• 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 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 is your chance to boost your business.

Our offer

Tailor-made accelerator programs for business-to-business startups: 

In of the most attractive regions for business-to-business startups, our wide range of programs offers you mentoring, coaching and – if you make it – access to our network of investors and potential customers.

Your chance

Participation in Up2B accelerator programs is completely free of charge!

We do not charge fees and we do not take an equity stake of your company.

Choose your program

For Early-Stage Startups

Build your business with our six-weeks program!

For entrepreneurs seeking intensive support and networks to validate their business.

From 25.04. – 06.06.2019

For Advanced Startups

From your MVP to customer-readiness in four weeks!

The ProductBooster program supports startups to improve their software-based product.

From 28.10. – 20.11.2019

For Market-Ready & Investment-Ready Startups

Get ready for your first round of investment in five days!

Our intensive mentoring and coaching program for those who are seeking b2b customers and investors.

From 18.02. – 22.02. & 15.07. – 19.07.2019

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What startups and experts say about Up2B

“The Up2B Firecamp was the most intense coaching week of my life. I took a lot of things with me and now I even go home as a winner. The program is unique in its intensity in the startup scene. I can recommend every startup to apply for the next Firecamp.”

Andreas Widmann
Andreas WidmannFounder of RoadAds and winner of the Firecamp 2017.

“Please repeat that format! It’s the best format you can find in the Rhine-Neckar region.”

Daniel Szkutnik
Daniel SzkutnikManaging Director & founder of Julie Soley GmbH

“We made further progress in the Up2B Firecamp week than the whole last year.”

Timm Czarnecki
Timm CzarneckiCo-founder of BRC

“The level of mentors, coaches and corporates were impressive and the content and program helped us incredibly to further shape and tailor our business.”

Sascha Kronberg
Sascha KronbergFounder of Sales Marshal

“Brilliant mentors, brilliant contacts, great organization!”

Stefan Nitz
Stefan NitzCo-founder of RefundRebel GmbH and winner of Firecamp 2018

“The Up2B Breakthrough & Firecamp were amazing programs. The Up2B team has helped getting us connected with investors at pitch events which we never would have found ourselves!”

Markus Beck
Markus BeckCo-founder and CEO of tye GmbH

“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

“Rather than reading 100 books and watching thousands of videos, take your chance and talk to people that have seen every challenge you‘ll face already”

Richard Dihen
Richard DihenFounder & CEO of Di.Ri Social Media

“The Up2B ProductBooster helps you to polish your product by examining it from different angles with the support of experts.”

Dennis Westermann
Dennis WestermannFounder of palin.io

“If you have a great idea, and you want to develop a great product that people will love, the Up2B ProductBooster is great for you.”

Philipp Rathjen
Philipp RathjenCo-founder Prospeum

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 built 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

Build your business with our six-week program! For entrepreneurs seeking intensive support and networks to validate their business.

You arrive with a vague business-idea of a future business and you leave with a sound B2B business model, proven product knowledge, and connections with potential partners and customers. You and your team mates have six weeks to develop your business idea into a business model ready for validation.

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
  • A business in the early-stage
Program objective

After successfully completing 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

Take your product to the next level with our four-week program! You will meet product experts in high-class workshops and one-on-one sessions and get support at polishing your product towards customer readiness. You will get to know corporate representatives at a Corporate Speed Dating, who want to know whether your product fits their business needs!

Who should apply

What you need to be part of the Up2B ProductBooster program

  • You are an digital or high-tech startup with a clear B2B focus
  • You already have a prototype or MVP
  • You want to get professional support to improve your digital product
  • You want to 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.
Executive Summary

Prepare 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 honest feedback from industry experts and one-on-one discussions with corporate customers will prepare 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

Corporates involved in Up2B