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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



Alexander Hafner Alexander Hafner
Alexander is the MD at the METRO Accelerator for Retail, Powered by Techstars. 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