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We are here to help startups get through this crisis and
prepare for a post-COVID-19 economy.

We now run all our programs virtually.

Our startups are now preparing for their international expansion from home and we will make up for the local presence and the corresponding intensive networking in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley, Singapore, or in our Next Step locations in Asia at a later date. We want to continue to support startups as best as we can, which is why we have been putting together workshops, webinars, articles, and more to get you through these uncertain times and to prepare for a post-pandemic economy.

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Helpful Resources &
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Healthcare Innovation: Regulatory Trends in the Time of Covid-19 (Series 2 of 3)

July 7, 2020 | As the race to fight COVID-19 is underway, the pandemic is profoundly impacting the FDA approval processes and ongoing clinical trials. In an effort to prioritize COVID-19 diagnostics and treatments, the FDA has allowed for changes to ongoing clinical trials and has introduced new procedures, such as Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), to reduce approval waiting periods.

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Top 10 (+1) Tips on How to Organize a Virtual Event

July 2, 2020 | Want to set up your own virtual event or webinar? We have some good tried-and-true tips on how to succeed in today’s “new normal” way of event organization.

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Healthcare Innovation: Promising Technologies & Funding Recommendations for Startups (Series 1 of 3)

June 25, 2020 | In a very short time, COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on all aspects of our lives, and this certainly extends to include new adoption of promising technologies and a more challenging fundraising environment. As the trend for remote monitoring and virtual care continues, the need for healthcare innovation is only going to increase and the lessons derived from the current crisis will make for a better “new normal”.

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Marketing During Tough Times

June 23, 2020 | As part of German Accelerator’s “Pass The Mic” series, we hosted a virtual fireside chat to provide insight on how to optimize your digital marketing efforts in 2020 while keeping your brand relevant and your audiences engaged. #GAmentor Kevin Indig (VP SEO & Content, G2) share learnings and resources based on previous recessions and #GAalumni Nicolas Leonhardt (CEO & Co-Founder, Wagawin) provided practical observations based on his B2B company’s experiences.

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A Healthcare Corporate VC Perspective on COVID-19

June 16, 2020 | For our “Pass The Mic” series, we hosted a virtual fireside chat with a diverse group of investors to hear how the current health and economic crisis is impacting corporate venture capital’s (CVC) investment strategies. With a global perspective and different types of organizations represented, Meredith Fisher (Mass General Brigham), Rohan Ganesh (Verily), and Joey Mason (M Ventures) provided insight on the current corporate venture capital environment from multiple perspectives.

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Love Thy Customer: Selling, Client Retention, and Upselling for B2B in 2020

June 9, 2020 | As part of German Accelerator’s “Pass The Mic” series, we hosted a webinar to address how to manage sales and keep customers for B2B companies during tough times. #GAmentors Joshua Amrani (CEO, The Amrani Group and one of our #GAalumni) and Brandon Atkinson (CEO & Principal Consultant, 46 Summits Consulting) provided actionable insights on how companies can navigate the COVID-19 environment.

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Visual Summary Fundraising in 2020: Portraits of Speakers

Fundraising in 2020: What to Focus on in a Changing World

June 4, 2020 | As part of our “Pass the Mic” series, we recently hosted a virtual fireside chat to update startups on how COVID-19 is impacting the 2020 investment landscape and highlighted what these changes could mean for young German companies seeking to raise money in the U.S. Angel Investor and our Program CEO Christian Busch and #GAmentors Charlie Cameron (HUB Angels) and Morgan Lai (Foundation Capital) shared their insights on the current investment dynamics.

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Logos of German startups that joined German Accelerator's virtual programs

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity

June 2, 2020 | For entrepreneurs, the coronavirus pandemic is not the time to stay still. Here are the 23 German startups who are taking the bold step forward and preparing for international expansion with German Accelerator’s virtual programs.

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Startup Stereo Episode #3 – Life Sciences Companies In the Fight against COVID-19 – with Dr. Daniel Mark and Dr. Oliver Uecke

May 14, 2020 | In the third episode of “Startup Stereo”, Dr. Oliver Uecke of Lipotype and Daniel Mark of Spindiag share how their companies are involved in tackling the #coronacrisis, the impact of the situation on their business, and how they both perceive the “gold rush” in life sciences field at the moment. #ProudSupporter

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Tackling Your Startup’s International Expansion in Light of Coronavirus

May 14, 2020 | Why Startups Should Still Think About Internationalization and How to Best to Make Use of the Current Situation: Given the current crisis, should startups still internationalize or focus on existing markets? Are there ways startups can make the most out of this situation? We post these questions to our #GAmentors, Jordi Castello (Letgo), Dr. Bert Grobben (Budding Innovations), Samer Hamadeh (Zeel), and David Segura (Angel Investor and Serial Entrepreneur) to get their insights.

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How Startups Contribute During COVID-19 – Meet the German Accelerator Companies That Provide Valuable Support and Resources (Pt. 3)

May 12, 2020 | As we publish this blog post, some countries have initiated a cautious reopening of their economies, while others have extended their lockdowns. The fight against the virus is not yet over, and German Accelerator companies continue to get involved as tech supporters and resource providers.

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Startup Stereo Episode #02 – Work and Family Under One Roof: How to Best Manage Working From Home – Tips & Tricks From Anna Yona

April 29, 2020 | In German Accelerator’s Startup Stereo Episode #02, we talked to Anna Yona, Co-Founder of Wildling. As a mother of 3 and Co-Founder of Wildling, she shares how to manage a family and a successful business under one roof.

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Yes, You Can do This! – How to Digital Detox and Meet Yourself

April 22, 2020 | Not only in times of the coronavirus crisis but in general we feel the urge to be available for anyone, anywhere, at any time. We asked Natalie Sennes, business woman, founder, and mindfulness coach, for her advice on how we can cope with the pressure, her essential tips on how to reduce screen time, and how she personally manages to detach.

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How Startups Contribute During COVID-19 – Meet the German Accelerator Companies That Share Knowledge, Valuable Resources and Help Lighten Our Mood (Pt. 2)

April 20, 2020 | The coronavirus has definitely turned our lives upside down. Our German Accelerator companies have stepped up and offer special support during this crisis by sharing their expertise, knowledge, and resources to help others get through this new and uncertain situation.

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How Life Sciences And Tech Startups Help Fight the Virus – Meet the German Accelerator Companies That Are Now Stepping Up (Pt. 1)

April 15, 2020 | The coronavirus is challenging businesses globally, but German Accelerator companies are not sitting still. Many have joined the fight against the virus with new ideas, technologies, platforms, and medical services.

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Startup Stereo Episode #01 – Why Receiving Feedback Can Feel Like Going to the Dentist With Jenny von Podewils

April 7, 2020 | The very first episode of German Accelerator’s podcast “Startup Stereo” is live! In episode #01, Jenny von Podewils, Co-Founder of Leapsome, a platform for people enablement, shares her insights on the importance of feedback and how meaningful reviews can serve as rocket fuel for both learning and a healthy company culture.

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Navigating Uncertain Times – Balancing Your Needs and the Needs of Your Company

March 31, 2020 | The constant exposure and consumption of news during these uncertain times can be draining and scary. Psychotherapist, business & life coach, author, and entrepreneur, Miriam Junge actively shares her tips on how to cope with stress, be mindful and balance your and your company’s needs.

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Survival Tips for Your Startup in an Uncertain Economy

March 25, 2020 | Navigating the Repercussions Caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak. Nicolas Keravec, Managing Director of Asia Pacific Internet Holding Group & #GAmentor, shares his experiences and advice to help startups navigate through the current economic uncertainty due to the widespread impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Here are his top five risk mitigation strategies for startups around the globe to consider.

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COVID-19 Updates & Resources
How and when do I apply?

You can apply online at any time. However, there are defined application deadlines for each location and class.

Silicon Valley & New York:
07/17/20 for our Class 2020 - 4 (Program: October - December 2020)

Life Sciences:
06/30/20 - Round 30
09/25/20 - Round 31

Southeast Asia:
08/09/20 for our Class 2020 - 3 (Program: October 2020 - March 2021)

Next Step
South Korea: 07/31/20 (Program: September 2020)
India: 08/31/20 (Program: October or November 2020)
Japan: 09/15/20 (Program: October 2020)

JumpStart (Silicon Valley):
Applications are closed

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Disclaimer: German Accelerator is currently funded by the German Ministry for Economics and Energy until December 31, 2020. The Ministry is periodically reviewing all its programs and is determined to continue the program beyond the current funding period.

How does German Accelerator continue its programs in 2020?

All our programs are active and currently running virtually throughout 2020.  Our startups are preparing for their international expansion journey from Germany and we will make up for the local presence and the corresponding intensive networking in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley, or Singapore at a later date, once the situation around the Coronavirus has improved. We will also begin our Discovery Programs, Next Step Asia and Next Step India, remotely and we will carry out the planned ten-day on-site visits as soon as the global situation permits. The last few months have shown even more that you don't have to be physically present to communicate and get in touch with each other. The startups participating in our virtual programs have continued to benefit from digital workshops and mentor sessions to prepare for their international expansion from the comfort of their home. To foster the exchange between startups amongst each other, common happy hours, intros, and pitches are also taking place online and even across locations. We have added special sessions to our offerings that help our startups navigate the current crisis, prepare for a recession, and plan for the future post-corona. 

Where can I check for updates on related workshops and events?

We have launched a new webinar series “Pass The Mic” in which we bring international experts together to cover a wide variety of topics. This way, we provide startups in Germany with expert knowledge, specific information, and support them in coping with the crisis as best as possible. This webinar series is not only offered to our current program participants and alumni, but we also open it to other startups and members of the startup ecosystem. In addition, we have launched “Startup Stereo,” a German Accelerator podcast with and for founders, innovators, and change-makers, covering topics such as expansion, leadership, new work, company culture, and more. See all events here.

I planned to expand my business this year, but due to the corona crisis, I am hesitant and not sure if my company should pursue this goal.

If your business is ready to scale, you should continue pursuing this goal! Of course, we take concerns around the coronavirus seriously and understand any hesitation. Market establishment always takes time, and we see this situation as an opportunity to make good use of the time and start building your future now while others might be staying still. Explore new opportunities and consider new potentials for your business for the post-corona economy and define the next steps. A new market can open new doors to new customers and partners – not only in the future but also right now. Starting the expansion process from home will enable you to fully focus on what is key to a successful expansion - the preparation and groundwork. If you feel your startup is ready to scale globally and ready to apply to one of our programs in the U.S. or Southeast Asia, please go ahead and save your spot among the high potential German startups getting ready to expand their business now. 

If it’s not possible to actually travel abroad and make local connections, why should I still apply for any of the German Accelerator programs?

Extensive and thorough preparation is the key to successful internationalization. The situation around COVID-19 allows you to fully focus on solid groundwork while staying home and enables you to position yourself better before you start the market entry on the ground in the local ecosystem. Our international teams and mentors will not only support you in setting up these fundamentals but will also help you get through the crisis, and prepare you for a potential recession. You can rely on their long-year business, management, and leadership experience, connect with other startup founders in our community, and leverage our strong global network virtually.  The last few months have shown even more that you don't have to be physically present to communicate and get in touch with each other. The startups participating in our virtual programs have continued to benefit from digital workshops and mentor sessions to prepare for their international expansion from the comfort of their home. This arrangement remains in place until we can resume business as usual on the ground. We at German Accelerator will continue to monitor the developments around the globe very closely, following the local guidelines as well as the recommendations of the Federal Government here in Germany. We will provide you with regular updates as this develops.

How can German Accelerator help my company to get through the crisis?

Even though you may not have international expansion on your agenda at the moment, it is always important to plan ahead and think about the next chapters. The time is now to explore new opportunities and consider new potentials for your business for the post-corona economy and define the next steps. Preparing your business for a new market will facilitate the expansion and, in fact, might help you overcome a financial shortage by introducing your business to new customers, partners, and investors. Among our mentors are proven experts in multiple industries, serial entrepreneurs, and strong leaders who have managed companies survive the recessions of the last decades. You will have the chance to get their individual advice tailored to your company’s needs – during the crisis but also once the situation has improved when it’s time again for you to #GoFarGrowFast.

When will the local presence on the ground in the U.S. or Southeast Asia be possible again?

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to answer this question right now, naming a specific date or timeline. The developments around COVID-19 are still uncertain and changing dynamically. We at German Accelerator take this situation seriously and follow the local guidelines as well as the recommendations of the Federal Government here in Germany. Based on recent developments in the U.S. and Southeast Asia, remote is the new normal for the time being and we can’t go back to business as usual anytime soon. Hence, we have decided to also run our programs in Q3 and Q4 virtually, meaning we will continue to work remotely with our startups throughout 2020. If the situation improves and the circumstances allow us, we will make up for the local presence as soon as we can, depending on the individual needs and circumstances of each company

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