MakeUp Industrial Tech early stage accelerator

Our main focus

We are specialized in accelerating early stage startups with hardware and software (hardtech). With our MakeUp Industrial Tech Accelerator, we invest in startups that want to change the manufacturing industry for good using the following technologies:

  • Software and Hardware (Hardtech)
  • Industrial IoT (IIOT)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Robotic & Cobots
  • Additive Manufacturing (3D printing)

Our goal is to accompany you from the idea to the market. For this we developed a 8 month accelerator program + 1 year follow up support. You focus on product und company growth, we take care for the rest.


  • 50.000 € in cash investment after the 2 month incubation phase
  • 50.000 € in services like certifications, machinery, patents and whatever you need
  • Exclusive office, coworking and machinery in our two main locations in Berlin
  • Network to KMUs, enterprises and investors to secure pilot customer and investor 

APPLY FOR BATCH #1  UNTIL 12/08/2022!

Let's change the manufacturing and transportation industry through

Internet of Things

Artificial Intelligence

Robotic & Cobots

Additive Manufacturing

Your benefits

The benefits of the MakeUp Industrial Tech program are hand selected to accelerate early stage startups.

50.000 € in cash

After finishing the 2-month incubation phase we will invest 50.000€ in cash in your team for further growth.

50.000 € in services

You focus on product and team development, we take care for the rest. Patents, certification, location, machinery and everything you need.

Customers and investors

Focus of the program is to attract both customers and investors within the 8 months. For this we offer you access to an exclusive network.

Office & Coworking Space

You get your own office and manufacturing in our two main locations in Berlin Marzahn and Alt-Treptow.

Events & promotion

Together we strengthen your brand through public appearances, trade show tickets and marketing campaigns.

Machines & Workshops

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

Program Timeline

Phase I


Phase II


Phase III


Phase IV

Demo Day

1. Application 

Apply from 01/06/2022 until  12/08/2022 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 05/09/2022

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 starts on 04.10.2022 and ends on 31.05.2023

The program is divided into 3 phases: 

  • 2 months incubation phase
  • 6 months accelerator phase
  • 12 months Follow Up Support

2-month ideation and exploration followed by a 6-month acceleration and growth phase. Participating startups will need to pass pre-defined milestones in order to receive the cash investment after the 2-month ideation and exploration phase. The milestones are defined at the beginning of the program with your coaches and advisors. The Go or No-Go decision (see graphic below) is dependent on the successful achievement of the milestones defined together with coaches and advisors at the beginning of the program. The cash investment will only be made if the startup passes the go or no-go decision.

4. Demo Day + 12 months Follow Up Support

All your hard work not only needs to be celebrated, but also shown to potential investors, customers, potential corporate partners and more. That’s why we’re already looking forward to Demo Day on 05/25/2023 – the big pitch and networking event! But even the best products need time to become successful and your success is the most important thing for us. Therefore, we will accompany you for another 12 months in our locations Berlin Marzahn and Alt-Treptow.

During both phases 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 27/04/2023 – the big pitch and networking event!

Application Conditions



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 the MakeUp Industrial Tech accelerator if all of the following requirements are met:


  • Your idea is hardtech focused and provides solutions for a sustainable manufacturing
  • You currently reside in Berlin or plan to move to Berlin
  • 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.

Your startup should be in the early prototyping phase. You should already have a low fidelity prototype and proven customer validation.

Especially in the first years it is important to focus on a very specific customer group and market and grow from there. We have specialized in markets in the industry with a volume of about 500m €.

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.

Our main partners LAT and B.I.G. play a central role in this program. Their support pertains to: 


  • Supporting the review of startup applications and selecting the 6 industrial tech startups
  • Providing advice, mentorship and networking opportunities
  • Potential to provide pilot opportunities
  • Potential to provide investment during or after the program

We only invest in long-term cooperation. In return, we provide 100,000€ per startup and receive up to 8% company shares.

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!

After the successful completion of the program, participants receive a 12-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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