With the doubling of startup support facilities by 2022, Seoul is poised to become a regional hub for both local and foreign startups and innovators looking to explore new business opportunities.

Immerse in South Korea’s leading economic hub and startup ecosystem

What can you expect?

  • Understand the local ecosystem of Seoul 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 South Korea and Singapore (including legal requirements, how to approach corporates etc.), and cultural familiarization
  • Networking at local events to give our startups exposure to the local innovation ecosystem (corporates, VCs, other startups, and government)

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 startups.

How can I apply?

Please register for your interest here.

You will be notified via email once applications are open. 

Program Details

Program Edition

Each Next Step Asia edition in Seoul will cover around 4-5 days, and 3 days in Singapore – your launchpad to Asia.

15-17 July


Your launchpad to Asia

Each immersion program features a deep dive into Singapore’s ecosystem – establish valuable first connections with key players in the world’s leading startup hub. Learn how to set up shop in your Global-Asia node for innovation and technology.
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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).

There’s no better way to learn how to expand into Asia than being here. Register Your Interest