This is our Hardtech Innovation Program, a accelerator program for Startups in Berlin.

ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

HARDTECH INNOVATION

INNOVATE. IMPACT. INSPIRE.

JOIN HARDTECH INNOVATION!

Are you an early-stage hardware startup committed to engineering the future with solutions that reduce carbon emissions in your field to contribute to our net zero vision by 2050?

Join the Hardtech Innovation Accelerator Program, where startups like yours thrive with comprehensive seven-month support, resources, tools, and mentorship, all dedicated to accelerating sustainable initiatives. Don’t miss the chance to unleash the full power of hardtech and play a vital role in shaping a greener, more sustainable future for all.

PROGRAM PERKS

WHY SHOULD YOU APPLY?

7-month Accelerator & 6-month follow-on Support

Hardtech Innovation is a comprehensive seven-month accelerator program followed by six months of additional support to help you continue your growth trajectory.

Financial Support of €2,200/month per Founder

Each founder gets €2,200/month cash support and in-kind support.

Full Access to Partners, potential Investors & Networks

Full access to Europe's biggest hardtech network and ecosystem, connecting you with potential partners, investors, and collaborators.

Access to Services, Resources & high-end Machinery

Full access to high-end prototyping machinery to bring your physical product to life. BIG corporate services, including support in grant applications, IP applications, certification and technical redaction.

Visibility & Marketing Support

Strategic marketing support to raise your visibility not only on our social media channels but also in the broader market.

Community, Coworking & Office space

An individually tailored office will be provided, along with the opportunity to join our inspiring hardtech community, fostering stimulating exchanges and collaborations.

Individually tailored Mentorship

Hardware and business coaching with industry experts. Workshops and masterclasses to acquire subject-specific knowledge in a hands-on learning environment.

Access to extensive Knowledge, Workshops & Masterclasses

Get access to subject specific knowledge in a learning by doing environment through professional workshops and masterclasses.

At MotionLab.Berlin and within the Hardtech Innovation startup accelerator, we value diversity. Individuals of all ages and nationalities are highly welcome, and we especially want to support women in the tech industry.

HARDTECH INNOVATION

PROGRAM TIMELINE & MODULS

REQUIREMENTS & SOLUTION AREAS

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We’re seeking startups that:

  • Are at an early stage and preseed
  • Are either not incorporated yet or, if already incorporated, have not initiated any economic activity involving the offering of goods or services in a specific market
  • Striving to significantly reduce carbon emissions in their fields therefore contributing to our net zero vision by 2050.
  • Are founded by a team of at least two individuals

Team individuals should:

  • Be registered in Berlin or planning to move here within the next seven months
  • Be fully committed to their startup and our program
  • Not have received any public grants yet (e.g. EXIST or Berlin Startup Stipendium)

Solutions we are seeking for:

Industrial production Solutions to reduce emissions in manufacturing processes and industries.

Energy production & distribution – Clean energy technologies and efficient energy distribution systems.

Agriculture – Sustainable farming practices, precision agriculture, and carbon sequestration

Logistics & Transport – Green transportation solutions, electrification, and efficiency improvements.

Cooling and heating – Energy-efficient cooling and heating systems, renewable heating solutions.

Industrial production

Energy production & distribution

Agriculture

Logistics & Transport

Cooling and heating

LEARN FROM A WIDE RANGE OF

INDUSTRY EXPERTS & COACHES

Diverse knowledge, the combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience, farsightedness and the will to think innovative in order to solve the diverse challenges of the future have always been the claim of good education and teaching. For this reason, our IoT talent program focuses on direct learning from industry experts and get first hand knowledge and hands on experiences. After completing the program you will be part of Berlin’s elite pool of young IoT graduates positioning as a top talent within IoT prototyping.

Daniel Shor

As Research Director, Europe at Innovobot, he blends human contact and experiential context to build the future of haptic technology, focusing on developing devices that stimulate human connection and behaviors through vibrotactile feedback.

  • MSc in Product Design Engineering
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering
  • He lectures at TU Delft in the Faculty of Industrial Design and the HCI department at FH Salzburg.

Jana Mendelski

Jana is a Berlin-based freelance innovation designer, coach and founder developing, shaping and introducing new product opportunities and agile methods and mindsets for organizations and companies

  • Graduated in Free Art as well as in Business Administration
  • Certified Design Thinking coach and facilitator at HPI Potsdam,
  • Teacher at the Design Faculty at University of Arts Berlin
  • Founder of compositive.bio.

Georg Meuser

Georg has 7+ years of experience in restructuring of SMBs and strategic business structuring of Startups, which combines a financial analysis and financial modelling together with strategic decision-making.

  • Consulted over 300 Startups, mentored over 100 Founders & built his own consultancy
  • Focus: Establishing a thorough understanding of a company’s financials + helping Startup founders understand, how to get funding for their ideas & developing financial plans

ANY OPEN QUESTIONS?

CONTACT US!

Still open questions? Do you need more information for applying? Or do you want to directly get in contact with us?

Contact us!

Email: me@motionlab.berlin

The program takes place at the MotionLab.Berlin campus in Berlin Treptow.

  • You are expected to live in and register your residency in Berlin for the duration of the program
  • Your startup has to be early stage and preseed
  • You should not have received any public grants yet (EXIST or Berlin Startup Stipendium)
  • Your company should not be registered for more than three months prior to the application date (not registered companies are eligible for access to the program
  • If your company is incorporated, the date of incorporation cannot be older than 3 months upon application
  • You should be willing to commit to full-time employment for seven months

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After the application deadline our jury is going to decide who will be invited to the second round of interviews. Afterwards we will announce five teams who will join us for the program.

Our jury compiled of MotionLab.Berlin experts and advisors will evaluate the applicants based on: 

  • founder-market-fit
  • feasibility of technology
  • feasibility of business model approach
  • team composition
  • likelihood to successfully have a sustainable and or social impact

Full commitment, punctuality and clear communication. But most importantly: Enjoying being part of the community at MotionLab.Berlin

The Hardtech Innovation program will end with a Demo Day where you can pitch your projects in front of Investors, the hardware ecosystem and our community. At the end of the program, you will be part of MotionLab.Berlin alumni network which allows for future benefitting from our ecosystem

All workshops will be held in English. It is therefore required that you and your team have a sound command of the English language. Speaking German is a benefit.

We do not take equity. We invest 2200€/month/founder cash and valuable in-kind support which includes access to the MotionLab.Berlin campus, progran office, machines and labs as well as regular knowledge and support from the MotionLab.Berlin business and hardware coaches, engineers and mentors.

OUR HARDTECH INNOVATION PROGRAM

IS SUPPORTED BY

The accelerator program hardtech innovation is co-financed by the european union.

The Hardtech Innovation program is supported by funds from the European Union (European Social Fund) and the State of Berlin.

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