Vali Berlin - the Entrepreneurship Hub at ESMT, is launching the NEXT Program. NEXT is a five-month incubation program, designed to fast-track nascent ventures to reach the next level and grow. Participating startups will be supported to reach product-market fit, acquire their first round of funding, or their first customers.
The program will provide support in the following areas: product-market fit, human capital, fundraising, legal, administrative and tax issues. Additionally, startups benefit from expert mentoring, access to the ESMT and Vali Berlin network, and a structured program of workshops by entrepreneurs and thought leaders from Berlin's startup scene. Stipends of up to 7,500 € are available for a selected number of startups based on need and achieving program milestones.
Finally, all participating startups are granted wild card access to pitch on Demo Day in front of an audience of investors, the ESMT startup ecosystem, and a jury for a chance to win €5,000 prize money.