The Start4Chem-Incubator’s staff consider themselves sparring partners, networkers, initiators, mediators and pathfinders for students and researchers when it comes to “Starting up Chemistry and Biochemistry”.

The Start4Chem-Incubator welcomes all students and researchers:

  • who have a product idea and would like to carry out an initial feasibility test,
  • who want to develop a business model based on their own R&D results,
  • who want to compete in start-up competitions,
  • who want to apply for public funding relevant to founding,
  • who would like to set up a chemical company
and wish to receive coaching or consultancy for their respective projects.

The Start4Chem incubator is an unit of the Worldfactory Startup-Center (WSC) at Ruhr-University Bochum and the Start4Chem team collaborates closely with the WSC team and the other incubators at WSC. This results in a large network and a wide range of events, coaching and consulting services.

As Start4Chem incubator is connected to the RESOLV Cluster of Excellence at the Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry, an international R&D network opens up for potential founders in the field of chemistry.

If you have any questions about the offers from Start4Chem, please contact

26. February 2021

Start4Chem is happy about new team members

The new year starts exciting for Start4Chem - within shortest time the team around Anna Oelbermann grows by 7 persons. On 01.01.21 Annabelle Beyer started as a start-up coach in 50%. Currently we are especially looking forward to Janwillem Huda, who will also join the team on 01.03.21 at 50% and will be responsible for event management and marketing. Furthermore, in the coming weeks another position as a start-up coach will be filled at 50%. At the moment we are also looking for a laboratory and community manager (m/f/d) a chemistry laboratory assistant. In addition, our student team members Johanna and Isabell will be supported by two more people in the coming weeks. The Start4Chem team is located at the chair of Kristina Tschulik, who supports the incubator as scientific director. Our common goal is to bring the topic of transfer into chemistry, to inspire scientists and students for the topic of start-up and to support those interested in start-up in testing their ideas and products through our consulting services and our network. We see ourselves as a bridge between the fields of science and start-up in chemistry and are very much looking forward to the coming months and to getting started as the Start4Chem team!
22. October 2020

Master courses in WS 20/21

Because of the current situation, this semster the lecture "Advanced Methods in Electroanalytical Chemistry I" takes place as digital lecture only.
You can find information about this in the moodle course.
Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the two Start4Chem master courses:
From top-level research to top-level business
Out of the chemistry lab and up to the escape room!