Join our market immersion program to Singapore and Hong Kong from 2-11 July 2019

About Next Step Asia

Our program is an unique opportunity for the most promising German startups to immerse in the region’s leading startup hub, Singapore, and explore business opportunities within its corporate innovation ecosystem.

Learn how to set up your business and tailor your solutions to the market via workshops and 1:1 sessions with our industry mentors. You will also have the opportunity to present during an exclusive pitch night to an audience of established companies, venture capitalists and potential customers.

The program will conclude with free access to Asia’s largest tech conference, RISE, in Hong Kong, where you will be part of ALPHA, their specialised program for early stage startups. Through ALPHA, you will get free exhibition space and the opportunity to access Investor Meetings, Mentor Hours and pitching masterclasses.


Supportive and efficient government

S$19bil in government funds committed to science and tech till 2020.

Learn how local support and funding initiatives can help your startup.

Extensive and vibrant startup ecosystem

Singapore is considered number 1 in the world for start-up talent.

Meet local startups and explore collaborative spaces such as LaunchPad @ one-north.

Co-innovation opportunities with MNCs

Firms that have set up innovation hubs in Singapore include Lufthansa, Siemens and PayPal.

Discover how you can work with MNCs on incubation and venture activities.

Base of many VCs and Investors

Singapore is home to more than 30 corporate incubators/investors and 150 VC investors.

Meet and network with our community of investors.


Strategic business platform and technology marketplace

Shenzhen-Hong Kong technology cluster is the world’s 2nd largest based on the Global Innovation Index 2018

Asia's leading financial center

Hong Kong remains the top financial center in China and Asia, providing startups access to world-class investors

Dynamic startup ecosystem

Tap onto Hong Kong’s strong network of incubators, accelerators, community partner support and pro-innovation policies

Strong government support

Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation is set to deploy US$1.3B investment focused on startups


We are looking at startups from any industry or sector, particularly from these high-growth areas in Asia


Cybernetic authentication tokens, blockchain, AI-powered know-your-customer (KYC) processes and cryptography technology

Smart City

Smart cities comprise a variety of elements including smart infrastructure, smart building, and Smart mobility solutions such as autonomous driving and e-mobility


Medical technology products from implantable pacemakers, to life science instruments, and surgical procedure innovations, through to biomaterials and connected health IT

Smart Manufacturing

Advanced digital technologies such as IoT, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, and Big Data Analytics, to connect people, networks, machines, and devices, for optimizing efficiency



The program is open to all Germany-registered companies from any sector or industry. Please see list of criteria here.


As the program is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), participation fees are subsidised and kept low to cover operational expenses.

The cost per participant is 750EUR per participant and includes a ticket to the RISE Conference in Hong Kong. It does not include costs of travel and accommodation.

Participants of our program are entitled to preferred hotel rates in Singapore and Hong Kong.


Next Step Asia is an initiative of German Accelerator Southeast Asia organized in close cooperation with the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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