Go Far,
Grow Fast!

All of our highly customized programs and offerings are designed to help grow your global mindset, navigate your new market, and accelerate your company’s international growth and success. Which program suits you best depends on the market you want to enter, current B2C or B2B trends and developments, overall business landscape, and your startup’s individual stage and needs. Whatever stage you are in, we will empower you to hit the ground running.

German Accelerator Virtual Program
Start expanding your business from home with our virtual programs!

All our programs and services are now running fully virtual and our startups are preparing for their international expansion journey from home. We also help startups get through this crisis and prepare for a post-COVID-19 economy – we are #InThisTogether. The German Accelerator team and our extensive network of experts and mentors have fully adjusted and our various workshops, training, and mentoring are now held virtually. #RemoteToSuccess

If you have more questions around our COVID-19 updates, take a look at our Infos & Resources.


What We

Customized Mentoring

We provide guidance and individual coaching from dedicated experts and accomplished entrepreneurs during 1 on 1 sessions and group workshops.

Extensive Network

We will introduce you to our strong network of potential partners, customers, investors, and an engaged community of other program participants and our alumni.

Individual Support

From day one, our local teams will support you on the ground and will empower you to hit the ground running.

Free Office Space

We offer co-working spaces you will be sharing with other program participants to foster the exchange between the companies facing similar challenges, as well as with our own local teams.

Benefit Partners

We teamed up with a variety of different partners from different spaces and areas to offer you various products, services, and useful tools with an attractive discount.

Our Programs & Offerings

For Mid- & Later-Stage Startups:

Market Access Program

Our in-depth programs will help mid- and later-stage startups to enter international markets. Within an intense mentoring phase of three to five months (depending on the location), our team will support you together with our expert mentors in getting access to and entering the business world in the international innovation hubs.

For Startups of All Stages:

Market Discovery Program

This offering is specifically designed for startups to tap into new markets and to get in touch with the business network abroad. With our guidance, you have the chance to meet potential customers, corporates, and partners to validate the potential of these markets for your business. Let Next Step Asia be your starting point to a whole new region of opportunities.

How You Can Find The Right Program

  • Do you plan to expand to the U.S. or Southeast Asian markets?
  • What are the current market trends and does your offering meet a need?
  • Where are the majority of your potential customers or partners located?
  • Are there any competitors around already? Where are your competitors based?
  • Where are your potential acquisition resources?

Are we too fast?

Browse our blog for experience reports, insights on scaling startups, program insights, helpful tips and tricks, and some real life founder stories for inspiration.


What You Will
Work On

  • Validate the product-market fit and develop a go-to-market strategy for your company
  • Understand local customers with their needs and behaviors as well as your competitors
  • Apprehend the local business mentality, behavior, and cultural differences
  • Define a financial strategy for your expansion
  • Optimize your marketing and sales approach
  • Start building your local business and team

Timeline of
Our Programs

Getting Started

Prior to boarding the plane we help you prepare for your exciting new business journey. Our team and mentors will help you identify priorities, set goals, and will give you an overview of what you should prepare before you start the program on the ground.

It’s all About the Base

Upon arrival, you will participate in the German Accelerator Bootcamp – a series of workshops tailored to equip you with the knowledge needed to enter the U.S. or Southeast Asian markets. These sessions are hosted by our mentors, alumni, and team members.

Work, Work, Work

You will work with our mentors on individual topics to foster your company’s global expansion. The access to our community through different events and personal introductions will help you grow your foreign network and engage with the local startup scene right from the start.

Your Time to Shine

At the end of the program, each company pitches in front of a mixed audience of investors, mentors, other startups, partners, media representatives and the local ecosystem at “German Startup Night.”

Potential Program Extension

Each program participant can apply for a program extension based on their progress. The objective of the extension phase is to help startups grow further and gain a lasting foothold in the foreign market.

Our Knock-Out Criteria
For All Programs

Corporation in Germany

Your company must be incorporated in Germany

Accepted Legal Form

Accepted legal forms are UG, AG, GmbH, GmbH & Co. KG

EU De-Minimis Aid Regulation

Must be under the limit of the official EU De-minimis aid regulation

How You
Can Apply*

Answer Initial
Online Questionnaire

Provide your pitch deck and answer (~10) short questions about your company.

Provide In-Depth

Depending on the program, you have to submit an application video or answer a more in-depth questionnaire on your company.

Convince the
Selection Committee

You will pitch in front of our selection committee consisting of accomplished entrepreneurs and business experts – either remotely or on-site, depending on the program.


Who Will Select the Final Companies?

Our selection committees consist of accomplished entrepreneurs and business experts. We will send an overview of the committee members to respective applicants before the final pitch rounds.

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