Our Accelerator Program

We offer a unique program to our startups – during the 20-week program, you will get intensive trainings and coaching on all kinds of business topics. 
You will collaborate with one of our leading corporate partners to further develop your product or service, with a € 25,000 project budget.

Program Highlights – Why should you apply?

Intensive Coaching and Mentoring

by seasoned serial entrepreneurs, tech experts, business angels, venture capitalists and experienced industry professionals.

Access to Corporate Partners

such as ADAC, DATEV, Festo,
Knorr-Bremse and Miele and many other industry contacts. 

Free Office Space and Support

We provide office space in the heart of Munich where our team is working hard to support you on all matters of your business. 

Access to our High-Tech Workshop

In our 1500m² high-tech workshop “MakerSpace” you have access to more than 100 machines and can build your prototypes.

€25,000 Project Budget - no Equity

All TechFounders startups receive a project budget of €25,000 in cash – we not take any equity.

Our program is attractive to startups all around the world – whether you are directly from Munich, from Berlin, Israel, or from the United States seeking a way to enter the German market, we provide  the right package for you.

During the program, we have presence phases once a month of 3-4 days in Munich with trainings and coachings, mentor meetings, pitch nights and get-togethers.
However, you are also welcome to use our office space permanently during those 5 months, including our high-tech workshop MakerSpace or AI computing power (through our AppliedAI Initiative of UnternehmerTUM) if you need to.

The aim of the accelerator program is to get one of our corporate partners as a high-class customer or investor. Our Demo Day is the final highlight of the accelerator program and a great opportunity to meet with top VCs, business angels, and further corporate partners. TechFounders requires no fees and takes zero equity.

World Class Coaching

TechFounders offers its startups top-tier coachings in all different aspects of the startup game. Our coaches are seasoned experts in their respective fields and eager to help our startups reach the next level through high-quality, tailored and intensive coachings.

Experience a steep learning curve through different formats catered to the exact needs of every startup, whether in class sessions, workshops, pitching sessions in front of high-class mentors or individual coachings.
Topics range from key account management & marketing, trademark, IP & legal issues and HR & financing planning to investor relations, scaling hardware businesses, UX design, and many more.

Key Dates


Our current batch started July 2018
and will finish with the Demo Day on December 6. 

Key Dates Batch 2019:

Application deadline winter batch 2019:
September 30, 2018
Pre-discussions with potential candidates:
September 30 – October 26, 2018
Final pitch events:
November 5 – 30, 2018
Communication of decision to applicants:
By December 15, 2018
Kick-off winter batch 2019:
January 14, 2019

“Through the TechFounders program and the collaboration project we gained valuable input to optimize our product market fit and business model. The broad network of UnternehmerTUM and TechFounders were an incredible help to find first customers. In 2018, we closed a round for $20 Million. What started as a dream to revolutionize the rail industry has become reality!”

 

Andreas Kunze
Co-Founder & CEO OF Konux

 

“Through TechFounders we got in touch with Festo. In our first project with them, we could test our solution and quickly optimize it, which helped us to acquire a number of new customers. Today, we have more than 30 employees and recently closed our series A financing round.”

 

Maximilian Kissel
Co-Founder & Managing Director OF Soley GmbH

 

 

“The collaboration project with the BMW Group as part of the TechFounders program really opened our eyes on how to work with large corporations and helped us to win further big customers. Not to mention our latest successful 7-figure financing round in 2018!”

 

Victoria Hauzeneder
CTO OF BLIK

 

 

“We have a close connection with several UnternehmerTUM initiatives and have greatly profited from each. TechFounders was a great support to professionalize our business, expand our network and find investors. Since we were in the program, we closed two financing rounds, have won numerous awards (e.g. EIT Health Headstart Germany) and been chosen “Startup of the Year 2017”.

 

Maria Driesel
Managing Partner & CEO

 

5 months accelerator program

14.1. – 24.1.

We kick off the new batch with two weeks packed with events, first trainings and your assessment center!

 

19.2. – 21.2.

In the second phase, we build on the intro trainings and coachings with heavy focus on building your pitch and connect you with successful CEOs and CTOs!

2.4. – 4.4.

More 1:1 coachings on your business model, marketing, HR, IP topics, etc. and the first pitch night with potential investors and customers!

7.5. – 9.5.

The presence phase in May provides you with some individual trainings that you chose and the last chance to practice your pitch before an audience!

3.6. – 6.6.

The last phase concludes all coachings and focuses on the Demo Day, where you will have the chance to present your company in front of 250+ investors, industry representatives and the press!