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We invite ambitious entrepreneurs to apply to our pre-seed startup program, supported by the Berliner Startup Stipendium. Successful applicants will receive our full program resources and support to accelerate their ideas and shape the future of cities, starting with our beloved Berlin.

Accelerator

We support teams with an 8 months cohort program teaching the essentials of Entrepreneurship.

Funding

We provide € 2000 per person, for 2-3 persons per team, up to € 48k cash per team + perks & benefits.

Infrastructure

Your new office: Get access to our dedicated area in one of Berlin’s best co-working hubs.

Network

Your cohort, mentors, investors, corporates, and the BIA Innovation Hub, a real ecosystem for your startup.

Future City Accelerator Industries

So much more than
just a program 🖤

Our Team and Mentors

Viktoria Trosien

Vikoria Trosien

Director Urban Innovation
BIA

Florencia Fedel

Florencia Fedel

Senior Program Manager
BIA

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Christoph Raethke

Startup Coach
Mentor

Anastasia Sukhomlinova

Anastasia Sukhomlinova

Senior Program Manager
BIA

Darius Moeini

Darius Moeini

Founder
BIA

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Shari Langemak

Digital Health Coach
Mentor

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Ehssan Khaljani

Startup Coach
Mentor

Arndt Schwaiger

Arndt Schwaiger

Startup Coach
Mentor

Our Network

Our innovation hub community is the fuel of everything we do.

Across a variety of programs and circles, we bring people from all industries and sectors together. We have created one of the most diverse and impactful ecosystems in Europe. Engage our community for your own initiatives. We are your gateway to our amazing ecosystem.

Eligibility criteria for startups.

FAQs

The application process opens October 2021. Applications for the third batch must be submitted by October 31st, 2021.

Our startup program is a 8-month incubation program starting in December 2021.

It means we provide funding but do not take any equity in exchange.

Project proposals can be submitted via the F6S platform. Apply here.

Project proposals must be included in the application. However, if you do not have a concrete idea and are interested in participating, get in touch with our team and we will invite you to one of our ideation workshops or try to match you with up-and-rising startup founders.

Yes. Teams have to be from 1-3 founders. However, if you don’t have a founding team and would like to get to know possible co-founders, reach out to us and we will try to match you with other up-and-rising startup founders.

The Future City Incubator (FCI) is run by Berlin Innovation Agency – an independent innovation and entrepreneurship agency. The FCI program is funded by European Social Fund (ESF) and the State of Berlin and is part of the Berliner Startup Stipendium initiative.

Throughout the runtime of the program you will get diverse support and learning opportunities, through bootcamps, Masterclasses, individual coaching and more. You join our vivid slack community and will be involved in BIA Innovation Hub activities, connecting you to a bold network of corporates, city stakeholder and investors.

The founders – and their startups must not have received any other startup grant (such as BSS or EXIST) or any kind of investment for the proposed business idea.

If the company has already been founded, then it has to be max. 3 months old at the time of application (from business registration (Gewerbeanmeldung) date) and it has to be registered in Berlin. (It is also possible to found the company within the program’s duration).

Founders must be registered in Berlin from the moment the program starts. The program is an 8-month full-time program. In addition the startup commits to register their company in the city of Berlin.

Yes, the program is open to all nationalities. For the beginning of the program you have to be registered in Berlin, Germany. Non-EU Citizens must hold a visa that explicitly allows you to start a company in Germany. This proof has be provided before the start of the program.

The program is full time – and therefore you will receive a scholarship. Anyways you are allowed to work up to 5 hours per week on other things.

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We are backed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the State of Berlin.