Out of 80 applications, 18 startups will participate in the three to six month long German Accelerator program. The program started in 2011 and is supported by the German Ministry of Economy and Technology. Different to many other accelerators, it does not take equity. Besides the living costs, most other expenses are covered by the program.
The goal is to find a go-to-market strategy for the startups to enter the U.S. That includes discussing business plans, working on marketing and communication skills, and figuring out U.S. legal and corporate structures, as well as getting in touch with mentors and investors.
The startups cover all kinds of different topics from an e-scooter to payment solutions, from a pregnancy app to crowd testing. We’re excited to hear how it will go for the teams:
These teams will be located in Silicon Valley:
Apinauten – Allows clients to complete an app backend in five Steps
Bitstars – Creates and customizes Augmented & Virtual Reality 3D content
iTiZZiMo – simplifies IT
Just – an intranet for enterprises
NINU – a smart pregnancy companion
ParkTAG – makes it earlier to find a parking space
Payever – making payments easy
Software Diagnostics – helps to understand code landscape
TobyRich – tailored smartphone solutions
Unu – an e-scooter
Zeyos – lets teams organize themselves better and calls itself “the workspace of tomorrow”
These teams will be located in New York City:
AOM-Systems – advanced optical measurement systems
Klang:technologies – A 3D in-ear monitoring
Niiu publishing – a newspaper app that tries to show only relevant news
Paij – a mobile payment solution
Snapmobl – making websites smartphone friendly
testCloud – Crowd Testing
Starting now, the German Accelerator accepts applications from qualified startups (application deadline for the next round set at March 7, 2015).
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