Top Accelerators, Incubators and Startup Programs in Germany

next media accelerator

Next Media Accelerator is a media-focused startup accelerator, initiated by German Press Agency(DPA) which runs 6 months long accelerator program for the media industry across Europe.


German Accelerator

German Accelerator is a startup accelerator for companies based in Germany. Offers acceleration programmes for Life Science startups in Boston, Tech startup in Silicon Valley, and sector agnostic accelerator for startups expanding in Southeast Asia.


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Next Commerce Accelerator

Next Commerce Accelerator is a multi-corporate, commerce-focused innovation network, startup acceleration program, and early-stage investment fund.


hubraum

Hubraum, Deutsche Telekom’s start-up accelerator, invests in early stage start-ups, offering support in mentoring, seed financing, co-working, and infrastructure. They support a wide range of business ideas, from IoT, mobile payment, e-commerce, customer analytic and big data to security, cloud solutions, health, and TV and video content.


Axel Springer Plug & Play

The Axel Springer Plug and Play provides great opportunities through their international network in Europe and Silicon Valley. A Berlin-based accelerator offers a three-month program, which provides the office space, infrastructure, coaching, workshops, and networking, running three times a year.

http://www.axelspringerplugandplay.com/


Black Forest Accelerator

The goal of Black Forest Accelerator is to “connect early stage entrepreneurs with business leaders, investors and world-class athletes to help entrepreneurs to bring their product/service to market faster and to have quicker scaling.”


ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

The ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator is a 3-month program that runs twice a year selecting up to seven start-up to join the accelerator. The programs is offering start-ups support in coaching, mentoring, funding, marketing, and networking.  Selected start-ups receive 25,000 EUR funding and office space, and a great opportunity to accelerate their business through the extensive network of one of the largest media corporations in Europe, ProSiebenSat.1 Group.

https://www.p7s1accelerator.com/


Startupbootcamp Berlin

“Startupbootcamp’s accelerator programs have one key focus – to connect start-ups with the most relevant mentors, investors and partners from around the world.”

Startupbootcamp Berlin accelerator focuses on Smart Transportation & Energy supporting business ideas related to Smart mobility solutions (e-mobility, e-vehicles, battery tech, charging solutions) , Smart and connected vehicles, Smart logistics (multimodal transportation enablers & services, robots & drones, efficient city logistics/e-mobility), Smart energy, Monitoring and management, and more.


Climate-KIC

Climate-KIC is a nonprofit that connects global and local, small and large companies and organizations from the private, public and academic sectors. They are operating across 13 European cities, organized through national and regional centres, with the main office in London.

https://www.climate-kic.org/for-students/pre-incubation


Music WorX Accelerator

A programme that helps to evolve business models within the music field during a period of three months. The programme offers free workspace at betahaus Hamburg and weekly workshops on various start-up topics. Moreover, a monthly cost-of-living allowance of 500 Euros per person is granted as well as 5.000 Euros per start-up team.

https://kreativgesellschaft.org/music-worx/


Airbus BizLab – aerospace accelerator

A global business accelerator with comprehensive support for early-stage start-ups with innovative concepts applicable to the aeronautical sector. During six-month Airbus offers access to experts from various fields and a dedicated mentor as well as free office space and the possibility to use its prototyping and test facilities. Besides, a demo day with Airbus decision makers, partners, subsidiaries, customers and venture capital is also offered.

https://www.airbus-bizlab.com/


comdirect Start-up Garage

Three-month support for start-up ideas in the finance industry. comdirect offers 10.000 Euros for i.e. workspace and market research in a very early start-up stage. The direct bank does not request any shares in return. Access to their customers, support by banking experts and infrastructure is also offered. Following the completion of the programme’s duration, there is a possibility of a partnership between the start-up and comdirect.


Airbus BizLab – aerospace accelerator

A global business accelerator with comprehensive support for early-stage start-ups with innovative concepts applicable to the aeronautical sector. During six-month Airbus offers access to experts from various fields and a dedicated mentor as well as free office space and the possibility to use its prototyping and test facilities. Besides, a demo day with Airbus decision makers, partners, subsidiaries, customers and venture capital is also offered.

https://www.airbus-bizlab.com/


Social Impact Lab

German support programme for founders with socially innovative ideas (prior to official foundation). The Social Impact Lab grant amounts to the equivalent of 12.500 Euros and includes free workspace, training and coaching as well as matching with relevant contacts and potential funding partners.

https://hamburg.socialimpactlab.eu/


foodlab

Food start-ups receive a workplace in the coworking and/or kitchen area as well as an individual coaching program. For further exchange, there are regular events within the community. At the end of the six-month Accelerator Program, a Demoday will be held to present the results of the productive time to an audience. It starts at the beginning of 2021.


Business Development Accelerator

The accelerator supports European digital ventures to scale up their business in Europe and beyond. For up to 24 months start-ups can benefit from tailor made support with a special emphasis on access to market and finance. No equity is taken in return but a support fee incurs.

https://www.eitdigital.eu/accelerator/


Founder Institute

This pre-seed accelerator focuses on starting and advanced founders. It includes a structured fee-based programm for 3,5 months and offers mentors as well as access to a global network.

https://fi.co/


Plug and Play Germany

With its European head office for supply chain & logistics, the Plug and Playinnovation platform bridges the gap between Hamburg and Silicon Valley. Both an accelerator and one of the world’s most active VC providers, Plug and Playis aimed at fostering cooperation between corporate stakeholders and international startups.

https://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/hamburg/


Hanse Ventures

Company builder with a focus on business concepts in the field of internet and mobile. Hanse Ventures supports start-ups with relevant resources and a network of investors and business partners. Moreover, start-ups receive support by Hanse Ventures experts in the areas of programming, design, online marketing, public relations and human resources.

https://www.hanseventures.com/en/


HaspaNEXT

The innovation lab of the HASPA group develops new digital products and services with a regional focus beyond the banking business.


Media Lift

The incubator supports innovative business ideas from the contents and tech sectors. Next to an individual mentoring and training programme the incubator offers the provision of rooms and financial support up to 15.000€ per team. The incubator does not ask for company shares.


Games Lift

The incubator “Games Lift” is a program for students, start-ups, and developers that offers start-up financing, workshops, coaching and mentoring for the development of concepts for digital games and other games related services. Up to five teams will be supported for three months. Aside from a financial support of up to € 15,000 and provision of office space in a co-working space, they will receive a workshop program that is tailored to the needs of game developers.

https://www.gamecity-hamburg.de/funding/


TruVenturo

TruVenturo is a company builder and independent investor with the intention of developing innovative start-ups.  The focus is primarily on international scalable Internet business models. They provide start-ups with a seed investment and if necessary further investment as well as growth financing, if strategically valuable.

https://www.truventuro.com/


Otto Group Digital Solutions 

OGDS is the Corporate Company Builder of Otto Group. OGDS together with appropriate teams develop Liquid Labs and into-e business models in the logistics-, FinTech and e-commerce sector. All of these startups can use Otto Group’s network and established themselves on the market.

https://www.ogds.de/ogds-en/


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