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December 20, 2020

Zoom-Boom, Food Tech, Telemedicine, and More

Written by German Accelerator

A Reflection on the Global Trends We Have Seen This Year | The year 2020 has brought many trends to light that are likely to continue to shape the way we live and work in the future. We have asked our German Accelerator team around the globe to share the trends they have observed.

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October 20, 2020

COVID-19: An External Factor Forcing Some Startups to Pivot

Written by Julia John-Scheder

To pivot or not to pivot is a question that many founders will face at some point in their journey of building a company. Sometimes outside forces push startups to reinvent themselves in order to be able to adapt to new environments. COVID-19 altered the landscape for a lot of markets, and it will probably continue to do so. In this article, we highlight some of our alumni companies’ pivots over the past six months to try to shed some light on their decision-making and communication around pivots. 

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October 13, 2020

B2B Go-to-Market Strategies in 2020

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

As part of the German Accelerator “Pass The Mic” series, we hosted a virtual fireside chat with serial entrepreneurs about adapting B2B go-to-market strategies and the extra adjustments that are required due to COVID-19. Stefan Groschupf (Automation Hero), German Accelerator Mentor Ralf Hirt (8W8 – Global Business Builders), and Andreas Hofmann (Program CEO, German Accelerator Silicon Valley) share their battle scars and advice on virtual networking, tailoring messages, and developing go-to-market strategies internationally.

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September 29, 2020

Opportunities for HealthTech Startups in Singapore & Germany

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

German Accelerator’s virtual fireside chat, co-organized by the Singapore Embassy in Berlin and SGInnovate, explored the landscape for startups thinking about expanding to the Singapore and German markets during COVID-19 and beyond. After kicking off with an overview of internationalization from Ambassador Laurence Bay, the panel provided insights from a wide range of experiences and cross-cultural knowledge. Moderated by Marc Filerman (our Life Sciences Program CEO), the panel comprising Dr. Jack Tan (TeleMedC) and German Accelerator participant Sirko Pelzl (apoQlar) provided the startup perspective, while Harjit Gill (APACMed) was able to speak from an industry perspective, and investor and German Accelerator mentor Shoko Suzuki (Harbourfront Ventures) rounded out the conversation. 

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September 22, 2020

Six Months into the Pandemic

Written by Franziska Rammel

Over the last six months, our world has been turned upside down. It’s safe to say that the pandemic has affected our lives at all levels. And, even though we have somehow adapted to the new normal, it’s still a difficult, uncertain, and challenging situation for both our private and business life. Economies around the globe are suffering, many companies need governmental funding, and even large corporates fear insolvency. We asked our Program CEOs to share their thoughts and observations around the impact of COVID-19 on the startup scene worldwide.

 

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September 10, 2020

Startup Stereo Episode #04 – “Every Breakdown Is the Opportunity for a Breakthrough” – With Andy Goldstein

Written by German Accelerator

In this episode of “Startup Stereo,” Andy Goldstein shares his personal perception of crises – or as he calls them “breakdowns.” According to him, every breakdown is the opportunity for a breakthrough! We also talk about pitfalls entrepreneurs might face and tips for founders to successfully steer their business through a crisis. Towards the end of the conversation, we look at digital transformations and Andy’s personal experience as an American living in Europe for more than 35 years.

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August 10, 2020

How Are Things? A Virtual Chat With German Accelerator Participant Prime Vector Technologies, a Startup That Is Working on a COVID-19 Vaccine

Written by Lydia Koh

In the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, #GAStartup Prime Vector Technologies (PVT) from Tübingen has received funding and support for their safe viral vector platform that enables the fast generation of vaccines. Find out why they chose to focus on Southeast Asia and their biggest learnings from this pandemic.

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July 28, 2020

Managing the Coronavirus’ Impact on Your Startup: A Founder & Investor’s Perspective

Written by Sheena Cheong

Key Tips on Fundraising, Building a Business Continuity Plan, and Identifying Positive Opportunities | With startups shifting to survival mode as the coronavirus uncertainty grows, German Accelerator mentor Dr. Sian Wee Tan addresses questions from our startups around fundraising, business continuity plans, and key risk mitigation strategies. Dr. Sian is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Finaxar (a Monk’s Hill Ventures portfolio company that is reinventing business financing for small-and-medium enterprises) and Operating Advisor at Monk’s Hill Ventures (a partnership of seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies based both in Silicon Valley and Asia).

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July 21, 2020

How Are Things? A Virtual Chat with German Accelerator Alumnus, Buckle & Seam

Written by Judith Sterl

A Conversation About Leather Bags, COVID-19, The Importance of Sharing, Social Impact, Education in Pakistan, Crowdfunding, And Tips For Young Founders. We love to see our German Accelerator companies go far and grow fast. One of our alumni, Buckle & Seam from Berlin, doesn’t just offer personalized premium quality leather goods, they have a clear purpose for their brand and business – to inspire their customers to break boundaries, share their experiences, take action, and write their own success story.

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July 16, 2020

Current Pulse of Life Sciences Startup CEOs & Founders During COVID-19

Written by Edgar-John Vogt

After witnessing the wave of the pandemic and consequences in Germany, we were curious to find out how startups in the Life Sciences industry are managing through these times. Is expansion into other markets still on the table, or would these companies be forced to rethink their business model and pivot? How does the virus affect their daily business like running clinical trials and so on? Find out what our Life Sciences company scout Edgar learned in his conversations with German Life Sciences startups.

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July 14, 2020

Biotech Industry & Investments Trends in Germany and the U.S.

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

As part of the German Accelerator “Pass The Mic” Series, we hosted a virtual fireside chat with leaders of biotechnology industry organizations from Germany and Massachusetts to speak about the current trends and challenges from a global perspective. Horst Domdey (BioM) from Germany and John Hallinan (MassBio) from Massachusetts were joined by investor Mike Serrano-Wu (Sprout BioVentures) to comment on how the pandemic has lit a fire under the whole healthcare industry in terms of collaboration and virtual adoption. 

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July 7, 2020

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

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

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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June 25, 2020

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

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

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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June 23, 2020

Marketing During Tough Times

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

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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June 16, 2020

A Healthcare Corporate VC Perspective on COVID-19

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

For the most recent German Accelerator “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 (Partner, Mass General Brigham), Rohan Ganesh (Principal, Venture Capital, Verily, an Alphabet company), and Joey Mason (Head of Life Sciences Fund, M Ventures) provided insight on the current corporate venture capital environment from multiple perspectives.

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June 9, 2020

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

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

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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June 4, 2020

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

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

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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June 2, 2020

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity

Written by German Accelerator

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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May 26, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions

Written by German Accelerator

In this edition of our Coffee Sessions, Andreas Hofmann, Program CEO German Accelerator Silicon Valley, interviewed Chinese born German founder Han Jin, who launched Lucid, the world’s first AI-powered 3D vision platform, without a cent in his pocket. Read the full interview with Han – who is also one of our dedicated Mentors – to find out how Judo and Chinese war strategies helped him succeed, and much more!

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May 14, 2020

Startup Stereo Episode #03 – Life Sciences Companies In the Fight against COVID-19 – With Dr. Daniel Mark and Dr. Oliver Uecke

Written by German Accelerator

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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May 14, 2020

Tackling Your Startup’s International Expansion in Light of Coronavirus

Written by Sheena Cheong

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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April 28, 2020

Beim German Accelerator geht es trotz Corona-Krise weiter voran! 

Written by German Accelerator

Munich Startup hat nachgefragt, wie der German Accelerator und betroffene Startups mit der aktuellen Situation umgehen. Das Ziel des German Accelerator bleibt auch in der Corona-Krise gleich: Startups bestmöglich bei ihrer internationalen Expansion zu unterstützen.

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April 22, 2020

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

Written by Franziska Rammel

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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March 25, 2020

Survival Tips for Your Startup in an Uncertain Economy

Written by Sheena Cheong

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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