LAB 1720 Founder (m/f/d) or LAB 1720 Start-up

Permanent employee, Full-time · EU (Remote)

Our Mission

At LAB 1720, we support founders/ start-ups who have the drive and grit it takes to turn an idea into a business. 

You walk through the world with open eyes and can't help but notice pain points, market gaps, and new solutions. Over time you have developed a backlog of start-up ideas? Perhaps you have already taken the first steps to validate the start-up idea?

We think it is about time you turn your idea into a successful start-up.

Note: We support founders with start-ups in every phase from the idea stage to "Incubation & Launch".
Your profile
Experience:
  • Minimum Bachelor's degree (no specification or area of study).
  • Proven strength and experience in the industry, a specific business model or technology required for your idea. 
  • Relevant professional experience (ideally 3+ years), preferably including founding experience (successful and unsuccessful).
  • Strong analytical skills (i.e. ability to solve complex problems).
  • Proven people leadership experience.
  • Strong communication skills. 
Mission:
  • Passion for the industry, customer segment, and pain points. 
  • Visionary and strategic thinking.
  • Hunger and drive to found a start-up.
  • Preferably a relevant reach and network to support the scaling of the venture.
Mindset:
  • Presence - a strong presence that instills confidence in their abilities.
  • Spike - solid self-awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses; good balance of confidence and humility.
  • Grit - an exceptional level of perseverance based on past experiences. 
  • Drive - hands-on and “get shit done” mentality.
  • Curiosity - beginner’s mind.
What we offer


  • Budget for LAB 1720 team resources in Ideation & Inception phase: a complementary team working with you day to day, usually consisting of a Designer and a Venture Architect. In the Incubation phase, you will be supported by two Software Developers.
  • Budget for the Incubation phase which you can flexible allocate to cover any costs incurred in setting up the start-up, additional LAB 1720 team resources, or LAB 1720 portfolio services (Marketing, HR).  
  • Dedicated LAB 1720 coach. 
  • Peer support from other founders, LAB 1720’s management team, as well as our venture partner and advisor network.
  • Access to LAB 1720’s social and networking events.
  • Access to tools for remote collaboration (e.g. Box, Miro, Slack, Zoom, Notion).
  • Opportunity to work remotely or at our hubs in Muenster, Berlin (Germany), Lviv (Ukraine), New York (US).
Why we are different
We help remarkable talents to become successful founders. Our all-inclusive package equips founders with everything they need to turn the first spark into a scalable digital business.
Your journey after the application

We invite remarkable talent for a first virtual cup of coffee to get to know each other better. 

In the second phase, we want to better understand how you validate and assess your business idea. If we are convinced that you have what it takes to become a LAB 1720 founder/ start-up, we plan your kick-off date and staff your team with complementary skills. 

About us
LAB 1720 is a joined incubator and accelerator by Aschendorff NEXT and 1648 Factory. 1648 Factory is a remote-first innovation factory with hubs in Münster, Berlin, Lisbon, and Lviv in Ukraine. The 1648 Factory ecosystem includes Product, Design, Venture Architecture, and Engineering resources as well as industry experts, serial founders, and investors.

Aschendorff NEXT is the corporate venture capital unit of Aschendorff Group - a large media company based in Münster, Germany. Aschendorff NEXT has an exceptional track record of identifying and investing in start-ups with digital business models and promising growth prospects.

We are excited to get to know you!
Please fill in the following form and upload a link with a short recorded video (max. 3 minutes) to demonstrate your motivation to become a LAB 1720 founder. Tell us more about the ideas you want to test in our program. If you don't have any ideas of your own, what industry, customer groups, or trends are you interested in / not interested in and why? In which field would you like to found a start-up and why?

*The objective is to get to know you better, so no need to get any fancy video equipment. A video taken with your phone or laptop is sufficient.

Should you have any difficulties in uploading your files, please drop us a line at hello@lab1720.com  :)

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