Deep dive into Asia’s vibrant innovation ecosystems through our market discovery programs. We help you to understand the heterogeneous markets and business environments in the most diverse continent.

Is Asia your next step?

Let Next Step be your starting point to a whole new region of business opportunities. We will help you validate the suitability of your business in new potential target markets in Asia.

Join our virtual programs today to gain first-hand market insights, explore individual business opportunities within the local ecosystem, and directly connect with potential customers and partners.

Choose your target market to learn more

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Upcoming Programs

Who should apply?

Our program is open to all Germany-registered startups* from any sector or industry. Further selection criteria may be applied for the respective program editions, please refer to Country Pages for more details.

*The program is also open to all German VCs and incubators.

What you can expect


Meet one-on-one with potential customers or partners

Learn from our industry mentors about scaling businesses in Asia

Sharpen your value proposition for Asia with our mentors and receive feedback from a panel of esteemed investors

Forge valuable connections during ecosystem networking events

Learn how to set up your business and tailor your solutions via workshops with local experts

Next Step Asia is powered by German Accelerator, which is currently run by German Entrepreneurship GmbH and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

German Accelerator is a program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy (BMWi) and is currently managed by German Entrepreneurship GmbH. The current funding period for this program will expire on December 31, 2020. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is currently reviewing proposals in a public procurement procedure for the new funding period starting on January 1, 2021. This could lead to a change of project management effective January 1, 2021. While the procurement procedure is ongoing, startups can apply to and participate in the German Accelerator programs. In the event of a change of the project management provider, German Entrepreneurship GmbH will reach out to all applicants to ask for their consent to share their data with the new provider.

There’s no better way to learn how to expand into Asia than being here. Contact us to find out how.