GIA Berlin Acceleration Programme

About this programme

Organised by Start2 Group, the GIA Berlin Acceleration Programme is an in-market, growth acceleration programme designed to support Singapore-based tech startups in their expansion to Europe. Also known as Scaler8, the programme provides companies with the framework and know-how to navigate the Germany market with confidence, with market exploration and access services tailored to the needs of each individual company.

Scaler8 Explore
An eight-week programme aimed at helping participants build a solid foundation for expansion, identify opportunities within the German market, and strengthen their offerings. The programme includes a week-long immersion in Germany*, where participants can get connected with Start2 Group’s extensive network of partners and mentors, and potential customers.

For participants who require further strategic advice and mentoring sessions, Scaler8 Explore offers an optional add-on, Explore Extension, which spans three months. Explore Extension includes a total of eight hours of advice and partnership building support from the Scaler8 team, and and eight hours of extended coaching online by Scaler8 mentors.

  • Fee for Scaler8 Explore: S$5,500 per startup, after support from EnterpriseSG
  • Fee for Explore Extension: S$2,000 per startup

Scaler8 Access
A 16-week programme and market immersion in Germany*, where participants will receive support to develop a comprehensive expansion roadmap and be guided through its implementation. They will get to tap Start2 Group's network of in-market experts, who cover everything from business strategy and pilot negotiations, to incorporation, talent and company acquisitions.

  • Fee for Scaler8 Access: S$18,200 per startup, after support from EnterpriseSG

Scaler8 Open Innovation
In this programme, participants will be matched with challenge statements posed by German companies from various sectors and embark on pilot projects to help them gain access to the market, pilot and commercialise solutions, and build a track record in Germany. Scaler8 Open Innovation will work with participants to refine their solutions and facilitate discussions with German corporates.

  • Fee for Scaler8 Open Innovation: S$600 per startup, after support from EnterpriseSG

About Start2 Group

Start2 Group is a global innovation leader taking your startup journey to the next level.

As a premier startup ecosystem platform, they serve as the ultimate destination for growth-oriented startups, corporations, investors, and governments to shape and scale ventures with growth potential.

Founded in 2008, Start2 Group has played a pivotal role in the success stories of thousands of startups, guiding them seamlessly from initial fundraising to global expansion. They operate in key markets across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East, shaping the future of innovation on a global scale.

Key features

  • Accelerated market expansion
    Participants will get to deepen their knowledge of Berlin's business landscape and culture, sharpen their business models and go-to-market strategies, and strengthen product-market fit.
  • 1-to-1 business meetings and mentoring sessions
    Participants will undergo mentoring by Start2 Group's experts and advisors, who have deep industry expertise and networks. Participants will also be connected to potential clients, partners and investors.
  • Access to Start2 Group's network
    Participants will get to tap into Start2 Group's established global network of partners and mentors, extensive knowledge of the German and Asian business landscape, and experience scaling businesses.


Singapore-based tech startups who have:

  • Incorporated with at least 30% local equity held directly or indirectly by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s), determined by the ultimate individual ownership
  • An existing product in the market that has achieved initial traction OR demonstrated successful clinical trials/partnerships
  • Sufficient resources, e.g. stable funding and team

How to apply

Register your interest here and complete a brief questionnaire. Or contact Start2 Group for more information:

Yao Tang
Programme Director

Wayne Lee
Startup Advisor

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