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October 11, 2022

Top 10 Accelerators in Germany

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Top 10 Accelerators in Germany

1. Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator

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Axel Springer Plug and Play is a Berlin-based pre-seed startup accelerator. They do not just invest money. They know that the real value is in the people. The founders, the people in their team but most importantly the people they know. They connect their companies to mentors, clients and investors.

They are a joint venture between the Plug andPlay Tech Centre and Axel Springer. They support them in every way possible. It also means they are not bound to one region, one topic, one opinion. They offer a global network and international opportunities.


Founded: 2013

Top Industries active in: Software, Mobile and E-Commerce.

Number of Investments: 113

Exits: 12

Axel Springer Plug and Play Accelerator's most notable exits include Talentspace, Jobspotting, and Careship.

2. SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator

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The application process is very easy and straight-forward. You can apply on a rolling basis, but after the above-mentioned deadline they will start to evaluate all applications. The applications will be reviewed by an independent advisory board. If you are an excellent team of passionate and entrepreneurial founders with an scalable, technology-based in the seed or expansion phase feel free to apply. Pre-seed projects will be chosen in exceptional cases as well.

They are a 0 equity startup, they take no shares from accepted startups, nor do we charge any fees. Accepted startups are awarded 6000 Euros from the City of Leipzig to help cover living costs for the duration of the program. An additional 15000 Euros can be acquired based on where the company is based, and from various competitions that are held during the duration of the program.

They accept startup applications worldwide.


Founded: 2014

Top Industries active in: Software, Health Care and Artificial Intelligence.

Number of Investments: 99

Exits: 8

SpinLab - The HHL Accelerator's most notable exits include Replex, Stresscoach, and Rhebo.

3. Techstars Berlin Accelerator

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Berlin is the fastest growing startup ecosystem in the world. It is attracting founders from all over Europe who are coming to build their companies amidst a sea of top talent, a supportive community and a great place to live. Investors from all over Europe and the rest of the world are traveling to Berlin to invest here.


Top Industries active in: Software, FinTech and Machine Learning.

Number of Investments: 75

Exits: 3

Techstars Berlin Accelerator's most notable exits include Faredirect, Cassiopeia, and GoSave.

4. is a global community and accelerator for entrepreneurs, industry professionals and makers dedicated to the creation of innovative hardware products and companies. is made out of several interconnected components to serve, maintain, and grow their community. The Accelerator, Lab, Meetups, and Online Platform forma multichannel resource to give community members the opportunity to create leading products and companies. They support every stage of hardware development – from ideas, to prototypes, to investments, and beyond.


Founded: 2013

Top Industries active in: Software, Information Technology and Hardware.

Number of Investments: 68

Exits: 3's most notable exits include E.ON, Hoard, and LUUV.

5. METRO Xcel

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METRO Xcel is a highly selective sales driven program for technology-first startups across the entire value chain of Hospitality and Retail. We invest in companies who are market champions in pioneering new grounds with their unique digital solutions.

Focused on Hospitality Tech, METRO Xcel for Hospitality is for startup solutions that are aimingto digitize the Hospitality industry at each and every touch point. Startups joining the program for Hospitality have restaurants or hotels as customers. The applications for our 2019 are now open.

With a spotlight on Retail Tech, METRO Xcel is looking for startups devising solutions across the entire retail value chain and have exciting and scalable solutions for innovation in the sector. .


Founded: 2015

Top Industries active in: Software, Hospitality and E-Commerce.

Number of Investments: 62

Exits: 5

METRO Xcel's most notable exits include Journy, KptnCook, and GuestU.

6. ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

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The ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator is a leading start-up investor. They invest in B2C start-ups offering mass market relevant products or services, established a market proven business model and already gained a certain level of traction and revenues.

They enable these start-ups to reach the mass market with a min. EUR 1.5m advertising volume (TV, Special Ads, Online Video and Adressable TV or influencer campaigns) consequently accelerate their business to the next level.

Besides media volume, they also provide their start-ups with growth-related mentoring, office space in Berlin, as well as access to the extensive network of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group – one of the largest media corporations in Europe.


Founded: 2013

Top Industries active in: E-Commerce, Internet and Mobile.

Number of Investments: 53

Exits: 8

ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator's most notable exits include Foodist, moosify, and Jurato.

7. The Delta

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The Delta is a Venture Catalyst based in Berlin, Germany and Cape Town, South Africa. We build and invest into new ventures. Our ventures have raised more than $1bn im funding and have a value of more than $3bn.


Founded: 2018

Top Industries active in: Software, FinTech and Financial Services.

Number of Investments: 37

Exits: 1

8. FinLab


FinLab is a large German company builders and investors in the financial services technology and the cryptocurrency sector. Started in December 2014, the company focuses on incubating German-based fintech start ups and investing globally in venture funding rounds of fintech and cryptocurrency companies.


Founded: 2005

Top Industries active in: Financial Services, FinTech  and Blockchain.

Number of Investments: 35

Exits: 6

FinLab's most notable exits include Moonlighting, Invesdor, and Varengold Bank.

9. Climate-KIC Acceleration Programme

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ClimAccelerator is a global programme giving start-ups access to innovate, catalyse, and scale the potential of their climate solutions. In a global community of organisers, we run both theme-based and place-based acceleration programs. It goes beyond European borders, building a bridge between our world’s industry experts and systems to break new ground in carbon reduction.


Founded: 2012

Top Industries active in: Software, Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology.

Number of Investments: 35

Exits: 2

Climate-KIC Acceleration Programme's most notable exits include HOPU Smart Cities and Ferntech.

10. EY Startup Academy

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EY Startup Academy is a 6-week program aimed at Tech or FinTech startups that have completed the alpha phase, have a Minimum Viable Product or a Proof of Concept and are looking for financing within the next 12 months. During the program, selected startups are given the unique opportunity to improve their business model and its main components through structured help and advice from EY experts and its cooperation partners. In total, the program consists of over 30 events. Moreover, each participant will be assigned a mentor from EY's advisory circle for the duration of the program, tailored to its specific industry and business needs.


Top Industries active in: Software, FinTech and Machine Learning.

Number of Investments: 33

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