Tech startup accelerator program

Why apply for Techfounders?

  • Get professional market feedback by industrial experts
  • Get access to world class development tools
  • Get an initial investment of €25 000 
  • Get your first enterprise customer
  • We take zero equity!


A program offered by

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powered by

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We make leading enterprises and startups overcome innovation barriers by realizing mutual business opportunities.

TechFounders is a 20 week international accelerator program based in Munich, Germany. The accelerator brings tech startups together with industry partners and venture capitalists. During this accelerator program you will have the chance to cooperate with one of our industry partners, who can help you develop your business. You will also have access to hardware prototypes, data and APIs in order to test and further develop your product.

The aim of the accelerator program is to get you one of our industry partners as a high class customer or investor. Our Demo Day is the final highlight of the accelerator program and a great opportunity to raise capital if needed. There you will meet more than 100 VC’s, business angels, industry partners and press. TechFounders requires no fees and takes zero equity.

Weeks Program

Batches per Year

Euro Funding

TechFounders offers startups

  • 20 week program
  • 2 batches per year
  • €25 000 EUR funding – no equity taken!
  • On-demand expert coaching for founders
  • Free office space and administrative support
  • Access to a 1,500m2 high-tech workshop – MakerSpace
  • Intensive coaching and mentoring by 200 VC’s, serial entrepreneurs and experts
  • Demo Day attended by 100+ VCs, business angels, industry partners and press members
  • Direct access to industry partners, such as ADAC, BMW, Bosch, Festo, Linde and Miele

Industry partner and investor benefits

  • Early access to innovative technology
  • Having a positive impact on the community
  • The chance to get to know startup teams and learn about their products
  • Involving the startups as vendors, partners, or as a part of their portfolio
  • Inspiring the entrepreneurial and innovative way of thinking within their own companies

Whether you’re still working on your prototype or already raising your next round, TechFounders offers what you’re looking for.

We’re interested in seed & early-stage startups in the fields of:

  • 3D Printing
  • Automation & Robotics
  • Automotive
  • Big Data
  • Smart Home
  • Kitchen & Cooking
  • Industrial IoT
  • Industry 4.0
  • Industry Software
  • Mobility
  • Electronics
  • Cleaning & Hygiene

Summer batch starts July 16th, 2018. Application deadline is April 16th, 12 p.m. CET.