Next Step India features a deep-dive into India’s high-growth areas and is open to all Germany-registered startups from any sector.

Next Step India goes Virtual

We will be running our next program content virtually for you to access market insights, 1:1 business matching and strategy workshops.

Unlock unbeatable potential in India

Pitch your product to pre-selected customers


Validate your product’s value


Build professional networks

See our virtual schedule

Logistics and Mobility

HealthTech & Life Sciences

Smart City, AgriTech & Sustainability

Enterprise Tech & Smart Manufacturing

Why Next Step?


Increase understanding

of Indian culture and how to effectively do business in India

Build professional networks

through scheduled interactions with industry experts, mentors, guest speakers and market multipliers

Assess the market opportunity

and understand the attractiveness of your value proposition in the market

Localize Your Value Proposition and Pitch

and build a roadmap with tangible next steps for market access and expansion

An opportunity to pitch to customers

by showcasing to key executives of sector relevant corporates

Accelerate your market entry

and develop a roadmap with concrete next steps for expansion

Why India?

Fast-Growing Consumer Market & Magnet for Data-Driven Businesses

India’s middle-income group is projected to make up a sizeable market of US$150 billion by 2020, driving growth across all consumption categories.

World’s 2nd Largest Startup Ecosystem

Startups are critical to helping India achieve its goal of a US$8 trillion economy by 2030. Benefit from the many support programs by the Indian government such as the Startup India Initiative.

Strong Presence of German Companies

With more than 1,600 German companies established in India, the country has attracted firms such as DHL, Bosch and BMW Group to set up manufacturing hubs.

Rising Global Tech Hub

India is ranked 3rd in the world for attracting investment for technology transactions. It is also among the topmost countries in the field of scientific research and tech talent.

What can you expect?

  • Explore business opportunities in India and Singapore to scale into Asia, through meetings with local government representatives, among others
  • Learn about the Indian business culture and how to engage with Indian corporates
  • Attend 1:1 meetings with potential customers or partners.
  • Learn from international startups and local innovators who will share their experiences of scaling businesses in India and Southeast Asia
  • Learn how to set up your business and tailor your solutions in India and Singapore
  • Network during local ecosystem events with an audience of established companies, VCs, mentors, and government representatives
Program Overview

Key info

Who can apply?

Must be a Germany-registered startup* from any sector or industry, with:
– Traction in the German market
– Or a product (at least MVP) that is destined for the Asian market
– Or interest in the Asian market

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

How much does it cost?

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

The virtual program costs 500EUR per startup (up to a maximum of 3 participants).

Program Schedule 2021

Nov 1 - Dec 17
(Apply by Sep 24)
India Virtual Program (Enterprise Tech and Industry 4.0 Focus)
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