Our market immersion program to Singapore and Tokyo kicks off from 25 Oct to 1 Nov 2019!


About Next Step Asia

Our program is a unique opportunity for the most promising German startups to immerse in Southeast Asia’s leading startup hub, Singapore, and deep dive into Japan’s hotbed of innovations to scale-up in the space of deep tech. 

Learn how to set up your business and tailor your solutions to the market via workshops and sessions with our industry mentors. Explore new business opportunities via 1:1 meetings with potential customers or mentors. 

You will also have the opportunity to network during an exclusive German Startup Night in Singapore with an audience of established companies, venture capitalists and potential customers. 

There’s no better way to learn how to expand into Asia than being here! Learn more about our program details here. 



Supportive and Efficient Government

S$19bn 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.


Global Technology Leader

Partnerships with Japanese firms increase your capabilities and global competitiveness

Benefit from the corporate venture capital which exceeds more than 42% of all investments.

Power of Entrepreneurship

Rise of deep tech startups in Japan.

Explore how 4.8 million jobs were created by entrepreneurs within the past decade.

Strong Economy & Government Initiatives

#3 highest GDP worldwide.

Profit from the rapidly increasing VC investments after the new economic growth policy “Abenomics”.

European Partnership Agreement

No trade barriers between the EU and Japan since 1st February 2019.

Leverage your sales from the free trade of goods and services.


We are looking for German startups who can scale-up in the space of tech and benefit from the high-growth areas in Asia in particular, but not limited to:


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

Digital Health

Health 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 startups which are legally registered in Germany. 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 costs per participant are 750 EUR (see T&Cs). It does not include costs of travel and accommodation.

Participants of our program are entitled to preferred hotel rates in the program destinations.


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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