60 ACCELERATORS AND INCUBATORS IN GERMANY

Serra
Serra
Oct 13, 2017 · 14 min read

The Entrepreneurship in Berlin is going to one of the center of the world and in Germany there are many accelerators and incubators. You can get the information about them in this article.

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1.HARDWARE.co

HARDWARE.co is a global community and accelerator for entrepreneurs, industry professionals and makers dedicated to the creation of innovative hardware products and companies. HARDWARE.co is made out of several interconnected components to serve, maintain, and grow our community. The HARDWARE.co Accelerator, Lab, Meetups, and Online Platform form a multichannel resource to give community members the opportunity to create leading products and companies. They support every stage of hardware development — from ideas, to prototypes, to investments, and beyond.

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2.ROCKET INTERNET

Rocket Internet incubates and invests in technology companies with proven business models. We provide deep operational support to entrepreneurs and help them build market-leading companies.

Rocket’s selected companies are active in a large number of countries around the world with more than 28,000 employees.

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3.EO Accelerator

EO Accelerator — Acceleration for Young Entrepreneurs!

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a Global business network of 12,000+ leading entrepreneurs in 167 chapters and 52 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.

We educate, we transform, we inspire and we offer invaluable resources in the form of global events, leadership-development programs, an online entrepreneur forum and executive education opportunities, among other offerings designed for personal and professional growth.

The Accelerator program is a special format for talented young entrepreneurs who want to quickly scale their company. It helps founders and next-generation family entrepreneurs through a holistic education and a high-profile network to quickly professionalize their business and increase the “magic limit” of € 1 million.

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4.GERMANY ACCELERATOR

Mingle with Germany’s most promising high-tech startups that are on their way to reaching global success.

German Accelerator Tech supports high-potential German technology startups and emerging companies to successfully enter the U.S. market and scale their business globally. They provide access to outstanding mentors, office space in Silicon Valley and New York City, valuable connections and the knowledge and expertise required to scale quickly.

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5.Grants4Apps®

They have an Accelerator and Dealmaker program in Berlin. Bayer Grants4Apps® invites you to submit your innovative healthcare projects. They are looking for novel software, hardware, technologies, or processes that can be applied on particular areas contributing to improve health outcomes or pharmaceutical processes. Selected projects will be supported financially; the decisions will be made at Bayer’s sole discretion.

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6.SEEDCAMP

They are diverse team of founders, makers, operators, executors, investors and tech-enthusiasts.

They believe investing at the earliest stage is the greatest asset they can bring to your company. Whether it’s finding product market fit, founder disputes, building out your sales and marketing capabilities or introductions to our global network, they provide you with a carefully curated core team and community of incredible people across the world to help you build your business. Team of founders, makers, operators, executors, investors and tech-enthusiasts.

They believe investing at the earliest stage is the greatest asset they can bring to your company. Whether it’s finding product market fit, founder disputes, building out your sales and marketing capabilities or introductions to our global network, they provide you with a carefully curated core team and community of incredible people across the world to help you build your business.

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7.BERLIN STARTUP ACADEMY

GTEC Berlin Startup Academy is built on almost 15 years of digital entrepreneurship and startup drive in the German capital.

Many international entrepreneurs that have arrived in Berlin over the past years, who provide a pool of experience and practical help that enables new founders to start their business avoiding the mistakes that kill many startups right at the onset. GTEC Berlin Startup Academy makes this network of entrepreneurs, investors, creative wizards, IT gurus, and industry legends available to you as a founder.

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8.STARTUP INSTITUTE

Startup Institute’s programs are built to help you leverage your passions and build the technical skills, culture skills, and network that will launch you into the innovation industry in the areas of Web Development, Web Design, Digital Marketing, or Sales and Business Development.

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9.EYEFOUS ACCELERATOR

FOCUS — DISRUPT — INNOVATE

EyeFocus Accelerator is the world’s first innovation program for companies producing products for preventing, curing, and living with eye disease and blindness. EyeFocus is a for-profit social enterprise that has built a unique global ecosystem of eye-care innovators. Their aim is to support innovation that helps people who are blind, visually impaired, or at risk of eye-disease.

285 million people are affected by sight loss globally. 80% of sight loss is avoidable. They want to use technology to address this.

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10.NEXT COMMERCE ACCELERATOR

They accelerate digital commerce Startups. They run six-month acceleration programs that help participating startups to boost their businesses!

During the program in Hamburg, Germany we provide you with free office space, access to our skilled network, weekly workshops, individual mentoring and a funding of your choice. In return for those benefits they ask for some of your company’s equity. Their team and partners will support you throughout your entire entrepreneurial journey to simplify ongoing finance. That’s it!

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11.HUB:RAUM

Founded in 2012, hub:raum enables and encourages the innovation transfer from the startup world to Deutsche Telekom, creating new business opportunities for both sides. By investing in innovative and early stage startups, they not only support their portfolio companies financially but also offer them access to their exclusive co-working space and partner and expert network. Next to their investments, they have also started several startup programs with their corporate partners and are running prototyping programs in business areas such as the Internet of Things.

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12.YOU IS NOW

Working together with start-ups since over 6 years, breaking new ground and consistently finding new creative solutions, makes us feel very connected to the startups. At Autoscout24 and ImmobilienScout24 lean network structures, quick decision making and decentralized segment driven working structures allow to them to develop best solutions for specific user needs.

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13.AXEL SPRINGER PLUG & PLAY ACCELERATOR

They invest in early-stage companies. They do not just invest money. They know that the real value is in the people. The founders, the people in them team but most importantly the people they know. They connect those companies to mentors, clients and investors.

Since 2018, ASPnP will focus on the development of their existing portfolio of 102 startups by creating opportunities for these companies and through follow-on investments and will no longer invest in new companies.

APX by Axel Springer & Porsche

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APX is an industry-agnostic VC and tailormade rolling program, based in Berlin. The company invests Europe-wide in early-stage startups who have a passion for digital business models. As a joint-venture of Axel Springer and Porsche, APX has currently 17 investments in its portfolio and is constantly looking for inspiring founders and sustainable companies.

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14.FACTORY BERLIN

Grab a coffee with an investor in the morning, hold a meeting with a client before lunch and learn from industry veterans at our events in the evening: Factory Berlin is a business club for tech innovators — a place where you can work, connect and grow.

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15.The Berlin Adlershof

The Berlin Adlershof Science City is one of the most successful high-technology sites in Germany and Berlin’s largest media site. It is home to 1,041 companies and scientific institutions (Dec 2016) on an area of 4.2 km² — embedded in an integrated urban planning concept. 16,778 people work and 6,700 study here.

The Science and Technology Park is at the heart of the Adlershof Science City. It encompasses 512 companies and ten non-university research institutes. They focus on; Photonics and Optics, Renewable Energies and Photovoltaics, Microsystems and Materials, IT and Media, Biotechnology and Environment.

Adding to this are six scientific institutes of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Chemistry, Geography, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Psychology). The Media City is home to 147 companies. In the immediate vicinity of science, technology, and media, a landscaped park and 360 private houses have been developed on an area of 66 ha. Large additional areas enable the Science and Technology Park to grow in the future. The near future years will see the completion of 1,400 housing units (“Living on Campus”) for about 2,500 people in the immediate vicinity to the Humboldt-University campus.

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16.WeiberWirtschaft

The Frauengenossenschaft WeiberWirtschaft has established the largest founder and entrepreneur center in Anklamerstrasse in Berlin-Mitte. The basic principle is simple: they bundle the initiative, the economic potential and, above all, the corporate lust of women and give this idea a name and a space: women’s business — location for bosses.

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17.BBB Management GmbH Campus Berlin-Buch

BBB Management GmbH Campus Berlin-Buch develops and operates Campus Berlin-Buch, the leading location for biotechnology and biomedicine in the health region of Berlin. BBB stands for BiotechPark Berlin-Buch — the most important division of the company, which was founded in 1995, and is an integral part of the campus.

The main tasks of BBB GmbH are to aid biotechs — from start-ups to mature enterprises — in settling on campus and to provide them with assistance and support. An experienced and dedicated team is poised to provide flexible and individual services and solutions.

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18.Innovationspark Wuhlheide Berlin

A good place for founders

Founders start at the Innovationspark immediately. You will benefit from the favorable conditions of an all-round carefree package. Particularly important: low-cost, high-quality commercial spaces, modern laboratory and storage areas if required. The areas can be arranged mainly variably and open for their own design variants.

The entire infrastructure of the innovation park is, of course, open to all those who are indispensable in business days — for example, a well-developed communications network and temporary training and consulting rooms.

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19.ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

The ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator is ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s 3-month program to support start-ups, which runs twice a year. The program offers start-ups comprehensive coaching & support and provides entrepreneurs with 600,000 EUR in TV media volume.

On Demo Day, which marks the conclusion of the program, participants present their company to selected investors and multipliers.

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20.FREIE UNIVERSİTAT BERLIN

Profund Innovation supports students, scholars, scientists, researchers, and alumni, as well as external start-ups who want to cooperate with scientists of Freie Universität. They work with you in four areas:

  • Protecting intellectual property and commercial exploitation thereof;
    -Starting businesses, especially those with a connection to research;
    -Financial planning, applying for public funding (VIP+, EXIST, ZIM etc) and looking for private investors
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21.CLIMATE-KIC

They are Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector.

Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. They support this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. They integrate education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate climate change. Their activities are driven by four climate change themes:

· Urban Transitions

· Sustainable Production Systems

· Decision Metrics & Finance

· Sustainable Land Use

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22.THE PLACE BERLIN

They want to empower ordinary people to harness great ideas and turn the craziest of dreams into reality: they want to create the future. Since planting their roots in Berlin as the Rainmaking Loft Berlin three years ago, they have grown to the realisation that they are much more than a physical space for startups. They are a community. They believe that a special environment brings like-minded people together, and when like-minded people are brought together, true magic can happen. Content can be created, new ideas can be fostered and startups can build the things that really matter. They are always growing, always learning and always striving to make great things happen. They are here to help you Connect, Collaborate and Co-Innovate with each other, investors, corporates and everything in between.

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23.Berlin Space Technologies

Berlin Space Technologies (BST) is an experienced supplier of small satellite systems and technologies. Berlin Space Technologies was founded by senior staff of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to answer the gobal demand for cost effective and responsive missions. They were responsible for the design of key subsystems and operation for multiple missions. These missions include Kent Ridge 1, Orbcomm 2nd Generation, LAPAN-A1, LAPAN-A2 and LAPAN-ORARI.

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24.BERLIN SMART DATA

Berlin Smart Data is a collective of engineers with extensive experience in different aspects of software architecture, data analysis and processing, providing consulting and hands-on professional services. What they do?

· They give you all the code & knowledge so you can keep improving the system.

· They are vendor agnostic, and turns out they are also very open source “friendly”

· They get our hands dirty and help you with details

· They are more than happy to help you install the services in your proprietary hw or cloud infrastructure

They help data analyst to horizontally

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25.BERLIN SCHOOL OF CREATIVE LEADERSHIP

Theories can help you grasp principles you need to lead, but the realities of both the business and creative worlds demand leaders who have much more than theory behind them. Because of the breakneck pace of change that’s now common in practically every creative industry, simply staying on top of the most recent developments can be a huge challenge. To achieve real success, you have to do more than just keep up. You have to pioneer and innovate, and inspire your team to do the same. We inspire participants to not just learn but to take their learnings and push boundaries in their fields. Their faculty made up of top experts from academia and top executives from the creative industries, will help inspire, challenge, and guide you toward creative leadership excellence.

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26.Project Flying Elephant

Project Flying Elephant is the angel stage investment program of the early-stage venture capital investor WestTech Ventures and supports teams and founders in their founding stage and early development phases.

You can benefit from a first angel investment as well as from many additional value-adding services in fields such as office hours, access to partner services, discounts & perks, and office space. Through personal mentoring and coaching, you get advice and learn from their team.

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27.SpinLab

SpinLab — The HHL Accelerator supports entrepreneurial teams in growing and creating innovative businesses. Their mission is to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in the center of Germany and beyond by providing hands-on guidance to startups and spin-offs. Entrepreneurial teams remain independent — they won’t do your job for you — but they can help you to achieve incredible results through our tailored program.

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28.ACTIVATR

ACTIVATR is a program for the creation of corporate start-ups. The starting point are so-called innovation challenges, which are put up by established companies and serve as a basis for ideas. Each Innovation Challenge is handled by 2 Corporate Pioneers and 2 Startup Pioneers.

The teams are accompanied by experienced mentors from the startup and corporate world within the program. Processes of their program are like this:

1- LAUNCH EVENT — 2 DAYS PERFORMANCE

2-IGNITION CAMP & IDEATION SPRINT — 2 & 5 DAYS PERFORMANCE

3- DISCOVERY LAB — 3 MONTHS PART TIME

4- SEED LAB- 6 MONTHS PERFORMANCE

5- CORPORATE STARTUP

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29.WERK1

W1 Forward is the Accelerator program powered by WERK1, a leading digital incubator in Munich. Our vision is to help startups to grow their idea into scalable business.

W1 Forward InsurTech Accelerator was launched by WERK1 in 2015 together with leading insurance companies to establish one of the world’s leading ecosystems for InsurTech startups in Munich and help them boost the market. The program supports five teams. The core program is set out for six months and is open to startups worldwide who want to revolutionize the industry.

Teams will use WERK1 installations for free and work hand in hand with renowned coaches, mentors and leaders of the industry, all worth €50.000/startup. The goal is to develop a concept to a market-ready product or service. W1 Forward aims furthermore to help startups to collaborate with corporations so that they can find new businesses and partnerships.

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30.MERCK

The Innovation Center at the Darmstadt site is a fundamental element of Merck’s plans for the future. Supplementary to classic research and development, the Innovation Center is the place where technologies and competencies from various areas converge. Individual elements are melded into ideas and projects. This creates products and services outside the existing business that will help Merck to succeed in the future.

They select and support early stage startups with programs in Darmstadt and Nairobi. The focus is on projects in the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials and digital solutions.

The Innovation Center fosters, develops and hosts cross-divisional innovation projects within Merck. They aim at motivating employees to work together across all functions and come up with new disruptive ideas outside their normal business.

They analyze future trends and technologies in interdisciplinary teams, working with experts, research institutions, companies and customers. Within this pillar, they support, guide and align people keen on promising ideas.

With offline and online trainings focused on innovation the Innovator Academy seeks to enhance both technical and personal skills of the employees and startups to develop a community of innovators.

31.ATHENEUM

32.Oetker DigitaL

33.WAOW

34.COMPANİSTO

36.SEED+SPEED

37.CULTURAL VISTAS

38. ABC Venture Gates

39.IdeaCamp

40. Peacefulfish

41.WINCUBATOR

42.Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship

43.Next Media Accelerator

44.Startup Hub

45.Wayra

46.Beyon 1435

47.German Tech Entrepreneurship Center

48. Humboldt-Innovation GmbH

49.Benhu

50.Startup Incubator Berlin

51. Technical University of Munich

52. Innovationszentren

53.TGZ

54. MCEI

55. Next Commerce Accelerator

56. Deutschestartups

57.The Family

58. Iconiq Lab

59. BERLIN PARTNER

60. CHARITE

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