Want to shape the future with AI?

Whether you have done research on AI and are considering turning your findings into a product, or you have an idea to develop a startup with AI as its core business, the Bridge to Market Program supports you quickly and unbureaucratically in evaluating if founding a company is the right path for you. The program focuses primarily on product and market validations as well as evaluating the technical feasibility of scientific AI models and data. In addition, other reviews, such as legal validations in terms of data protection, are also conceivable.

Who can apply

Interested teams of up to three members from the four participating institutions (TU Berlin, HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité - Berlin University of Medicine) as well as from other German universities, on condition of residing in Berlin during the program and being accepted by one of our four partner incubators.

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Key Benefits



Up to three potential founders are supported over a period of 6 months. The sum of the possible funding is calculated from 10,000 EUR for material resources and scholarships for the founders. The amount of the respective scholarships depends on experience and educational level and can be of up to 3,000 EUR per month and founder. The funding is based on the EXIST founder scholarship. For detailed information contact us.



During the project, the project team will be supported by the teams of the startup centers of the four participating universities in reviewing the existing ideas, approaches and results for their product and market viability.



If the evaluation of the business idea is positive, further support by the teams of the incubators is possible, including the application for further funding such as EXIST start-up grant.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted at any time. If you are interested, please apply via the following link.


Application process

There is a two-stage application process. First, experienced reviewers check whether the project described in the application form appears promising in terms of a startup and whether AI is sufficiently important for the business model. If the project outline is convincing, the applying team is invited to pitch to present the project in a second step. An independent jury decides on the acceptance into the program. Between the two evaluation rounds, additional consultation at one of our four incubators may be required.

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