Accelerators and business incubators

Accelerator- and incubation programs are an effective way to give startups support: there are various programs in Hamburg.

Accelerators and business incubators

An accelerator is a fixed-term programme aimed at developing existing, but very young start-up business models in a sustainable way. Businesses that make it through the application process, which is often highly selective, can benefit from seed funding and a solid network of mentors in exchange for a small stake in the company. The focus here lies on scaling the business model.

An incubator is a programme aimed at developing and establishing new enterprises. Many of these programmes have a focus on a particular market, and it is often the case that they emerge from an established company. The focus here is on generating technical innovations.

In terms of contents, “company builder“ programmes are fairly similar to incubator programmes. Company builders provide a type of support in which the investor is actively involved in the design phase and in the birth of a company and continues to provide advisory input beyond the early stage of the business.

Accelerator

next media accelerator (nma)
A six months acceleration programme for start-ups  active in areas related to media, such as content for media, advertising or services. The programme accompanies start-ups with intensive training and counselling, support by mentors and investors (of the accelerator). It also provides an investment of up to 50,000 Euros. Moreover, free workplaces and support in finding follow-up funding is offered.
next media accelerator GmbH

Next Commerce Accelerator (nca)
During the six month programme, the startups will work together with mentors on scalable business models in the field of e-commerce, e.g. Software Services, Marketplaces and Platforms. An investment up to 50,000 Euros and free workplaces are also provided.
Next Commerce Accelerator

Music WorX Accelerator
A programme that helps to evolve business models within the music field during a period of three months. The programme offers free workspace at betahaus Hamburg and weekly workshops on various start-up topics. Moreover, a monthly cost-of-living allowance of 500 Euros per person is granted as well as 5.000 Euros per start-up team.
Music Worx (german)

Airbus Scale - aerospace innovation
The Airbus Scale Accelerator program specializes in scaling later stage startups by connecting them to Airbus Group through the promotion of intrapreneurship. The partnership program targets innovative and sustainable ideas from the aerospace sector.
Airbus Scale

Sustainable Aero Lab
The free program supports startups and research projects based in the sustainable, innovative aviation industry for one year at a time. Live sessions are held quarterly, during which the startups receive feedback from experts from the fields of startups, aviation, venture capital and science.
www.sustainable.aero

comdirect Start-up Garage
Three-month support for start-up ideas in the finance industry. comdirect offers 10.000 Euros for i.e. workspace and market research in a very early start-up stage. The direct bank does not request any shares in return. Access to their customers, support by banking experts and infrastructure is also offered. Following the completion of the programme’s duration, there is a possibility of a partnership between the start-up and comdirect.
Comdirect

Social Impact Lab
German support programme for founders with socially innovative ideas (prior to official foundation). The Social Impact Lab grant amounts to the equivalent of 12.500 Euros and includes free workspace, training and coaching as well as matching with relevant contacts and potential funding partners.
Social Impact Lab

foodlab.
Food start-ups receive a workplace in the coworking and/or kitchen area as well as an individual coaching program. For further exchange, there are regular events within the community. At the end of the six-month Accelerator Program, a Demoday will be held to present the results of the productive time to an audience. It starts at the beginning of 2021.
foodlab.

Business Development Accelerator (BDA)
The accelerator supports European digital ventures to scale up their business in Europe and beyond. For up to 24 months start-ups can benefit from tailor made support with a special emphasis on access to market and finance. No equity is taken in return but a support fee incurs.
EIT Digital

German Accelerator
German Accelerator empowers German startups to scale globally. They take high-potential companies on a fast-paced learning journey to into the world’s leading innovation hubs in the U.S. and Asia. Through a highly customized program, they provide mentoring and access to a vast global network of business partners and investors.
German Accelerator

Founder Institute
This pre-seed accelerator focuses on starting and advanced founders. It includes a structured fee-based programm for 3,5 months and offers mentors as well as access to a global network.
Founder Institute

Plug and Play Germany
With its European head office for supply chain & logistics, the Plug and Play innovation platform bridges the gap between Hamburg and Silicon Valley. Both an accelerator and one of the world’s most active VC providers, Plug and Play is aimed at fostering cooperation between corporate stakeholders and international startups.
Plug and Play Germany

PwC Scale-Programme
The programme is aimed at startups that already have a revenue-generating B2B product placed on the market. The choices include Scale North, with its focus on northern German startups, Scale AI, and Scale Sports & Media Tech. They offer close collaboration to accelerate scaling, hands-on masterclasses and access to the PwC network. Instead of asking for company shares, PwC offers a fixed salary.
PwC Scale-Programme

SEA'D
The investor offers a six-month program for maritime business models that provides access to an international network of maritime and logistics players and supports knowledge transfer. It also includes customized early-stage financing, with six- to mid-seven-figure sums possible.
SEA'D

Stealth Mode
Stealth Mode is a 3-month mentorship program for women and non-binary founders looking to take their early-stage tech startups to the next level.
Stealth Mode

Business Incubators & Company Builders

Hanse Ventures
Company builder with a focus on business concepts in the field of internet and mobile. Hanse Ventures supports start-ups with relevant resources and a network of investors and business partners. Moreover, start-ups receive support by Hanse Ventures experts in the areas of programming, design, online marketing, public relations and human resources.
Hanse Ventures

HaspaNEXT
The innovation lab of the HASPA group develops new digital products and services with a regional focus beyond the banking business.
HaspaNEXT (german)

Media Lift
The incubator supports innovative business ideas from the contents and tech sectors. Next to an individual mentoring and training programme the incubator offers the provision of rooms and financial support up to 15.000€ per team. The incubator does not ask for company shares.
nextMedia.Hamburg (german)

Games Lift
The incubator "Games Lift" is a program for students, start-ups, and developers that offers start-up financing, workshops, coaching and mentoring for the development of concepts for digital games and other games related services. Up to five teams will be supported for three months. Aside from a financial support of up to € 15,000 and provision of office space in a co-working space, they will receive a workshop program that is tailored to the needs of game developers.
Gamecity Incubator

TruVenturo
TruVenturo is a company builder and independent investor with the intention of developing innovative start-ups.  The focus is primarily on international scalable Internet business models. They provide start-ups with a seed investment and if necessary further investment as well as growth financing, if strategically valuable.
TruVenturo

Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld
The innovation center of DESY, UHH and the city is aimed at start-ups from research with a physics or bio-physics background. In addition to a community, the incubator offers office, laboratory and workshop space for the production of innovative high-tech products.
Start-up Labs Bahrenfeld