from pilot
to market readiness

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Check if this is the right program for you

  • Target point at the beginning of the program: You are ready to go into a pilot phase with pilot customers.
  • Goal at the end of the program: You are prepared to the point where you can achieve market readiness.
  • Previous programs: e.g. EXIST, Hessen-Ideen-Stipendium, AI Startup Rising Startup Competition or Lean AI Startup Funding, …
  • Follow-up program: AI Startup Rising’s accelerator program.

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What you need
to apply

You can apply until April 28, 2024 at 11:59 pm.
The application runs via our Accelerator App. You register and present your startup along these points. You can also upload a pitch deck so that we can assess you. The pitch deck should contain a maximum of 10 slides and address the following topics:

  1. Team: Who is in the founding team or advisory board and what is your legal form?
  2. Vision and impact: What problem are you addressing and what is your approach to solving it? What impact and benefit will result if you are successful?
  3. Innovation and USP: What is innovative about your startup? How can you stand out from existing solutions?
  4. AI usage: In what ways are you using machine learning, data science, or AI?
  5. Target groups and market: Who benefits from your solution and how large is the market volume?
  6. Business model: What is your business model?
  7. Development to date and status quo: What have you already developed, which programs have you participated in so far and what is the current status?
  8. Pilot phase to market maturity: How do you want to use the incubator program? Where are your needs and what is particularly relevant for your next development step?


The application for the second batch is closed!

After your application by April 28, we will make a pre-selection based on the following question:
How well does your startup fit the AI Startup Rising “Ignition” programme? (Right phase, team + expertise, goals in the programme)

We then conduct a 1:1 coaching session with the selected startups and sound out your needs (virtually). This allows us to tailor our programme even more individually and better to your needs. These are planned for April 29, April 30 and May 2, 2024.

A jury will then meet on May 3, 2024 and select the 10 Ignition teams.
You will receive the relevant information and dates from us via the Accelerator App.