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Today, we’re excited to announce the METRO Accelerator for Retail Powered by Techstars. This is our second program with METRO and our third accelerator in Berlin. The accelerator connects entrepreneurs with our global ecosystem and METRO, a global market leader in wholesale and food. The program will run from June to September 2017.

Retail surrounds us on a daily basis. Our shopping habits are influenced by our changing lifestyles. We want to empower the best entrepreneurs in the industry to bring their solutions to market fast, to make life easier for traders and consumers. We’re looking for digital solutions, for all store sizes, ranging from small family-run stores (“traders”) to large hypermarket formats.

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are working on solutions for:

  • In-store experiences and analytics
  • Customer service
  • Mobile commerce
  • Value added commerce
  • Conversational commerce
  • Collaborative commerce
  • Distributed commerce
  • Workforce management
  • Community, sharing or loyalty
  • Operational efficiency
  • Hyperlocal distribution
  • Blockchain
  • Delivery
  • POS

We also invite startups to apply that have traction in cross-industry innovation such as augmented reality.

Cooperation between founders, mentors, METRO and Techstars in the field of retail will provide the most value for startups that already have a product and valuable customer feedback. Funding and hands-on program support for the 10 participating startups is essential because both Techstars and METRO believe that we have the potential to fundamentally transform markets together. Learn more about how the funding works in our FAQs.

Application deadline is the 12th of March 2017. We are excited to see the great applications and to start this journey. Apply here.



Alexander Hafner Alexander Hafner
Alexander is the MD at the METRO Accelerator for Retail in Berlin. Previously, he was the GM at MakerBot Europe. He is a long time entrepreneur in software implementation and consulting @HAFNER’S BÜRO in Stuttgart. Alexander is enthused about entrepreneurial environments, sales, marketing, lead generation and business development. He lives for building businesses and teams from scratch and foster profitable growth. @alexandrhafner