WHU Founders Bootcamp


Your Individual Idea

72 Hours

Selected Mentors

3 Day Startup - WHU Founders Bootcamp (3DS) is a non-profit organization and an annual entrepreneurial event. In short, we give you the chance to turn your existing business idea into a startup with the help of our investors and mentors. 

3DS is organized entirely by students for entrepreneurs. Join us and be part of an amazing event that provides the perfect atmosphere for creativity to cherish. With our extensive mentor network, we aim to simulate a realistic startup experience that ends with a fierce pitch battle to decide the winner.


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A-T Schneider

Realm Labs

A-T Schneider is Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer at Realm Labs. After she accomplished her Executive MBA at Kellogg-WHU, she was VP and Head of Business Development at Solarisbank AG. She will enrich our event with her FinTech expertise and coach our participants on how to launch a start-up successfully. As she already supported us in 2021, we are more than happy to announce that she will be part of our event this year. We cannot wait to welcome A-T again!

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Patrick Breuer


Patrick Breuer is Head of Mortgage Product at McMakler. Previously, he was Head of Bank Services at Smava and he is also a WHU alumnus. He has strong preferences for startups and is open to discussions about leadership, strategy, digitalization and business cases. As he has already supported us in the last two years, we are more than happy to announce that he will return to be a part of our event this year. We cannot wait to welcome Patrick again!

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Katharina Neuhaus

Vorwerk Ventures

Katharina Neuhaus is also a WHU alumnus and works as an Investor at Vorwerk Ventures. Therefore, she has a deep connection to the startup scene and knows what is necessary for early-stage startups and especially for founders. With her unique expertise, she will enrich our participants in developing their business idea. As she already supported our participants in 2021, we are more than happy to announce that she will also be part of our event this year. We cannot wait to welcome Katharina again!

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Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is the commercial law firm of tomorrow. Made up of holistic thinkers and strategists, they complement your Startup to help shape it for long-term success from a legal as well as from a developmental perspective. The three winning teams of this year’s 3 Day Startup – WHU Founders Bootcamp will receive free legal advice from Osborne Clarke! 


We are happy to call Osborne Clarke our main event partner! 

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Thank you for supporting 3 Day Startup 2022





Robert Ermich

Founder of DeinHandy and OnTruck

Robert Ermich is a WHU alumnus, ex-rocket, founder of DeinHandy and OnTruck, and an angel investor. He has made a name for himself in the German startup scene with his various experiences and keynotes. Robert will be an exclusive part of the jury of this year’s 3 Day Startup event and will evaluate the final pitches of our teams. As Robert judged and invested in startups that came out of 3DS in the previous year’s such as Prematch and Leevi Health, we are happy to announce that he will also be part of our event this year.

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Ralf Zastrau

Director of Entrepreneurship at Saarland University 

This year, Ralf Zastrau not only honors us as a mentor, but he will also be a member of our jury. He is the Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of Saarland and an entrepreneur himself. He has founded Nanogate SE, the leading global technology company for design-oriented, multifunctional components and surfaces. On top of that, he is a shareholder and Managing Director at SurFunction GmbH.

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Natalia Ahmadian

 Part of the Investment Team at Earlybird VC

Natalia Ahmadian works in the Investment Team UNI-X Seed Fund at Earlybird Venture Capital. She did her Bachelor of Laws at the FH Aachen and finished her Master of Laws at the University of Edinburgh. As part of the Jury, she will evaluate the final pitches of the participants. We are looking forward to welcome Natalia at our event!

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Thies Hofmann

Managing Partner at Bridgemaker

Starting-off as one of the first employees, Thies now is Managing Partner at Bridgemaker - the leading company builder in DACH.

Coming from a background in strategy consulting, he moved on to building a leading IIoT AI company (Konux) as part of the executive team before working with leading B2B companies at Bridgemaker in Berlin.

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3DS Alumni




Be a part of unique workshops by our partners who will help you in defining your business cases.


Receive hands-on knowledge from experts who have already founded a startup


Compete in the pitch battle with the opportunity to secure investment.


The culmination of 3 days of intense work and networking at our networking events! Connect with Mentors, Partners and Participants



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56179 Vallendar, Germany

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is a leading German business school with an exceptional national and international reputation. WHU offers academic programs and continuing education for executives throughout their career. Founded in 1984 on the initiative of the Koblenz Chamber of Commerce and Industry, WHU has become a model for future-oriented research and teaching in business economics. WHU means ‘Excellence in Management Education’ and pursues this goal in its three core areas of activity: academic programs, research, and knowledge transfer in general management. WHU’s graduates, research and profitable collaboration with business partners demonstrate the School’s success in achieving its mission.

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