for founders

for founders

You are passionate about creating long-lasting impact? You are eager to build a scalable digital or tech business model? You want to make a difference? Come on board.

for founders

Your venture

  • Your venture has the potential to shape the future of primarily the consumer and commerce industries - we are open for all business models, whether B2B, B2C or B2B2C.

  • Your company is in the early stage of its development, that is in the pre-seed to seed phase. Put differently, you have first customer or revenue traction or you have a good plan for how to attain it very soon.

  • You are passionate about long-lasting, sustainable impact and seek profitable growth.

Your venture

Your offering

Apply now to become part of our next xdeck batch and scale with us towards product-market fit. You will become part of our vibrant community of driven founders, experienced entrepreneurs, strong corporate partners, the xdeck core team, and several top business and tech universities. Our offering is completely tailored to your specific needs and covers three fields:

application timeline

Mid-January 2021: End of the current Navigators Batch

End-January 2021: Closing application phase for the next batch*

Mid-February 2021: Next batch pitch day

Mid-March 2021: Launch of the new batch

Exact dates will be published soon.

*Any applications received thereafter will be considered for later xdeck admissions. Please continue to apply.

application timeline

your Package at a glance

Your journey on xdeck lasts 4+ months. During the first 4 months, we will push towards product-market fit and prepare for scale. We will jointly identify your goals and determine critical steps to achieve them. After these first 4 months, you have two options: Pitch to investors to receive financing or grow organically through your own cash flows. And depending on available space and your needs, you may stay in THE SHIP for another 2 months while using our network and infrastructure.
You will be assigned an experienced entrepreneur as your dedicated mentor as well as a FOND OF buddy as your navigator within the FOND OF universe. Additionally, we will open our network of investors, corporate partners, universities and other experts to you.
We will provide you with a tailor-made knowledge package that helps you achieve your objectives. Our bi-weekly "all hands on xdeck" workshops include impulse sessions by subject-matter experts, peer-based working formats, and expert/founder talks. Additionally, you will participate in 1:1 sessions with subject experts to clarify individual issues and learn about best practices.
You will receive free, optional office space at THE SHIP, Germany's most digital office building in Cologne. Additionally, you will receive tech credits worth up to 100k Euro, expense coverage when travelling to Cologne, and attractive prize money based on your performance.


You benefit from our founders' network of: successful entrepreneurs as your mentors because only founders know what it really feels like; funding partners, such as VCs or business angels, in case you need money to grow; selected corporate partners with potential distribution channels and pilot customers; three top universities Cologne, RWTH, WHU


You will get 4 months of tailored acceleration, based on your individual needs and objectives. As part of this curriculum, you will: work hard towards increasing product-market fit; find the right marketing and sales approach; learn from experts on best practices to tackle your individual challenges; and of course keep on building your venture your way. It's your journey and we are here to support you.


At no costs (and no equity), you will receive as part of the xdeck package: optional work space for your team in THE SHIP - Germany's most digital office; tech credits from our partners, worth up to 100k Euro; expense coverage for those founders travelling from far away; and attractive prize money.

Your workspace

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