6-week Accelerator for B2B Startups!

25.04. - 03.06.2022

Up2B Breakthrough

Six-week Accelerator for B2B Startups!

April 25 – June 3, 2022

Virtual and in person event!


What Up2B Breakthrough offers you

Touching all relevant business areas

Maximum development in the shortest time

Valuable feedback from experienced mentors

Who you are

What you can expect

  • You are right at the start of a terrific idea that will make the world just a little bit better
  • You are about to found your startup or have founded it in the past year
  • Your business is B2B-focused
  • Your startup will create change in the field of Industry Tech, Energy, Agriculture, Mobility, IT or SaaS
  • Your product is in a prototype, pilot or MVP stage

Six challenging weeks to boost your startup and find your problem-solution fit

  • Selected workshops to sharpen your business know-how
  • One-on-one coachings with mentors and B2B experts
  • One day of corporate speed dating to meet real potential customers
  • Demo Day to pitch your startup in front of our industry network
  • 1.000 Euro prize money sponsored by Techniker Krankenkasse
  • Free participation with maximum outgrowth

Program Location

The program takes place in a hybrid setting. We will meet in person in Mannheim on April, 25th and 26th. The Demo Day will be held in Walldorf on June 3rd. You can participate in all the other keynote sessions and one-on-one coachings via Zoom.

Program Period

April 25 to June 3, 2022

Program Language

English or German, depending on selected participants

The Program

Six weeks to get access to our B2B world

You have stumbled across a potential customer need but are not sure about whether it is a problem worth solving? You have gathered one or two potential co-founders but don’t know about how to create a fast-growing startup?

Up2B Breakthough is all about getting a clear picture about what we call problem-solution fit. We will support you in asking the right questions and find potential customers. You will also learn a lot about best-practice in starting a company.

Mondays always starts with a week and theme kick off. Fridays is feedback day: An expert takes an hour of time for you and your specific questions. Every now and then there is a Breakthrough special on Tuesdays or Wednesdays where you can dive deeper into important topics.

After getting a clear picture about your startup, your business model and growth strategy, you will get the chance to access our network of potential customers or pitch for funding on our Demo day. Moving forward will require passion and work. Only the best startups will make it to reach investors and potential customers.

Corporates you will meet

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Coaches you will meet

Vera Lyko

Systemic coaching for founders

Stephanie Leue

Product Leadership Coach for companies

Dr. Reinhard Ematinger

Advisor and Lecturer on Businesses

Oliver Lesche

Business Angel and Serial Entrepreneur

Lily Mizani

Sales expert & founder of Heartcoresales

Marcel Pfenning

Sales coach & Co-Founder of SaleUp

Colin Bennett

Speaker & trainer for rhetoric & persuasive speaking

Dr. Matthias Heusel


Dr. Simon Apel

IT/IP lawyer @ SZA

Dr. Alexia Wahl

Corporate lawyer/M&A

Janina Rüger-Aamot

Business coach & leadership coach for founders & teams

Tim Bolte

Investment and Deep Tech Advisor

Eva Haas

Freelance controller & startup consultant

Lisa Mo Wagner

Product Coach

Lars Olsson

Founder and CPO of Cashlink
Tatjana Winter

Tatjana Winter

Venture Development Manager @ DB Digital Ventures

Paulina Banszerus

Investment Manager @ Schenker Ventures
Sonja Wilkens

Sonja Wilkens

Startup consultant @ Economic Development Department of the City of Mannheim
Sascha Dahlke FalkenSteg

Sascha Dahlke

Director and a member of FalkenSteg's Corporate finance practice

Jochen Wierz

Partner and a leadership member of FalkenSteg's Corporate finance practice

Applications are now closed for 2022


Who can apply?

Startups from the field of IT, digital or high-tech with a B2B focus!

When is the application deadline?

You can apply until March 20, 2022 at 23:59. We cannot accept further applications after the deadline. 

I am the only founder in the company. Can I apply?

No! You need to be present as a team because we will have several coaching points that will strengthen and develop the startup team. If you are looking for team members, feel free to contact our program manager Inga-Marit Nölle (inga-marit.noelle[at]innowerft[dot]com) as we can also help with finding co-founders.

We have not founded the company yet. Can we also apply?

Yes, we consider startups no matter if they have already founded a company or not.

When do you decide if our team can participate in the Breakthrough?

We will select the attending startups about 4 weeks before the program starts. There might be the possibility to also contact you virtually or by phone to do an additional interview with you.

Is it necessary to be present at every program day for the whole team?

At least one of you has to be present during the program period. No show is an exclusion criteria.

Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?

No, the program is free of charge or equity! The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign.

We do have further questions. Who can we contact?

Please contact Inga-Marit Nölle
Phone: + 49 160 896 9975

Your contact person

Inga-Marit Nölle

Business Development Managerin – innoWerft

+49 160 896 9975


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