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March 25, 2021

What Does it Take to Scale Your Startup Globally?

Written by German Accelerator

7 Questions to Dr. Christopher Smolka, Program Director at German Accelerator – insights around early planning and the right timing for global expansion, a global mindset, and all the right tools and connections to successfully scale to other markets

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March 22, 2021

That’s What He Said (And Shouldn’t Have) – The Mansplaining Guide

Written by Ananya Deshpande & Sophia Junginger

“Mansplaining” is a phenomenon as old as time. It is when a man explains something, generally (unsolicited) to a woman, thinking he knows more about the topic than she does — whether he himself knows anything or not. We dive into how and where women encounter mansplaining and how to deal with mansplaining (without burning bridges).

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February 9, 2021

“Don’t Just Meet People, Do Business With Them”

Written by German Accelerator

“I was never planning to found my own company. In fact, I was supposed to start working as a consultant in an advertising agency.” Of course, we at German Accelerator are very happy that things turned out differently and can officially introduce our Company Scout Alice Behrendt. Alice shares her tips and experiences as a female founder and provides more insights into her job, scouting the best German startups for the German Accelerator programs in Germany, the U.S., and Asia.

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December 8, 2020

Startup-Corporate Partnerships: How Startups Can Get a Head-Start on Strategy

Written by Keshia Theobald-van Gent

Partnerships can offer huge opportunities for growth for both startups and corporations. Keshia Theobald-van Gent, U.S. Program Director, recently zoomed with #GAmentor Patrick Guerra, Founder & Principal of Lions Peak LLC, to discuss challenges startups face in developing these early partnerships and which tools are the best for startups to recognize partnership opportunities.

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November 24, 2020

Top 10 Tips on How Startups Can Successfully Make Use of Brand Ambassadors

Written by Dr. Irène Kilubi

What is a brand ambassador, and what are typical steps for a startup to take before launching an ambassadorship program? Important questions to answer, as it is a great and effective way to promote your business and offering. Laying the foundation for an ambassador program certainly is no walk in the park, so we have asked Irène Kilubi, a brand expert and founder herself, who shared her top ten tips on how startups can successfully use ambassadors to promote their products. Read about the things you must consider, from defining your values to tracking your success.

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November 18, 2020

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes – Learning From Failure

Written by German Accelerator

As part of our mini-series on the culture of failure, we spoke to Dirk Schart, CMO and President U.S. of RE’FLEKT who participated in our program in 2016. He shared his insights on working with German Accelerator mentors and the importance of having the proper mindset, both as an individual and as a society, when it comes to learning from failures.

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November 10, 2020

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentoring

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

The benefits of working with a dedicated mentor during our program provides invaluable insight for the German startups. We caught up with current German Accelerator participant Fabian Alt (InGeneron) and Strategic Lead Neema Mayhugh (Wave Strategy) to learn more about their experience working together and their tips for how other startups can leverage the mentor/ mentee benefits.

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October 29, 2020

Top 5 Tips on Closing Sales Virtually

Written by Lydia Koh

With most sales conversations happening in a virtual context, we’ve collected the top five tips from our German Accelerator mentors to help B2B startups prospect, connect, and engage potential customers in the new normal.

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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 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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September 8, 2020

Top 10 Tips for First-Time Leaders

Written by Katrin Grunwald

Taking over your first team can be quite a challenge: You have more responsibility, can encounter new uncertainties, question if you can handle the workload, and might feel like you need to know everything from day one. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Katrin Grunwald, a fempreneur herself and coach for first-time leaders, shares her top 10 recommendations for a successful start for your first leadership role. 

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August 6, 2020

Cultural Differences: Meetings & Presentation Style 101

Written by German Accelerator

How to Avoid Cultural Business Traps: How To Do International Business Like a Pro | Before heading into your next international business call or meeting, make sure to take the time to familiarize yourself with each country’s cultural norms. Doing so maximizes your chances of success and helps foster strong business ties.

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July 29, 2020

Why South Korea Should Be on the Radar of German Startups

Written by Mabel Fu

Find Out the Reasons Behind South Korea’s Vibrant Tech Ecosystem and Our Top Tips to Scale in South Korea | South Korea is considered as a ‘Land of Innovation’, ranking second only to Germany in Bloomberg’s 2020 Innovation Index. It has the biggest government backing of startups per capita in the world providing US$4 billion to startups in the country since 2015. With strong support from the government, South Korea is cultivating startups to be the new engines of economic growth and has become an increasingly attractive destination for foreign startups.

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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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June 18, 2020

The Secret Sauce to Successfully Go Global With Your Startup

Written by Franziska Rammel

Expanding a business to a new international market is a big challenge to tackle for any company. Depending on which market your startup wants to enter, you will not only face new business challenges but also cultural differences that can lead to further hurdles. The endeavor requires a lot of commitment and many dedicated resources. The good news is, that you’re not the first one starting this undertaking so you can benefit from the learnings, experiences, and best practices of companies that already expanded internationally.

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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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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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January 8, 2020

“Drink lots of water and warm up your voice!”

Written by German Accelerator

Johanna Joch of Speechagain participated in our New York program and wrapped it up by winning the Best Pitch Award during German Startup Night. Back then, the trained speech therapist spent several hours working with one of our pitch coaches. End of 2019, she became a coach herself and we and picked her brain about her top workshop takeaways.

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October 17, 2019

Understanding Asian Business Culture – Chapter 1

Written by German Accelerator

We’ve compiled some helpful tips to learn more about Asian (business) culture from a German perspective that will also benefit your communication skills at home. The tips are split into three academy articles.

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October 29, 2018

German Accelerator Success Story: Protembis

Written by German Accelerator

Protembis is an Aachen, Germany based medical device startup. It develops a novel catheter-based filter device for use during cardiac interventions. The device is designed to minimize the risk of stroke and other neurological injuries during these interventions – particularly during catheter-based heart valve implantations.

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October 29, 2018

The Best Visa Options for German Entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Written by Jason Finkelman

For foreign nationals seeking to live and work in the United States, obtaining a visa is one of the most challenging barriers to overcome for a successful entry into the country. Generally speaking, there are limited visa options for German entrepreneurs.

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October 29, 2018

The Basics of U.S. Business Taxes

Written by Paul Venokur (EA, Principal at Tarlow & Co. )

Before starting your international expansion in the U.S., it is crucial to have a basic understanding of your businesses’ U.S. tax obligations. Your tax compliance requirements will depend on the type of entity you form. This is the essential first step when planning operations in the U.S.

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October 29, 2018

The Basics of Transfer Pricing and the IRS

Written by Rita Chung (International Tax Partner at Citrin Cooperman & Company LLP)

Transfer pricing has become a key area of focus for tax authorities around the world.  Maintaining appropriate documentation to support a company’s transfer pricing policies mitigates the risk of a potential tax adjustment during a transfer pricing audit and eliminates the risk of potentially substantial penalties.

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October 29, 2018

Traveling to the U.S. as a Temporary Worker – The 101 on ESTA and Visas

Written by Sarah Ames (Partner Quarles & Brady LLP)

When planning to come to the U.S., a foreign national will have to either register online for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) in order to travel to the U.S. under the visa waiver program (without a visa) or apply for a visa. This article will give an overview of the necessary steps to either register for ESTA or obtain a non-immigrant work visa.

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October 29, 2018

PlagScan CEO Markus Goldbach on How His Passion for Fairness Changed His Career

Written by Geoff Baum (German Accelerator Mentor in Silicon Valley)

PlagScan is a Cologne-based plagiarism detection service for academic institutions and businesses. The company participated in German Accelerator as part of the Class of Fall 2014 in Silicon Valley. In this interview CEO and co-founder Markus Goldbach, who was trained as a neuroscientist, recounts Plagscan’s founding story and how what started as a hobby turned into a fast-growing technology company.

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October 29, 2018

How to Obtain a U.S. Office and Business Address

Written by Eric Erli

Establishing a U.S. office is a crucial initial step when expanding your business to the U.S. This is because an American business address is needed for many tasks that require documentation. Having a U.S. office address is a good way to show that your company is on the ground and committed.

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January 9, 2018

Hiring Interns in the U.S. as a German Company

Written by Klaus-Peter Statz (German Accelerator Mentor in New York)

Hiring interns is a great way to ease a startup’s workload while giving a young talent the chance to experience an exciting work environment. However, the onboarding can become challenging for German companies in the U.S. if they are not yet incorporated.

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