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Up2B Scale Up

A program for potential scale-ups that want to master the art of growing their business

THE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Learn how to scale your startup

Taking the step from being a small startup to becoming a fast-growing scale-up is challenging for most companies. Introducing structures that allow growth whilst maintaining the innovative spirit of a startup. Hiring and maintaining talent. Acquiring and managing a growing customer base…


All of this while being on the lookout for new funding sources to cover your growing financial needs. No wonder many startups fail to make this transition. This is where the Up2B program Scale Up comes in! We identified the key challenges for startups at this stage and have invited international experts and successful entrepreneurs to teach you state-of-the-art frameworks and give you best practices on how to scale your company.


Scale Up is a three-and-a-half-day program full of interesting insights, inspiring discussions and workshops. Our goal is to offer you a place that encourages an open exchange with like-minded people, companies and experts. At the end of the program, we want you to walk away with a new perspective on scale-ups in Germany, a stronger network, and a practicable plan that will help your company’s growth in the future.

YOUR BENEFITS

What Up2B Scale Up offers you

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Keynotes by experts and successful founders

Boost

Learn the fundamentals of scaling in just 3,5 days

Rakete

Interactive workshops and hands-on coaching

THE MODALITIES

Six weeks to get access to the B2B world

You should apply if...

  • You are a digital or high-tech startup with a scalable business model

  • Your business is B2B-focused

  • Your startup is less than 5 years old

  • You want to take the next step from startup to scale up

  • You have more than 10 employees

  • You have 1-2 years of revenue and customer growth

What to expect?

  • A three-and-a-half-day program that will help your startup take the next step

  • Hands-on workshops and focus sessions

  • Individual mentoring sessions

  • In-depth panels with successful scale-ups

  • Inspiring fireside chats

  • Free participation

Program content

  • The Art of Scaling: Learn more about the key challenges of scaling and how to master them

  • Customer Growth: Driving customer growth and managing customer relationships

  • Organizational Growth: Setting up your company for fast growth

  • Financing and Funding: Managing cash-flow and exploring new funding sources

Program period

The program takes place on the following days:
 

  • Thursday, March 10th 2022

  • Friday, March 11th 2022

  • Friday, March 18th 2022

  • Friday, March 25th 2022

Application deadline

The application deadline is on January 23rd 2022 at 23:59. If you want to participate in Up2B Breakthrough, please fill in this application form

Program location

All events will take place in Mannheim (MAFINEX Technologiezentrum, Julius-Hatry-Str. 1, 68163 Mannheim). 

Program costs

Since Up2B is funded by Startup BW and Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labour and Tourism, the participation is free including food and beverages during the program on site. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.

THE MENTORS

The mentors & experts you will meet

Peter Fricke

Peter Fricke

Head of Deutsche Boerse Venture Network

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Simon Schmincke

Simon Schmincke

General Partner

Creandum

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Sophie Chung

Sophie Chung

CEO and Founder

Qunomedical

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SCALE UP IMPRESSIONS

Get a feeling about the program

FAQ

Frequently asked about Up2B Scale Up

  • Who can apply?
    Startups with a with a B2B focus from the fields of IT, digitalisation, industry 4.0, high-tech, big data or Internet of Things (IoT) , chemistry, energy, ...
  • When is the application deadline?
    The application period ends on the April 19th 2024
  • When do you decide if our team can participate in the program?
    We will select the attending startups about 3-4 weeks before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.
  • We have not founded the company yet. Can we also apply?
    No, this program is for startups that are seeking a pre-seed or seed investment. If you haven't founded already "Up2B Exploration" is the right program for you.
  • We only have a business idea and want to apply for the Fundraising?
    The focus of Fundraising is to support startups that want to scale and to get funded. For very early-stage startups we offer our program Up2B Exploration. If your startup is too early-stage for Fundraising, we will inform you.
  • Is it necessary to be present at every program day for the whole team?
    At least one of you has to be present during the whole program period. No show is an exclusion criteria.
  • Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?
    No, the program is free of charge or equity. The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.
  • What is the program language?
    English. All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in English, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international, too.
  • Can I participate in several programs?
    Yes, of course! We are convinced of our programs and so are our alumni. That’s why we allow participation in several Up2B programs. Often we receive a lot of applications for one program, so we cannot guarantee you a safe participation in all programs.
  • Any other requirements
    We ask you to agree on a support agrrement that governs the mutual relationship between Up2B Accelerator and your companmy. Please finde this agreement attached
  • Who can apply?
    Startups from the fields of IT, digitalisation, industry 4.0, high-tech, big data or Internet of Things (IoT) with a B2B focus.
  • When do you decide, if our team can participate in the program?
    We will select the attending startups about 3-4 weeks before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.
  • I am the only founder in the company. Can I apply?
    No. You need to be present as a team because we will have several coaching points that will strengthen and develop the startup team.
  • We have not founded the company yet. Can we also apply?
    Yes, we consider startups no matter if they have already founded a company or not.
  • Is it necessary to be present at every program day for the whole team?
    At least one of you has to be present during the whole program period. No show is an exclusion criteria.
  • Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?
    No, the program is free of charge or equity. The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.
  • What is the program language?
    English. All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in English, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international, too.
  • Can I participate in several programs?
    Yes, of course! We are convinced of our programs and so are our alumni. That’s why we allow participation in several Up2B programs. Often we receive a lot of applications for one program, so we cannot guarantee you a safe participation in all programs.
  • Which startups get into the masterclass?
    The bootcamp will end with a pitch competition. The best 8 Startups gain acces to the masterclass.
  • Who can apply?
    Startups from the fields of IT, digitalisation, industry 4.0, high-tech, big data or Internet of Things (IoT) with a B2B focus.
  • When is the application deadline?
    You can apply until October 16th, 2022 at 23:59. Unfortunately, we cannot accept further applications after this deadline.
  • When do you decide if our team can participate in the program?
    We will select the attending startups about 3-4 weeks before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.
  • I am the only founder in the company. Can I apply?
    Yes, you can. We also consider startups with only one founder for the Product Booster program.
  • We have not founded the company yet. Can we also apply?
    Yes, we consider startups no matter if they have already founded a company or not.
  • Is it necessary to be present at every program day for the whole team?
    At least one of you has to be present during the whole program period. No show is an exclusion criteria.
  • Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?
    No, the program is free of charge or equity. The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.
  • What is the program language?
    English. All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in English, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international, too.
  • Can I participate in several programs?
    Yes, of course! We are convinced of our programs and so are our alumni. That’s why we allow participation in several Up2B programs. Often we receive a lot of applications for one program, so we cannot guarantee you a safe participation in all programs.
  • Who can apply?
    Startups from the fields of IT, digitalisation, industry 4.0, high-tech, big data or Internet of Things (IoT) with a B2B focus. Furthermore, you have to fulfill the following criteria: your startup is less than 5 years old you want to take the next step from startup to scale up you have more than 10 employees your startup has 1-2 years of revenue and customer growth
  • When is the application deadline?
    You can apply until January 23rd, 2022 at 23:59. Unfortunately, we cannot accept further applications after this deadline.
  • When do you decide if our team can participate in the program?
    We will select the attending startups about 3-4 weeks before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.
  • Is it necessary to be present at every program day for the whole team?
    At least one of you has to be present during the whole program period. No show is an exclusion criteria.
  • Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?
    No, the program is free of charge or equity. The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.
  • What is the program language?
    English. All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in English, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international, too.
  • Can I participate in several programs?
    Yes, of course! We are convinced of our programs and so are our alumni. That’s why we allow participation in several Up2B programs. Often we receive a lot of applications for one program, so we cannot guarantee you a safe participation in all programs.
  • Who can apply?
    International (non-german) startups from the fields of IT, digitalisation, industry 4.0, high-tech, big data or Internet of Things (IoT) with a B2B focus. You should have already succeeded abroad and are planning to expand to the German market.
  • When is the application deadline?
    You can apply until July 3rd, 2024 at 23:59. Unfortunately, we cannot accept further applications after this deadline.
  • When do you decide if our team can participate in the program?
    We will select the attending startups about 2 months before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.
  • Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?
    No, the program is free of charge or equity. The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.
  • What is the program language?
    English. All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in English, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international, too.
  • Can I participate in several programs?
    Yes, of course! We are convinced of our programs and so are our alumni. That’s why we allow participation in several Up2B programs. Often we receive a lot of applications for one program, so we cannot guarantee you a safe participation in all programs.
  • Who can apply?
    Startups from the fields of IT, digitalisation, industry 4.0, high-tech, big data or Internet of Things (IoT) with a B2B focus and the goal to improve their sales structures and processes.
  • When is the application deadline?
    You can apply until January 21st, 2024 at 23:59. Unfortunately, we cannot accept further applications after this deadline.
  • When do you decide if our team can participate in the program?
    We will select the attending startups about 3-4 weeks before the program starts. All startups will be notified via E-mail, if they have been selected or not. We might also contact you for an additional interview. At this point, you’ll still have the possibility to either accept or cancel your participation. Once you’ve accepted your participation, cancellation isn’t possible anymore.
  • We have not founded the company yet. Can we also apply?
    Yes, we consider startups no matter if they have already founded a company or not. Nonetheless, the Sales Bootcamp makes more sense for startups that have already achieved product-market fit or have an MVP which is ready to be sold. If you are an early-stage startup our Breakthrough program might be better suited for you.
  • I am the only founder in the company. Can I apply?
    Yes, you can. But in our selection of the participants we will prefer startups that have already achieved product-market fit or have an MVP which is ready to be sold.
  • Is it necessary to be present at every program day for the whole team?
    At least one of you has to be present during the whole program period. No show is an exclusion criteria.
  • Do we have to pay for the participation or give shares of our company?
    No, the program is free of charge or equity. The program is funded by Baden-Württemberg’s Startup BW campaign. Please note though that we don’t cover any transport or accommodation costs.
  • What is the program language?
    English. All workshops, presentations and your pitches as well as your application have to be in English, since we expect also international participants. Some of our experts and mentors as well as investors are international, too.
  • Can I participate in several programs?
    Yes, of course! We are convinced of our programs and so are our alumni. That’s why we allow participation in several Up2B programs. Often we receive a lot of applications for one program, so we cannot guarantee you a safe participation in all programs.
  • When is the application deadline?
    You can apply until January 21st, 2024 at 23:59. Unfortunately, we cannot accept further applications after this deadline.
  • How do I add a new question & answer?
    To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Click “Manage FAQs” button 2. From your site’s dashboard you can add, edit and manage all your questions and answers 3. Each question and answer should be added to a category 4. Save and publish.
  • Can I insert an image, video, or gif in my FAQ?
    Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Enter the app’s Settings 2. Click on the “Manage FAQs” button 3. Select the question you would like to add media to 4. When editing your answer click on the camera, video, or GIF icon 5. Add media from your library.
  • How do I edit or remove the “FAQ” title?
    You can edit the title from the Settings tab in the app. If you don’t want to display the title, simply disable the Title under “Info to Display”.
  • What is an FAQ section?
    An FAQ section can be used to quickly answer common questions about you or your business, such as “Where do you ship to?”, “What are your opening hours?” or “How can I book a service?” It’s a great way to help people navigate your site and can even boost your site’s SEO.

TESTIMONIALS

What the participants say about Scale Up

"For us as a startup with about 10 employees, the Scale Up program was just the right thing for the next steps. It helped us to align our sales - from the acquisition of first customers to a scalable sales concept. And since internally not everyone can do everything anymore, we now define clear roles, goals, and expectations for all team members along the Scale Up principles. We have already implemented a number of things and can already observe successes. I can recommend the program to anyone who is growing out of the founding team and is faced with the challenge of aligning their startup with scalable operations."

Christian Hertle

Founder SFM Systems

Get in touch!

Anna is your contact person for Up2B Scale Up. If you have questions about the program, please don't hesitate to contact her. For further information, please also check our FAQs.

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Art Director

Ashley Jones

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