Announcing the METRO Accelerator for Retail powered by Techstars Class of 2017

We are excited to announce the nine companies that will be joining Techstars for our 2017 METRO Accelerator for Retail, Powered by Techstars in Berlin. We kick things off this week and are looking forward to three months of awesomeness, capped off by Demo Day on September 5th.

Techstars is a Worldwide Network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and strong partners and mentors help make this happen. We’re fortunate to have METRO as an incredible corporate partner and a great number of amazing mentors joining. We’re grateful for your support over the last couple of years and your continued time and guidance. We love this city and know that 2017 is going to be an amazing year for both METRO, Techstars and Berlin.

Introducing the METRO Accelerator for Retail, Powered by Techstars Class of 2017:

Epinium: Real time aggregation of product reviews for online and offline stores to optimize pricing

IamBot: Ubiquitous shopping experience using ChatBots & image recognition to buy at your fingertip

JustSnap: Receipt based analysis and gamified loyalty at the fingertip of the user through an app

Kptn Cook: High customer retention through curated recipes for foodie-community to purchase ingredients at offline retail

Mio Mobile: UBER for around-the-block delivery of products using autonomous robots and navigation technology

Oriient: Use the magnetic field of the earth to integrate with multiple indoor positioning solutions

Sensei: In-store analytics for consumer behavior and store optimization using existing technology

Sensefinity: Remotely programmable IoT devices and data aggregation to monitor goods, logistics and security of objects

Whole Surplus: Minimizing food-waste related costs for retailers through a b2b solution integrating food-donations








Want to change shopping? Hate checkouts? Join the METRO Accelerator for Retail!

Retail surrounds us on a daily basis. But our changing lifestyles are requesting new and better shopping experiences. Digitalization in retail is underrepresented and the industry is constantly looking for new innovations to support new consumer habits and trends.

We recently launched the METRO Accelerator for Retail, powered by Techstars, to drive this change and improve the customer experience and make a trader’s life easier. Applications are open and close on March 12th, 2017. Apply Now!

Our accelerator program will empower the best entrepreneurs in the industry to bring their solutions to market fast and scale them successfully. We’re looking for digital solutions, for all store sizes, ranging from small family-run stores (“traders”) to large hypermarket formats.

We are happy to announce today our series of upcoming webinars, meetups, and office hours starting on the 22nd of December. Get the full story and learn how you as a founder can profit from retail, so sign up now for webinars and office hours and change the world of retail!

Join us for a webinar online:
Online introduction about the program from our Managing Director and Program Manager for 30 minutes, and you’ll get a chance to ask questions directly.

December 22nd, 2016 @ 3:00PM CET – Replay now!

January 12th, 2017 @ 10:00AM CET – Replay now!

January 31st, 2017 @ 5:00PM CET – Replay now!

February 28th, 2017 @ 5:00PM CET – Register here

Meet us for in-person during Office Hours
Meet with our team during a 1:1 session for 30 minutes, between 12pm to 4pm in the following cities – Register now!

January 26th, 2017 – Betahaus, Berlin

February 1st, 2017 – Campus, Madrid

February 2nd, 2017 – Beta-i, Lisbon

February 7th, 2017 – Techstars Office, Tel Aviv

February 8th, 2017 – Techstars Office, London

February 9th, 2017 – Partech, Paris

February 14th, 2017 – Betahaus, Sofia

February 16th, 2017 – TechHub, Bucharest

February 23rd, 2017 – Sup46, Stockholm

February 28th, 2017 – Node5, Prague

March 2nd, 2017 – Campus, Warsaw

Visit us at a meetup event following our local Office Hours!
Hear from our team and meet with others from the local startup community.

January 26th, 2017 @ 4:30PM – 6:00PM local time
Betahaus, Berlin
Sign up now

February 14th, 2017 @ 4:30PM – 6:00PM local time
Betahaus, Sofia
Sign up now

February 16th, 2017 @ 4:30PM – 6:00PM local time
TechHub, Bucharest
Sign up now

March 2nd, 2017 @ 4:30PM – 6:00 PM local time
Campus, Warsaw
Sign up now








Announcing METRO Accelerator for Retail Powered by Techstars

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.