Master Accelerator is German Entrepreneurship’s program for early-stage startups and motivated founding teams based in Germany. Thanks to 15 years of experience and an international network of mentors, experts and investors, you will create a solid foundation for your success with us. Master Accelerator is not just a name – you’ll actually learn from real masters in the startup industry from the German Entrepreneurship alumni network such as Celonis, Flixbus, Foodora, Kaia Health and Sharecare.
The next batch of the Master Accelerator Program will start in October 2022.
What You Get
Unicorn founders share their secret to success
Individual & team sessions
Become part of our global network of investors, startups & experts
Advanced programs for every company phase
Free work opportunities in our German Entrepreneurship Center in Munich
You’re ready to start if you…
are a German early-stage startup or a motivated founding team with a strong idea
have a meaningful pitch deck
want to work with us for six months
How does the program work?
The Master Accelerator program runs on a semi-annual basis. The batches (individual classes) start in April and October.
During the six-month program, your startup can use the co-working space in our Munich office for free. In addition to many virtually organized program contents, 1-2 mandatory events per month take place in presence in Munich. A company headquarters in Munich is not required for participation in the program.
How does the application process work?
The application phase begins approximately three months before the respective program start. After the application deadline, a selection of the applicants will be invited to a (virtual) pitch round, in which they have the chance to present their startup in 5 minutes and then answer the questions of a jury. Based on standardized evaluation criteria, 10-15 startups are then selected for the program.
Which documents are required for an application?
For the application, we ask for a meaningful pitch deck about the startup. This should include the following: problem, solution, business model, unique selling point, competitor, market, status quo, financial planning and outlook. In addition, we would like to know about the team behind your startup and why your startup should be included in the Master Accelerator. The presentation should contain a maximum of 15-20 slides.
Tips on how to create a pitch deck can be found in our free Pitch Deck Guide.
From which industries are startups being included in the Master Accelerator program?
Scalable ideas from all industries are welcome. We don’t have an industry focus.
What startup stages can apply for the program?
Our accelerator is aimed at early-stage startups with a team that has a clear idea of their scalable business model. It is not a must, but it is generally an advantage to present a prototype or early traction. A sophisticated concept for the points mentioned above is sufficient for an application (see above: “Which documents are required for an application?”).
Your startup is already one step ahead and thinking about expansion or internationalization? Then take a look at our further startup programs. Or contact our scouting team to find your perfect program.
What are the benefits of the Master Accelerator?
In our Munich office on the “Campus of Ideas” in Balanstr, we offer an appealing co-working space in an innovative environment. Furthermore, over a period of six months there are regular expert workshops on relevant startup topics, individual coaching, mentor matchmaking and master classes by founders of well-known startups such as Flixbus and Celonis. In addition, you can get information from our partners on important topics such as legal forms, financing methods, taxes, and other hands-on knowledge. We also connect you with various investors and experts. At our demo days, you have the opportunity to present your startup to a wide audience.
What is the program language of the Master Accelerator?
The Master Accelerator is basically a German-language program, but some sessions are also held in English.
What does the Master Accelerator program cost?
The Master Accelerator Program is free of charge and no shares are taken from startups.