Please take note of the following criteria to participate in our program: 

    1. Corporation in Germany: Your company must be incorporated in Germany
    2. Accepted Legal Form: Accepted legal forms are UG, AG, GmbH, GmbH & Co. KG
    3. As the Next Step program is covered by the EU’s de minimis aid regulation, please note that we will need you to send a signed de-minis declaration form to complete the application process.
    1. Please note that there is a limit of €200,000 of de minimis benefits you are allowed to receive within the current and the two calendar years before.

Application and confirmation process:

1. Upon submitting your online application, you will be asked to share a signed de minimis declaration in our confirmation email to your application
2. Upon confirmation of your participation in the program, you will receive a Participant Agreement for sign-off. This agreement will include details on:
  • Duration, Withdrawal, Cancellation and Changes
  • Obligations of the Participant
  • Participation Fee
  • Liability
  • Marketing (collection of info and data for marketing purposes)
3. After the Participant Agreement is signed, you will be issued an invoice for the program fee. The participation in the event is secured only by due payment of the participation fee.

Information on data privacy and data collection when applying to participate in the Next Step Asia program

Within the scope of applications to participate in our program we will collect, use, and store personal data (i.e. any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person); such as your name, E-Mail and billing address, as well as phone number within the laws of data protection specifications and data security. Additionally, we will collect enterprise related data from your company, such as information on funding, revenue, as well as the number of employees and customers at the time of application. Our general Information for data subjects pursuant to Article 13 and Article 14 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) you find here: Privacy Policy.

In addition we inform you that the the data you provide during the selection process will only be used as stated here:

  • We will store your application, pitch deck, personal and enterprise related data in our CRM.
  • We may provide the data from your application form and company pitch deck to companies that facilitate the programs in Silicon Valley, New York, Cambridge (Boston) and Southeast Asia for selection purposes, mentor allocation and the acceleration service.
  • The companies listed above may share your data with their partners.
  • Should you be selected to participate in our program, we have your consent to publish publicly accessible and non-confidential information provided by you about your company in press releases and social media postings.
  • We will provide your company name in reports for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and Projektträger Jülich (PTJ).
  • We will provide your company name, logo and website, as well as your company’s one paragraph pitch and the CEO’s name(s) to our partners. 
  • Should you apply, be selected and subsequently graduate from our German Accelerator program, we will include your company name and logo, as well as a link to your company website on the German Accelerator website.

By submitting your application, you explicitly agree with the terms of data usage, storage and processing as stated above concerning your personal and enterprise related data. You agree that we may process your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy. We will not collect any data via our application tool without your consent.

You are entitled to revoke the use and storage of your data at any time. This must be done in written form sent via mail to German Entrepreneurship GmbH, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München, Deutschland, or via E-Mail to The duration of data storage depends on the statutory storage requirements and is usually 10 years.

We will not transfer your personal and enterprise related data to third parties or use them for purposes other than those stated above. If you have any questions regarding the use, storage, and handling of your data, you can contact us via E-Mail at at any time. Please also feel free to contact us, if you would like to correct or adjust any of your data.