Do I need to be based in Berlin permanently? Can I commute?

The Techstars Berlin 2021 program is a full-time, 3 month program, remote program. You do not need to be based in Berlin to apply, nor will you have to permanently relocate to Berlin post-program.

At least one founder is expected to participate in all scheduled accelerator programming, though we recommend having as many team members join all the sessions as possible. The first month of the program is very very hectic, so we recommend having at least 2-3 people (one biz dev, one tech, one management/founder) available for our mentoring sessions. We’ll be introducing you to over a hundred potential mentors, so you’ll definitely need support (even if it’s a virtual team). Trust us, we’ve run these programs many times.

We are extremely appreciative and understanding of the sacrifices founders sometimes make to join a Techstars accelerator. We’re also human, and are aware life and family situations can arise at any moment. We try to be as accommodating as possible when these things happen, but cannot say with 100% certainty that we will be able to reschedule if you miss a workshop or meeting. 

Things will also come up last minute throughout the program, and it’s up to you to be flexible in your schedule and do what you can to join in. Even if they are last minute, you never know how valuable a session might be. And we often ask mentors and other interesting people to stop by whenever they can, because we think it is valuable for program participants to be surrounded by people who will help them get things done.

I’d suggest you plan out most of your trips before the program begins, and provide us with your timetable in advance. This way, we can have a heads up as to when you might be away or travelling and can schedule accordingly. Even though there’s only one of you, we’re managing 10 companies!