Our accelerator programs

The right program for every start-up phase

Students and researchers from the energy sector have a lot to offer - countless ideas, inventions and technologies are created in the scientific institutes or company departments that form the basis for cooperation with industry. However, it is often not easy for them to communicate these innovations to the outside world in a way that is comprehensible and to indicate the added value for potential users. As a result, there is a danger that promising innovations will be forgotten.

AXEL - The Energy Accelerator offers the Energy Boot Camp - format to tap this hidden potential and transform research results from the energy field into possible product ideas. This is certainly a great opportunity for research institutes as well as companies looking for industry partners, funding agencies, collaborators as well as investors.

The program content includes aspects on

  • value proposition and business model development
  • basic knowledge of marketing and presentation techniques

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4 days

Target group

Students, academics and energy talents


Idea for an innovative product

The TEAM TRAINING module, which has already been carried out several times, is intended especially for newly formed teams without previous experience.
The aim is to develop and consolidate the own business idea with the support of the AXEL team and external coaches.

Format: exclusively online and German language

The program content includes the following topics

  • Value proposition and business model development
  • Methods for efficient product development
  • Pitch training
  • Basic knowledge of financial planning, tax and law
  • Financing options
  • Team Assessment
The program concludes with a Demo Day, during which the teams present their business idea to potential customers, investors and business partners.

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12 weeks

Target group

Start-ups and visionaries with solutions for the energy transition


Business idea with founding intention

AXEL helps you to shorten the long product development and marketing cycles typical for the energy sector. You will benefit from intensive mentoring and offers specifically tailored to your team.

In addition to the qualification program through training courses suitable for the energy sector, Team Development participants are offered extensive individual support services - mentoring. This support is provided by energy and business experts working on a voluntary basis and serves, among other things, to neutrally evaluate the potential for success, including the development of concrete proposals for action.

AXEL's mentors usually have an extensive network of their own. Together with the numerous contacts from the fokus.energie network, this creates the conditions for providing the founders with support in the acquisition of pilot applications and reference orders.

The mediation of early-stage financing is e.g. the support in applying for public funding, the active support and mediation with/to business angels, individual bank loans as well as start-up scholarships.

AXEL also supports the supported start-ups in public relations, e.g. via social media channels and newsletters as well as regular matching events with industry partners and supports with its own know-how in the publication of job advertisements and other everyday topics.

For female founders at AXEL, there are supplementary seminars within the Team Development program, which are thematically aimed exclusively at female founders and entrepreneurs.

As a participant of the Team Development program, you have the opportunity to rent an inexpensive workspace in our coworking office. Benefit from the proximity to AXEL on the one hand and on the other hand from the contact possibilities to many other start-ups in the Technologiefabrik. Contact us to learn more about availability and contract details.

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12 months

Target group

Energy start-ups and entrepreneurs


mature business model, existing prototype

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