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Application Deadlines

You can apply online at any time!

Academy – Kickstart International
May 3, 2021
Program Start: June 29 – July 8, 2021

Next Step in India
May 7, 2021
Program Start: June 14 – August 6, 2021

Life Sciences
May 28, 2021 (Round 33)
Program Start: Mid-July – Mid-December

U.S. Market Access
June 1, 2021
Program Start: July 6 – October 19, 2021

Next Step in South Korea
June 2, 2021
Program Start: July 12 – August 27, 2021

Asia Market Access
June 27, 2021
Program Start: August 16 – December 21, 2021

Next Step in Japan
August 4, 2021
Program Start: September 13 – October 29, 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