A membership fitting your preferences

Become a member of the INC o the RWTH Aachen Campus and feel the pulse of technology and innovation management. You decide which topics we will research and adjust the format of our advanced training to your individual needs. Connect yourself with the community of experts and gain new knowledge from each interexchange.

By choosing one of our three membership models BASIC, BUSINESS or PREMIUM you will profit from our extensive service offer.


Our INC-Community-Members

Our Network of Experts on RWTH Aachen Campus


Our members are closely networked with each other. We keep you informed about the latest developments in technology and innovation management in regular annual community meetings. We provide you with information on new technology and market trends, quickly find the right discussion and cooperation partners and have access to the results of current and past projects related to technology and innovation management.

Our Members

A variety of perspectives guaranteed: The diversity of the registered companies is an essential success factor for us. Our members come from different market segments and technology fields and thus guarantee a maximum of different perspectives and approaches to current problems and future challenges.

Annual Meeting

Intensive cooperation and regular discussion rounds form the core of our community. The annual meeting is an opportunity to discuss current challenges and define the main topics for the coming year together with the members.

Technology and Innovation Management Conference

What is new in technology and innovation management, how do I implement innovations and how do others manage? Just under 150 managing directors, development managers and technology and innovation managers meet at our annual TIM conference for a comprehensive exchange of ideas. Speakers from industry and science report on their experiences and recipes for success.

Expert Map

Do you have questions about technologies, materials, methods? We know who knows the answers! Closely networked with the institutes and centers on the RWTH Aachen Campus, we provide fast access to the right experts and establish appropriate contacts.

Advisory Board

Our premium members are firmly integrated as an advisory board into the strategic orientation and the content-related design of the INC Invention Center. In this way, we can guarantee our industry-relevant, state-of-the-art offering.


In cooperation with the RWTH Aachen University’s career pool, we take note of your requirements and search profiles and find your high potentials.


We do development differently. Our innovation process is based on a hybrid approach consisting of classic Stage-Gate, agile development, and design thinking. By means of regular prototyping and customer validation, we involve you in the Fuzzy Frontend and thus achieve a target-oriented, customer-focused development. The rapid implementation of your innovation projects in a protected environment outside of day-to-day business is made possible by our creative landscape INCworX.


Exceptional ideas are created in extraordinary places: Come with your team to our INCworX creative landscape and use the inspiring environment for the quick realization of an idea, right up to the Minimum Viable Prototype.

INCworX is equipped with a large presentation area and small, individually configurable workspaces for working in large and small project teams. More than 60m² of writable, mobile walls, 4 72″ touchscreens, a kitchen, wine bar, lounge, TrendCube – the rooms offer an atmosphere of almost 1,000 m² and space for 10 to 100 people.

Collaboration Space

To strengthen your network, we have created a Collaboration Space with up to 30 mobile workstations within our creative INCworX landscape. Here you have the opportunity to work continuously for five days a week or, if required, directly in the INC Invention Center and to network on site with science and industry. In addition to Aachen, we offer our members a comparable collaboration space in Hong Kong.

Agile Hardware Development

Our philosophy for increasing development speed and reducing development costs is a combination of the classic Stage-Gate, Scrum and Design Thinking and puts the customer at the center of your development.

The process is classically divided into phases at the end of which a gate is passed through. The phases between the gates (the stages) are based on Scrum and are divided into different sprints from 2 to 4 weeks in which the project team works independently. Learn and adapt this concept for your hardware development. Many companies are already successfully using this hybrid innovation and development process.


The RWTH Aachen Campus stands for short routes. As a member, you have access to an extensive range of machinery available for rapid prototyping


With more than 30 network events per year, we actively shape the transfer of knowledge between science and industry. As a member, you can participate in consortium projects, cross-industrial groups, coaching sessions, the start-up screener, or take advantage of our extensive range of workshops to design, organize and optimize your professional technology and innovation management and to expand and deepen your knowledge of technology.

Trend Days

For the trend days, we prepare a current market, technology and management trends and present them to the members for discussion. Evaluate the impact of these trends on your products, processes and business models. You gain insights into new innovation methods and support in implementing them into your innovation process.

Consortium Projects

In the consortium projects, we compile a structured overview of current and future technology and market trends for you. We then determine detailed technical information as well as technology, business and innovation potential for specific applications and create scenarios or business cases according to your specifications.

Overview Consortium Projects
Cross-Industry Groups

Representatives from different market segments and technology fields come together in cross-industry groups to discuss and work out focus topics. Cross-industry transfer of know-how and mutual coaching are the primary focus here. We moderate and document the results for you. Here you can find an overview of our Cross-Industry-Groups for 2018:

  • Digital Transformation – Roadmap and Implementation
  • Product development 4.0
  • TIMEX – topics from technology and innovation management
  • Start-up screening and match-making for a selected search field
  • Agile Development in Process- and Pharmaceutical Industry

Take advantage of our workshop offering and gain new, comprehensive insights into your technology and market position:

  • Futurize: Together, we deduce future customer wishes and needs on the basis of a structured technology and market trend analysis. What does the voice-of-the-customer say in 3, 5 or 10 years?
  • Challenge: Stress test your company with a team made up of your unconventional thinkers and our analysts and experts.
  • Inspire: Think beyond product and process innovations and develop new digital business models.
Start-Up Screener

We will find the start-ups that are relevant for you in order to support your mergers & acquisitions activities and avoid surprises caused by the next disruptor. We will proceed in these three steps:

  • Identify: In a defined market segment or technology field, we carry out a comprehensive (content-related and geographical) search for the creation of a longlist.
  • Verify: You define attributes for prioritizing the results, on the basis of which we create a shortlist and company profiles for you.
  • Select: You now know the start-up that suits your requirements – we support you in initiating the cooperation.
Overview Start-Up Screener
Research Report

Our activities are summarized annually in a research report. This way you can keep track of the extensive services and results.


From the practitioners’ day to the certification course: We offer you a comprehensive range of training and further education. At our annual TIM conference, you will gain valuable insights into adjacent and distant fields of technology and market segments. Benefit from the results and success factors of our benchmarking to optimize your own technology and innovation management.

Advanced Training Program

Together with our partners Fraunhofer IPT, TIME Research Area and the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering WZL, we offer practice-oriented education and training. Realistic case studies ensure the best possible feasibility in your company. Experience how you design structures and processes and increase the acceptance of necessary changes in your company – from hands-on practical training day to the certification course for the C-Level.

Industrial Benchmarking

What makes companies successful, and how can I learn from them? The aim of our benchmarking is to identify successful and practice-oriented solutions in the field of technology and innovation management in order to benefit from them. To identify best practices, we conduct regular screenings in the form of an international empirical study. The benchmarking will be accompanied by a visit and the award of the Top 5 Best-Practice Companies. The study results will be presented at the closing event.


Do you know your innovation-readiness level? We conduct the Quick Check with you and analyze the strengths and fields of action of your company. The relevant criteria were developed on the basis of the benchmarking and analyses of the top 5 best-practice companies and have already been successfully applied on several occasions. At the end of the audit, we jointly develop initial measures and show how you can achieve your innovation goals.