Green-Tech expertise in program form: ACCELERATE To the program

Welcome to the Green Valley!
We accelerate Green Tech startups with effective programs, targeted industry collaboration set-up and access to exclusive financing instruments.

>SMART> GREEN: The Green Tech Accelerator

Our focus

Our different programs focus on different startup phases
Ein Team aus jungen Gründerinnen und Gründern unterhält sich im Rahmen des SEED-Programms im Kreativpark Lokhalle in Freiburg

ACCELERATE is our offer for early-stage green tech start-ups. We focus our green tech expertise on your business model, your financing strategy and the elaboration of your impact potential.

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Zwei Männer im Beratungsgespräch zur Startup-Finanzierung Pre-Seed im Kreativpark Lokhalle Freiburg

With our PRE-SEED FUNDING program (Start-up BW Pre-Seed), we pursue the goal of securing initial financing for innovative startups, developing a clear financing strategy for the next few years, and laying guardrails for follow-up financing rounds.

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Innovation through collaboration! With GROW we connect you with future-oriented corporate companies and you will take the next step together. Strategic collaborations or investments are the goal!

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Drei Männer und eine Frau sprechen über eine mögliche Kooperation zwischen Startup und KMU

Germany’s Southwest is home to a wealth of entrepreneurial experience that has grown over many years thanks to the many innovative and successful small and medium-sized enterprises. With GrüNetz, we mediate future-proof collaborations between green startups and established local SMEs.

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Gewinner und Jury des MakeItMatter Awards im Rahmen der Startup Night 2019 vom >SMART> GREEN ACCELERATOR

The startup award for the energy transition: With our innovation partner, EWS, we are looking for the startup pioneers of the green energy industry. EWS donates 40.000€ and we award the MakeItMatter-prize to the winning teams at our >SMART> GREEN Startup Night.

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Startup Highlights of the >SMART> GREEN programs

Here is a small overview of the startup highlights. 
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Logo Startup Concular

Logo Startup Carbonfuture

Logo Startup Grimm Water Solutions

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All our startup highlights with a short profile can be found in our startup section.

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You're not doing it on your own: An individual case manager supports you, but also challenges you within the framework of the program. In concrete terms, this means that we help you as initiators, consultants and project managers at the same time to advance your business and possible collaborations.


We connect you with investors, lawyers, financial experts, successful founders, friends accelerators from Germany, Israel and Switzerland as well as decision makers of a huge Green Tech network. Within our event formats you will receive honest feedback and lots of insights.


You cooperate with our innovation partners right from the start and work together on concrete milestones!


We don't want your shares. So: Keep calm & keep your money! ;-)


Mi casa es su casa: Work in Germany's most innovative container village, the Lokhalle Creative Park, side by side with other startups, sustainability innovators and a strong community with numerous events and offers!


Collaboration is at the core of our DNA. The Accelerator was founded as a public-private partnership between the city of Freiburg, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the Grünhof GmbH. The initiation and support of collaborations between our startups and companies are our core competence. Our growing network in the German and international startup ecosystem unites industry, R&D institutions, startup experts, financing actors and politics.
Innovations partners

Together with our corporate partners, we are Germany’s largest dark green energy accelerator. We also support selected industrial companies in producing more sustainably, resource-efficiently and digitally. Startups benefit from concentrated insider expertise, access to customers and markets, and support in rolling out their business model.

Network partners

We are a platform for all actors in the green start-up ecosystem. Our goal is to create something new by connecting the right people. All those who are committed to innovation, progress, digital and sustainability are welcome.


Our Accelerator is part of the Start-up BW startup campaign of the state of Baden-Württemberg and is carried out in a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism Baden-Württemberg, the Economic Development Agency / Freiburg Wirtschaft Touristik und Messe GmbH & Co. KG (FWTM) and the innovation and startup hub Grünhof GmbH.

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