The German Accelerator Tech is a growth acceleration program that supports German startups from tech related sectors to enter the U.S. market. It provides startups with hands-on monitoring and office space in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator Tech identifies and selects the most promising German startups and assists them in their pursuit of becoming category leaders with lasting competitiveness and success in the global marketplace. The accelerator’s vision is to establish a permanent bridge between Germany and the U.S. that facilitates transatlantic startups, provides inspiration, and drives demand, innovation, research, and development in Germany.
Three to Nine Months
Initial program: Three months.
Extension phase for selected participants: Up to an additional six months.
Access to our Network
Build relationships and immerse yourself into the world's leading startup ecosystems.
Office space in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and New York.
All services are 100% free. No fees. No equity.
Boot Camp and Workshops
Specialized workshops covering topics, such as product/market fit, go-to-market, and fundraising.
Mentoring and guidance from industry experts and accomplished entrepreneurs.
Bank account, accommodation, driver's license, we'll help you hit the ground running.
Marketing and PR
Spread your word and increase awareness. Use our marketing channels to amplify your story.
German Accelerator Tech mentors are active and extremely well-connected in their local startup ecosystems. They have extensive experience as startup founders, investors, and operating executives with years of experience in all aspects of establishing and growing new technology companies. Our mentor group provides strategic advice, introductions, and best practices customized for your startup’s needs and situation. Meet our mentors here.
CMO & Head of Product, Advisor
Global eCommerce Innovation Lead / Founder / Advisor
PepsiCo / Various
Zeel Networks Inc
Co-Founder & CEO
Independent Venture Advisor
Plug and Play Tech Center, MIT Venture Mentoring
What will You work on?
Define U.S. Go-to-Market Strategy
Validate product/market fit
Identify potential partners and channels
Position yourself against U.S. competition
Optimize Marketing & Communication Approach
Develop marketing material for U.S. audiences
Adjust your story line and pitching style
Pursue effective networking
Define Financial Strategy
Benchmark financial requirements
Understand funding options
Optimize investor pitch
Develop Team & Leadership Skills
Benchmark organizational competencies
Identify and fill critical team gaps
Develop leadership skills
Understand U.S. Legal Structures
Receive expert guidance on U.S. equity plans
Identify best U.S. corporate structure alternatives
Learn HR best practices and compensation standards
Acquire new customers
Identify strategic partners
Establish U.S. operations
Our program is designed to help companies that have the potential to become global market leaders and want to enter the U.S. market. Past program participants have ranged from 5-10 employees to more than 100 employees, but all of our successful participants have shared the following characteristics:
- Technology-driven companies with a strong founding team, proprietary intellectual property, and developed product(s) that are already in the market or will be very shortly.
- Revenue is not required but considered a big plus in the selection process.
- Sufficient team bench strength to support ongoing German operations during the period that the founders/executives are participating in the German Accelerator Tech program in the U.S.
- Sufficient cash flow to support expansion into the U.S. market and ongoing German operations.
- Main company entity must be a German company: GmbH, AG et al.
We welcome companies across a variety of sectors and work with both enterprise-focused and customer-oriented companies. Some of our sweet spots include: