Newest program started: Up2B ProductBooster will accelerate 8 startups.

Eight startups will optimize their products with the UP2B Product Booster in the areas of digital technologies and IT.

The four-week UP2B ProductBooster program kicked off on November 5th: Program Manager Paul Becker invited the founders to further develop their products with the help of experts and workshops.

The startups give an insight into the state of their ideas and digital products. With Palin.io, for example, Dennis Westermann wants to offer a solution for Internet site operators who want to make their pages more user-friendly – how does a user view the page on their smartphone? How fast is it structured? This can be found quickly and automatically with the software from Palin.io.

While enjoying pizza and beer, the founders have the opportunity to get to know each other personally and to expand their own network

The program ends on Wednesday, 28th November – after the work on the products – with a great opportunity for the founders: They meet potential customers. The so-called “Corporate Speed ​​Dating” is the highlight of the ProductBooster program. The founders get a short window of time to convince the entrepreneurs that they can profitably use their product. In addition, one of the eight startups will be honored this evening and will receive prize money from the Sparkasse Heidelberg.
The UP2B ProductBooster complements the two programs of startup BW Accelerator UP2B: The six-week Breakthrough program helps develop a business plan business idea, and the five-day Firecamp focuses on mentoring and initial investor contact. To make the leap from prototype to market, there is now the Product Booster. The organizers InnoWerft GmbH, Technologiepark Heidelberg and Startup Mannheim are pleased to receive numerous applications and would like to accompany founders with the UP2B ProductBooster on their way to success.

The following start-ups participate in the UP2B ProductBooster program:
Prospeum
Palin.io
Industry List
Hausnetz
Treye tech
retest
SFM Systems
Gentleminds

Up2B Firecamp 2017 winner @ TV show Höhle der Löwen

The winner of our Up2B Firecamp 2017, Andreas Widmann, founder and CEO of RoadAds interactive, pitched at the TV Show Höhle der Löwen!

What a success! We loved to see one of our startups being so successful.

By the way: Andreas got a 750k deal in the show, but the deal was not realized afterwords. But: Andreas found another investor from Mannheim!

Up2B Breakthrough: Demo & investors day after six weeks of hard work

What a glorious final day of the Up2B 🚀Breakthrough🚀

After 6 weeks of hard work, coaching and networking the performance of the teams at the final in front of many investors and corporates was outstanding!

And the winners️🏆,️ selected by investors & corporates are:
1st place: Treye Tech
2nd place: pododesk 
3rd place: Riso

Congratz from our side! 

Finally, our new Up2B program is live: Check the four-week ProductBooster!

This is a day the Up2B team has been waiting for a long time.

After almost seven months of conceptualizing, pivoting, improving and talking to many experts and startups, the team of the Up2B accelerator is ready to publish its new program, the Up2B ProductBooster.
From now on, we will not only support startups in business related fields and networking with investors and corporates, but also in product related fields – helping startups actively to improve their products. From MVP to customer readiness! Here wo go!

The ProductBooster program offers startups:

– High-quality workshops to polish your product
– One-on-one mentoring sessions with product experts (IT-Lawyer, Software-Developer, UX Consultants, CEOs/CTOs etc.)
– A Corporate Speed Dating with decision makers from multinational companies
– Opportunity to receive € 100,000 with pre-seed bw program (more information on the website)

Only eight startups will have the chance to participate from 5th Nov. – 28th Nov.

More information and application: www.up2b.io/productbooster

Up2B Breakthrough application open with the 1st time chance to get 100.000€ pre-seed bw investment

The application form for our six-weeks program is open! Get ready to build your business! For entrepreneurs seeking for intensive support and networks to validate their business.

Apply here: www.up2b.io/breakthrough

What you get

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

Plus: Pre-seed bw – your chance for 100.000€ investment

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.

 

Apply now to become a part of our Up2B Breakthrough 2018!

www.up2b.io/breakthrough

Up2B Firecamp #2: High-potential startups have been accelerated again!

The second Up2B Firecamp in 2018 was a success again. The feedback from investors, corporates, startups and guests could not be better!

After 5 days of hard work, coaching and networking the performance of the teams at the Firecamp final in front of many investors was outstanding again!

And the winners️ selected by the jury of investors and corporate representatives, are:
1st place: MemoMeister
2nd place: PomoDone
3rd place: SFM Systems

Congratulations to all the teams that participated in the Firecamp!

Before the final, the twelve teams had the chance to talk to twelve corporates at the corporate speed dating and listen to the keynote of Michael Heimrich, Innovation Manager of Recaro.

After the final, many business were exchanged with investors and corporates.

During the Firecamp week, the Technologiepark HeidelbergStartup Mannheim & innoWerft – Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Walldorf Stiftung GmbH have successfully supported 12 startup teams and helped them entering the market as well as prepared them for an investment.

We would like to thank all visitors, the jury team, all mentors and the corporate representatives for the great support during the whole week!!!

Josh Fechter from L.A. rocked the house in front of our startups!

For the opening of the Up2B Firecamp we managed to invite a special guest to come to Mannheim:

Josh Fechter, growth hacker, book author, serial entrepreneur and influencer based in Los Angeles, gave a brilliant speech in front of our 12 Up2B Firecamp startups.

His insights how to generate more traffic and increase the sales performance with low budget were valuable especially for our startups which want to grow fast in the next months.

We will remember Josh´s visit and his words, e.g. “Content is king, design is queen”.

Thanks Josh for visiting the Up2B Accelerator and the german startup scene!

Josh Fechter will join the Firecamp in July!

The Up2B Accelerator has managed to invite Josh Fechter from Silicon Valley to the one-week boot camp “Firecamp”. 12 IT startups with B2B focus will have the chance to meet Josh in person.

Startups can apply until July 1st!

Josh is the co-founder of BAMF Media.
He’s the former Head of Growth for 22Social, UpOut, and GrowthX. He’s written five books on technical marketing and is a Top Quora Writer of 2017 and 2018. He also founded and leads one of the most active communities online for marketers and founders (20,000 members)!

Many people know him as the guy who broke LinkedIn’s algorithm, racked up 200 million views in six months on the site. He’s been featured in Reuters, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Inc., and BuzzFeed for his marketing skills.

Up2B Breakthrough Demo Day Video

Finally our Up2B Breakthrough demo day video is ready to watch!

See our finalists, pitching in front of a selected jury of investors and experts.

Breakthrough: 9 weeks – 12 startups at demo day – 5 finalists – 1 winner – unlimited insights and acceleration

Our next Breakthrough will take place from 27th August – 5th October 2018. You can apply soon!

A special thanks to our video maker agency entermedia for the professional work and the video!

Up2B on tour – Berlin calling!

The startup support in Berlin is outstanding, competing with the world´s best startups hubs San Francisco or Tel Aviv.

Since we are always looking to improve the Up2B Accelerator and its programs, we decided to take a trip to Berlin´s best accelerator programs.

On 8th and 9th March Thomas Prexl and Paul Becker from the Up2B Accelerator Team took the ICE from Berlin to visit 3 accelerator programs in 2 days.

First station: SAP IoT Accelerator.

Christian Bacher, Director Startup Engagement @ SAP IoT Accelerator welcomed us the at the SAP Data Hub. He showed us how SAP supports IoT startups by helping startups dock and integrate their solutions into SAP systems. Startups with SAP integration have access to a large number of potential customers in this way. Startups that participate in the SAP IoT Accelerator are internationally based. Up2B startups are potentially suitable for participating in the SAP IoT Accelerator as soon as they reach the growing stage and integration in SAP makes sense.

After the meeting with Christian we allowed ourselves to enjoy the evening with a short sightseeing trip to the Brandenburg Tor and the Reichstag and from there to the Berlin localities for dinner.

 

Second station: Atomleap Accelerator and Collidercamp

On the second day we went directly to the Atomleap Accelerator and the Collidercamp, to a meeting with the managers of the accelerator Konstanze Neumann and Kirsten Winterfeld.
Atomleap / Collidercamp is not a pure hardware accelerator that only supports product development. Much more, the accelerator has become an “all-round” support program, from product development to startup business know how startups are widely supported. Atomleap / Collidercamp is an ideal place for startups who are looking for an accelerator program in Berlin to experience Berlin´s spirit.

 

Third stage: Betahaus Berlin and Hardware.co Accelerator

Without a break we went to the world-famous Betahaus with the in-house Hardware.co accelerator to a meeting with COO of Betahaus Iva Jankovic. Check out the amazing Hardware.co video on their website! It´s worth a view!
Unlike the name suggests, Hardware.co does not provide direct and targeted support for prototype construction in the in-house workshop atelier. Hardware.co is very successful in implementing the need-driven approach with companies. Corporations can coollaborate with Hardware.co accelerator by putting challenges to achieve in-house innovation goals and solve real problems. The collaboration with corporates at Betahais is outstanding! Up2B will think about implementing that need-driven approach into the programs. Since we have a lot of corporates in the Rhine-Neckar region, the chances for successful collaboration with the corporates are very high. Very inspiring meeting, an incredible amount of enthusiasm among all participants and pure startup spirit! Thanks you Iva!

 

We would like to thank the “Berliner” for sharing all that insights with us.
Be curious how we will transfer our impressions and insights into action!
Cheers!
Your Up2B Accelerator Team