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JumpStart
Program

for Early-Stage Startups

German Accelerator JumpStart is an intensive, one-month resident program designed specifically to introduce high-potential early-stage German startups to the Silicon Valley ecosystem and its best practices. In this Silicon Valley-based program, experienced mentors help startups make critical early decisions about product, market, and business models that will fundamentally improve their growth trajectories to become future global players. The program is tailored to each participant’s requirements and objectives.

Early Stage Startup Characteristics

Product
Minimum viable product, prototype, or version 1.0

Funding Status
Seeking Pre-Seed, Seed investment

Revenue
$0 – 1M revenue, market traction with limited customers

Team
The team consists of 2-15 team members

Not an early-stage startup? Go to our main program for mid- & later-stage startups?

Main Program

Program Features

Mentoring
Hours

Access to dedicated JumpStart mentors and domain experts

Network
Access

Networking sessions to start building your Silicon Valley network

Tailored
Curriculum

Weekly workshop session customized to company objectives by experienced instructors

Silicon Valley &
San Francisco

We provide office space in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. All official working sessions take place in Silicon Valley.

Timeline

The German Accelerator JumpStart Program takes place monthly in Sunnyvale (no program will be held in December). Startups select their desired start month of participation in the application process. After completion of JumpStart, startups decide together with the German Accelerator mentors if they should apply to the regular program.

Step1

Week 1

  • Objective: Select beachhead market
  • Content: Market segmentation, TAM (top-down), SAM (bottom-up), end user profile
Step2

Week 2

  • Objective: Identify quantified value proposition
  • Content: Customer focus, persona for beachhead market, and pricing
Step3

Week 3

  • Objective: Define marketing and sales
  • Content: Customer communication, founder sales, sales strategy, the next 10 customers

 

 

Step4

Week 4

  • Objective: Create revenue model and investor pitch
  • Content: How to make money, unit economics, and venture capital pitch essentials

Applicant
Prerequisites

Application
Process

1

Complete application

2

Review by Selection Committee

3

Admission decision within one week or less

Frequently Asked
Questions

Does my company qualify for German Accelerator?

To qualify for any German Accelerator program, a company must be incorporated in Germany (supported legal forms: UG; AG; GmbH; GmbH & Co. KG).

Why do I need this program?

The German Accelerator JumpStart program will help you make critical early decisions about product, market, and business models that will fundamentally improve the growth trajectory of your company. You will work with German Accelerator’s experienced instructors who will tailor the program to your startup’s specific requirements and objectives. We will help you avoid costly mistakes and establish a solid foundation for long-term success.

What will be the main outcomes for me after 4 weeks?

We will help you identify a beachhead market, define positioning, and establish a process to develop initial customers and target market. We will show you how to evolve from founder to scalable and repeatable sales processes, evaluate business and pricing models, and create a compelling investor presentation and viable fundraising strategy.

Does German Accelerator pay for flights and accommodation?

All program services, including mentoring and office space are provided by German Accelerator and free to participating companies. Companies, however, are responsibilities for associated costs, such as travel, accommodation and cost of living.

Can German Accelerator help with accommodation?

Once you are accepted to the program, we will provide relevant housing information that will help facilitate your ability to find accommodation. In addition, we will provide you with a dedicated Starter Kit with further information and recommendations.

Does German Accelerator take any fees or equity?

No. We take no equity in your company. Program participation is free of charge – no strings attached.

Will I get dedicated feedback in case of dismissal?

Yes, you will get feedback from our Selection Committee.

How quickly can I start after being selected?

In the application process you choose in which month you would like to participate. The program starts in the beginning of the selected month.

Can I re-apply in case my application isn’t accepted?

The answer is YES! In case you are not accepted the first time, you are welcome to re-apply anytime. Our program is highly competitive, and, unfortunately, we can’t accommodate all applicants. We do our best to select the companies that we believe have the greatest potential to benefit from the program. One piece of advice: You have the best chance of being admitted if you update your application demonstrating tangible company and business progress before re-applying.

Will German Accelerator introduce me to investors?

Once you are ready to talk to potential investors, our mentors can introduce you to them.

Who are the mentors? Can you give me examples?

Our mentor network consists of experienced entrepreneurs, industry experts, and leading investors. You can find an overview of all of our mentors here. Feel free to use the filters of the list by location and expertise and browse through a selection of potential relevant mentors.

What are German Accelerator success stories?

More than 220 companies have participated in our German Accelerator programs so far. Dozens of participant companies have had tremendous success since graduating from our German Accelerator programs. Two examples are German unicorns Celonis and N26. Read their success stories here.

Any other recommendations you can share?

Let’s share a great quote from Michael Meirer, CEO German Accelerator Silicon Valley, which sums it up perfectly: “You will have a life-changing experience if you come to Silicon Valley with openness and courage. The sheer intensity, concentration of intelligence, technical and business know-how, grit and focus on action is unique in this world. – We at German Accelerator will guide you on this extraordinary journey.”

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