With its commitment to embrace technology and innovation, India is positioning itself as the next global growth powerhouse. Next Step India is a market immersion program for German startups to explore business opportunities in India.

Unlock vast business opportunities in the Indian market as a first-mover

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 3rd 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?

  • Understand the local ecosystem of India and Singapore 
  • Meet potential clients, advisors, industry experts, and VCs
  • Learn from local and international startups as they share their market entry success stories
  • Insights into how to do/not do business in India (including legal requirements, how to approach corporates etc.), and cultural familiarization
  • Network with the local innovation ecosystem (corporates, VCs, other startups, and government)

Industry Focus

We are looking for German startups who can scale-up and benefit from the overlapping high-growth areas in India and Germany:

  • Healthcare, including Life Sciences
  • Agritech 
  • Logistics
  • Sustainability
  • Enterprise Technology
  • Manufacturing

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 of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), participation fees are subsidised and kept low to cover operational expenses.

The program costs 750EUR per individual. It does not include travel and accommodation costs, which have to be covered by participating companies. 

How can I apply?

Please apply for the program here

You will be notified via email on next steps and confirmation of your participation.

Program Details

Each Next Step India edition will cover around 1 week in 2 Indian startup cities, and 3 days in Singapore – your launchpad to Asia.

Program Edition 1 2020

Bangalore is India’s top IT destination amongst investors and home to five of India’s eight unicorns. Hyderabad is India’s emerging new IT hub, backed by skilled manpower and a large number of technical education institutions.

17-23 March
Bangalore and Hyderabad
25-27 March

Program Edition 2 2020

Mumbai is India’s financial city and economic powerhouse and 3rd largest home for startups in the country. Chennai’s startup ecosystem is home to 8 centres of excellence and a new world-class Research Park.

27-29 May
1-5 June
Mumbai and Chennai


Your launchpad to Asia

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Next Step Asia is an initiative of German Accelerator and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

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