• Accelerate your business-to-business startup!

    The Up2B accelerator offers various programs to elevate your startup to the next stage

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  • Validate your business idea

    The Up2B accelerator programs offer tools and feedback for entrepreneurs

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  • Improve your product or service!

    The Up2B accelerator programs supports your growth and scaling

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  • Get funded!

    The Up2B accelerator programs enables startups to approach investors

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Your accelerator programs for business-to-business startups

Our mission

Digitalization drives innovation. We strongly believe that we have hardly seen the beginning. This is especially true for business-to-business interactions.

We strive to identify, select and support high-potential startups. If you are working on an IT-based idea to create value for business customers, the Up2B accelerator can be your chance to boost your business.

Our offer

Tailor-made accelerator programs for business-to-business startups:  Everything you need to elevate your IT business to the next level.

Within one of the most attractive regions for business-to-business startups, we offer various programs packed with mentoring, coaching and – if you make it – access to our network of investors and potential customers.

Our ask

Participation in Up2B accelerator programs is absolutely free of charge! We do not ask for fees and we do not take an equity stake of your company.

This does not mean that we are undemanding: In addition to active participation, we expect participants to support each other and actively giving back to the community after they have succeeded in our programs.

Choose your program

Six-weeks program to get ready to build your business!

Get ready to boost your product. Our newest program supports startups to improve their software-based product. From MVP to customer-readiness in four weeks.

Get ready for your first round of investment. Our five-day intensive mentoring and coaching program for those who are “investment ready” and seeking for b2b customers.

One of the best regions for business-to-business ventures

Up2B Region: Powerhouse for economic growth

There are many great places to start your IT company.

But if your idea is build around a business-to-business proposition, you should not settle for less then the Up2B region.

Situated in the south-west of Germany, in the middle of one of the economically strongest regions of Europe, you will find what will make the difference: corporate customers from the DAX, German Mittelstand and Hidden Champions.

Chemistry, life sciences, IT or automotive – within a one hour drive you will find plenty of potential business partners.

If you want to succeed in b2b, check out the Up2B accelerator programs!

  • Mannheim / Heidelberg / Waldorf

    Welcome to the Up2B region: Your place to start a business-to-business company

  • Global Players and German Mittelstand

    Your customers: One of the highest densities of global players, German “Mittelstand” and small companies in Europe

  • One of the nicest places to live, work and succeed

    Quality of life: You will love cultural activities, sports, landscape or nightlife surrounding our accelerator programs

Executive Summary

Our six-weeks program to get ready to build your business! For entrepreneurs seeking for intensive support and networks to validate their business.

You come with a vague 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.

Who should apply

Up2B Breakthrough is our early-stage program. Yet, applicants need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 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 objective

After successful completion of our Up2B Breakthrough program, participants will have

  • Knowledge about how to turn a business idea into a validation-ready business model
  • Contact to pre-seed investors
  • First contacts to potential clients

Executive Summary

Groom your startup for your first substantial round of investment: Our five-day intensive coaching and mentoring program helps startups which are investment ready to get going. Two days of blunt feedback from industry experts and one-on-one discussions with corporate customers will harden your startup to find a business angel or venture capital investor.

Who should apply

Participants of our Up2B Breakthrough program typically feature

  • A clear business model and clear understanding of their business plan
  • A pitch deck – ready to be taken to pieces by our experts
  • A working prototype of their product or service
  • First leads or customers
Program objective

After successful participation in our Up2B Firecamp, participants will

  • have an answer to nearly any question an investor or customer could possibly ask
  • a great pitch presentation
  • the chance to be introduced to our network of investors and corporations

Executive Summary

Our four-week program supports you to bring your product to the next level! You will meet product experts at high-class workshops and one-on-one sessions and get support polishing your product towards customer readiness. You will also get contacts to corporate representatives at a Corporate Speed Dating. They want to know whether your product fits their needs!

Who should apply

What you need to be part of the Up2B ProductBooster program

  • You are a startup from the field of IT, digital or high-tech with a clear B2B focus
  • You already have a prototype or MVP
  • You want to get professional support improving your digital product
  • You want find your first B2B customer
Program objective

Program objective of Up2B ProductBooster:

  • Take your software-based product to the next level. From MVP to customer-readiness.
  • Expand your network and know-how by getting to know product experts.
  • Meet your first customer at the Corporate Speed Dating and have your first sales contracts signed.