Application

Applications for the next batch open on February 2022.

Key Dates

Application period Batch #15:  
August 09 – September 19, 2021
Pre-discussions with potential candidates:
End October – Mid November 2021
Final Pitch events:
Until end of November 2021

Communication of decision to applicants:
Early December 2021
Kick-off Batch #15:  
Mid January 2022

Why should you apply? Our Program Highlights:

Intensive Coaching and Mentoring

By seasoned serial entrepreneurs, tech experts, business angels, venture capitalists and experienced industry professionals

Access to Corporate Partners

such as CLAAS, Datev, HP Tech Ventures, Knorr-Bremse, and Miele.

Free office Space and Support

We provide office space in the heart of Munich where our team is working hard to support you on all matters of your business. 

Access to our High-Tech Workshop

In our 1500m2 high-tech workshop “maker space” you have access to more than 100 machines and can build your prototypes.

To pitch at our final event, the Demo Day

attended by 250+ VCs, business angels, corporate representatives, successful founders and press members.

What kind of startups are we looking for?

Target Geographics

Globally, with focus on Europe, US, and Israel

Target/Focus Topics

Please check out our Corporate Partners and their search fields below

Industry Focus

All industries as long as there is a fit with the search fields

Target/Startup Stages

Seed, Series A

Exceptional Team

driven, curious, and humble founders with a big vision!

Batch #15 Corporate Partners & Search Fields

CLAAS is a family business founded in 1913 and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of agricultural engineering equipment. The company, with corporate headquarters in Harsewinkel, Germany, is the European market leader in combine harvesters. CLAAS is the world leader in another large product group, self-propelled forage harvesters.
The CLAAS product portfolio also includes state-of-the-art farming information technology. CLAAS employs 11,400 workers worldwide and reported a turnover of 4.04 billion euros in the 2020 financial year.
Find out more about CLAAS (claas.de).

For Batch#15 CLAAS is looking for startups in the following fields:

Innovative Human-Machine-Interaction for Mobile Machines in Agriculture

Alternatives to display units (e.g., display foils)

Alternatives to touch and hard key inputs

Driver behavior detection & interpretation

• Communication solutions for interaction of workers in- and outside the cabin

DATEV is a software developer and IT service provider for tax consultants, auditors, and attorneys, as well as their clients. In addition to our members, our clients include companies, municipalities and institutions.
The cooperative’s range of products and services encompasses the fields of accounting, personnel management, business consulting, taxes, enterprise resource planning (ERP), IT services, IT security, and training and consultancy. DATEV was founded in 1966 and today is one of Europe’s largest information service providers and software development companies.
Find out more about the company: www.datev.de

For Batch#15 Datev is looking for startups in the following fields:

Computer-Based Advices For User Behavior Optimization

Qualitative data and text analysis of complex, unstructured data sets

Automated, algorithm-driven data mining and decision-making

Deficiency analysis & individual learning offers based on user behavior

Corporate Sustainability Assesment

Sustainability assessment for financing & supply chains

Non-financial sustainability indicator analysis solutions

Evaluation tools for corporate sustainability assessment

Tracking & Emotion Detection

• Sentiment detection of software users through mouse, face and eye tracking

Software & hardware solutions for user behavior analytics

Employee mental health tracking solutions

As HP’s corporate venture arm, HP Tech Ventures is helping to foster an ecosystem of innovation and reinvention that will define tomorrow’s world and experiences, through strategic partnerships and investments in disruptive technology areas.
HP Tech Ventures offers more than 75 years of experience in innovation and technology, backed by more than 18,000 global patents, to entrepreneurs around the globe. As part of a Fortune 100 company with world-class technology, one of the world’s largest channel and distribution partner networks, and a vast global manufacturing and supply chain, HP Tech Ventures is uniquely positioned to help their portfolio companies gain a foothold and scale quickly.
Find out more about the company: www.hptechventures.com

For Batch#15 HP Tech Ventures is looking for startups in the following fields:

Molded Fiber Technologies

• Molded Fiber (MF) designs and components that could be used in bottles/containers

• Applications using MF processes to produce innovative sustainable products (i.e., textiles, clothing,
sustainable packaging, etc.)

MF companies that leverage 3D printing for tooling

• Unique MF process research for high efficiency/production

3D Printed High Value Applications

• Personalized medical devices/implants manufactured using 3D printing

• 3D printed high value fluidic components

• Innovative digital workflows and designs to create/optimize the 3D printable geometries

Knorr-Bremse is the global market leader for braking systems and a leading supplier of other safety-critical rail and commercial vehicle subsystems. (Link to company overview and product portfolio) Knorr-Bremse delivers braking, entrance, control and auxiliary power supply systems, HVAC and driver assistance systems for rail vehicles, as well as braking, steering, powertrain and transmission control solutions, and driver assistance systems for commercial vehicles.
Approximately 29,000 employees at over 100 sites in more than 30 countries use their competence and motivation to satisfy customers worldwide with products and services. In 2017, Knorr-Bremse’s two divisions together generated revenues of EUR 6.9 billion (IFRS).
Find out more about the company: www.knorr-bremse.com

For Batch#15 Knorr-Bremse is looking for startups in the following fields:

E-Mobility & Electrification

For commercial vehicles & trucks

Electrification of actuators and auxiliaries

Supporting solutions for the Balance of Plant (BoP)

High-flow, low-pressure compressors for fuel cells

Battery Management Systems 

IoT & Edge Data Handling

For rail and commercial vehicles

• Data collection, processing, storage, and transfer at the edge

Cybersecure integration of IoT devices

IoT device authentication and secure communication

Rugged wireless sensors for harsh environments

Low Emission Friction Brake

For truck, trailers & rail

Low emission braking systems

Advanced friction pairing for reduced particles generation

Measurement systems for brake dust particles

Filtering/Capturing solutions for emission particles

Networks & Cybersecurity

For rail

Monitoring of switched Ethernet traffic incl. non-reactive intrusion detection

Cybersecure over-the-air updates

Time-sensitive network technologies for railway

Pattern Recognition & Sensor Technologies

For rail and commercial vehicles

Driver awareness/attention monitoring

Occupancy & passenger flow monitoring

Collision warning/prediction systems for urban rail vehicles

Acoustic fault detection and predictive maintenance

Prognostic & Health Management

For Commercial Vehicles

Solutions for reduced breakdown probabilities

Active warning of operationally critical vehicle errors

Solutions for digitizing inspection processes

Lifetime prediction for commercial vehicle components

Miele & Cie. KG is the world’s leading supplier of premium home appliances for kitchen, laundry and floor care. In addition, Miele Professional offers laundry care, cleaning, disinfection and sterilization solutions for commercial and medical applications. All product offerings are complemented by services – from customer service and cooperation to a wide range of innovation fields in the areas of product/services, market access/customer contact and creation of the value chain.
During the business year 2020, which ended on 31 December 2020 the company achieved a sales volume of €4.5 billion. At present, Miele is represented in 47 countries by company-owned sales organisations and in about 50 additional countries via importers. Miele has been an independent family-owned company since its establishment in 1899.
Find out more about the company: www.miele.com

For Batch#15 Miele is looking for startups in the following fields:

Alternative Solutions for Cleaning Clothes

Sustainable cleaning methods

Solutions for waterless/detergent-free washing

Molecular textiles, cleaning, or sanitation solutions

Energy efficient washing & cleaning processes

Digital & Hygienic Solutions for Dental & Medical Practices

Hygiene detection methods & products

• Sterile Supply Management / Sterile Supply Workflow

• Solutions for tracking and tracing of surgical instruments

• Automated documentation technologies/tools

Digital Operation Technologies

Collaborative robotics for logistics & manufacturing

AI-based quality checks & maintenance

• Solutions to optimize the productivity in manufacturing, assembly, and logistics

• Solutions to enable tracking & localization of equipment

Personalized Nutrition & Health Data

Solutions to individualize food recommendations based on individual health

• Personalized nutrition tracking & interpretation

• Health data acquisition & management

• Personalized nutrition plans and tailored coaching

Innovative Battery Technologies

Sustainable battery solutions

• Intelligent battery analytics, diagnostics, and control

• Efficient & fast charging batteries

• New energy storage solutions