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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

  • You are a digital or tech startup and your solution is applicable in industries such as (but not limited to) commerce, digital health, finance, retail or telecommunication.

  • 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

application timeline

February 25, 2021: Pitch Day Sailors Batch

Mid-March, 2021: Launch of Sailors Batch

Mid-June, 20201: End of Sailors Batch

Mid-September, 2021: Start next Batch*

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

For further information please check our FAQs.

application timeline

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:

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.
Network
You will be assigned an experienced entrepreneur as your dedicated mentor. If relevant, we will provide you with contacts to VC investors and pilot customers, as well as opening our wide network of corporate partners, entrepreneurs, universities and other experts to you (based on own needs).
knowledge
We will provide you with a tailor-made knowledge package that helps you achieve your objectives. Our monthly acceleration days 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.
numbers
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 opportunity to receive VC funding.

true experts by your side

During your time on xdeck several experts from our partner network advising and supporting you on specific topics and passing on their knowledge.

your experts

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  • Sven Giesen,Web Creation FOND OF

    I'm Sven, a former freelance ui/ux conceptionist, digital design and web development expert. Now I’m working full time at FOND OF building a better e-commerce experience for all of our kids brands and their customers as well.

    Sven
    Web Creation FOND OF
  • Michael Voigt,Head of Startups@Germany (region west)

    I'm responsible for our regional business with startups and scalable tech companies at Deutsche Bank.
    Our start-up teams provide support, especially in establishing a suitable banking setup beyond every companies life cycle phase.

    Michael
    Head of Startups@Germany (region west)
  • David Wötzel,Head Of Marketplace FOND OF

    With 8 years of experience in e-commerce, marketing and wholesale business with a keen interest in sales, I lead the marketplace team at FOND OF and I’m controlling all operations of our marketplaces, such as Amazon, Zalando & Co.

    David
    Head Of Marketplace FOND OF
  • Adrian Rose,Digital Campaigning & Media nexum AG

    I’m a digital minded person with a passion to create relevance for brands. At nexum I am responsible for the Digital Campaigning & Media unit with a great team working in fields such as strategy development, brand and performance marketing, social media and content creation.

    Adrian
    Digital Campaigning & Media nexum AG
  • Jahn Werner,Global Brand Owner SALZEN

    I am passionately committed to building sustainable premium brands from the grass root level, such as our brand SALZEN. My expertise is a holistic entrepreneurial mindset with a deep understanding of product market fit and brand ethos - the bare bones of a brand's identity.

    Jahn
    Global Brand Owner SALZEN
  • Lena Geisbüsch,Corporate Client Advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

    I´m responsible to support medium-sized companies in our entire business area. As part of this activity and since years, I´ve been accompanying startups on their way into business and supporting them in financial matters.

    Lena
    Corporate Client Advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG
  • Judith Seeck,pricing manger FOND OF

    I’m responsible for B2B and B2C pricing strategies for different brands at FOND OF. Before, I worked in an international management consultancy with focus to transfer pricing issues as well as in a multinational retailing company where I developed, implemented and evaluated data driven pricing strategies.

    Judith
    pricing manger FOND OF
  • Marion Poschen ,corporate customer advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

    I'm responsible for advising and supporting technology-based startups at Volksbank Köln Bonn eG in all financial topics. I have been supporting startups for 7 years now and have focused on digital and innovative business models before.

    Marion
    corporate customer advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG
  • Tom Reinert,user experience designer FOND OF

    I design digital products and think about how they work and how they look like. By looking at every aspect of the product – details and big picture alike – I’m making sure that the user’s needs are met in the most meaningful way. Currently, I design B2B applications at FOND OF.

    Tom
    user experience designer FOND OF
  • Jörg Wupper,Head Of Department Customer Center Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

    I´m responsible for the support of technology-based startups in our entire business area. For over 25 years I´ve been accompanying young entrepreneurs with their founded companies on the way to fully existence.

    Jörg
    Head Of Department Customer Center Volksbank Köln Bonn eG
  • Sascha Schindl,Content Consultant nexum AG

    As a content consultant I concept, create, analyse and optimise online marketing content for B2C and B2B customers. A background in public relations creates an additional backbone for comprehensive expertise in identifying inspiring brand content.

    Sascha
    Content Consultant nexum AG
  • Bastian Stegen,Content Consultant nexum AG

    I work online, where clients and customers meet through multimedia content. As a content consultant with a focus on corporate communications (and a background in market research and online media), I try to combine creativity with processes, content with appearance and emotion with data.

    Bastian
    Content Consultant nexum AG
  • Wenke Trebeljahr,People and Culture FOND OF

    I'm responsible for organizational development & culture.
    I help finding the answers that matter: The reason why we establish a company, build a brand or develop a product.
    I enable people to build honest, truthful and self-reliant cultures, organizations and brands.

    Wenke
    People and Culture FOND OF
  • Bastian Lüßem,Global Sales Director Aevor

    Sales is my playground where I feel comfortable. I am performance-oriented and like to create long-term success.
    Bringing people together is one of my main missions. Solid relationships are essential for sustainable growth.

    Basti
    Global Sales Director Aevor
  • Vincent Schäfer,E-Commerce-Manager FOND OF

    I work as an eCommerce Manager at FOND OF. I’m responsible for the operational part on our marketplaces like the product listing, stock planning and advertising on marketplaces like Zalando or about you.

    Vincent
    E-Commerce-Manager FOND OF
  • Daniela Bach,Investment Manager HTGF

    I'm an early-Stage Investor@HTGF with a background in media.

    Daniela
    Investment Manager HTGF
  • Gil Baxpehler,Startup Unit KölnBusiness

    Gil currently works for the Startup Unit of KölnBusiness, the economic development company of the City of Cologne. Apart from the obvious ties to the city, we are trying to support our local startup ecosystem on all fronts.

    Gil
    Startup Unit KölnBusiness
  • Ruben Hofmann,Intellectual Property Lawyer Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

    A Cologne-based IP lawyer working in all fields of Intellectual Property law, in particular trademarks, unfair competition, copyrights, e-commerce and reputation management.

    Ruben
    Intellectual Property Lawyer Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
  • Aaron Bittner,Product-/ Projectmanagement FOND OF

    Totally product guy. Development and project management, conceptualize, direct execution and realizing.
    Aaron is 2 years with FOND OF + responsible for the development hub.

    Aaron
    Product-/ Projectmanagement FOND OF
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your experts

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  • Sven Giesen,Web Creation FOND OF

    I'm Sven, a former freelance ui/ux conceptionist, digital design and web development expert. Now I’m working full time at FOND OF building a better e-commerce experience for all of our kids brands and their customers as well.

    Sven
    Web Creation FOND OF
  • Michael Voigt,Head of Startups@Germany (region west)

    I'm responsible for our regional business with startups and scalable tech companies at Deutsche Bank.
    Our start-up teams provide support, especially in establishing a suitable banking setup beyond every companies life cycle phase.

    Michael
    Head of Startups@Germany (region west)
  • David Wötzel,Head Of Marketplace FOND OF

    With 8 years of experience in e-commerce, marketing and wholesale business with a keen interest in sales, I lead the marketplace team at FOND OF and I’m controlling all operations of our marketplaces, such as Amazon, Zalando & Co.

    David
    Head Of Marketplace FOND OF
  • Adrian Rose,Digital Campaigning & Media nexum AG

    I’m a digital minded person with a passion to create relevance for brands. At nexum I am responsible for the Digital Campaigning & Media unit with a great team working in fields such as strategy development, brand and performance marketing, social media and content creation.

    Adrian
    Digital Campaigning & Media nexum AG
  • Jahn Werner,Global Brand Owner SALZEN

    I am passionately committed to building sustainable premium brands from the grass root level, such as our brand SALZEN. My expertise is a holistic entrepreneurial mindset with a deep understanding of product market fit and brand ethos - the bare bones of a brand's identity.

    Jahn
    Global Brand Owner SALZEN
  • Lena Geisbüsch,Corporate Client Advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

    I´m responsible to support medium-sized companies in our entire business area. As part of this activity and since years, I´ve been accompanying startups on their way into business and supporting them in financial matters.

    Lena
    Corporate Client Advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG
  • Judith Seeck,pricing manger FOND OF

    I’m responsible for B2B and B2C pricing strategies for different brands at FOND OF. Before, I worked in an international management consultancy with focus to transfer pricing issues as well as in a multinational retailing company where I developed, implemented and evaluated data driven pricing strategies.

    Judith
    pricing manger FOND OF
  • Marion Poschen ,corporate customer advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

    I'm responsible for advising and supporting technology-based startups at Volksbank Köln Bonn eG in all financial topics. I have been supporting startups for 7 years now and have focused on digital and innovative business models before.

    Marion
    corporate customer advisor Volksbank Köln Bonn eG
  • Tom Reinert,user experience designer FOND OF

    I design digital products and think about how they work and how they look like. By looking at every aspect of the product – details and big picture alike – I’m making sure that the user’s needs are met in the most meaningful way. Currently, I design B2B applications at FOND OF.

    Tom
    user experience designer FOND OF
  • Jörg Wupper,Head Of Department Customer Center Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

    I´m responsible for the support of technology-based startups in our entire business area. For over 25 years I´ve been accompanying young entrepreneurs with their founded companies on the way to fully existence.

    Jörg
    Head Of Department Customer Center Volksbank Köln Bonn eG
  • Sascha Schindl,Content Consultant nexum AG

    As a content consultant I concept, create, analyse and optimise online marketing content for B2C and B2B customers. A background in public relations creates an additional backbone for comprehensive expertise in identifying inspiring brand content.

    Sascha
    Content Consultant nexum AG
  • Bastian Stegen,Content Consultant nexum AG

    I work online, where clients and customers meet through multimedia content. As a content consultant with a focus on corporate communications (and a background in market research and online media), I try to combine creativity with processes, content with appearance and emotion with data.

    Bastian
    Content Consultant nexum AG
  • Wenke Trebeljahr,People and Culture FOND OF

    I'm responsible for organizational development & culture.
    I help finding the answers that matter: The reason why we establish a company, build a brand or develop a product.
    I enable people to build honest, truthful and self-reliant cultures, organizations and brands.

    Wenke
    People and Culture FOND OF
  • Bastian Lüßem,Global Sales Director Aevor

    Sales is my playground where I feel comfortable. I am performance-oriented and like to create long-term success.
    Bringing people together is one of my main missions. Solid relationships are essential for sustainable growth.

    Basti
    Global Sales Director Aevor
  • Vincent Schäfer,E-Commerce-Manager FOND OF

    I work as an eCommerce Manager at FOND OF. I’m responsible for the operational part on our marketplaces like the product listing, stock planning and advertising on marketplaces like Zalando or about you.

    Vincent
    E-Commerce-Manager FOND OF
  • Daniela Bach,Investment Manager HTGF

    I'm an early-Stage Investor@HTGF with a background in media.

    Daniela
    Investment Manager HTGF
  • Gil Baxpehler,Startup Unit KölnBusiness

    Gil currently works for the Startup Unit of KölnBusiness, the economic development company of the City of Cologne. Apart from the obvious ties to the city, we are trying to support our local startup ecosystem on all fronts.

    Gil
    Startup Unit KölnBusiness
  • Ruben Hofmann,Intellectual Property Lawyer Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

    A Cologne-based IP lawyer working in all fields of Intellectual Property law, in particular trademarks, unfair competition, copyrights, e-commerce and reputation management.

    Ruben
    Intellectual Property Lawyer Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
  • Aaron Bittner,Product-/ Projectmanagement FOND OF

    Totally product guy. Development and project management, conceptualize, direct execution and realizing.
    Aaron is 2 years with FOND OF + responsible for the development hub.

    Aaron
    Product-/ Projectmanagement FOND OF
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