Application deadline: 30 November 2022

DEEPSEA – THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM ACCELERATOR

Join the next batch starting on 16 January 2023

Special opportunity: Parallel program

Stockholm Impact Ecosystem Accelerator

DEEP Ecosystems and the City of Stockholm partner to accelerate the development of a global impact ecosystem! Apply here for the special program offered in parallel to the usual DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator:

 

TOGETHER WE GROW ECOSYSTEMS

DEEPSEA is a unique laboratory for startup ecosystem builders. As a community we share
experiences and work together on joint projects for transnational ecosystems!

Accelerate your Ecosystem Project With DEEP

DEEPSEA – The DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator © is the first global startup ecosystem accelerator program, first launched in 2018. It’s a cohort-based program to implement 10-12 innovation projects, boosting the growth of new vertical and geographic ecosystems. 

Who should participate?

  • Managers of startup programs, accelerators, or incubators.
  • Economic Development agencies, investors, innovation scouts, and startup relations managers.
  • Entrepreneurial non-profits and community builders.
  • Founders looking to re-invest in their ecosystems.

BUILD TRANSNATIONAL ECOSYSTEMS TOGETHER

Join a passionate community
of international ecosystem builders

Connect with ecosystem builders
from across Europe and the world.

Get inspired by leading experts

Join a six-week structured program
with expert sessions and 1:1 mentoring.

Blueprints for Innovation Projects

Blueprints from Silicon Valley, Estonia,
Munich, Chile, and more.

Ready to be implemented by you.

Become a Master Ecosystem Builder

Get access to knowledge, data as well as
mentoring and peer advice on your own projects

Turn Ideas into Impact

Be part of a group working on a global
challenge for the tech ecosystem

Accelerator Process

Mentors, workshops and the community of global ecosystems builders will help you to
accelerate your ecosystem projects.

DEEPSEA Program

16 January – 24 February    |    2023

#Agenda: DEEP accelerator

CONCEPTUALIZATION

Week 1

Knowledge – Master Class (3h)

Individual 1:1 sessions (1h)

Community Session (1h)

Presentation of Intermediary Results (1h)

Ecosystem Analysis

Weeks 2 & 3

Knowledge – Master Class (3h)

Individual 1:1 sessions (1h)

Community Session (1h)

Presentation of Intermediary Results (1h)

PARTNERING

Week 4

Knowledge – Master Class – Training (3h)

Individual 1:1 sessions (1h)

Expert Mentor Sessions – Reality Check (1h)

Presentation of Intermediary Results (1h)

Fundraising

Week 5

Knowledge – Master Class – Training (3h)

Individual 1:1 sessions (1h)

Expert Mentor Sessions – Reality Check (1h)

Presentation of Intermediary Results (1h)

Pitch Training

Week 6

Knowledge – Master Class – Training (3h)

Individual 1:1 sessions – Pitch Training (1h)

Expert Mentor Sessions – Reality Check (1h)

Community Session: Closing (1h)

ECOSYSTEM DEMO DAY

Q2 2023

Pitch your project in person & win partners

Conditions

What to expect

DEEP Ecosystems supports and creates ecosystem projects and initiatives in collaboration with different project partners. It intends to enrich ecosystems, connect ecosystem builders, and create collaboration projects that raise funds, e.g. via grants or sponsoring, to enable their execution.

We will collaborate with the participants of the DEEP Startup Ecosystem Accelerator program on the development of a specific project proposed and led by the participant.

DEEP will actively foster the development of the project by providing:

  • A 6-week acceleration program for ecosystem projects taking the project from idea to execution
  • Weekly knowledge sessions covering relevant concepts for ecosystem building from conceptualization, partnership and fundraising strategies
  • Group and individual mentoring sessions by international experts
  • Peer exchange opportunities involving other ecosystem builders with similar projects
  • Partnering events and tools to identify organizations and stakeholders useful to the development of the envisioned project
  • Fundraising strategy support tools, including lists of international opportunities, as well as mentoring for proposal writing
  • Visibility support by listing the project on digital channels and among DEEP’s portfolio list on our website.

After the end of the 6-week program, DEEP will continuously support the project’s success by providing access to a community of ecosystem builders, organizing networking, and facilitating fundraising opportunities for the course of 2 years.

The combined value of DEEP’s contribution to the process is valued at 60,000 € (in-kind, not a cash contribution), which is seen as an upfront investment in the project.

 

 

Participation Agreement

We sign a participation agreement with successful applicants before they are admitted.

This includes a success fee sharing of 15% of the total funding sum before taxes covering all funds or investments that are raised for the project within 2 years. The success fee can be waived if the participating organizations agree to 40,000 € (excl. VAT) waiver fee.

You can review the draft participation agreement here.

 

 

Institutional Partners and Sponsors

We are open to collaborations with institutional partners and sponsoring organizations. They may sponsor a part of the regular program to allow select projects to participate at reduced or no costs, or partner with us to implement a stand-alone, dedicated edition. If you are interested to find out more about partnering opportunities, please contact us.

DEEPSEA Team

Thomas is building ecosystems in Europe since more than 8 years. He has set up and run numerous international startup programs, including for Microsoft Ventures in Germany and is currently investing with EIT Digital in pre-seed stage in 20 countries in CEE and Southern Europe.

Thomas Kösters

Managing Director at DEEP Ecosystems

Erica (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Florence, 2016) is Lecturer of Management at the University of Trento. Her research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystems, servitization strategies, product- service innovation and digitalization of manufacturing.

Erica Santini

Co-Founder and Head of Research at DEEP Ecosystems and Lecturer at University of Trento

Entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in community building, Lais led the development of entrepreneurial communities across every continent. From leading 2000 volunteers across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the president of a non-profit organization, to selecting and training community leaders across Latam, Africa, APAC for Startup Grind and working for governments and innovation agencies in 75+ ecosystems as part of Startup Genome’s executive team.

Serghei Glinca

Head of DEEPSEA and founder of BioTech startup CrystalsFirst

Sara has been part of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems for over 10 years. She started her journey as the first employee of a Coworking Space in Cologne, co-founded and ran the first Accelerator in Iran before moving to Albania in 2019 to support the development of the local startup ecosystem. 

Sara has worked with Swisscontact, Founder Institute and STARTPLATZ, among others.

Sara Usinger

DEEPSEA Head Mentor and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Enabler at Swisscontact

Takhmina is a local development specialist. She manages DEEP Startup Ecosystem Conference and DEEPSEA Accelerator Program. Previously worked at UNHCR and OSCE.

Takhmina Lolakova

Project Manager at DEEP Ecosystems

Harald is an urban development and governance specialist. Previously worked at German Agency for International Development (GIZ) and [email protected]

Harald Eisenhauer

Co-Founder and Head of Platform at DEEP Ecosystems

Seth started the Foundry Group together with Techcelerator Founder Brad Feld. They knew each other from Brad’s previous fund Mobius Ventures and are investing in technology companies throughout the US and Canada. His career spans venture capital investing as well as operational, transactional and advisory roles at both public and private companies.

Seth Levine

Managing Director at Foundry Group

Bernhard is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger. Previously, Bernhard co-founded the ShareTheMeal app, built up WFP’s Business Innovation team and worked as Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies.

Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

Entrepreneur with 13 years of experience in community building, Lais led the development of entrepreneurial communities across every continent. From leading 2000 volunteers across Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as the president of a non-profit organization, to selecting and training community leaders across Latam, Africa, APAC for Startup Grind and working for governments and innovation agencies in 75+ ecosystems as part of Startup Genome’s executive team.

Laís de Oliveira

Community Development Consultant at Startup Genome

As Partner at Antler, Youri leads all operations in Amsterdam, the company’s third location globally after Singapore and Stockholm. Together with the rest of the Antler team, he drives to launch variety of new innovative companies through Antler’s unique approach to talent acquisition and business-building.

YOURI DOELEMAN

Partner at Antler Netherlands

Erin works regularly to support entrepreneurship in the Upstate, both as Director of the VentureSouth Spartanburg angel investor group and as the leader of the Economic and Entrepreneurial Vitality focus area for Ten at the Top.

Erin Henderson Ouzts

Upstate Entrepreneur Ecosystem Director for Ten at the Top

Pedro is a founder, CEO and jack of all trades at darwinLabs, a specialized IT consulting company focused on #lowcode and out systems. He is also a co-founder at Beta-i, a non-profit organization for the promotion of entrepreneurship. Pedro has extensive experience in the consulting, financial services, telecom, internet and mobile marketing industries.

Pedro Santos

CEO at darwinLabs and Co-founder at Beta-i

Dominik is Innovation Consultant, Design Thinking Coach and Workshop Facilitator with 8+ years of international experience. Previously, Dominik worked as Innovation Manager for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s digital technology branch (EIT Digital). Additionally, he ran intrapreneurship and innovation programs at large international corporations and organizations such as Airbus, Celfocus, Deutsche Telekom, SAP and others.

Dominik Krabbe

Innovation Consultant

Claudia has more than 16 years of experience as an international development consultant and technical adviser, working extensively in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Her work has involved designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating multi-million-dollar development programmes, particularly focused on entrepreneurship and business development, across several government and non-governmental organizations.

Claudia Pompa

Founder and Managing Director at Consulting for Growth Group (C4G)

Aneth is a Hub Network Community Manager at Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ implemented by GIZ. Aneth is passionate about entrepreneurship and ecosystem building having been involved in various entrepreneurship projects. Previously, Aneth led the Reach for Change incubator program in Rwanda. For the past 3 years, Aneth has supported the 2nd year seminar course as a teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon University Africa.

Aneth Batamuliza

Hub Network Community Manager at Make-IT in Africa

Inty is the co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, an award-winning start-up in the United Kingdom. The aim of this company is the development of disruptive technologies to extract plastics and synthetic waste from rivers and oceans. Inty is also the President and co-founder of the Circular foundation in Ecuador, an NGO with the goal of improving the life of vulnerable social groups through technology and innovation, while contributing to the protection of the environment.

INTY GRØNNEBERG

Co-founder and CEO of Ichthion, Co-founder and President of Circular Foundation in Ecuador

Anna is a trained systemic consultant and heads the Berlin team of the Conscious Innovation consultancy Mandalah. She has led various national and international projects with corporations, public institutions and NGOs alike. She also is the co-founder of Welana, a social business importing fabrics from Ethiopia.

Anna Papadopoulos

Managing Partner at Mandalah

Eric is part of the founding team at Cintrifuse. His background combines corporate marketing for one of the world’s most-beloved brands (the Walt Disney Company) with the hand-to-hand combat that comes with being on the leadership team of several productive small businesses.

Eric Weissmann

Vice President at Cintrifuse

Marketing, technology, operations, and startup development professional with specialties in data analytics, growth, operations management, digital strategy, investor relations, product management, business development, ecosystem development, user/market research, data analytics, operations digitization, & product launch. His past clients include Startupbootcamp, Touch Surgery, Hackster.io, Incident gTar, Car and Driver Magazine, Noisebridge, Asa, among many others.

Matthew Eisner

VP of Marketing and Growth at Ansible Advisory

Khatuchi is a Program Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) East Africa Chapter. In this capacity, she provides oversight to all the chapter’s Programs . Khatuchi also oversees ANDE’s activities in Tanzania and Uganda. Prior to joining ANDE, she worked with INGOs in both Kenya and Uganda.

Khatuchi Khasandi

Program Manager at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)

Alain is a senior fellow at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University. He is the author of a book “Order without Design: How Markets Shape Cities.” His operational work as an independent consultant and researcher focuses on the interaction between markets, regulations, and transport infrastructure in shaping the spatial structures of cities. 

Alain Bertaud

Senior Fellow NYU,  Former Principal Urbanist Planner at the World Bank

Lisa is the co-founder and CEO of Female Founders, the fastest-growing community of entrepreneurial women in Europe. With a 9-year track record in the tech ecosystem and especially in early stage financing, she's initiated projects all over Europe and supported hundreds of companies.

Lisa-Marie Fassl

Co-Founder & CEO at Female Founders

Bart is one of Europe's leading and awarded experts on the digital transformation of healthcare, and one of the most progressive forward thinkers focuses on finding alternative European strategies for the current postmodern world to create a more desirable future with greater social benefits. He is the initiator of the HIPPO AI Foundation in Berlin and co-founded the Digital Health Academy where he shares his knowledge to improve digital literacy.

Bart de Witte

Founder at HIPPO AI Foundation and Digital Health Academy

Michal is the Director of International Economic Development in Tel Aviv Global. She has an extensive experience in working with leading companies ranging from cutting edge startups to retail and consumers market leaders. She is also a mentor at Techstars and the 8200 Impact accelerator program.

Michal Michaeli

Director of International Economic Development @Tel Aviv Global

Laura started her career as an Investment Analyst & Community Manager at the Deep-Tech-Fonds Apex Ventures. Now she is the Managing Director of the Austrian Angel Investors Association (aaia).

Laura Egg

Managing Director at Austrian Angel Investors Association

David is a General Partner of Yield Lab Europe where he focuses on sourcing new investments and managing the Yield Lab portfolio. Previously he was a venture capital investor in Delta Partners.

David Bowles

Venture Capital Investor at The Yield Lab Europe

Harald is a specialist in international development cooperation, with a focus on the SDGs, susrtainable urban development, governance, and new technologies. Previously, he worked at the German Agency for International Development (GIZ) and implemented projects like [email protected]

Harald Eisenhauer

Co-Founder and Head of Platform at DEEP Ecosystems

Olga is a growth and strategy expert and Founder at WIYO. She is passionate about innovation, launching new ventures and growth hacking.

Olga Pantchenko

Founder at WIYO

Igor founded the innovation company Semente in Brazil, where he designed and managed acceleration programmes sponsored by corporates, governments and private foundations. With his investments he managed to successfully exit two early stage startups in the field of agritech and retail tech.

Igor Oliveira

UN consultant on ecosystem modelling,former Managing Director of Semente (Brazil)

As CEO of Start-Up Chile, the largest and most diverse startup accelerator in the globe, Sebastián worked with more than 1,000 tech-based startups and founders from many industries and countries. He is a world-wide respected consultant to governments and industry on ecosystem development.

Sebastián Díaz Mesa

Co-Founder at DEEP Ecosystems and Head of Acceleration & Community

Erica (Ph.D. in Economics, University of Florence, 2016) is Lecturer of Management at the University of Trento. Her research focuses on innovation, entrepreneurial ecosystems, servitization strategies, product- service innovation and digitalization of manufacturing.

Erica Santini

President of the European Startup Initiative and Lecturer at University of Trento

Thomas is building ecosystems in Europe since more than 8 years. He has set up and run numerous international startup programs, including for Microsoft Ventures in Germany and is currently investing with EIT Digital in pre-seed stage in 20 countries in CEE and Southern Europe.

Thomas Kösters

Managing Director at DEEP Ecosystems

Zane is the head of marketing and communications at Startup Wise Guys. She is also the founder and co-owner of Lude (Z2B Ltd). Prior to that, Zane was a consultant at Hauska & Partner.

Zane Bojāre

Head of marketing and communications at Startup Wise Guys

Aru runs his own data science consultancy called Arulytics, and is the Director of Data Science at Willapay, a fintech startup based in Stockholm. Previously, he has been building and scaling analytics and data science functions at HiQ, Springworks and Truecaller in Stockholm. He also has experience working as an Analyst for the Search team at Yahoo in London, and at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Arunabh Singh

Director of Data Science @Willapay

Natalie is a sociologist and researcher on early-stage entrepreneurship in Europe. For the last five years, she has been conducting fieldwork with entrepreneurs and community builders for the project, The Startup City. Her research and experience in the startup ecosystem spans 27 different countries on nearly all continents.

Natalie Novick

Market Researcher, Content and Digital Marketing @PIRATEx

Rocio is the Executive Director of InnovaChile CORFO and former CEO at Start-Up Chile one of the biggest and most diverse startup community in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.

Rocio Fonseca

Executive Director of InnovaChile


Stefano is a Lecturer of different courses in Economics at Bocconi University, ISPI and IES. He is also an 'angel investor' and a board member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand and of the NZ European Business Council. His areas of expertise are: international trade, foreign direct investment, antitrust, EU public affairs and digital platform business.

Stefano Riela

Board member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in NZ and European Business Council

Michaela's latest journey started in Europe supporting researchers in Horizon 2020 and empowering entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life as a Startup Coach. And it continues in the USA with 'blueativity', a platform to tackle 'how failure boosts creativity' with workshops, research, and coaching.

Michaela Werther

Startup Coach at TUM | Founder of blueativity

Stephan is an Investment Partner at TS Ventures and Director Founders Education at the Founders Foundation. Prior to that, he has led the startup units at Microsoft in Germany and Europe and was co-founder of the Microsoft Accelerator in Berlin. He manages a portfolio of 20 angel investments in Germany, Europe and the US with a focus on AdTech, Marketplaces, SaaS and Climate Tech. 

Stephan Jacquemot

Investment Partner @TS Ventures and Director Founders Education @Founders Foundation

Nina is Head of ScaleUp Incubation at tech2b Incubator. She is a Business Modeling Expert and supports tech founders as an internationalization specialist. Very experienced in building & leading a company and always looking for international partners & networks.

Nina Gruber

Head of ScaleUp Incubation at tech2b Incubator

George is Director of Strategic Projects & Innovation; and Accreditation & China Director at AMBA (the Association of MBAs) in London. He leads on the accreditation of 130 universities / business schools in China, Japan, Russia, Eastern Europe, Spain, Latin America, Turkey and London. In this capacity, George advises business school deans and MBA directors in designing their MBA, DBA and Master's in Management and Entrepreneurship programmes.

George Iliev

Director of Strategic Projects & Innovation and Accreditation & China Director at AMBA

Entrepreneur, community builder & public speaker. Sebastien has a real passion for startups, innovation, and social impact. He currently dedicates his time to helping startup founders to build successful, inclusive & sustainable ventures. He also facilitates workshops at European Commission, EIT InnoEnergy, SeedStars. Previously worked at TNW Impact Startups, Innofest, The Global Hack.

Sebastien Toupy

Chief Storyteller | Advisor at Greentech Alliance

Lucia is the program manager at the UNLOCK Accelerator, a program by Wikimedia Deutschland supporting social innovations that make knowledge freely and widely accessible to all. She has many years of experience in program design and implementation as well as community engagement in the non-profit sector. Drawing from her background as a theatre scholar her mission is to create experiences that provide the framework and inspiration that access the potential in all of us.

Lucia Obst

Program Manager @UNLOCK Accelerator

Carlos is a Senior Advisor at EIT Digital, where he taps into 25 years of professional experience across Europe and the US – as a consultant and executive at firms like McKinsey, Microsoft, Indra or Aldesa, and as CEO of multiple SMEs – to help digital tech scaleups grow on an international basis, and corporations adopt innovative solutions from the scaleup ecosystem.

Carlos Rubal

Senior Advisor @EIT Digital

Marie is a results-driven marketing & sales professional with over 10 years of experience in producing and implementing business strategies to help companies grow in domestic and international marketplaces.
She kicked off her career in New York and London where she has built and maintained trustworthy and long term national and international client relationships.

Marie Martens

Investor Relations Manager at Buysse & Partners

Stella is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem building and has experience in advising startups and ecosystem-builders for sustainable development within the context of development cooperation. Currently working at GIZ with the topic of scaling the most innovative digital solutions for development from Berlin, Germany. She has worked in a startup herself and extended experience in social business modelling.

Stella Deppe

Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Michelle is an International Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) and the CEO of the training and consulting firm, Explora International LLC. Based in Silicon Valley, she is co-author of the best-selling book Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide and a member of the Start-Up Chile Advisory Board.

Michelle E. Messina

CEO at Explora International
International EIR | Coach | Strategist

Business Advisor & Partnerships Lead Coompanion Stockholm | RD Nordics Startup Grind | RD Nordics Founder Institute | Mentor Techstars | Entrepreneur & Early Stage Investor

Talks about #growth, #impact, #branding, #innovation, and #entrepreneurshipTalks

Naimul Abd

Business Advisor & Partnerships Lead at Coompanion Stockholm

Oskar has been deeply involved in the Stockholm startup community, supporting entrepreneurs since 2014. Previously, Oskar has been supporting impact startups in his role as a Community Manager at Norrsken House. With a background from Hyper Island and a passion for community, impact and technology, Oskar wants to enable impactful ideas and entrepreneurs to reach further and grow faster.

Oskar Malm Wiklund

Curator at Freelance Tech Specialist

Alumni Testimonials

“This workshop was incredibly helpful in connecting us with those who are also facing the same problems and also helping us discover how we can tackle our challenges with an organized framework”

Estefania Escobar,

InsurLab, Cologne, Germany

“I feel overwhelmed and grateful. Feeling part of this international community of ecosystem builders is a great experience.”

Kim Gerlach,

Drivhuset, Malmoe, Sweden

“We learned that we're not alone in this and could help each other a lot on this crazy journey.”

Liisi Org,

Startup Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

“I learned a lot from ecosystem builders around the globe, I can truly recommend this program! Successful ecosystems cannot be carried from outside - although benchmarking trips are nice - you need to find your own locations weak spots and barriers to work on. The program provided tools to do this.”

Joel Takala,

University of Helsinki, Finland

“I feel overwhelmed and grateful. Feeling part of this international community of ecosystem builders is a great experience.”

Maria Anagnostopoulos,

envolve, Athens, Greece

“DEEPSEA LATAM 2020 helped us to better organize our cooperation with the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in Quito, Ecuador.”

Karen Carrillo,

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Specialist from ConQuito

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