AI Accelerator Program

Do you want your AI startup to grow? Do you want support and mentoring along your current development phase? Then our AI Accelerator Program is for you!

Program Modules

Investor Readiness
& Finance
funding-support (1)

As a startup in seed stage we help you get in contact with private, corporate and institutional investors and support you during the preparation phase connected to these (Investor Readiness).

& Acceleration
acceleration (1)

Product and services development can be time consuming- we familiarize you with agile methods that will help you target your customers’ needs with your offer.

Go to Market and
Multi-Channel Marketing
strategy (1)

Together with our startup-experienced partners and coaches, we help you prepare and execute a successful market entry and growth strategy.

AI Startup
academy (1)

We help businesses with organization, HR, communication, infrastructure and scaling from pre-seed to growth phases. We offer expertise in international markets, legal, technical, political, social and cultural aspects to navigate challenges.

AI Ecosystem

Leading AI stakeholders from the northern German region and from other German and international AI Hotspots form a one-of-a-kind ecosystem. We connect your AI startup to partners that you need for each individual development phase.


Using our extensive network we connect you to businesses that are interested in your products or services- because we know that personal contacts still increase chances of success. We help you with the identification, procurement and support of partners or project consortia for pilot projects to support your market entry.

AI &

We create different formats to support the communication within the AI community- from a shared event calendar, the offering of an ecosystem database, an open slack workspace to the organization of workshops. We consult you on legal matters regarding AI, for instance on software patents, copyright and commercialization, so that you can focus on marketing your product.

Scale Up

Together with our partner German Accelerator and the mentoring network which was created in 2012 we support you with questions surrounding the topic of AI in the international context with a special focus on the US and Asia.

We want you to benefit from the best possible knowledge transfer within the modules and beyond, and offer these program formats in addition to regular community events.

One-to-One Coachings
Mentoring Program

Application Requirements

We are looking for committed students and researchers from universities and research institutions as well as all AI enthusiasts from the Hamburg metropolitan region and Northern Germany.

  • You are already founded and registered in the commercial register.
  • You have already acquired at least your first customers/pilot customers and/or have test projects underway.
  • You come from northern Germany or the majority of the team is based in northern Germany.
  • You are able to attend face-to-face events in Hamburg at least 1 day a week

The AI Startup Journey

Your AI Startup benefits from the diversified business, academic and research structure for highly innovative solutions across industries and research. Along the startup journey, your AI startup will be accompanied by support partners such as Exponential Innovation Institute (Exii), German Entrepreneurship GmbH, Machine Learning in Engineering (MLE), beyourpilot and Startup Port. Financing offers from IFB, the Startup Unit of Hamburg Invest and numerous private incubators and accelerators in the region complement the AI.STARTUP.HUB’s offering.