Empowering German Startups to Scale Globally


We take high-potential German startups on a fast-paced learning journey to understand, discover, and access the world’s leading innovation hubs. #GoFarGrowFast


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Who We Are

German Accelerator empowers German startups to scale globally. We take high-potential companies on a fast-paced learning journey to understand, discover, and access the world’s leading innovation hubs in the U.S., Asia, and South America. Through highly-customized programs, mentoring from local experts, as well as access to our vast network of business partners and investors, we help startups from all stages and across various industries on their way to international success. Since launching in 2012, German Accelerator has nurtured over 850 startups which have raised more than $15.6 billion in funding so far. German Accelerator is run by Start2 Group and is proudly financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK).

What’s in It for Your Startup

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Accelerate Your International Expansion

We help you prepare for international expansion and navigate your new market, develop a go-to-market strategy, and quickly reach your goals. You have no time to waste.

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Save Valuable Resources

We help protect your business by accompanying your company from early on to support you in minimizing risk, avoiding costly mistakes, and saving resources.

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Get Noticed

We introduce you to our strong global network, facilitate connections and pair you with the right people in the respective ecosystems, and help you get noticed not only in the new markets but also within Germany.

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Receive Unbiased Advice

We don’t take any equity from our startups and our programs are financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Our goal is to help you succeed. No hidden agendas, no strings attached.

Is Your Startup Ready for New Markets?

If you’re not sure if you’re ready to scale your business to new markets or simply don’t know where to start, German Accelerator can help you take the first steps needed to venture beyond the borders of your home market. Download German Accelerator’s free ‘Internationalization Readiness Checklist’ to assess whether your business is fit for new markets.

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Our Programs & Offerings

Our programs are highly customized to the participants’ individual needs to support them early on and help them discover and successfully enter international markets quickly. German Accelerator provides mentoring from dedicated experts, access to our vast global network of business partners and investors, as well as free office space in all our locations.

For Startups of All Stages


The Kickstart program supports early-stage German startups with the knowledge and tools needed to build and grow a scalable, global business right from the start.

Market Discovery Program

Market Discovery program that helps startups explore new markets in Asia and South America to assess their suitability for a new region.

Market Access Program

Market Access program that helps startups successfully enter the U.S. or Asian markets.

Industry-Specific Program

Life Sciences Program

Industry-focused program for life science startups to prepare for and access international markets.

What Others Say About Us

I’ve participated in other Accelerators before, but with German Accelerator, I had by far the best experience and gained the most value for our company. Each time I thought I was thinking big, they taught me to think even bigger.


Daniel Heitz, Founder & CEO of BackHub

Without German Accelerator, we would have wasted months chasing a market that is significantly different from the European market and that needs a completely different approach.


Felix Ewald, Co-Founder & CEO of Dyemansion

German Accelerator’s expert mentors constructively challenged our plans and helped us re-evaluate our strategy. They worked with us to sharpen our value propositions and improve our ability to execute. After three tough, but rewarding months, we finished the program as a better, more focused company.


Daniel Raschke, Co-Founder of Picalike

If there was no German Accelerator program, we would not have come this far. Without it, I don’t even think we would have started our journey to expand beyond Germany.


Mostafa Akbari, CEO & Founder of HoloBuilder