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Need a boost? Check out German accelerators Written by Christine G. Coester on 5. July 2017

There is no shortage of early-stage startup accelerators in Germany. From mobility to FinTech, this list of 42 accelerators provides a good overview of their expertise, costs and the expected time commitment. Roughly 50 per cent of the accelerators are located in Berlin.
Featured below are four well-known accelerators.

Axel Springer Plug & Play

The Berlin-located Axel Springer Plug & Play accelerator is a 100-day program for early-stage startups. The application form is 17 questions long and requires you to upload your pitch deck.
In return for 5 per cent of your startup you’ll receive 25,000 euros and 100 days worth of feedback, advice and guidance.
At the end of the accelerator you pitch your idea to around 200 investors.
Startups like N26, ZenMate and Foodscovery have participated in this accelerator.


With five hubs across Germany, Climate-KIC looks for clean tech entrepreneurs ready to provide solutions that mitigate the effects of climate change.
The organization offers a variety of different support services for startups from all stages, including incubators, competitions and their 18-month accelerator.

Microsoft Accelerator

The Microsoft Accelerator is a global one that runs 4-6 months. The accelerator offers a variety of support: CEO coaching, developing the team culture, recruiting talent and creating distribution channels.
Located in Bangalore, Beijing, Berlin, London, Paris, Seattle and Tel Aviv, the Microsoft Accelerator helps Series-A ready B2B startups.
Upon completion of the program, startups become part of the alumni program, which the accelerator boasts will help early-stage startups leverage “resources, networks and potential customers.”
Startups like, Skoove, Tandemploy, HiDoc and medlanes have participated.
The accelerator does not take any shares.


Startupbootcamp offers global accelerator programs for early-stage tech startups aross a number of industries. The 3-month-long program ends with a demo day, where startups can pitch their ideas to a room full of investors.
The Berlin accelerators dive into digital health, and smart transportation and energy. Each broad category is then divided into smaller focus areas, like personalized medicine, remote monitoring and fleet management.

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