partners gain first hand access to the ideas and the masterminds behind them. In return, we break down the wall between participants and the incubation units and help make scientific transfer more approachable for them. We work closely together with our partner institutions to promote their YES programme, providing relevant assets to spread the word via newsletters and social media.


The benefits of a YES partnership
  • a nation-wide network to foster knowledge-based innovation and entrepreneurial spirit
  • valuable addition to the regional programme with diverse formats accessible to an international target group (Englisch language)
  • regular online network meetings and exchange with colleagues from all around Germany
  • networing with our participants and the Falling Walls community
  • optional: certification as Young Entrepreneurs in Science CAMPUS to make excellent knowledge transfer visible
“It is nice to be an example of what is possible and encourage others, especially other women, to realise their dreams. Female founders are still very rare. And if my experience can contribute to change that, let’s do it!” Dr. Amelie Wiedemann Co-Founder & Co-CEO DearEmployee and YES Role Model

Bridging the gap between academia and industry

Our corporate partners make themselves known among science talents of their region, promote their programmes for corporate entrepreneurship and thereby invigorate the environment of knowledge exchange and business development in which they are operating. By fostering exchange between corporate and academic partners, Young Entrepreneurs in Science creates touch points for all the relevant players in the field of innovation. Together, we aim to create a more startup-friendly environment in Germany and improve the public perception of German enterprises as drivers of innovation.

Enabling excellence

Our sponsors enable and share our mission: We encourage highly-qualified researchers to translate their valuable and future-oriented research topics into applicable business ideas. As part of the programme, our sponsors position themselves publicly as patrons of innovative scientific ideas and excellent knowledge transfer. Our sponsors are visible across our media, such as our workshop materials, webflyers, certificates, and presentations. Sponsors are also invited to actively participate in our workshops as part of the corporate module to gain insights into the ideas and personalities of our participants.

Our partner network at a glance

Universität Augsburg

SORMAS Foundation

Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie


Die Deutschen Zentren der Gesundheitsforschung (DZG)

Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften Baden- Württemberg

Deutsche Zentren der Gesundheitsforschung (DZG)

Zeppelin Universität

Berliner Hochschule für Technik

Zukunftsorte Berlin

Universität Hohenheim

Technische Universität Ilmenau

Technische Universität Clausthal

Science & Startups by Berlin University Alliance

Promotionskolleg NRW


Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin (MDC)

Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Hochschule RheinMain

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin

Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften München

Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg

Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren

German Scholars Organization

FU Berlin, Graduiertenzentrum Biologie, Chemie, Pharmazie

FU Berlin, Promotionsprogramm Natural Sciences

Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Heidelberg

CBBS Graduate Program (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)




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European Air Transport Leipzig GmbH


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Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Universität zu Lübeck

Universität zu Köln

Universität Ulm

Universität Trier

Universität Stuttgart

Universität Rostock

Universität Regensburg

Universität Potsdam

Universität Mannheim

Universität Leipzig

Universität Konstanz

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Universität Koblenz-Landau

Universität Kassel

Universität Hildesheim

Universität Heidelberg

Universität Hamburg

Universität Greifswald

Universität Erfurt

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Universität des Saarlandes

Universität der Bundeswehr München

Universität Bremen

Technische Universität München

Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Technische Universität Hamburg

Technische Universität Dortmund

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Technische Universität Braunschweig

Technische Universität Berlin

Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg

Technische Universität Dresden

Technische Universität Chemnitz

Technische Hochschule Köln

Technische Hochschule Brandenburg

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Potsdam Science Park

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

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Max-Planck-Institut für die Physik des Lichts

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

Leibniz Universität Hannover

KIT – Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hochschule Esslingen

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Hochschule Wismar

Hochschule Reutlingen

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Hochschule Geisenheim University

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Center for Entrepreneurship Düsseldorf (CEDUS)

Hasso-Plattner-Institut, School of Entrepreneurship

Handelshochschule Leipzig

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Freie Universität Berlin


Forschungszentrum Jülich

Fachhochschule Wedel

Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

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Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE)

Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln

DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum

Cluster industrielle Biotechnologie e.V. (CLIB)

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Bergische Universität Wuppertal

Bauhaus Universität Weimar


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg




Carl Zeiss Stiftung

Boehringer Ingelheim


Leibniz Gemeinschaft

Die Zeit


Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

An international community of leading figures in science innovation

Young Entrepreneurs in Science regularly gathers the partner network for online and on-site meetings and roundtables to strengthen the regional and national entrepreneurship ecosystems. In our inter-regional meetings, we breach the issues of the academic incubation units and leverage the collective knowledge to yield applicable solutions. In our regional network meetings we focus on reinforcing the connections between partners.

Want to learn more about YES? Contact our partner managers.

Hanna Lange

Partner Management


Laura Sager

Partner Management


Our “CAMPUS” Certificate for Partners

Our Young Entrepreneurs in Science CAMPUS certificate awards partner institutions for their outstanding engagement in promoting entrepreneurial thinking amongst young researchers. The institutions of the YES CAMPUS network excel at pushing our common mission to promote and accelerate scientific innovation transfer in Germany.

The criteria for the certification include meeting our quality standards for promoting and facilitating the workshops in close partnership. The certificate is valid for one year, after which every CAMPUS partner will be evaluated again.

What are the benefits of the CAMPUS certificate?
  • Be visible as part of our German-wide network of institutions that advocate for entrepreneurial thinking and acting in the German scientific landscape
  • Set yourself apart with our high-quality, modularised workshop programme that can be integrated into your curriculum
  • Help to make YES an indispensable part of the local programmes at German career centres and incubation units
  • Share ideas for new workshop modules and methods
  • Benefit from networking events with corporate partners of YES
  • Help to push the political agenda of our joint mission

How to apply?

As a YES partner you can apply for the certification here by completing a brief questionnaire. Our Quality Management is happy to answer any questions you might have.

Any further questions about the YES CAMPUS certification? Contact us.

Laura Sager

Partner Management


Train the Sciencepreneurs of tomorrow

Become a certified YES Trainer—in our unique, free-of-charge educational track for academic personnel of the YES partner network. As a participant you learn to impart relevant methods from Design Thinking and you gain confidence to moderate workshops for a discerning audience of highly-qualified researchers. You have the chance to network with colleagues from all across Germany. Our coaches will guide you through the 4-month programme and assure that you will transition smoothly from a student to a teacher role. After completing the programme, you will receive a certificate as well as full access to our workshop materials to start your YES Trainer career.

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  • Reflection of one’s own role
  • Personal motivation and goals
  • Transfer of methods to individual context
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  • Get to know the YES Workshop methods
  • Focus on Design Thinking
  • Understand, try out and practise methods
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  • Design Thinking challenge „Promoting Entrepreneurship for PhDs & PostDocs“
  • Understand target group PhDs & Postdocs

Want to become a certified YES Trainer? Get in touch.

Nina Spiri

Coaching, Training and Curriculum


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