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.
Hands-on support for companies of all stages (from industry experts, investors, and accomplished entrepreneurs)
Relationships within and immersion into one of the world’s leading startup ecosystems
Specialized workshops aimed to help your business needs
Office locations in the two most vibrant startup hubs in the U.S.
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
Intensive workshop series as an introduction to the U.S. business environment including pitching, sales, go-to-market strategies etc.
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
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
Program participants present their achievements – the local Sub Steering Committee will grant the German Accelerator program extension based on best overall progress made
German Accelerator’s graduation and demo day event in front of a large audience and distinguished VC panel
Business-relevant events are shared with program participants on regular basis
“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
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
Program: October – December
Program: January – March