Hafven is the ideal playground for entrepreneurs
Co-creation with over 1,400 community members
Knowledge transfer and exchange within our intergalactic community of entrepreneurs from startups to corporate businesses.
Fablab and makerspace for prototyping and small batch productions, packed with technology, professional machinery and experts to help bring your idea to life.
Unlimited access to all Hafven locations
Coworking, prototyping workspaces and
meeting spaces in Hanover.
Lean startup environment
Build. Test. Learn. Validate your solutions with potential users to get early feedback for further development.
Smart technology expertise
Hafven's network includes experts in future technologies such as blockchain, VR/AR, IoT and artificial intelligence.
Collaboration with corporate partners
Boost your startup while partnering with leading corporates. Receive valuable insights and feedback from industry experts and benefit from the huge network the partners in this program provide in order to co-create the best solution for the market. Gain easy access to your market and win your first users and customers along the way.
The fields of action our corporate partners are interested in:
- Digital Plattforms & AI
- Sustainable Finance
- Property Technology
- Customer Services
- Renewable & Infrastructure
- Agricultural Technology
- Regulatory Technology
- E-Mobility & E-Infrastructure
- Augmented Reality
- Virtual Reality
- Smart Home
- Ambient Assisted Living
Your field of action is not listed? No problem!
We have a huge network of corporates from different industries and will do our best to connect them with you.
We want commitment!
You won’t have to give away any shares when you're accepted for our accelerator. We expect you to be regularly present and highly motivated for at least six months. With no shares involved, we have managed to fund this program through partners who share our belief that there are other ways to profit when great visions are turned into reality. We want your commitment, not shares in your company!
It's all about growth!
You will not receive money directly from our accelerator. We'll provide you with infrastructure, coaching, training, mentors and support completely free for at least six month and we’ll match you with potential investors when neccessary. Plus all our corpote partners are very open and motivated to collaboration and being one of your lead customers, which can boost your project even further.
Intense boost for your startup
Every startup has it's individual questions and challenges. You will have the chance to discuss your topics with our specialists in single and group coaching sessions that will take place throughout the program.
We provide intensive input sessions on agile management, sales, startup marketing, legal, M&A and much more. As every batch is different they require specific content and methods. We help you design a customised timetable that fits to your needs and resources.
Mentoring at eye level
Our experiencedmentors are carefully chosen entrepreneurs and market experts who can evaluate your business concept and give advices.
Regular pitch training
Presenting your business idea in a concise and engaging story is one of the core skills to wow customers, investors, partners and stakeholders. Through regular training you will develop the perfect pitch for your respective target group.
Pitch events & demo day
Weekly team checkups
Application open: January
Application closed: March, 15th
Selection Day: March, 27th
Start Batch 5: May, 4th-8th
Hafven Team – Questions? Get in touch!
Watch the final pitches by the two Startups of Batch 4
Das Startup Pfandgeben ist Teil des 4 Batch des Hafven Accelerator Programm. Bei der Startup Ceremony hat Pfandgeben die Ergebnisse der letzten 6 Monate präsentiert.
Das Startup Jojo ist Teil des 4 Batch des Hafven Accelerator Programm. Bei der Startup Ceremony hat Jojo die Ergebnisse der letzten 6 Monate präsentiert.
Startup Ceremony Batch 4
Das war die Startup Ceremony der Startups aus dem 4 Batch dem Hafven Accelerator Programm. Die Startups Pfandgeben und Jojo haben ihre Ergebnisse aus den letzten 6 Monaten präsentiert.
Antworten auf häufig gestellte Fragen
Do we need to apply in german or english language?
We accept applications in english and german. Please note: If there will be english speaking teams we will provide our sessions and events in english.
Does our business idea have to come from the same business sector as the corporate partners?
We are convinced that learning from each other has a big value in itself. If there are options for collaboration – sounds even better. Our corporate partners offer a wide range of products and services and work on a lot of different topics within their companies, so being in the same business sector is not necessarily a basic requirement.
How far does our business concept have to be developed?
You should have at least done a proof of concept and developed first prototypes. Please show us if you already have some traction or even first clients – this makes your business concept even stronger!
How can I apply for the Gründungsstipendium?
Hafven is an officially accredited institution for the "Gründungsstipendium" of the Nbank:
To apply for the Gründungstipendium you must participate in the Hafven Accelerator program.
Do we need to move to Hanover?
You do not need to move to Hanover, but we expect a regular attendance from you during the programme. You will get a great working infrastructure with a big professional network. As we believe in collaboration and community power we highly recommend to spend as much time as you can in this environment where things just happen. Are you struggling to find time? Let's talk about options.
What is the programme about and how much time do we need to invest for the programme?
The Innovation Hub is 6 months long. Working on your individual business milestones should be your main focus. Besides, the programme is fully packed with expert input, workshops, mentoring sessions, pitch trainings, networking events etcetera. If you want to accelerate fast, you should spend as much time as possible on all aspects of the programme. If you have doubts to have enough time or financial resources, let´s talk about it and we will give you feedback.
Can we combine the Hafven Accelerator with other accelerator or state-supported programmes at the same time?
If you have additional support of other experts and mentors – great. Taking part in parallel programmes costs a lot of time. Please be sure that you can take part in our programme full time. If you are unsure please tell us the details in the application form. We will check if it is possible.
We already received a funding or investment, can we still apply?
Great, if you can bring some money in and you've already passed a proof of concept. With this background you can focus even more and accelerate faster. Please provide more details in the application form so we can check them.
Can I apply as a solo founder without a team?
Yes, you can. But as we believe in the power of team work to accelerate fast, it´s important to work on this to find co-founders that cover the more necessary skills. In the end, this is much more fun and efficient. You can also use the Hafven Community and loads of events at Hafven to meet your future team.
If we haven't already founded a company for our business concept, can we still take part?
Yes, but you should be focussed on transforming your concept into a company.
When does the Hafven Accelerator start?
The next batch starts in April 2020