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You can apply for the REAKTOR.BERLIN program if all of the following requirements are met
Reaktor.Berlin is a 6 month-program for pre-seed startups based in Berlin including workshops, coaching, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning sessions and networking events. Besides monthly financial support of 2.200 €, you will acquire methodological skills, practical tools to develop your project, advice from experts and support from experienced mentors. Apart from that, you will learn from other founders and build strong and sustainable relationships with them.
No. You don’t need to found a company beforehand or during the program. However, a great majority of founders have incorporated during the past programs, as it is our goal to support founders in the founding process.
Yes, if the company has not yet commenced any economic activity. An economic activity is understood to be any activity consisting in offering goods or services on a specific market, excluding the provision of the product to test customers free of charge.
Yes. If you founded already or found during the program, your startup will have to be registered in Berlin. If you have founded your company somewhere else already, you would need to move it to Berlin. Please keep in mind, that if your business is already registered, it has not yet commenced any economic activity.
Yes. Since batch 7 we accept solo founders in the program. Still our program aims to promote and support teamwork. You have to convince us that you alone have the right skills to build a startup.
Participating founders receiving the stipend need to reside in Berlin and are expected to dedicate their full attention to the startup. Of course it’s is possible to have additional co-founders/team members working remotely for your startup. They won’t be receiving a grant though.
Our program is designed as a full-time participation, your focus should therefore always be on the program. There will be weekly on-site mandatory sessions. However, you don’t have to be on-site all the time – besides mandatory parts of course, you may also work remotely.
Pro Tip: Don’t underestimate the benefits of networking and peer learning that arise from being physically present.
We offer you free desks in our coworking space in the heart of Berlin Schöneberg. All masterclasses, workshops, coaching sessions and networking events will take place on-site. Whether online or on-site, your attendance at the meetings is mandatory.
The first three months are packed with mandatory masterclass sessions and bootcamps, taking place on-site every week and providing you intense and boiled-down knowledge on how to get your business started. After that, pitch training and individual coaching sessions with our Mentors and Entrepreneurs in Residence will intensify.
Our ultimate goal is to support our startups as good as possible and build a strong community. So, of course our Alumni founders are a vital part of the Reaktor network! Every startup joining and finishing our program becomes part of our family and we’re always happy to help out, even if the program is over.
No. The REAKTOR.BERLIN program can’t be combined with any other startup grants such as the „Gründungszuschuss“ or benefits from the Employment Agency (Arbeitsagentur).
If you or any members of your founding team have previously received EXIST or the Berlin Startup Scholarships, you or your co-founder(s) cannot attend the program.
No. Our program is designed as a full time program with full focus on your startup idea, so you’d have to pause your studies. Other BSS programs might be more suitable for your situation, like Universities from Berlin who host the BSS.
Yes. You are allowed to apply a second time. Please keep in mind, that if your business is already registered, it has not yet commenced any economic activity.
We provide free desks only for the co-founders who are part of the program.
We do not cover the costs for any additional work space needs for interns or new team members. However you are welcome to discuss your needs with us or the management team of the coworking space.