As Vision Health Pioneers Incubator is 100% publicly funded by the European Social Fund and the Senate of Berlin, applications must fulfil the following eligibility criteria. So, before spending time on your application for the program, please read them carefully and assess your eligibility. Note that those criteria are legally binding in your scholarship contract if you get selected – so take it seriously 😉
List of eligibility criteria that need to be satisfied by every team member that wants to join the incubator:
Note: Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Korea and Japan may enter Germany as a tourist, for 90 days without a visa, and file their application in Germany. For other nationalities, please contact the German embassy in your country as soon as you consider to apply for this program (process of obtention might take longer than 6 weeks!), and apply for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment.
We are looking for technical, digital and new solutions in the healthcare sector that can be implemented into the German healthcare system. We do not have a specific area we focus on within the life science and healthcare space – all early stage ideas and prototypes are welcome!
Fill in your application on F6S.com. The form is divided into two parts:
After the completion of the application form, we will check your information and come back to you if we need more details. So, the earlier you complete it, the earlier you get feedback on your eligibility or not.
The selection process has several steps: Your written application on F6S, an ideation session, the evaluation by a jury and a final interview with the Incubator team. Check out our Application page for more information!
Vision Health Pioneers is operated by Startup Colors UG. Before starting the program, each team member joining the program will need to sign a working contract (like a “Werkvertrag”) with Startup Colors UG. This contract confirms all data provided in your application in regards to your eligibility, lists your legal status, and also provides a guarantee for the grant funding and its payment.
Besides a flashy certificate, we will give you everything you need to start your company and build a strong product. So ideally at the end of the 9-month program, you will be investment-ready or be able to start Proof-of-Concept (PoC) projects with our partners or other healthcare organisations. If we see that your idea can’t be validated, we will help you to pivot for greater results. Your Program Lead Coach will support and guide you throughout all the program phases to optimize your progress and results.
We provide up to €72,000 funding per team, and most importantly, we do not take any equity in exchange. We offer every team member €2,000 per month, which is a total of €72,000 per 4-person team.
Please note: Our program is a full-time-program. You may be able to keep punctual projects as long as they do not affect your participation and results in the program. You need to inform us about your side hustles when applying.
Unfortunately, we can not accept applications for our program if you have already received any other public or private subsidies/grants, such as EXIST or Berliner Startup Stipendium, or any significant equity investments that prejudice your full control on the company. Also, please note that the program accepts equity investments that only cover personnel and material costs; meaning the founders must not pay themselves a salary (income-expense overview). Good news: Prize money from private and public competitions, regardless of the amount, is accepted.
We will celebrate and be happy for you!
But note that equity investments should not prejudice your full control of the company to get accepted.
More than 20 healthcare organisations and business networks support us pro bono, including:
Yes, you can apply. However, you will need to register as a resident of Berlin as soon as we accept you into the program. This also includes your startup: In case you have already incorporated your idea, the entity will also need to be incorporated in Berlin.
If you are non-European, you need to obtain the appropriate visa allowing you to stay in Germany for, at least, the time of the program.
Note: Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Korea and Japan may enter Germany as a tourist, for 90 days, without a visa, and file their application in Germany. For other nationalities, please contact the German embassy in your country as soon as you consider to apply for this program (process of obtention might take longer than 6 weeks!), and apply for a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment.
Yes, you can apply, but you must focus on the program full-time once it starts. In order to make your idea ready for the market, you and your team will go through an extensive and elaborate program which requires a full-time commitment. We provide every team member with €2,000 per month to cover your living costs. We will also provide a co-working space for you to work from for free.
To start the program we only accept teams with a minimum of two people. If you are solo, we can help you find a partner to get you on board. We cannot promise anything but we will try to assist – maybe you get lucky!
We only support early-stage ideas for the German market. Your company can be incorporated in Berlin but the date of your business registration (Gewerbeanmeldung) should not be older than 3 months at the date of receipt of your completed application on f6s.com.
If you are an international startup that wants to launch a product new in Germany, we will consider you as an early-stage idea as well. Feel free to get in touch if you want to learn more about this topic!
We offer free coworking space for all participating team members. The incubator is located in the heart of Berlin, in close vicinity to the most important healthcare organizations such as Charité or the Federal Ministry of Health. We have space for 20 entrepreneurs. Most of the workshops, coaching & mentoring sessions and community events will take place at the space. We expect all team members working at the space and participating in the sessions and events. If you cannot participate in it or think it might not be relevant for you, you can align with the incubator team. Note that the program activities are condensed into 2 days a week maximum.
We want to give you both the opportunity of being part of a supportive community AND individual time for your startup development. Vision Health Pioneers is a full-time program mixing group training on a weekly basis (2 days a week max.), on-demand mentoring and coaching sessions following your own needs, and individual time for teamwork at the coworking space. The icing on the cake: Community events like meetups with inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, breakfasts, visits and more, are also part of the package!
Yes – we are open to international teams. If you are a non-European citizen, you will – like all the others – need to become a resident of Berlin. This implies that you most probably will need a visa. Visa requirements may vary according to your country of residence, so make sure you inform yourself and start your visa application process early!!!
For more information on visa procurement, contact the German embassy in your country.