MakeUp Hardtech Innovation Program

Applications closed – Kick off week from 16/05-20/05/22
Our program MakeUp Hardtech Innovation provides early-stage hardtech founders with the necessary prototyping space, equipment, financial support, hands on coaching and knowledge to scale up their idea. In this way, we support the development of sustainable hardtech innovations to finally create a world in which future-oriented coexistence is possible for all.

Join our 6 month hands-on accelerator program and receive up to 96.300 € equity free!

Startups represent innovation.

They conquer and change markets. Digital solutions within social networking or food delivery apps, or online doctor visits may have simplified our lives but they have failed to address the much bigger problems we face. 

Global warming, scarcity of resources, poverty – these are problems for which we need more than just a software solution. We need new hardware technologies and founders who are brave enough

to innovate and challenge the status quo, all while using less resources. In the initial phases of a startup development it is a known fact that unlike software ideas – who often just need a laptop and internet access to launch their idea – hardware concepts require a high degree of physical materials, machinery and space. And this is where we come in. Our goal is to provide hardtech startups with what they need to be successful.


We focus on startups within sustainable hardtech innovation who actively develop solutions that ensure a sustainable urban development.  This could be within mobility, health care, IoT, energy, advanced materials, smart cities, circular economy, energy efficiency and urban clean industries.

Need more information? Check out our application conditions, the FAQs or contact us:

Program Benefits

As a part of the MakeUp HardTech Innovation Accelerator Program you will get:


Biweekly hardware and business coaching with industry experts.

Financial Support

Up to 96.300€ invested per startup team equity free! This includes cash support valued at up to 27.000 € and in-kind support valued at up to 69.300 €.


Full access to Europe's biggest hardtech network and ecosystem.

Office & Coworking Space

MotionLab.Berlin team membership. Full access to exclusive accelerator office and lab space.


Demo Day and 6 month MotionLab.Berlin Alumni Membership.

Machines & Workshops

Full access to high-end prototyping machinery to build your physical product. Over 20+ high-end machine workshops.


You will be part of MotionLab.Berlin’s huge community. 

We are looking forward to helping you accelerate your hardtech startup.


Don’t wait any longer and apply here!

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Program Timeline

Phase I


Phase II


Phase III


Phase IV

Demo Day

1. Application (Applications closed)

Apply from the 01/03/2022 until the 08/04/2022 23:59 pm to join the program.

Apply over the f6s portal. The application should not take more than 20 min to complete. Please remember to upload your current pitch deck and short video introducing your team.

2. Selection

Our selection phase is divided into three rounds. The decision will be on 15/04/2022
Round 1: General selection of top 25 startup teams.
Round 2: Interview with the MotionLab.Berlin experts
Round 3: Hybrid pitching event in front of distinguished jury

3. Program Start & Project Phase

Batch #1 – a 6 month program

The first batch kicks off on 16/05/2022 with a fantastic array of events and workshops and ends six months later on 16/11/2022. During this time the following topics are covered:

Module 1: Rapid Prototyping
  • Prototyping on a budget
  • Introduction to prototyping machinery (3D printers, lasercutters, CNC, PCB machines and more)
  • Develop look-like and work-like prototypes
  • Understand product wireframes
  • Understand engineering specifications (certifications, patents, regulations)
  • Go-To-Market: Prepare for product launch
  • Stakeholders: How to approach Manufacturers & Suppliers
Module 2: Business Ideation & Growth
  • Know your market
  • Define your value proposition and customer persona
  • Go-To-Market: Pricing Strategy
  • Go-To-Market: Financing and Investment Strategy
  • Pitching 101: From elevator to investor pitches
  • Branding 101
  • Legal Frameworks

3. Demo Day

All your hard work needs to not only be celebrated but also shown to prospective investors, customers, potential corporate partners and more. We are therefore already looking forward to the Demo Day on 27/10/2022 – the big pitch and networking event!

Application Conditions


Read our FAQs below or join our Podiumsdiscussion and Q&A Event on the 24/03/2022 at MotionLab.Berlin. We invite you to our first panel discussion on “Early stage support for hardtech startups through programmes – What is required to provide the best support?”. You can expect an exciting discussion about the importance of start-up programs, the question of what really makes a program successful and many personal insights and experiences from our speakers. 


Additionally: Learn more about our newest accelerator program MakeUp Hardtech Innovation, how you can apply and why you should definitely have this program on your radar! Register for the free event here.


Of course you can also always send our Program Manager Tayla a message!

She knows all the details and is the Project Lead for all our programs.



MotionLab.Berlin is a HardTech Innovation Hub in Berlin / Treptow.

We combine Berlin’s largest machinery for prototyping with coworking and community. With access to our 3D printers, CNC milling machines and lasers, we give your hardware idea the optimal environment for successful realization.

With us at MotionLab.Berlin you will gain a clear competitive advantage through faster product development and reduced costs.

Find out more on our website.

You can apply for theMakeUp Hardtech Innovation program if all of the following requirements are met:

  • Your idea is hardtech focused and provides solutions for a sustainable urban development
  • You currently reside in Berlin or plan to move to Berlin
  • You haven’t received any public grants yet (EXIST or Berlin Startup Stipendium)
  • If your business is already registered, it is not older than 3 months before your application to this program
  • You are a team of 2 or 3 people who can commit full time to the program
  • You can work full time on the development of your startup

You can apply via our application portal here.

Yes. However the date of incorporation cannot be more than three months ago upon submission of application.

Yes. You will need to register your startup in Berlin. If your company is already incorporated it will need to be registered in Berlin. Please note, if your company is already incorporated it may not be older than 3 months prior to application.

No. The program will predominantly require physical attendance at MotionLab.Berlin. At MotionLab.Berlin you will have access to an exclusive accelerator program office as well as high end prototyping labs to work from. 

Some sessions may be held online. It is highly dependent on the COVID 19 regulations.

Each founder receives 1500 EUR/month before tax. They may spend this on whatever they please.

No. You receive both the cash and in-kind support in exchange for no equity. The only requirement is the commited participation in the program.

All workshops will be held in English. It is therefore required that you and your team are able to communicate in English. Speaking German is a benefit.

Yes, if your team fulfills all all application requirements you may apply again for batch #2. Follow us on Social Media and you won’t miss our second Batch in 2023!

No. During the course of the 6 month program you cannot combine the MakeUp Hardtech Innovation support with other grants such as Gründungszuschuss or benefits from the Arbeitsagentur (Employment Agency).

No. If you or members of the founding team have previously received EXIST or any BSS (Berlin Startup Scholarships) you are not eligible for this program and cannot apply. 

This program is funded by the European Sozialfonds (ESF) and the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe as part of the Fi5 (Förderung innovativer Gründungen). 

After the successful completion of the program, participants receive a 6 month Alumni MotionLab.Berlin membership for free. This allows them to make use of the MotionLab.Berlin hardtech network and services, and thereby enables them to continue their startup development.

We are excited to hear from you!

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