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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Early applications are prioritized.