If you have an idea for a new business or you are passionate about solving one of the world’s “wicked problems” apply to be part of the Wartburg Incubator. The incubator consists of faculty, staff, and students who will work with you to develop your idea. Well-developed projects may be selected to pitch for start-up funding. We have helped numerous students make their idea become a reality.

Vocabulary & Definitions 

We know the terminology associated with entrepreneurship on the national and international level is many times foreign to most people. Therefore, please use these definitions below to help understand the intentions behind these terms.

Incubator: An entity that supports startups entering the beginning stages of building their idea or company. Incubators operate on an open-ended timeline and focus on the longevity of a startup.

Accelerator: An entity that supports startups after the incubation period. They operate on a set timeline to help build the business with the support of mentors and capital from investors.

Wicked Problem: A problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that may be difficult to recognize.

World Café: A method of structured conversational process for knowledge sharing in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables.

Societal Impact | Innovation
Sustainability | Integrative Problem-solving

The Wartburg incubator is a social entrepreneurship program designed to allow Wartburg students to tackle wicked problems through interdisciplinary and innovative approaches. The incubator hosts the annual Wicked Problems Challenge. If you have a passion for solving the world’s problems, consider submitting a proposal. We will select winners, help them incubate their ideas, and provide start-up funds to get their project off the ground. Successful projects may be connected with outside funding sources.


If you have questions or need additional informaiton, please contact cce@wartburg.edu.