Founder Innovation Lab > Audi Denkwerkstatt

founder innovation lab

there are two programs, that build on each other

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    pre-accelerator program

    > Application: You apply on the website of our partner Techstars (application start August 1, 2022) as an individual founder and are invited to demonstrate your expertise, entrepreneurial potential and passion for the mobility sector. Assertiveness, creativity and team spirit are also required.

    > Matching: You are connected with like-minded others to set-up your ideal team of founders.

    > Building: During these first 3 months, we support together with Techstars from scratch in a guided and collaborative ideation process.

    > Pitch: Your time to shine! You are invited to present your business model in front of a top-class jury. If you succeed in convincing the jury, you will continue your journey and join the accelerator program for another 3 months. In total, you should plan for an intense 6-month program.

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    accelerator program

    > Application: You apply on the website of our partner Techstars (application start September 26, 2022). You either have a business idea and a team or you already founded a startup that strongly fits our focus topics and are now eager for the next evolutionary step of your venture.

    > Matching: Your team of 2-4 people has a strong founder mentality and brings with it a well-rounded entrepreneurial skill set (e.g. business and IT).

    > Accelerating: During an intense 3-month process, you will have access to tailor-made mentoring for product-market-fit to support your team in taking your venture to the next level and refine your financial business model.

benefits of the founder innovation lab

1. We support you together with Techstars with A-to-Z guidance from our inhouse venture building experts and experienced partners.

2. We provide an efficient and scalable innovation framework to grow your venture.

3. We give access to a vast network of mentors, investors, experts and potential co-founders, as well as start-ups that already took off.

4. We exhaust the innovation potential at the interface between Audi and the startup ecosystem.

The application period for Founder Innovation Lab 2023 has expired. We will inform you here as soon as the application phase for 2024 starts.

joining forces with the best

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    The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now Techstars is on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, Techstars does this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 3,000 companies with a combined market cap of more than $140B.

    >+50 Accelerator Programs in 18 Countries

    >+3,100 Companies

    >+7,000 founders

    >+6,000 mentors

    >+$140B Total Market Cap

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    factory berlin

    Good ideas need space to grow: Factory Berlin is the leading collaboration and networking hub for founders and creatives in Berlin. Factory Berlin is a platform for ongoing collaboration, exchange, inspiration, and learning, connecting people who want to re-imagine the world. This ecosystem offers the perfect environment to truly make an impact. You and the other members of your cohort get access to the Factory Berlin’s physical spaces, educational and social events and an empowering network.

    >5,000+ members

    >70+ nationalities

    >400+ events per year

    >+150 startups

    >20 corporates