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Application Deadlines

You can apply online at any time!

Next Step in Japan
August 11, 2021
Program Start: September 27 – November 12, 2021

Academy – Kickstart International (Industry Agnostic)
August 16, 2021
Program Start: September 14 – September 23, 2021

U.S. Market Access (Industry-Agnostic & Climate Tech Focus)
August 16, 2021
Program Start (Industry-Agnostic): October 5, 2021 – January 18, 2022
Program Start (Climate Tech): October 15, 2021 – January 28, 2022

Academy – Kickstart International (Life Sciences Focus)
August 30, 2021
Program Start: October 12 – October 21, 2021

Life Sciences
September 10, 2021 (Round 34)
Program Start: October

Next Step in India (Enterprise Tech and Industry 4.0 Focus)
September 24, 2021
Program Start: November 1 – December 17, 2021

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. 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

U.S. and Asia: During your application, you choose which class you want to join, and at what time. The selection process takes approximately six weeks from application deadline until acceptance.


Life Sciences: We accept applications for our Boston-based program four – six times per year, and application deadlines are posted on the website.


Academy: During your application, you may select up to two preferred program dates of your choice. The selection process takes approximately three weeks from the application deadline, and once selected, we will confirm your participation in one class.

Program Costs

No fees, no equity – 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, we offer the two-week market discovery program “Next Step” for a small participation fee. We provide free individual coaching and mentoring as well as free office space in the location. 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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*Application process for Next Step program