When is the application deadline for the next batch?

The application process opens October 2021. Applications for the third batch must be submitted by October 31st, 2021.

How long does a batch last?

Our startup program is a 8-month incubation program starting in December 2021.

What does equity-free investment mean?

It means we provide funding but do not take any equity in exchange.

How do I apply to the program?

Project proposals can be submitted via the F6S platform. Apply here.

Can I apply without a concrete idea?

Project proposals must be included in the application. However, if you do not have a concrete idea and are interested in participating, get in touch with our team and we will invite you to one of our ideation workshops or try to match you with up-and-rising startup founders.

Can I apply if I do not have a Co-Founder?

Yes. Teams have to be from 1-3 founders. However, if you don’t have a founding team and would like to get to know possible co-founders, reach out to us and we will try to match you with other up-and-rising startup founders.

Who is behind the incubator program?

The Future City Incubator (FCI) is run by Berlin Innovation Agency - an independent innovation and entrepreneurship agency. The FCI program is funded by European Social Fund (ESF) and the State of Berlin and is part of the Berliner Startup Stipendium initiative.

Can I apply if I have already received an investment or scholarship?

The founders - and their startups must not have received any other startup grant (such as BSS or EXIST) or any kind of investment for the proposed business idea.

Can I apply if I have already founded the company?

If the company has already been founded, then it has to be max. 3 months old at the time of application (from business registration (Gewerbeanmeldung) date) and it has to be registered in Berlin. (It is also possible to found the company within the program’s duration).

Do I need to stay in Berlin and work on this full-time?

Founders must be registered in Berlin from the moment the program starts. The program is an 8-month full-time program. In addition the startup commits to register their company in the city of Berlin.

Can I apply if I am not German?

Yes, the program is open to all nationalities. For the beginning of the program you have to be registered in Berlin, Germany. Non-EU Citizens must hold a visa that explicitly allows you to start a company in Germany. This proof has be provided before the start of the program.

Can I work for a second project or work simultaneously?

The program is full time - and therefore you will receive a scholarship. Anyways you are allowed to work up to 5 hours per week on other things.

How does the program structure look like?

Throughout the runtime of the prgram you will get diverse support and learning opportunities, through bootcamps, master classes, individual coaching and more. You join our vivid slack community and will be involved in BIA Innovation Hub activities, connecting you to a bold network of corporates, city stakeholder and investors.

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