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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Press Contact:
Marie Klemme
German Accelerator Inc.
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