Rock it. Scale it. Get your startup investment ready.

Are you an early-stage startupwith a digital focus and a scalable business model? Then our new digitalACCELERATOR is just right for you!

In our 10-month digitalACCELERATOR program, we support you in scaling and finding investors.

Our digitalACCELERATOR takes place as part of our New Business Factory project


The application process for Batch #1 is closed now.

The next application possibility for Batch #2 starts at the End of 2024/the Beginning of 2025. We will keep you updated here.


What you get

  • Free business membership in the digitalHUB Aachen
  • Bi-monthly feedback rounds in peer review format with all teams
  • Individual feedback rounds in peer review format for marketing and sales
  • “Investor Readiness” boot camp
  • Mentor feedback from alumni and experienced entrepreneurs
  • For the duration of the digitalACCELERATOR, you will be assigned your personal digitalHUB coach
    Exclusive workshops and theme days on leadership, organizational structure, HR, finance, sustainability, legal and sales

Additional benefits

  • Full media attention via our marketing campaigns
  • Access to CoWorking including meeting rooms at digitalCHURCH for the entire startup team
  • A strong network:
  • Access to more than 250 established companies from SMEs and industry
  • Exchange with other founders in the HUB community
    Access to the NRW-wide network of DWNRW hubs in Bonn, Düsseldorf, Münsterland, the Ruhr region and the OWL region
  • Euregio: access to co-working spaces in Hasselt, Belgium (Corda Campus) and the Netherlands (Brightlands and Qeske) and networking at joint events
  • Investor contacts
  • Lots of remote work possible (e.g. through eLearning/ZOOM coaching sessions)
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Who you are:

  • An ambitious and motivated team
  • You are looking for support in scaling your early stage startup
  • You have a scalable business model with a digital focus
  • You have already founded your company, but it was founded no more than three years ago
  • Your company is based in NRW (or you have a strong connection to NRW through your business activities)

What you bring along:

  • Ambition to take the next step within the program
  • Knowledge of the market and initial contacts
  • Openness to discuss your idea with others and develop it further
  • Willingness to be present on site during the program

Application process

Our short and effective application process begins with a personal meeting with one of our coaches, where we find out together whether your business idea and your team fit into our program. Your first short pitch is scheduled right at the beginning so that we can quickly get to know you better.

Let’s get started together!

The digitalHUB Aachen in numbers

  • digitalHUB community: more than 500 member companies:
  • over 280 startups
  • more than 160 established companies SMEs
  • over 115 million euros in funding in the HUB community
  • since our launch in 2017
  • more than 1,800 direct matchings
  • over 1,300 coaching sessions
  • 96 start-up grants
  • 5 additional DWNRW HUBs
  • > 100 (networking) events per year
  • Incubator Program: 58 alumni, survival rate: 81%

About the digitalACCELERATOR

Our digitalACCELERATOR program is being implemented as part of the New Business Factory (NBF) project in close cooperation with RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

The digitalHUB was commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics as consortium leader to set up a “New Business Factory” for the Rhineland region together with RWTH Aachen University and Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The New Business Factory is intended to strengthen education, start-ups and growth for sustainable digital transformation in the Rhineland region.

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