Based out of the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center, the GTEC Lab is the number one startup support program to launch or grow your business. With direct access to German industry and an international network of advisors and investors; expert consulting; prototyping facilities, and free central Berlin office space for 12 months, the GTEC Lab gives you the support and connections you need whatever stage your startup is at, for 0% equity, no strings attached. The program is industry-agnostic: any tech startup looking to profit from the powers of German industry should apply.
What is GTEC?
German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) launched in July 2015. Through the GTEC Lab we support innovators and high-tech founders, like you, to go to market better and grow your business faster. Giving you free central-Berlin office space and direct expose the GTEC industry, research, and investor network, GTEC Lab membership means you access pilot, strategic, and distribution partners; free prototyping facilities; and expert business, tax, and legal advice from the people who have been there and done that. Funded by six partners from industry and academia (RWE, Henkel, Noerr, ESMT, Globumbus and Sigmund Kiener Stiftung), GTEC takes no equity and Lab membership is free of charge. Applications are rolling and support is for 12 months because we believe startups need support for more than just three months one time a year.
Cross-pollination and cross-industry disruption are already happening at GTEC. Since opening our doors in July 2015, we’ve accepted nine startups, representing the broad spectrum of technology innovation, into the GTEC Lab. The startups include INTACT Healthcare (medtech, Italy), Uvisio (wearables, Russia), Mindmathics (intelligent customer care software, Berlin), Zoomsquare (real estate software, Austria), Smartdrive (automotive, Hungary), Ubeeko (big data, Germany), Productive Mobile (mobile technology for businesses, Germany), Zenodys (IoT infrastructure, Slovenia), and Tula Technologies (driverless cars, Portugal).
What the founders already in the GTEC Lab say:
Uvisio founder Larissa Kryuchkova: “I could see how many aspects of the GTEC Lab membership would help us: access to advice from GTEC’s founding partners (such as Henkel and the law firm Noerr), free use of Fab Lab Berlin, office space, and the chance to plug into a network of advisors and potential investors.
Nicholas Caporusso, founder of INTACT Healthcare: “GTEC gives us the support, the location, the expertise from people who have done something similar, to make this big.”
Serial entrepreneur, Christian Wolf, founder of Mindmathics: “It’s really important for us to be in a network of other tech startups doing really innovative stuff. We can learn a lot from them.”
Ubeeko founder, Ghislain Mazars, summed it up: “GTEC is the perfect platform to grow our presence in Germany. Located right at the heart of the German startup ecosystem, the GTEC Lab at ESMT provides us with invaluable support in connecting with industry partners and developing new partnerships.”
But there is more at GTEC for founders beyond the Lab. GTEC is a physical space and community for cutting-edge meetups in areas such as new energy, agtech, bitcoin, and edtech. Through executive education programs and our Open Lecture series (highlights including Martin Varsavsky – Fon and Ken Morse – 3Com, Aspen Technology, MIT Entrepreneurship Center), we’re educating the next generation of entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs. Connecting you to this global network is a big part of what we do.
Want to join them and make your business dream a reality? Apply now!
PS: GTEC memberships are agnostic of industry and the stage of startups. We seek to support innovative and tech-focused startups. Evaluations are done on a bi-weekly basis.