Accelerators

Techstars and Audi Denkwerkstatt Founder Innovation Lab

Techstars and Audi Denkwerkstatt, the innovation unit of Audi, have partnered together to bring a new offering for ambitious founders in support of building a customer-centric digital ecosystem centered around the car: The Founder Innovation Lab. Consisting of two programs, the pre-accelerator and the accelerator, the Founder Innovation Lab will provide profound venture building expertise, as well as opportunities to connect with a powerful partner network of mentors, founders and investors. The goal of the program is to support and nurture founders as well as startups while getting digital, mobility-related business models ready for the market more quickly in a highly competitive environment. Founders will have the opportunity to address the charging experience for electric cars, holistic mobility concepts, connecting users with each other as well as digital services both inside and outside the vehicle.

Berlin, Germany

2023 April

In Person Program
This program hopes to run in-person, dependent on COVID-19 conditions.

Sep 26th, 2022

Applications Open

Jan 4th, 2023

Final Deadline

Apr 11th, 2023

Accelerator Starts

Jul 6th, 2023

Demo Day

Accelerator Program

Accelerator program welcomes high-growth startup teams and exceptional founders who want to access capital, talent, and opportunity to grow and scale their business in this inclusive, diverse, and rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Applications are now open.

You can find further program FAQs here.

Key Dates

Pre-Accelerator

Applications Open | August 1, 2022

Final Deadline for Applications | Nov 1, 2022

Virtual Onboarding | December 12 - Dec 16, 2022

In Person Program | January 2023 - March 2023

You can find further program FAQs here.

Pre-Accelerator Program

The Techstars and Audi Denkwerkstat Pre-Accelerator is a ten-week, in person program that provides solo idea-stage or early-stage founders with the training, tools, mentorship, and network to prepare them for the next level. The program cultivates a community of innovative and ambitious individuals who are all highly motivated to support each other’s success. Participants will hone their entrepreneurial skills, better understand their target customers, and connect with fellow founders for possible collaborations or matchmaking. 

Participants will receive access to the Techstars worldwide network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and partners. They will also receive support from Audi’s vast technology and mobility expertise across a variety of business units who will provide an efficient and scalable innovation framework to grow your venture. Lastly, founders will receive a grant of €2000 per month for three months.

Successful graduates of the pre-accelerator program, who have passed the final pitch of this phase, will be highly considered for the three-month accelerator phase which will take place directly after the pre-accelerator has completed. If interested, please consider making scheduling accommodations beyond March.

The Pre-Accelerator might be right for you if:

  • You have entrepreneurial potential and passion for innovation; or

  • You are an idea stage or an early-seed stage solo founder

  • You possess creativity and a collaborative spirit

  • You desire to deliver digital solutions in the following areas:

    • the in-car & out-of-car experience

    • the charging experience

    • the (physical and mental) health experience

    • the community experience

    • the wild card (services beyond mobility)

  • Based in EMEA

All early-stage and idea-stage solo founders focused on delivering digital solutions in the context of mobility who are based in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa are encouraged to apply now through November 1, 2022, or contact audi-preaccelerator@techstars.com. Early applications are prioritized.

APPLY TO THE PRE-ACCELERATOR NOW

The Team

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Katie Smith
Head of the Pre Accelerator
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Katie Smith
Head of the Pre Accelerator
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Martin Schilling
Managing Director
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Brian Daly
Investment Manager
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Olga Tyshetskaya
Investment Associate
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Isabelle Flanagan
Program Manager

Partners

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“At Audi Denkwerkstatt our goal is to develop customer-focused innovations quickly, efficiently, and then to get them ready for the market.”
Tim Miksche
Head of Audi Denkwerkstatt
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“At Audi Denkwerkstatt our goal is to develop customer-focused innovations quickly, efficiently, and then to get them ready for the market.”
Tim Miksche
Head of Audi Denkwerkstatt
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“I am thrilled to meet and connect new pioneers from all over the world who share our vision of a sustainable future, driven by digital innovation.”
Malte Schönfeld
Venture Developer
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“Audi Denkwerkstatt is what you make of it. If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone we will enable you reach your full potential.”
Stephan Beutler
Venture Developer
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“The deep passion for innovation within our team drives us to pave new paths of tomorrow's mobility.”
Ningan Tang
Research