Kickstart International

Start Your Global Expansion With the Kickstart International Program

With the help of our Kickstart International program, we equip startups with the necessary skills and tools needed to build a successful and scalable international business. We empower program participants to make critical early decisions on product, market, and business models while boosting their global mindset to help improve their growth trajectories for success on an international level.

In a Nutshell

The Kickstart International program will help you understand why and when you should consider internationalization and equip you with the knowledge needed to build a global business.
It is a hybrid program with both virtual and on-site sessions over a time period of 5 days.
The program is open to startups of all stages and industries who have an interest in international expansion and growth.

What’s in It For Your Startup

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Get the Basics Right

Understand the basics and tools needed to successfully expand your business internationally.

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Learn From the Best

Receive feedback on your readiness for internationalization to develop a solid base for your international expansion.

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Save Valuable Resources

Make critical early decisions on product, market, and business model and avoid costly mistakes to boost your company’s growth.

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Access to Our Global Network

Tap into our global mentor pool to help your startup incorporate program learnings into your overall business approach.

Sneak Preview of Workshops

How to Identify Your Overseas Market
Product Readiness for Customers in a New Market
Internationalization from a Legal Perspective
Identify Your Product-Market-Fit
Mastering Your Message

How to Get Started


Submit Your Application

Provide your pitch deck and answer questions about your company.


Selection Process

Our Selection Committee will review your application and eligible startups will be notified.

Time to Roll Up Your Sleeves

Participate in our virtual program over 2 weeks and start working on the basics for international expansion via 1:1 mentor sessions, workshops, and fireside chats with our expert mentors.

Ready, Set, Go!

With a global mindset in place and feedback on your startup’s readiness for international expansion, start working on your milestones and next steps. If you’re ready to take the next step, check out German Accelerator’s Market Discovery and Market Access offerings.

Application Deadlines & Program Dates

Kickstart International Class 2022-1:

  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2022
  • Program Dates: March 15 – 24, 2022
  • Location: Munich, Germany

Kickstart International Class 2022-2:

  • Application Deadline: To Be Determined 
  • Program Dates: May 3 – 12, 2022
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

Kickstart International Class 2022-3:

  • Application Deadline: To Be Determined
  • Program Dates: June 28 – July 7, 2022
  • Location: North Rhine-Westphalia Region, Germany

Additional Kickstart International program cycles will be offered throughout the year and in various cities across Germany. If you’re interested in learning more, contact our scouting team at

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