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Application Deadlines

You can apply online at any time!

China Essentials Workshop
November 4, 2021
Program Start: November 9 – November 11, 2021

Academy – Kickstart International
Program Start: November 30 – December 9, 2021

U.S. Market Access
November 15, 2021
Program Start: January 10, 2022

Life Sciences
November 19, 2021
Program Start: January 10, 2022

Asia Market Access
November 21, 2021
Program Start: January 12, 2022 –  May 20, 2022

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.

Academy: 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, 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.


Kickstart International


China Offering

(China Essentials Workshop + China Market Discovery)


Japan Market Discovery Program


India Market Discovery Program


South Korea Market Discovery Program


U.S. Market Access Program


Asia Market Access Program


Life Sciences Program