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Our Startup Accelerator is a 6-months equity-free program that supports early stage founders from prototype to investor-readiness.

You will receive a monthly salary, access to our Co-Working Space in Berlin, individual Coaching and more along the way.

From prototype to investor-readiness

Everything you need to know before applying:


You need to be a team of at least 2 founders (max. 3 can be supported in the program).


Your startup should not be founded yet (or founded max. 3 months ago, no revenue).

You can dedicate to building your startup full time in Berlin.


You should have a prototype or at least a click-dummy, mock-up, drawing, or similar.


You live in Berlin or are flexible enough to move to Berlin (to build your startup).


You haven't received a startup scholarship or EXIST grant before.


In the application form (button below) we ask you several questions, to upload a Pitch Deck and Video. You can find more details about the requirements here.

...or check our upcoming events here as well as the FAQs.

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Pitch Day for selected Startups


Final Decision


Official Start

Kickstart your startup journey

The core features of the Startup Accelerator: 

= 6-months (equity free)

💶 2.200 € founder/month

💰 1.000 € Coaching budget

+ Co-Working Space


+ Personal Coach

+ Network


+ e-Learning

+ Free Startup Tools

+ Community Events

+ Kick-Off & Demo Day

+ Certificate

The Startup Accelerator is designed to make you investor ready within 6 months (with the possibility to extend for another 6 months) without giving away any equity.

Each founder receives 2.000 € (before taxes) per month for up to 3 team members. All participants should be able to dedicate themselves to the startup full time.

While several coaching sessions are included in the program (e.g. Leadership), you will receive an additional credit of 1.000 € for individual coaching or consultancy.

During the program you are granted access to our Co-Working Space "Treibende Kraft" in Berlin, Mitte. (you are expected to use it at least part-time to connect with all participants).

Each startup is accompanied by an experienced coach during the program. And if we come up with somebody else from the industry: Be sure we make an intro!

All participants benefit from our network of coaches and mentors as well as many contacts to companies from different industries to provide the best incubation.

In the Online Academy you can find important documents, links, tools and great online courses that accelerate your startup journey – no matter if pre-seed or seed stage.

During the program we will give you access to a lot of great tools which will save you time and money on the way – no matter if it's an incubator or accelerator.

To support and learn from each other, we host various community events for all startups. By joining and actively participating in these events you can give back to the community.

We celebrate the beginning of each batch with a Kick-Off and a Demo Day in the end (to pitch your product to the public).

After successfully completing the Startup Accelerator you will be handed over a certificate with detailed information about the learnings.

...or check our upcoming events here as well as the FAQs.


The application process

4 steps from your application to becoming a future founder in the Startup Academy:





Apply for the Startup Accelerator by Berlin Startup School

After reviewing all applications we will announce the startups on the Shortlist

If you are shortlisted you will be asked for further Due Diligence and invited to the Pitch Day

On the Pitch Day your idea will be evaluated by a Jury of entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts

We will announce the winners of the Pitch Day who can participate in the next batch of the Accelerator program

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Meet our Startups

Get to know the Accelerator Alumni

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Learn from our Startups

Check out our video podcast "Startup Mavericks"

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Any remaining questions?
Check our FAQs or contact us!

Thanks for submitting! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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