Luisa Maier

GTEC Startup Academy

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GTEC Berlin Startup Academy located at ESMT is Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator. Our 3-month program turns idea into startups.

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GTEC Berlin Startup Academy is Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator.In a 3-month, 2 day/week program involving 60+ of Berlin’s most experienced CEOs and investors, we help to turn an idea into a startup or to bring entrepreneurial drive to your enterprise.As part of German Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC), we make the resources of Germany’s industry and Mittelstand, wealth, science, and academics available to founders from around the world.

Unlike other accelerators, we accept founders who may or may not have a complete team or prototype yet, helping you with team completion, idea evaluation, and access to the Berlin ecosystem.

Our independence from corporate funds means that we can accept ideas from across the board, including hardware or unusual ones like starting your own investor.

Being part-time, we don’t require you to drop everything you’re doing and completely submit to a new schedule. Freelancing on the side is cool with us – up to a point, though.

However, we are very critical regading the feasibility of your startup idea, because we believe that no mentor or investor can salvage an idea without pain point or target group.


We have quite probably the greatest location in Berlin: a spacious campus right between the city’s landmark sights at the GTEC Lab on the ESMT Campus, Schlossplatz 1, Berlin.

What you need to bring:

Iou don’t need a business plan, a complete team, or a demo yet – but you need to have an idea of what problem you’re dying to solvewith the company you’re going to start. And your English needs to be good enough to write and pitch with confidence.

You need to either bring an incorporated company (e.g. a German UG or GmbH or its equivalent in other countries) or be ready to incorporate before the end of the program.

You need to put some 22 hours of work per week into developing your idea into a company, with Fridays and Saturdays spent coworking at GTEC Campus, and be able to personally attend sessions and workshops in Berlin.

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This Solution is most applicable for the following stages and categories:

  • Brainstorming an idea
  • Proof of concept
  • Working prototype
  • Accelerator
  • Wearables
  • Industrial Applications
  • Sports Devices
  • Audio & Video Devices
  • Smart Home Devices
  • Tech Accessories
  • Health Devices

Brought to you by Luisa

Director of Lab & Venture at GTEC
During her undergraduate degree in South Africa, Luisa co-founded an NGO and a marketing & part-time staffing agency. After completing her MBA at ESMT in 2012 Luisa has been part of shaping the ...
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