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Accelerator Deadline Merck’s HQ Program

August 28, 2019

Merck’s HQ Program – We are not classic accelerators. We are collaboration-makers. At the futuristic Innovation Center at our headquarters in Darmstadt, we will support you from the very beginning. Get the right connections at Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany, and end up with a visionary partnership. Together we will explore the unexplored and welcome your startup as part of our community of curious minds. Darmstadt, Germany; Deadline: August 28, 2019

Over the course of three months, we will take your startup on a journey with high partnership potential.

Moreover, selected startups will also have the chance to extend their stay in the Accelerator by joining our China Innovation Hub for three weeks.

Take a step towards becoming a multinational business and get connected to our global network!

At the end of the HQ program, some startups will be selected to participate in the Accelerator extension in China. During 3 weeks, startups will participate in a learning expedition in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

Through visiting major ecosystems, they will get guidance to access the Chinese Market, as well as insights on the local regulatory affairs and customers-base. The HQ Accelerator Program is therefore complemented by a tailored program organized by the China Innovation hub team, where they can test their business model and develop localization strategies.

Start your journey in our headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany and take your chance at getting access to the Chinese market.

Please take into account that our global Accelerator has two programs: The HQ Program at our Innovation Center in Darmstadt and another one in China. If you are interested in the China Program, you can scroll down to the “continue reading” section at the end of the page.

Applications for the next Accelerator program in 2020 at our Innovation Center are open!


  • August 25th: Application submission deadline
  • August 30th: Announcement of the top 50 startups. Be prepared to send a 3-Minute video request and a pitch deck
  • September 9th: Start of 2nd evaluation phase
  • October 18th: Nomination of top 20 startups for Selection Days
  • November 25th – 27th: Selection Days
  • December: Preparation
  • January 14th 2020: Start of Accelerator program

Accelerator Deadline Merck’s HQ Program

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