Time remaining for your application

0Days0Hours0Minutes0Seconds

Up2B Breakthrough

Who you are

  • Entrepreneurs seeking for intensive support and networks to validate their business
  • A tech business concept with B2B focus
  • From the field of IT, digital or high-tech
  • In the early-stage with a vague idea of a future business

Program Period

7th September – 19th October 2018

Program Language

English

Program Location

Walldorf, Mannheim and Heidelberg

What you can expect

You come with your idea of a future business and you leave with a sound B2B business model, proven product knowledge, and connections with potential partners and customers respectively. You and your team mates have six weeks’ time to develop your founder team as well as your business idea towards a validation-ready business model.

  • Selected workshops to equip you with the know-how to build up your B2B business
  • One-on-one consulting with experts
  • One expert on your side for the whole program period
  • Pitching event with award ceremony
  • Contact to pre-seed investors
  • First contacts to potential clients (if your progress is outstanding)
  • Free participation including meals

The program

Six weeks of intensive work.

Breakthrough is the Up2B Bootcamp for Startups in the very early or pre-seed stage. You and your team mates have six weeks’ time to develop your founder team as well as your business idea towards a validation-ready business model. You will learn what problems to solve to address a relevant, growing market, to target the right users, and understand the customer decision units’ needs and desires.

With a solid value proposition you can develop a plausible B2B sales & marketing strategy – and when you have straightened that out, you start to define your product specs.

This and more means six weeks of intense and inspiring team work for you, six weeks of workshops, one to one coaching and continuous guidance by our experienced startup case managers, six weeks full of expert knowledge, and  condensed founder experience.

The workshops, coaching rounds, and start-up presentations typically take place from Wednesday to Saturday. From Sunday to Tuesday you will find enough time to implement your insights.

Sounds hard? Actually, it is. It’s a bootcamp and we can assure you that we won’t bore you out.

*Start-up BW Pre-Seed

The Baden-Württemberg government will pilot a new pre-seed investment program in which the Up2B accelerator will participate as a partner. Tickets of typically 100 k€ will be available for Up2B participants. After the final of each Up2B program, a jury will nominate the most convincing start-up teams to participate in the pre-seed program. If the nominees succeed in convincing the pre-seed committee, a financing of 100 k€ is secured.

  • Kick-off

    07.09.2018: Intro & Program Overview

  • Team

    Individual Competence, Founder’s Mindsets, Company Structure

  • Markets & Customers

    Problems & Markets, Customer, Value Proposition

  • Sales & Marketing

    Market Entry Strategy & Metrix, Channels & Relationships

  • Product Development

    Product Development Strategy

  • Cost Structure

    Key activities, key resources, key partners

  • Commitment

    Vision, Mission & Strategy, Wrap-up, Pitch Prep & Preselection

  • Final Presentation

    19.10.2018: Final Presentation

Mentors from Up2B cosmos

Our mentors are experienced specialists and experts coming from many fields: Multinational corporations, venture capital fonds, startup support or universities.

Be prepared to meet people that will blow your mind and boost your business.

See below a snippet of  the mentors and speakers that have been involved in the Up2B programs.

Wanna see more mentors that have been involved in the Up2B programs?

See the list of our Up2B mentors you will have the chance to meet!

Breakthrough 2017 Review

“The program is an absolute benefit for every startup. Due to the strict program and timelines, you are triggered to move your idea forward within a short time. The precise and professional feedback gives you ideas, you would have never came up with. The program is a real accelerator.”

Julien Wenglorz
Julien WenglorzCo-founder of tino UG

“Breakthrough is a great experience and possibility for early stage IT-startups to prove their concept in a short time in front of experts.”

Dominic Sepetavc
Dominic SepetavcFounder Motovio

“We have been introduced into the German startup world, it took us to another level.”

Karandip Singh
Karandip SinghFounder Grapheme

“Great program for entering the startup stage. Didn´t regret a single day invested. And hell, I was busy.”

Berkun Culha
Berkun CulhaFounder Schedule Display

“Great program. Excellent coaches, investors, partners and other startups. It was an intense and fun time at Breakthrough.”

Thomas Link
Thomas LinkCo-founder Varomo UG

“Come as a rookie – work hard – leave as a founder.”

Matthias Luthe
Matthias LutheCo-founder Friedhofsglück and winner of Up2B Breakthrough 2017

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Who can apply?

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

When is the application deadline?

On the 19th Aufgust 2018, 23:59. We can not consider 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.

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

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

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

The Breakthrough organization team will decide on Monday, 27th August latest if you are among the participants. There might be the possibility to contact you via Skype or Phone if we have some question regarding your startup and your team.

Is it necessary to be on site every day for the whole team?

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

At the team building sessions, the whole team must be present.

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

No, the program is for free!

What is the program language?

English! All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in english, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international too.

We do have further questions. Who can we contact?

Please contact Daniel Brixy.
daniel.brixy@innowerft.com
Phone: + 49 175 6127668

What is Start-up BW Pre-Seed?

The Baden-Württemberg government will pilot a new pre-seed investment program in which the Up2B accelerator will participate as a partner. Tickets of typically 100 k€ will be available for Up2B participants. After the final of each Up2B program, a jury will nominate the most convincing start-up teams to participate in the pre-seed program. If the nominees succeed in convincing the pre-seed committee, a financing of 100 k€ is secured.

Organization

 

Network and Media Partner