How it works
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Who it is for
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Startups & Entrepreneurs
Startup application process
Our 36 hours pre-acceleration programs
helping you succeed
Together with our trained contributors who help you working in a straight forwarded, structured way, you will gather valuable and constructive insights on building up your startup. We know that acquiring lots of new information in a short amount of time can be challenging sometimes. That’s why we also provide you with all the working materials you need to recall the information obtained in our Trainings in order to successfully grow your business.
Our carefully selected mentors and experts are positioned around the world and cover experiences across everything from (serial) entrepreneurship and business modelling to product development, design, and more. You’ll be surrounded by the industry’s most talented mentors and experts all being dedicated to helping you grow your business – successfully and fast.
Knowing how to pitch is one of the most helpful skills for every aspiring founder and startup. With our proven training format, The Art of Pitching™, we provide you with top-notch insights from our experts to make your pitch investor ready.
Network for a Lifetime
While the programs itself ends, the contacts made throughout the course of our programs are for life. Our unique community of founders, innovators, educators, and investors will be one of your greatest assets.
Access to zero21 accelerator program
Work hard during the program, pitch your startup to our jury-investors and get nominated to our 3 month acceleration program. Your unique opportunity to participate in the investment readiness zero21 accelerate. Months full of the business content, sales, marketing strategy, and more, together with 1:1 mentoring sessions to skyrocket your business and make it investment ready.
Pre-seed & seed funding by Pioneers Ventures
Successfully accomplish our zero21 accelerator program and pitch your startup to our jury in the Grande Final to secure your investment! Early-stage startups are supported with funding ranging from €50K to €100K when joining the Pioneers Ventures portfolio. Pioneers Ventures allows for co-investment opportunities with partners, as well as access to an extensive business angel network.
Day 1Mentoring & business development
Thursday is all about getting yourself familiar with the people you’ll be spending the next 36 hours with. If you’re working on your own startup it’s your time to hit the stage and showcase your startup within 90 seconds.
No business idea? No problem! Just listen to the pitches and choose your favorite. People with a business background (marketing, sales, etc.), design expertise, or IT/programming skills are always needed in a complementary team setting. You will have time to network and find your favorite team to contribute with your skills and know-how.
The next part is the business development – ask all your burning questions our coach and get extensive training on how to find the right customers.
It is a BIG mentoring day! Mentors with proven entrepreneurial experience and own successful companies or expertise in every area you can think of will be there for you, ready to answer all the questions Google has no answer for. You will be matched with your favorite mentors in advance and be able to prepare for this session fully!
Day 2Art of pitching & pitching competition
You receive our master workshop The Art of Pitching™ and learn how to pitch in front of the jury investors! After all the mentors’ feedback, you will redefine your business and prepare your pitch deck for the Grande Finale. You have 3 min to convenience the jury that your product or service is the best. It is your chance to win awesome prizes and be nominated to our zero21 accelerator program.
Ready to start your journey?
This is your chance to become part of our ever-growing Startup Live family, and get access to our zero21 acceleration program that actually not only brings you forward but makes your startup investment ready! Join one of our programs to boost your business or join an existing project on-site to help our aspiring founders succeed with your special skill-set.Apply now