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Application Deadlines

Kickstart

Kickstart Cohort 2024-2:
Application Deadline: February 4, 2024
Program Dates: March 5 – 21, 2024
On-site Date(s): TBA, in Kiel, Germany

Kickstart Cohort 2024-3:
Application Deadline: March 10, 2024
Program Dates: April 16 – May 1, 2024
On-site Date(s): TBA, in Hamburg, Germany

Kickstart Cohort 2024-4:
TBA

Kickstart Cohort 2024-5:
Application Deadline: June 3, 2024
Program Dates: July 15 – July 30, 2024
On-site Date(s): July 17, in Rostock, Germany

*Kickstart program cycles will be offered throughout the year and in various cities across Germany. Upcoming Kickstart program cycles and locations can be found here.

 

United States:

U.S. Market Access
Application Deadline: May 6, 2024
Program Dates: July 15 – October 11, 2024

Life Sciences Market Access
Application Deadline: April 30, 2024
Program Start: June

Asia:

Southeast Asia Market Access
Application Deadline: June 3, 2024
Program Dates: July 22, 2024

Asia Market Discovery
Application Deadline: January 31, 2024
Program Start: February 26, 2024

AI Market Discovery (Singapore)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
Program Dates: February 8 – April 5, 2024

Japan Market Access
Application Deadline: TBD
Program Dates: TBD

Japan Market Discovery
Application Deadline: August 30, 2024
Program Dates: November 4 – December 13, 2024

India Market Discovery
Application Deadline: July 25, 2024
Program Dates: September 23 – November 07, 2024

South Korea Market Discovery
Application Deadline: March 15,  2024
Program Dates: May 20, 2024 – June 28, 2024

China Market Discovery
Application Deadline: February 9, 2024
Program Dates: March 4 – April 12, 2024
*Additional China Market Discovery program information and prerequisites can be found here.

South America:

South America Market Discovery
Application Deadline: February 9, 2024
Program Dates: April 2 – May 17, 2024
Onsite Days: April 22 – May 3, 2024
*Additional deadlines and information can be found here.

Selection Criteria

To qualify for any German Accelerator program, your company has to meet our selection criteria:

  1. Your company must be incorporated in Germany with one of the following legal forms: UG; AG; GmbH; GmbH & Co. KG. We also consider GbRs on a case by case basis.
  2. Qualify as a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) based on the EU definition of a SME
  3. Be under the limit of the official EU De-minimis aid regulation

Find more information in our FAQs or contact us for further advice!

Duration of Selection Process

Market Access, and Market Discovery, and Life Sciences: You may submit the program-specific application form, during the application window.  The selection process takes approximately six weeks from the application deadline until acceptance.

Kickstart: During your application, you may select the program class of your choice. Should you meet our selection criteria, we will confirm your participation in one class approximately four to six weeks before the program begins.

Program Costs

We don’t take any equity and our Academy and Market Access programs are free of charge. For startups that want to explore first potential business opportunities in Asia or South America, we offer a shorter market discovery program for a small participation fee (€500 per startup, up to 3 participants). We provide unbiased advice, individual coaching and mentoring, as well as free office space in the locations. However, you are responsible for your own associated costs such as travel and accommodation, and the more active you are during the program, the greater the outcome for your business will be. Read more in our FAQs.

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Kickstart

United States

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U.S. Market Access

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Life Sciences Market Access

Asia

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Southeast Asia Market Access

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Asia Market Discovery

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AI Market Discovery (Singapore)

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Japan Market Access

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Japan Market Discovery

5

India Market Discovery

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South Korea Market Discovery

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China Essentials

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China Market Discovery

South America

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South America Market Discovery