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Silicon Valley
Track Record

$760M+ raised by Silicon Valley participants
125 companies have graduated the Silicon Valley program since 2012
Celonis, Silicon Valley graduate 2013, attained Unicorn status in 2018
9 exits

Program Features

German Accelerator Silicon Valley enables high-potential German tech startups to enter the U.S. market in a 3 to 9 month accelerator program. In the initial 3 month phase, program participants can spend up to 60 hours with any of the Silicon Valley mentors. After the initial phase, participants can apply for a 6 month extension phase which allows 50 more hours of mentoring.

Customized Mentoring

Hands-on support for companies of all stages (from industry experts, investors, and accomplished entrepreneurs)

Network Access

Relationships within and immersion into one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems

Bootcamp and Workshops

Specialized workshops aimed to help your business needs

San Francisco & Silicon Valley

Office locations in the two most vibrant startup hubs in the U.S.

What You Will
Work On

As an earlier stage startup:

As a later stage startup:

Our Program Structure


Preparation Workshop

While still in Germany, program participants are provided with detailed program information, initial insights into U.S. sales, and business development through a remote workshop with the Silicon Valley team.



Program participants get to know their mentors and discuss and define their program objectives to hit the ground running


Bootcamp Week

Intensive workshop series as an introduction to the U.S. business environment including pitching, sales, go-to-market strategies etc.


CBRD Boards

The Critical Business Review and Development (CBRD) program is a training and mentoring approach for the initial phase of the German Accelerator program experience that focuses on valuable hands-on mentoring on-site by a group of three dedicated mentors


All Mentor Meeting & Social Mixer

Formal gathering that offers program participants the perfect environment to raise awareness for their company and its specific objectives among all mentors and a great opportunity to mix and mingle with German Accelerator mentors, fellow entrepreneurs, and friends of the program afterward


Board Meeting

Program participants present their achievements – the local Sub Steering Committee will grant the German Accelerator program extension based on best overall progress made


Captivate Demo Day

German Accelerator’s graduation and demo day event in front of a large audience and distinguished VC panel


Community Events

Business-relevant events are shared with program participants on regular basis

What our
Alumni say

“I’ve never learned so much so fast in my entire entrepreneurial career. I’m not going to lie, German Accelerator isn’t easy. The mentors challenge us every day to confront obstacles to growth and identify the best ways to address those barriers.

We arrived in the U.S. with assumptions based on our success in Europe. The mentors didn’t tell us we were wrong. Instead, they provided the training and framework to develop a customer-centric approach that is helping us evaluate our strategy and identify product/market fit in the U.S. This is stuff that we will be able to use the rest of our careers.

Without German Accelerator, we would have wasted months chasing a market that is significantly different than the European market and that needs a completely different approach.”

Felix Ewald, CEO & Co-Founder of DyeMansion
German Accelerator Class of Fall 2017 Silicon Valley


Our Industries

  • SaaS
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Hardware
  • Robotics
  • Wearables
  • Semiconductors
  • IoT
  • Machine Learning & AI
  • Mobility
  • FinTech
  • MediaTech
  • AdTech
  • Healthcare
  • EdTech
  • Publishing

VCs that have invested in Silicon Valley companies:

  • Khosla Ventures invested in Parstream
  • Accel invested in Celonis
  • Y Combinator invested in Senic
  • Summit Partners invested in Signavio

Silicon Valley companies that got acquired:

  • Parstream acquired by Cisco in 2015
  • Lovoo acquired by The Meet Group in 2017 for $70M
  • Movilizer acquired by Honeywell in 2016

Our Selection Criteria


Company incorporated in Germany


Initial funds raised to fund U.S. market expansion


Product readiness with first traction in Germany


Founding team of two or more founders with full-time commitment of one founder for three months

Application Deadlines

Class of Fall 2019
Class of Winter 2019

Program: October – December

Class of Spring 2020

Program: January – March

Do you have what it takes?

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