Younger, John

Experience

  • Founder and CEO of five start-ups of which two were on the Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies list
  • CEO and founder of HireMojo, a subscription-based Hiring Automation Platform
  • Sold his company y/net 11 months after start
  • VP of Human Resources at Bank of America
  • Angel Investor
  • Bachelor of Science in Math and Computer Science from University of Notre Dame
  • Holder of several patents and trademarks
  • Former member of the US National Olympic Rowing Team

Mentoring Focus

  • Business modelling and growth strategies
  • Recruiting, interviewing and hiring
  • Viral marketing and brand awareness
  • Exit strategies and strategic relationships

Passion

  • Integrating business strategies with tactical actions
  • Creating and enhancing high-performing teams
  • Finding values and opportunity in non-obvious places
  • Chabrier, Greg

    Experience

    • Highly successful sales and business development executive with IPO experience from Sun Microsystems, Calico Technologies, Selectica and VA Linux
    • Winner of numerous sales and sales management awards
    • In-depth experience in sales leadership, team growth, and early-stage financing

    Mentoring Focus

    • B2B sales and channels
    • Finding initial deals
    • Building a sales team
    • Implementing sales processes
    • Forecasting

    Passion

  • Bringing new technology to market
  • Finding and closing the first deals
  • Successful teams
  • Guerra, Patrick

    Experience

    • Senior management and information technology experience from Hewlett Packard, Advance Micro Devices, PSB and Ariba
    • Former president and CEO of SpinCircuit
    • Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics and MBA in Operations & Information Systems from Santa Clara University
    • Angel investor with the Band of Angels

    Mentoring Focus

    • Business modelling & development
    • Fundraising
    • Presentation and Pitch Training

    Passion

  • Technology
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Early stage venture consulting
  • Schmidt, Katrin

    Experience

    • Business Affairs Manager for Aibnb’s Trips (early Airbnb employee)
    • Advisor for Wimbify.org
    • Author of Kaliforniakati.com
    • Atlantikbrücke Young Leader

    Mentoring Focus

    • Communication
    • Public Policy
    • Presentation and Pitch Skills

    Passion

  • Women’s rights
  • Immigrants’ rights
  • Gluten-free food
  • 22 Top German Startups Selected to Join the German Accelerator Tech Program

    Munich, October 23rd, 2017

    Last Thursday, founders, entrepreneurs, investors, and others from the German startup ecosystem gathered for the bi-annual Celebrating Innovation event in Munich. The crowd of over 300 guests was eager to find out which startups would have the opportunity to expand to the U.S. market with the support of German Accelerator Tech.

    German Accelerator Tech’s selection committee spent two days getting to know 30 of the most promising German companies in person. The startups’ founders were invited to Munich from all over Germany to give a 60-second pitch and answer the selection committee’s questions. Thursday night, the 22 winners were announced during a celebratory event at the Alte Bayerische Staatsbank, in Munich’s city center.

    All winners of Celebrating Innovation united on stage
     

    In 2018, with the support of the German Accelerator Tech program, the 22 selected startups will have the opportunity to prove themselves in one of the world’s largest markets, the U.S. As part of the three to nine-month program, the startups will receive extensive coaching from the German Accelerator Tech team, hands-on mentoring, free office space, tailored workshops, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more. They will become part of a vibrant startup community and receive the tools and resources needed in order to successfully and strategically scale to the U.S. – all while being fully immersed in the innovative Silicon Valley, San Francisco, or New York City startup ecosystem.

    The program is primarily financed by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and is completely free for the participating companies – they do not provide any equity nor pay any fees. The goal of the program is to help German companies scale internationally, and, as a result, to create jobs in Germany. The program therefore helps strengthens Germany as an innovation hub and the “Made in Germany” brand.

    German Accelerator Tech’s track record demonstrates the success of the program. Thus far, German Accelerator Tech portfolio companies have raised more than $500M, 92% of them are still in business, and 10 have had notable exits. The 22 recently selected program participants have a bright future ahead of them.

    Investors who attended Celebrating Innovation, such as Robert Wuttke, founding partner at 10x.group, expressed their excitement: “This event shows how many German startups have a chance in Silicon Valley due to their quality.” Maximilian Vrecko, investment manager at Surplus Invest GmbH, believes that exposure to the U.S. market will benefit the 22 winners: “Every founder who once has had to assert themselves in the U.S., comes back to Germany as a better entrepreneur.”

    One of the Celebrating Innovation winners, Toposens, is a Munich-based startup that offers the world’s first 3D sensor system based on embedded software for ultrasound – used for innovative applications such as autonomous parking or anonymous people tracking. Barbara Brauner, Head of Business Development at Toposens, is thrilled about their acceptance into the program: “We are very well connected in the German automotive industry already – now we are looking forward to building our U.S. network with the help of German Accelerator Tech.” Franz Riedl, co-founder and COO of the Berlin-based startup Styla, agrees: “A new market entry is a special challenge. We are convinced that thanks to its workshops, mentors, and network, German Accelerator Tech will be of great help for us in conquering the most important global market.”    

    List of selected German Accelerator Tech winners:

    Geman Accelerator Tech Silicon Valley:
    FRANKA EMIKA
    GWA Hygiene
    Mesaic
    parlamind
    RiseML
    Tandemploy
    timee
    Toposens
    Twenty Billion Neurons
    Uberchord
    volabo

    German Accelerator Tech New York:
    adpack
    AMBOSS/MIAMED
    DreamCheaper
    FinReach
    Higgs
    Inkitt
    ProGlove
    Shore
    SMACC
    Smart Reporting
    Styla

    About German Accelerator:
    German Accelerator Tech is a three to nine-month growth accelerator empowering high-potential German tech startups to successfully enter the U.S. market with a program tailored to their needs. Through extensive hands-on mentoring, free office space, and immediate access to a top-notch network, selected companies are fully immersed in the Silicon Valley or New York City ecosystem right upon arrival. They are exposed to a dynamic international environment and dive into the world’s capitals for innovation and startup success. With the support of German Accelerator, startups save precious time and money in building their business in the world’s largest market. German Accelerator Tech was initiated in 2012 and is funded by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs as well as corporate partners. More than 150 companies have graduated from the program thus far. As of January 2016, German Accelerator has expanded its services and now also supports young German Life Sciences companies to enter the U.S. market via Boston.

    Press Contact German Accelerator Tech:
    Stephanie Korbely
    German Accelerator
    433 Broadway
    2nd Floor
    Mobile: +1 929 382 0965
    Email: stephanie@germanaccelerator.com

    Open as App

    Open as App is a brand new cloud service for Instant App Creation based on spread sheet formats – without coding or macro writing. It can automatically integrate Apps with calculations, dashboards, lists, maps into your company. The benefit is high for all who participate – business units, employees and IT experts.

    MULTIROTOR

    MULTIROTOR is a pioneer in the UAV market. As early as in 2008, MULTIROTOR developed the first micro-multicopter for innovative B2B applications – long before unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAV) were widely known and acknowledged.

    Loodse

    Loodse develops software that makes it easy to deploy and manage multiple container clusters in any organization. With Kubermatic, they enable companies to run fully managed clusters that increase speed, efficiency, scalability, and flexibility of your infrastructure.

    SpeechAgain

    SpeechAgain helps stutterers regain control of their speech and overcome severe discrimination in their professional and social lives. The company is revolutionizing and disrupting speech therapy with the world’s first digital anytime/anywhere stutter treatment to fully replace the human speech therapist.

    Shore

    Shore is the leading provider of web-based business solutions for local service providers. The company offers easy and cost-effective access to digital communication and productivity software. The product portfolio spans from Online Booking over a professional CRM system, easy-to-use marketing tools to an efficient iPad-based cash system. Shore enables local service providers to benefit from the versatile potential of digital solutions and helps them bring their business to new heights.

    AMBOSS

    AMBOSS is a breakthrough medical learning platform dedicated to helping future physicians succeed on their exams. The program distills the essentials of medicine into an exam preparation tool that can be used for in-depth studying and be reviewing on-the-go.

    UBiMAX

    Ubimax is global market leader for Industrial Wearable
    Computing solutions, creating fully integrated solutions powered by latest Wearable Computing technologies to improve business processes. The Ubimax Enterprise Wearable Computing Suite includes “xPick” for order picking, “xMake” for manufacturing and quality assurance processes, “xInspect” to support service and maintenance technicians and “xAssist” for remote assistance functionality.

    contentsphere

    The CS Group, headquartered in Speicher, near St. Gallen, in Switzerland, offers companies a broad portfolio of innovative and powerful solutions for contextual data management. Our solutions contribute to the business success of companies in the digital age by employing automated marketing processes to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

    RE’FLEKT

    RE’FLEKT is a Munich based technology company that enables any business or industry to create their own in-house Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. By making AR and VR affordable and scalable for business, RE’FLEKT’s groundbreaking human-centered platforms empower anyone to simply infuse their industry knowledge into customized AR and VR solutions.

    DyeMansion

    DyeMansion offers automated manufacturing solutions for the production facilities of the future. Our in-house developed post-processing solutions cover every step after the production of an additive manufactured part and are specifically optimized for powder-based AM plastics.

    movingimage

    movingimage is the leading global provider of secure enterprise video technology. We revolutionize how enterprises and organizations manage their digital assets and implement video. We offer cutting edge SaaS to international enterprises, boasting an extensive customer portfolio of over 500 companies, including DAX-listed corporations such as the Volkswagen Group and Bayer.

    Acellere

    A cognitive software static analyzer (product name: Gamma), which not only can identify difficult problems in code but also recommend solutions to fix the problem. Think autocorrect for coders. With proprietary algorithms and support for the most widely used programming languages, Acellere is offered through a SaaS model (in cloud as well as on premise.) Acellere is also used by such global brands as, Continental, Airbus, Commerzbank and Schlumberger.

    Cleverciti Systems

    Cleverciti brings together all aspects of smart parking management technology in one integrated system — from overhead sensors to mobile apps, management software and analytics. With our system and sensor technology for smart on-street and open-air parking, we aim to reduce search traffic and CO2 emissions, and help solve some of the most urgent challenges facing cities today.

    Smola, Egon

    Experience

    • President & COO, Touch of Modern: Event-based mobile eCommerce targeting male millennials
    • SVP/GM, GetInsured: Creation of direct-to-consumer & SaaS health insurance marketplace under Affordable Care Act
    • VP/GM, Dealix: Turnaround of online automotive marketplace
    • GM, Yahoo! Personals: 1st commercially successful global social network
    • Group Business Manager, Vodafone: 1st mobile app store across Europe
    • Country Manager, Amazon: Introduction of eCommerce in German-speaking countries

    Mentoring Focus

    • Finding the best product-market fit
    • Choosing the right business model
    • Marrying strategy and operational plans

    Passion

    • Building effective teams and positioning them for success
    • Bridging cultural differences

    Indig, Kevin

    Experience

    Kevin is a growth marketer with a strong background in SEO. Besides running SEO @ Atlassian he has a broad background in consulting enterprises and startups around the world, from eBay, Pinterest, Samsung and Suncapital Partner brands to LTUR, Bosch, UBS Bank, XING and Axel Springer. Kevin was born and raised in Germany by a German mother and American father and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2014.
     

    Mentoring focus

    • Growth Marketing
    • SEO

    Passion

    Born as the son of an American Doctor and a German nurse, Kevin wanted to be a doctor all his life. When he became 18, he realized as a doctor you can help only so many people and often don’t get the support you need (and earn). Being a “digital native”, Kevin realized what technology can do FOR people. So he set out into the tech world as a digital marketer.

    The dream of becoming a doctor and helping people instilled a set of highly valuable skill in him. The most important one: reverse engineering. Doctors look at symptoms and are able to analyze them until they have a diagnose. Then they develop a plan to improve the state of the patient, not only erase the symptoms.

    Kevin does the same for brands. He reverse-engineers their target users to help their product fit to the market and scale that strategy up.

    Verani, Ted

    EXPERIENCE

    • VP, Business Development, Scientific Revenue.  Machine Learning start-up focused on dynamic pricing for mobile games and digital entertainment.
    • Founder and advisor, BigBlueDocs.  Start-up focused on transforming standardized legal forms into smart web forms.
    • SVP, Sales & Marketing, Trilibis Mobile.  First business hire. Built GTM strategy and built team for mobile publishing business serving global brands, media companies, wireless carriers and enterprises. Pivoted company to enable enterprise CMS solution.
    • SVP, Sales & Marketing, Jumbuck.  Head of global sales and marketing for publicly traded Australian mobile social applications provider distributed across over 100 wireless carriers.
    • VP, Business Development, Enpocket (acquired by Nokia).  Head of Content and Communities partnerships for mobile advertising and messaging firm.
    • VP, Business Development, Landmat (acquired by Enpocket). Led market entry for Icelandic mobile applications company into U.S.
    • Vodafone.  Multiple positions in marketing, business development and product development. Managed content strategy for early days mobile web portal.  Developed first SMS solution for CDMA network in U.S.
    • MBA, Marketing, University of Southern California
    • B.A., International Relations and Economics, U.C. Davis

    MENTORING FOCUS

    • Business and Marketing Strategy in early stage companies using technology to solve problems in established markets with entrenched participants, with particular focus on media, enterprise, video games and wireless carriers.
    • Go-to-Market strategy planning
    • Business Development and sales strategy
    • Early stage marketing – getting the message right and positioning

    PASSION

    • Helping founders get to product and market fit, and establishing the foundation to accelerate growth
    • Creating market awareness for new products and ideas
    • Building teams to succeed.

    German Accelerator Selects 20 Startups for Its Mentoring Program in the U.S.

    Berlin, May 2nd, 2017

    Young tech companies pitch their business ideas in Berlin – and get the unique chance to expand to the U.S. under professional guidance.

    What does it take for German excellence to conquer the U.S. market? Since 2012, the secret formula is called: German Accelerator. Last Thursday, the German Accelerator Tech once again admitted promising German startups to its unique mentoring program. In the presence of the German Minister of Economics and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, 20 young companies were selected to join the class for Summer/Fall 2017. Under professional instruction and guidance, they will be given the chance to prove their potential in one of the most important international markets. Talented German founders will have the opportunity to spend three months on location in New York, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco in order to make valuable connections, expand their know-how and gain new experiences. The German Accelerator network consists of 150 experienced mentors who will support the startups. Keynote speaker Dr. Gero Decker, CEO of business software specialist Signavio and former German Accelerator participant, congratulated the winners by saying, “Now go to the U.S. and build the next SAP. Good luck!”

    The track record of the government-funded German mentoring program shows that this is a legitimate expectation: So far, German Accelerator Tech alumni companies have raised $150MM in funding after they completed the program. 92% of startups supported through the program are still in business. The program’s five-year track record also impressed Brigitte Zypries, Minister of Economics and Energy: She was happy that, through the support of the German Accelerator, young companies ultimately created jobs in Germany and strengthened Germany as an innovation hub. A venture capitalist attending the event appreciated the high quality of the selected startups: “Many of them I hadn’t had on my radar yet.”

    The current German Accelerator winners are happy about so much trust. Each of them had 60 seconds in order to pitch their business to the 400 guests in the Fernsehwerft event location in Berlin. One minute for a business pitch? This is not really a challenge for Sebastian Spies, CEO of Datapath.io – after all, his company’s specialty is speed: “I have 60 seconds. I don’t need them. Tick tack. Datapath.io is faster! No pun intended.” The software of the Mainz-based German startup expedites server requests from corporations. Thanks to Datapath.io, for example, the digital financial service provider N26 can process its customers’ credit card transactions in a faster and safer way. An idea made for the U.S. market and U.S. customers: While in 2015 there were only 955MM credit card transactions in Germany, there were almost 30BN in the U.S.

    Great numbers, promising forecasts – in line with this, the atmosphere was exuberant at the event on Thursday. “Celebrating Innovation” was the motto of the evening, and that’s exactly what guests did. Additional entertainment was provided by a verbal exchange between the German Accelerator team and mentors of both New York and San Francisco. Both cities are equally attractive to tourists and entrepreneurs – but which one wins over the other? Ram Srinivasan, tech mentor for German Accelerator in San Francisco, promoted his location: “We love the outdoors to relax from all the hard work we do.” Christian Busch, CEO of German Accelerator Tech in New York, retaliated: “Entrepreneurs want to come to New York City because they feel among themselves – driven people!” Also, the culinary offer in New York was unparalleled: “New York wins in food choices anyday!”

    List of most recent German Accelerator Tech winners:

    New York

    Acellere

    Adsquare

    CONTENTSERV

    Crossengage

    Hornetsecurity

    MovingImage

    Spectrm

    SpeechAgain

     

    San Francisco/Silicon Valley

    360Dialog

    Cleverciti Systems

    Datapath.io

    DyeMansion

    Ferroelectric Memory

    GreenPocket

    Loodse

    Perdoo

    RE’FLEKT

    Terraloupe

    Ubimax

    Understand.ai

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator 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 mentoring and office space at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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 foster the international growth of German tech startups by supporting them with an effective and efficient entry into the U.S. market with its dedicated mentors. As of January 2016, German Accelerator has expanded its services and now also supports young German Life Sciences companies to enter the U.S. market via Boston.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, check out LinkedIn, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact German Accelerator Tech:
    Stephanie Korbely
    German Accelerator Inc.
    433 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    stephanie@germanaccelerator.com

     

    enercast

    Modern industrial nations depend substantially on renewable energies. No one knows how much they will produce tomorrow. We help. enercast allows the integration of wind and solar energy into electricity grids and energy markets by precisely predicting their energy output.

    adsquare

    adsquare is a neutral mobile data exchange, bringing together advertisers and data providers in a fair, secure and privacy-friendly way. The platform has been built mobile-first, operates in real-time and enables advertisers to leverage data for panoramic audience targeting and precise moment marketing.

    Adnymics

    The adnymics GmbH has developed a production system for individualized package inserts which is unique worldwide. Through the combination of digital printing and a recommendation engine, online retailers and fulfilment providers are enabled to print a personalized package insert including individual content and product offers for every single customer. 

    Lu, Avery

    Experience

    • Co-Founder / Chief Marketing Officer at Palo Alto Scientific – AI platform for predictive/prescriptive sport science analytics
    • Co-Founding Member / Venture Advisor & Strategy Consultant at ACTIONspot – San Jose startup accelerator / incubator focused on data science-centric startups
    • Global Startup Advisor & Mentor to Silicon Valley startup accelerators / incubators (Highway1, ReadWrite Labs, TechCode Accelerator, Hanhai Investment, Taiwan Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, Global K-Startup Silicon Valley & Santa Clara University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship)
    • Executive Director of Business Development & Entrepreneurship / Senior BoD at CASPA (Chinese American Semiconductor Professional Association)
    • Senior Member IEEE & Executive Committee Member at IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Santa Clara Valley (Past Chair of Consumer Electronics Society, Board Member of Women in Engineering, Committee Member of Corporate Liason Program)
    • Former Vice President of Business Development at Focus Product Design – all aspects of product design: Industrial Design, Mechanical Design, Electrical Design & Design For Manufacturablity
    • 22 years in Silicon Valley semiconductor industries (NXP, Infineon, Toshiba, Winbond, Cypress, Xilinx)
    • Advisory Board Member at C-Suite Network, BWG Strategy, Santa Clara University & UCSC Extension Silicon Valley
    • S. Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University

     

     

    Mentoring Focus

    • Business Development, Marketing & Sales (B2B & B2C business models)
    • Semiconductors (Digital, Mixed-Signal, Analog)
    • IoT, Wearable Technology, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence

     

    Passion

    • Disrupt the status quo
    • Build sustainable businesses
    • Develop enduring strategic partnerships
    • Enable startup founding team and company success
    • Deliver bottom line results (revenue, profitability and market share)

    Six German Entrepreneurs Pitch at Captivate Silicon Valley (11th Edition)

    Redwood City, March 22, 2017

    German Accelerator’s Q1 2017 program participant Fit Analytics, one of Germany’s top tech startups, successfully graduated from its three-month acceleration program with a final pitch at Captivate Silicon Valley.

    The 11th edition of German Accelerator Silicon Valley’s Captivate  once again, took place in the heart of Silicon Valley at HanaHaus in Palo Alto, where German Accelerator welcomed more than 130 guests from the local tech community.

    For the first time German Accelerator opened its doors to external startups with a strong German background as well. At this event Shop.Co and GYANT joined to pitch. Further, German Accelerator welcomed the best three startups off GACC‘s STEP program in Silicon Valley, a five day immersion program that helps German entrepreneurs to explore the Silicon Valley business ecosystem.

    The following startups presented on stage:

    Fit Analytics

    GYANT

    Shop.Co

    Scoutbee

    Cindicis

    CADAMI

    Fit Analytics’ Joshua Amrani pitching in front of 130 guests at the sold out venue.

    Following each pitch, the expert panel featuring Thomas Vogel (Investment Director at Deutsche Telekom), Boris Hageney (Director at Global Founders Capital), and Jonathan Barker (Partner at Thomvest Ventures) provided business insights, along with challenging questions and astute feedback.

    Throughout the night, attendees were provided with ample opportunities to expand their professional network, while engaging first-hand with Germany’s thriving startup environment.

    Following the pitches, the audience was provided with the opportunity to put themselves into the shoes of an investor to vote for the “Best Investor Pitch” of the night. Congratulations to the winner Shop.Co !

    With that, we are wrapping up Q1 2017 and are looking forward to our Silicon Valley Q2 cohort starting in April. The next Captivate Silicon Valley will take place on June 22, 2017 at Hanahaus, Palo Alto.

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator Tech program 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 at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact:

    Sara Staengle
    German Accelerator Inc.
    Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
    Email here.

    Ready, Set, Pitch – German Accelerator New York Hosts Captivate New York (7th Edition)

    New York, March 23, 2017

    For the seventh time, German Accelerator New York hosted its quarterly Captivate New York event, featuring pitches from the 2017 Q1 class, consisting of ArtiMinds Robotics, Kaia Health, MyPostcard, NavVis, and Opinary.

    Once again, German Accelerator New York welcomed around 100 guests from the New York tech community to its 7th edition of Captivate at Rise New York. The quarterly event, Captivate, features best-in-class German startups that have recently completed and graduated from German Accelerator Tech’s three-month acceleration and immersion program.

    German Accelerator New York CEO, Christian Busch, kicked off the event and welcomed the crowd and introduced the panel made up of Venture Capitalists and experts from the startup space. Teddy Goldstein, Head of Operations, then introduced the format – 5-minute pitch, followed by a 5-minute Q&A. In addition, it was announced that the audience would have the opportunity vote for the “Best Pitch Award.”

    Following each pitch, the expert panel, consisting of Josh Guttman (Partner at SoftBank Capital), Marc Michel (Managing Partner at Runway Venture Partners), and David Segura (Entrepreneur and Angel Investor) provided business insights, along with challenging questions, as well as astute feedback.

    One after another, each company took the stage and pitched their business (in order of appearance):

    NavVis: With NavVis one will not get lost in indoor spaces anymore. The company’s trolley creates photorealistic 3D models of indoor spaces such as airports, train stations, malls, etc.

    Kaia Health: Kaia is a digital pharmaceutical company, offering a mobile application that helps people with chronic back pain.

    MyPostcard: With the MyPostcard App, one can snap a picture, upload it to the app, and send it as a physical postcard to and from anywhere in the world.

    Oliver Kray, CEO and Founder of MyPostcard

     

    ArtiMinds Robotics: ArtiMinds specializes in the development of complex, sensor-adaptive motion programs for robot arms, grippers and tools.

    Opinary: Opinary makes opinions matter. The interactive technology lets users grasp a debate at a glance and voice their opinion with a single click.

    Throughout the night, attendees were provided ample opportunities to expand their professional network, get to know German Accelerator, while engaging first-hand with Germany’s thriving startup environment.

    Congratulations to the 2017 Q1 New York graduates

     

    German Accelerator is happy to announce that Oliver Kray, CEO and Founder of MyPostcard won “Best Pitch Award.” Captivate New York (7th Edition) wrapped up the first quarter of 2017. German Accelerator is now looking forward to the incoming class – Adnymics, AdSquare, and Spacebase.

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator Tech program 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 at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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 market place. 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.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, check out LinkedIn, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact:
    Marie Klemme
    German Accelerator Inc.
    433 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    Email here.

    Press Release: Crealytics Raises $9.3 Million in Series C Funding

    Crealytics, the paid search and Google Shopping optimization technology platform, has announced the closing of $9.3 million in a Series C round. The company took part in German Accelerator’s initial 3-month program in Q3 of 2016 and is currently in the program’s extension.

    NEW YORK — March 9, 2017 — Paid search and Google Shopping leader Crealytics announced the close of $9.3 million in Series C financing from a group of private investors. Led by Optima, a privately owned investment group, the raise signals a progressive, mounting movement toward investments outside the typical ad tech hype cycle and supports innovation at the intersection of ad tech and retail business technology. Existing investors also participated in the round.

    Crealytics is broadening and strengthening its feed-based ad platform in ways its competitors have yet to venture. As MediaPost recently reported, Crealytics sees an opportunity to combine ad tech and enterprise resource planning, or ERP — process-management software that connects advertising to sales and inventory — to help businesses in a new way, radically eliminating the waste of lost opportunity and maximizing ROI.

    “Crealytics impressed us with its stability and continued growth in revenue,” said Optima Managing Director Alexander Diekmann. “We based our decision to invest on its fundamentals. The leaders of Crealytics, Andreas Reiffen and Markus Kurch, are solid, and we believe in their vision of sustainable growth.”

    Crealytics helps leading international e-commerce companies drive performance in product advertising and paid search globally in more than 20 languages. Its semantic technology Camato automatically creates and optimizes millions of tailor-made ads, helping its partners make advertising more profitable. Existing investors Alternative Strategic Investment, LBBW Venture Capital, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Mountain Internet, Bayern Kapital and Chancenkapital Biberach supported its creation of Camato and now support its continued expansion.

    “For all of the data companies have collected in recent years, there are still a number of open questions,” said Crealytics CEO Andreas Reiffen. “We plan to use the investment to answer some of these questions, principally addressing the interdependencies of inventory, pricing and bidding across multiple advertising channels. How should a company price and advertise its goods when it has too many items in stock? What about when it has too few?”

    Ultimately, Reiffen says they will enable brands to bid for digital shelf space on retail websites across the web, unifying business intelligence and data-driven marketing/advertising, at high scale.

     

    About Crealytics:

    Crealytics helps leading international e-commerce companies drive performance in product advertising and paid search globally in more than 20 languages. Its semantic technology automatically creates and optimizes millions of tailor-made ads, helping its partners make advertising more profitable. Existing investors include Alternative Strategic Investment, LBBW Venture Capital, High-Tech Gründerfonds, Mountain Internet, Bayern Kapital, BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft and Chancenkapital Biberach supported its creation of Camato and now support its continued expansion by contributing again in this round.

    For more information please visit www.crealytics.com.

     

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator Tech program 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 at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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 market place. 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.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

     

    Press Contact:
    Marie Klemme
    German Accelerator Inc.
    433 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    Email: marie@germanaccelerator.com

    Ebert, Peter

    Experience

    • CEO & Founding Partner vTricity
    • XPRIZE Vanguard XPRIZE Foundation
    • Advisory Board Member, CalWave Power Technologies
    • Strategic Advisor KinderEnergy
    • Vice President Experience Design & Innovation, SAP Global Marketing
    • Corporate Consulting Team, Design Services Team, SAP Office of the CEO
    • Mentor at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford
    • Motorola Research Visionary Board Member
    • Serial Entrepreneur Germany/USA, 17 years in Silicon Valley
    • 28 patents issued to date
    • MS Aerospace Engineering, TU Munich

    Mentoring Focus

    • Fast-Track Design Thinking
    • Enterprise Scale Business Processes, Business Models and Cloud Applications
    • Intellectual Property Excellence

    Passion

    • Helping entrepreneurs succeed
    • Helping kids, teens and the environment
    • High-impact innovation
    • Cutting edge technologies

    Growing a Digital-First Lifestyle Brand Panel

    New York, February 23, 2017

    As part of a start and ongoing Thought Leadership Series, German Accelerator Tech invited an interactive panel on how to grow a digital-first lifestyle brand. Discussions revolved around how modern lifestyle brands leverage digital channels to create sustainable brands for the modern consumer.

    The invited panel consisted of a group of 4 experts from the digital and traditional lifestyle and fashion space, who shared valuable and attention-grabbing insight with the 60+ guests that found their way to the top floor of German Accelerator New York’s office on the corner of Broadway and Howard Street. CEO of German Accelerator New York, Christian Busch moderated the Discussion. Topics included, but were not limited to, making your first million in sales, brand identity spending, digital versus traditional lifestyle brands, brand collaboration, fundraising, and hiring talent.

    View from the top floor of German Accelerator New York’s office building.

     

    Our exciting panel for the evening consisted of:

    • Nina Faulhaber – Co-founder of ADAY
    • Jan-Niklas Kokott – Head of Product at Glossier
    • Sarah Lubas – Director of Merchandising at Burberry
    • Melissa Mash – Co-founder and CEO of Dagne Dover

     

    Nina Faulhaber, Forbes 30 Under 30 Retail & Ecommerce honoree, Goldman Sachs and Index Ventures alumna, and Co-founder of ADAY. ADAY is a New York-based direct-to-consumer brand creating minimalist, technical and sustainable wardrobe staples that simplify life and will last through all seasons. Nina made it a point how important it is to be innovative while staying true to who you are and who you want to be.

    Niklas Kokott, honoree of this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 in the category Marketing & Advertising and Head of Product at Glossier, has led the company’s reputation as a social media magnet. Glossier is a digitally native beauty brand that makes essential, easy-to-use skincare and makeup products.

    To bring someone in that can provide a very mature non-startup perspective, we invited Sarah Lubas, Director of Merchandising at Burberry. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in the luxury apparel industry and oversees the development and execution of merchandising strategies for Burberry-owned stores and digital channels throughout the Americas.

    To complete the panel, we also invited Melissa Mash, CEO and Co-founder of Dagne Dover, a performance-driven brand known for creating the perfect bag for every occasion. After studying at New York University and working at Coach in New York City and London, Melissa attended business school at Wharton, where she came up with the idea of a sophisticated bag for women.

    The audience thoroughly enjoyed the panelists’ openness and willingness to share their experience in the digital lifestyle sector.

     

    If you are a twenty-something female, who is fairly active on social media, chances are that you’ve seen each and every single one of the panelists’ companies pop up in your social feed. And we are not talking about the annoying kind of sponsored posts, but rather the kind of posts that speak to us in a way as if it was meant to be. But not just the women in the room were intrigued by the panelists’ discussion. The ideas, concepts, and insight were relevant to everyone in the room, no matter the gender or age.

    About German Accelerator:

    German Accelerator Tech supports high-potential German technology startups and emerging companies in quickly evaluating and successfully entering the U.S. market. We provide access to outstanding mentors, office space in Silicon Valley and New York City, valuable connections and the knowledge and expertise required to scale quickly.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact:
    Marie Klemme
    German Accelerator Inc.
    433 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    Email here.

    German Accelerator Alumnus Trademob gets acquired by French ad-tech company Adikteev.

    Trademob GmbH, which took part in the German Accelerator program in 2013, has been acquired by Paris-based marketing specialist Adikteev. With its programmatic demand-side platform (DSP), Trademob enhances the French firm’s portfolio with a predictive engine and technology for dynamic creative optimization (DCO).

    “We are delighted to announce this strategic acquisition. It gives us an excellent opportunity to accelerate our international expansion and combine the R&D departments of two firms that can tap their extensive expertise in a market that is still relatively inefficient,” says Xavier Mariani, CEO of Adikteev. “Our market-leading technology platform now allows brands and app developers to activate their target groups, attract qualified users and reactivate inactive users. And on top of this, an unprecedented level of mobile advertising experience that enables even highly intensive campaigns to be successfully managed on our multi-functional platform.”

    With its programmatic demand-side platform (DSP), Trademob will enhance Adikteev’s portfolio with a predictive engine and technology for dynamic creative optimization (DCO). Trademob, in turn, will benefit from Adikteev’s sales team, especially in France and the US. In addition to long-term Trademob clients such as eBay, Scout24 and Delivery Hero, campaigns are now also being run for Uber, Blizzard and Amazon in the US via the platform. As a DSP, the focus will continue to be placed on mobile user acquisition and app retargeting.

    “We’re delighted to have found a strategic partner in the shape of Adikteev that boasts an international sales network as well as branding technology that is highly developed from a technical point of view. Together with our partner, we want to take Trademob global and, with an eye to the future, support advertisers around the globe with effective advertising campaigns via the Adikteev platform,” explains Mark Kamran, Managing Director of Trademob.

    “The acquisition is a new chapter in the Trademob’s success story and comes at just the right moment. It means that we’re active on the most important European markets and can pull further away from our rivals in the technology stakes,” confirms Jens Baumgärtner from High-Tech Gründerfonds.

    Trademob was founded in 2010 by Mark Kamran and is one of the leading platforms for global programmatic advertising campaigns on smartphones. Trademob has developed a unique programmatic buying technology for mobiles that is connected to all major SSPs such as Mopub and Google Adx. As such, Trademob clients have access to over one billion mobile users around the globe. Trademob is a DSP that specializes in user acquisition and reactivation, thus maximizing user LTV. Its clients include eBay, Amazon, Machine Zone, Scout24 and Uber.

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator Tech program 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 at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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 market place. 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.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact:
    Sara Staengle
    German Accelerator Inc.
    585 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063
    Email: sara@germanaccelerator.com

     

    Impressions from Celebrating Innovation in Frankfurt (M), Germany

    As we prepare for the upcoming Celebrating Innovation event in Berlin on April 27, take a look back at Celebrating Innovation in Frankfurt (Main), Germany.

    The German Accelerator Celebrating Innovation live program is tailored around Germany’s most innovative high-growth startups that are on their way to reaching global success. During the evening event, an expert jury announces future program participants. Each selected winner then pitches its company in a 60sec Pitch live on stage. Guests and applicants can meet industry leaders, acceleration pioneers, politicians and international guests.

    If you are interested in participating at this event, you can buy tickets here: germanaccelerator.com/tech/events/celebrating-innovation

    If you would like to become a program participant with your startup, you can apply here: germanaccelerator.com/tech/apply

    Fit Analytics

    Fit Analytics is the global leader for size & fit technologies. The San Francisco and Berlin-based company helps online fashion giants such as Zara, Asos, The North Face, Calvin Klein and New Balance reduce returns and increase top line growth.

    VMRay

    VMRay delivers 3rd generation threat analysis and detection using advanced agent-less hypervisor-based dynamic analysis. The VMRay Analyzer is platform independent and highly scalable, the result of a decade of R&D by some of the world’s leading experts on dynamic malware analysis. By monitoring at the hypervisor level, it is undetectable by malware running in the target operating system. Based in Bochum, Germany VMRay works through channel partners and OEMs to serve leading enterprises around the world.

    Opinary

    Opinary makes opinions matter. Our interactive technology lets users grasp a debate at a glance and voice their opinion with a single click. Our storytelling tools create 200x increased engagement for leading global publishers from Bild to Guardian and brands from MasterCard to Siemens. Opinary is the real-time hub for insights and opinion.

    NavVis

    NavVis empowers building owners and users to fully digitize all processes around their indoor spaces through extremely fast and affordable indoor mapping, web access to your digital buildings in 3D, and the most advanced indoor navigation – no Wifi or beacons required!

    MyPostcard

    MyPostcard – Send your digital photos as unique greeting cards or postcards, right from your smartphone – from any place to everywhere, worldwide. Not the right snapshots on hand? Simply choose from more than 10.000+ card designs that cover just about every occasion & you’re good to go!

    Kaia Health

    Kaia is a digital pharmaceutical company that develops AI to treat chronic health conditions. With our first product, we improve care and reduce costs by providing digital access to the most effective back pain therapy. Patient journeys are distorted by a lack of transparency and inadequate treatments. The effective yet costly multimodal therapy is available to only few patients. Kaia enables a guideline-oriented therapy with early stratification of chronification (chronic) risk for patients and payers. We then provide digital access to the multimodal therapy for every patient in need via the Kaia app.

    ArtiMinds Robotics

    ArtiMinds Robotics GmbH is a company in the field of robotic manipulation. ArtiMinds specializes in the development of complex, sensor-adaptive motion programs for robot arms, grippers and tools. With these fast and intuitive motion programs, ArtiMinds is filling the gap between the latest research on autonomous robots and classical industrial robots.

    Get to know the companies: MyPostcard

    Take a look at 2017 Q1 New York program participant MyPostcard

    With MyPostcard you can send your digital photos as unique greeting cards or postcards, right from your smartphone – from any place to everywhere, worldwide. Not the right snapshots on hand? Simply choose from more than 10.000+ card designs that cover just about every occasion & you’re good to go!

    Get to know the companies: Kaia-Health

    Take a look at 2017 Q1 New York program participant Kaia Health

    Kaia Health is a digital pharma company that digitizes the most effective offline behavioral therapies, by blending artificial intelligence and medical knowledge. The first product is an App that allows users to overcome chronic back pain. This App is based on the highly effective multimodal pain therapy, practiced at pain centers. Kaia works together with world leaders in pain therapy, providing access to the only scientifically proven holistic solution for back pain. It will be the first app making it fun for patients to manage their pain and addressing the problem of adherence in a revolutionary way.

    German Entrepreneurs Pitch at Captivate Silicon Valley (10th Edition)

    Redwood City, December 14, 2016

    German Accelerator’s Q4 2016 cohort, represented by nine (!) of Germany’s top tech startups, successfully graduated from its three-month acceleration program with a final pitch at Captivate Silicon Valley.

    The 10th edition of Captivate German Accelerator Silicon Valley was greater than ever when nine German tech companies presented on stage and received direct feedback from three top-notch angels and VCs. Once more, Captivate took place in the heart of Silicon Valley at HanaHaus on University Avenue in Palo Alto where German Accelerator welcomed around 130 guests from the local tech community. Being a guest at this special event one had the chance to take pictures at German Accelerator’s photo booth and participate and win cool prizes in the raffle.

    On the stage, each startup had five minutes to present their business to the panel and the audience. After each pitch, the panel took over for a two-minute Q&A session in which tough questions were asked and the startups had the chance to shine.

    The following startups presented themselves on stage:

    DACS Laboratories

    replex.io

    3YOURMIND

    Antelope

    WeBuyYourCar

    Restube

    Have it Back

    Appinio

    Moeve Bikes

    Following each pitch, the expert panel featuring Veronica Wu (CSC Venture Capital), Robert Young (Angel) and Neda Blocha (Pear VC) provided business insights, along with challenging questions and astute feedback.


    Moeve Bikes’ Frederik Wassmann pitching to Captivate’s expert panel.

    Throughout the night, attendees were provided with ample opportunities to expand their professional network, while engaging first-hand with Germany’s thriving startup environment.


    Captivate SV offered plenty opportunities to mingle amongst mentors, founders and guests from the startup community.

    Congratulations to Antelope, who was chosen by the audience to win the evening’s “Best Pitch Award”.

    With that, we are wrapping up 2016 and are looking forward to our Silicon Valley cohort starting in January. The next Captivate Silicon Valley will take place on March 21, 2017.

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator Tech program 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 at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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 market place. 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.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

    Press Contact:
    Marie Klemme
    German Accelerator Inc.
    433 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    Email here.

    German Entrepreneurs Take on Captivate New York (6th Edition)

    New York, December 13, 2016

    The 2016 Q4 cohort, consisting of Stilnest and SugarTrends successfully graduated from the German Accelerator Tech’s 3-month acceleration program with a final pitch at Captivate New York.

    German Accelerator New York welcomed around 100 guests from the New York tech community to its 6th edition of Captivate. The quarterly event, Captivate, features best-in-class German startups that have recently completed and graduated from German Accelerator Tech’s three-month acceleration and immersion program.

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    German Accelerator New York CEO, Christian Busch, welcomes the crowd.

     

    After German Accelerator New York’s CEO, Christian Busch, kicked off the Captivate, Teddy Goldstein led the audience through the event and introduced the format – 3 companies, 5-minute pitches, 5-minute Q&A, followed by a 1-minute feedback from an expert panel.

    Then, the stage belonged to our cohort:

    Stilnest empowers online influencers to build and sell their own designed and branded products directly to their loyal fans. As a plug and play solution for product development and international eCommerce, Stilnest helps online influencers monetize their audiences. Stilnest has served over 20,000 customers in 63 countries so far and has helped its largest client generate more than $1m USD in revenue in the first year alone.

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    Julian Leitloff, CEO of Stilnest.

     

    SugarTrends is a curated online marketplace for small stores that carry unique products. The company empowers passionate store owners to sell online through their technology and marketing platform. For consumers, they create both a local and global shopping experience.

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    Dr. Christian Schwarzkopf, Founder and CEO of SugarTrends.

     

    Also pitching that evening, was Entrepreneur in Residence, Kapten & Son. Kapten & Son creates statement pieces with character – for every character. The watches and sunglasses stand for a generation that embraces adventure and is always seeking new discoveries. Kapten & Son products are the perfect travel companions to have by your side, giving you the feeling of being at home all over the world.

    Following each pitch, the expert panel consisting of Chris Carella (Broadway Video Ventures), Joshua B. Siegel (Rubicon Venture Capital), Lylan Masterman (White Star Capital), and Ron Grant (Saddle River Group) provided business insights, along with challenging questions and astute feedback.

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    The expert panel, made up of Chris Carella, Joshua B. Siegel, Lylan Masterman, and Ron Grant provided valuable feedback and offered thought-provoking questions.

     

    Throughout the night, attendees were provided ample opportunities to expand their professional network, while engaging first-hand with Germany’s thriving startup environment.

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    Captivate NY offered plenty opportunities to mingle amongst mentors, founders, and guests from the startup community.

     

    With that, we are wrapping up 2016 and are looking forward to our New York cohort (ArtiMinds Robotics, Kaia Health, MyPostcard, NavVis, Opinary, and VMRay) starting in January. The next Captivate New York will take place on March 23, 2017.

    About German Accelerator:

    The German Accelerator Tech program 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 at its locations in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and New York City. German Accelerator 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 market place. 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.

    For more information and to submit an application visit germanaccelerator.com, check out LinkedIn, engage on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

     

    Press Contact:
    Marie Klemme
    German Accelerator Inc.
    433 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
    Email here.

    FAQ Content

    FAQ

    Eligibility

    Is the German Accelerator right for my company?

    We are looking for companies that have the potential to become global market leaders. Participating company size varies widely and does not impact acceptance. We support startups with as few as five team members and little revenue to more mature companies with more than 100 team members and eight digit revenues. Some key factors we look for include:

    • Your product is relevant for the U.S. market.
    • Your startup is adequately funded through your potential program participation including the associated travel, accommodation, and business expenses.
    • Your team has the bandwidth to operate in two locations for the duration of the program.

     
    Visit our Tech and Life Sciences pages to find out which program is right for you.
    Both programs seem relevant for you? Send us an email.

    Is there a company age limit to qualify for the program?

    There is no general age limit for companies to participate. Qualification depends on a variety of factors, such as U.S. market potential, operational effectiveness, team, and funding, among other factors. The youngest company to participate was founded just over one year prior to entering the program. The oldest company incorporated more than 10 years before joining.

    Are you looking for companies of a certain size?

    Company size varies widely among participating companies. Startups with five team members and little revenue have qualified as have larger, more established companies with more than 100 employees and eight digit annual revenues.

    Can I apply if our company or founders are not from Germany?

    As long as your company is incorporated in Germany, you are welcome to apply. Founder nationality doesn’t impact your chances for admittance.

    I’m a single founder. Can I get accepted into the program?

    Yes, if you have built up a great team. Most of the selected startups, however, consist of a founding team with complementary skill sets.

    Cost

    How much does it cost to participate in the program?

    All program services, including mentoring and office space, are free to participating companies. Companies, however, are responsible for associated costs, such as travel and accommodations.

    Does German Accelerator take equity or options from the selected companies?

    No. We take no equity in your company.

    What financial responsibilities does a participating company have?

    Program participants are responsible for covering all of their associated expenses, including travel, accommodations, and any other costs related to developing your business in the U.S.
     
    [Note: German Accelerator will supply you with a starter kit and a sample budget as soon as you are selected for the program.]

    Anything else I should be aware of regarding cost?

    All provided services are free of charge for program participants. Please note: 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, preferred location, and preferred quarterly start date. To guarantee their spot, each selected company is required to pay a refundable 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.

    APPLICATION

    How and when do I apply?

    You can apply online at any time. Start by providing your company name, email address, and answers to two basic questions. You will then receive a confirmation email with the instructions to continue the online application process.
     
    The current application deadline for a program participation in our Class of Spring 2018 (January 2018 start date) or Class of Summer 2018 (April 2018 start date) is August 20, 2017.
     
    Application process overview:
    1)   Online Application – Answer about 20 questions
    2)   Two Skype Interviews (30 mins each)
    3)   Presentation in front of Selection Committee in Germany
    4)   Participants announced at Celebrating Innovation event in Germany

    How do you select companies for the program?

    We have established an expert committee which evaluates all applications based on a predefined set of admission criteria.

    Do I need to send in a business plan?

    No. Just fill out the online application and upload a short video introducing your team.

    Will you protect my intellectual property?

    Our application process does not require you to provide information about your “secret sauce”, and you will not be required to disclose information about details of your proprietary technology. We will, however, ask for information that demonstrates your business progress, funding status, and market opportunity. This information is critical to help us evaluate your fit for the program.

    Can I re-apply for the program?

    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. If you are not accepted the first time you apply, you are welcome to re-apply for a later round. One piece of advice: Please update your application demonstrating any additional company and business progress before re-submitting.

    PROGRAM

    When does the program start?

    The program starts on the first Monday of each quarter. We host 4 cohorts per year.

    How long is the program?

    Three months. Selected companies are invited to extend their participation for an additional nine months, depending on accomplishments and potential.

    Who of my team should attend?

    At least one of the founders or C-level executives should attend the program. However, we do recommend that at least two people participate in the program, including one with significant business background and expertise.

    Do I have to be present in the U.S. for the entire three month period?

    Yes, almost. We are committed to making the program a valuable experience for your company, and we expect the same level of commitment from you. To get the most out of the program, you are required to spend at least ten weeks out of three months at your program location (Silicon Valley or New York City).

    Do you help with visa/immigration issues?

    We are happy to support your visa application with a letter of recommendation. However, as visa/immigration issues can vary according to your personal situation, we recommend that you obtain expert advice and/or contact the U.S. embassy.

    Where will I live during the program?

    That’s up to you. We don’t provide accommodations, but we will help you to find suitable housing by providing a Starter Kit with information and links to housing options and resources. We recommend that you find housing close to your office location.

    Mentoring – what do I need to know?

    Our mentor network consists of serial entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors. Based on your company’s needs, we will match you with one or several individuals with the relevant experience and expertise to support your company during the program. Our mentors work with participating companies in one-to-one, in-person sessions to help you evaluate your U.S. market opportunity and devise a winning strategy to expand your business in the United States. In addition, you will have near-daily opportunities to interact with and learn from our network of mentors and experts, including focused workshops and regular events. Learn more about our mentors here.

    What happens after the program is over?

    You will become part of our active alumni network. If you need workspace in the U.S. and if it is available, we are happy to continue to provide our office space at the current market rate.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Who is behind the program and why are you doing this?

    We are a team of successful entrepreneurs and investors who truly enjoy helping German startups become global category leaders. We want to support your success in the United States.

    German Accelerator almost sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?

    There’s no catch. We receive financial support from the German government (BMWi) and leading German companies to fund the German Accelerator. The only catch is that you will be required to fill out a few questionnaires and to work harder than ever!

    Can I stop by your office to say hello?

    Yes, please stop by to introduce yourself and find out more about the program, especially if you are bringing German candy. Be sure to schedule an appointment in advance.

    Do you offer internships to people interested in working at German Accelerator?

    Yes, you can apply to be an associate. Our minimum required commitment is 6 months, but a 12-18 month commitment is preferred. Please send us an application letter stating why you want to work in either Operations & Administration, Marketing & Communications, or Business Development.

    Assenmacher, Holger

    Experience

    • Serial entrepreneur having founded companies both in the US and Germany. Last company acquired by Blackberry in Sept 2015.
    • PhD and MSc in computer science.
    • Univ.Professor for computer science in Germany.
    • Affiliated Professor at UC Berkeley.

    Mentoring Focus

    • IT technology and architecture, in particular blockchain, security, frontend and backend infrastructure.
    • Startup culture.

    Passion

    • Helping teams to grow, stay inspired and enjoy.