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Ready for some serious acceleration? Then submit your application by August 31, 2015!

A few simple steps to apply

  • 1 Click the “Apply Here” button that takes you to our application software site at gust.com
  • 2 Create an account and fill in your company profile
  • 3 Fill in all required fields marked with an asterix (*) to the best of your ability
  • 4 Fill in a “0” (zero) if field is not applicable to your company or you don’t know the answer
  • 5 Name your location preferences (Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or New York City)
  • 6 Record a short video that allows us to meet your team and get to know your company. Please note that there is no professional video required - we prefer a genuine video recorded with your laptop’s webcam over a professionally produced image trailer
  • 7 Upload additional documents if desired
  • 8 Complete the form and submit application
  • 9 You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received

PLEASE NOTE:
All provided services are free of charge for program participants. Upon acceptance into the program and no later than 8 weeks prior to program start, each selected company will be asked to confirm their participation, program location and quarter of choice. To ensure a program participation under the conditions set forth therein, each selected company is required to pay a participation deposit of 1,000 € NET (within 3 business days of confirming program participation). The deposit will be refunded in full upon successful graduation at the end of the 3-month program.

Process & Deadlines

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Online Application

Deadline for Q1 and Q2 2016: August 31, 2015.

Skype Interviews

Finalists Presentation

Finalists are invited to present their venture to the Steering Committee in Germany.

Announcement of Winners

The most promising companies will be announced on stage at GA’s bi-annual “Celebrating Innovation” event in Germany.

Preparatory Workshop in Germany

All finalists & winners are invited to participate in a workshop in Germany.

Program Start in the U.S.

At the beginning of each quarter. Next program start: July 6, 2015 & October 5, 2015
German Accelerator Flag

Program Start

July 6, 2015

October 5, 2015

January 4, 2016

April 4, 2016

German Accelerator Calendar

Application Deadline

March 7, 2015

March 7, 2015

August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015

German Accelerator Presentation

Presentation & Selection

May 5-6, 2015, Berlin

May 5-6, 2015, Berlin

October 2015, Germany

October 2015, Germany

Selection Criteria


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Overall concept

Does the company address a clear problem or large market need with an innovative solution?

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Market opportunity:

Is the market size and opportunity large enough to make this a compelling business? Remember: GA is striving to support the creation of the next global category leader.

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Competitive landscape:

Are there significant or dominant competitors? Has the company constructed strong differentiation and/or barriers to entry?

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Product execution:

How much work from concept to current status? Smart engineering, good use of technology. Degree of product/market fit.

German Accelerator Item

Business execution:

Partner deals. Customers. Distribution. A clear go-to-market strategy being executed and proven traction.

German Accelerator Item

Team:

The right combination of dedicated individuals with the required experience and skills. Are team members “knowers” or “learners”? Are they open to questioning their ideas and brave enough to try new behaviors that will enable them to be successful?

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Business model:

Revenue streams or customer acquisition model is determined. Will it work in the U.S. market?

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Entrepreneurial mindset:

Will the company be able to develop a U.S. mindset and entrepreneurial culture? Will they discover the critical success factors for their company and create evidence for their hypotheses?

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Program relevance:

Does the company have a clear perspective on how it will benefit from the GA program, i.e. has it identified specific U.S. customers or a customer group? Does the company have the potential to become a global category leader? What are the plans for the time after program graduation?