Vision Health Pioneers Incubator is funded by the European Social Fund and the State of Berlin. Given that our program is 100% publicly funded, the following eligibility criteria must be satisfied. Please read them carefully below:
Note: A visa with a work permit (‘Erwerbstätigkeit erlaubt’) OR a job-seeker visa valid for the whole program time is required. The student visa is NOT accepted. The process of obtention might take longer than 6 weeks! You might therefore want to consider applying early for our cohorts #6 and #7.
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!
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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 application form submission, an eligibility check, 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 scholarship (like a “Stipendiumsvertrag”) 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.
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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 partners or other healthcare organisations.
We provide up to €80,000 scholarship funding per team, and most importantly, we do not take any equity in exchange. (€2,200/month/person, €40,000 to €80,000 per team – 2 to 4 members per 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 any side hustles when applying.
Unfortunately, we can not accept applications for our program if team members have or are receiving any other public or private subsidies/grants (such as EXIST or Berliner Startup Stipendium).
Also, if you have already incorproated your idea, your company must not have received significant equity investment that influences your full control over the company.
Good news: Prize money from private and public competitions, regardless of the amount, is accepted.
We will celebrate and be happy for you!
Your company must not have received significant equity investment that influences your full control over the company.
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 outside of Berlin, the entity will also need to be relocated to 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 €2,200 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 form.
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. Our Coworking space is The Drivery – an innovative coworking space in the centre of Berlin and a hub for innovation. It comes with space for our entrepreneurs and Incubator team.
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.
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 Incubator 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.
Cohort 7 begins in July 2024, so the next application process for the program opens in March 2024.