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.
Minimum viable product, prototype, or version 1.0
Seeking Pre-Seed, Seed investment
$0 – 1M revenue, market traction with limited customers
The team consists of 2-15 team members
Access to dedicated JumpStart mentors and domain experts
Networking sessions to start building your Silicon Valley network
Weekly workshop session customized to company objectives by experienced instructors
We provide office space in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. All official working sessions take place in Silicon Valley.
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.
Review by Selection Committee
Admission decision within one week or less
To qualify for any German Accelerator program, a company must be incorporated in Germany (supported legal forms: UG; AG; GmbH; GmbH & Co. KG).
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. We take no equity in your company. Program participation is free of charge – no strings attached.
Yes, you will get feedback from our Selection Committee.
In the application process you choose in which month you would like to participate. The program starts in the beginning of the selected month.
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.
Once you are ready to talk to potential investors, our mentors can introduce you to them.
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.
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.
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.”