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Bosch Software Innovations
Software Innovations · Startup Harbour
Startup Harbour
Bosch’s incubation program for startups

Startup Harbour

Boost your startup with Bosch’s extensive funding program and build on your strength with the knowledge of our experts!
Are you an innovative thinker with an IoT-based business idea?
Have you already developed a first prototype or a draft?
Are you a Berlin resident or interested in living in the city?
That’s great! Apply for funding now!

Why should you sign on?

Benefit from our long-standing experience in developing and implementing cutting-edge IoT services and solutions. Sign on and build on your strength with us.


Get a five-month scholarship and receive a funding of €1,800 per person per month (for 2 to 4 persons).


Get exclusive access to the Bosch IoT Campus facilities in Berlin Tempelhof, which offers team workspaces, design thinking & creativity rooms, and IoT workrooms.

Get Coaching

We offer individual coaching sessions, mentoring, and a wide range of training programs in business model innovation, user experience, design thinking, open source, marketing, and technology for the IoT.

Bosch Expertise

Get access to our Bosch domain experts and their industry knowledge to boost your business concept, product and/or service.

Bosch Assets

Get access to our Bosch IoT Suite and hardware technology (e.g. sensors) to create your product and service (MVP).

Find Partners

Get in touch with the right people – we will connect you with our network of partners, customers, and investors in the IoT domain and beyond. Be part of the Berlin IoT ecosystem.

Who can sign up?

This local funding program supported by the ESF and Berlin government is open to all founders based and registered in Berlin. To be eligible, applicants must have an initial concept in the IoT domain, and must not have received any start-up grants (such as EXIST) or any investments in excess of 200,000 euros in total within the last three years.

What can you expect when you apply?

The jury will review and evaluate all applications by November 2, 2018. If your idea is selected, you will be invited to pitch it to a wide audience on November 15 at the Bosch IoT Campus. This is your opportunity to earn a place in the funding program. We will provide training and advice to help you get the best out of your pitch. If you’re successful and we select your team’s idea at the pitch event, the funding program will start on November 26.

How does the incubation program look like?

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The incubation program starts on November 26, 2018 and runs for five months. In the first month, we focus on validating each team’s business idea. At the same time, you work with your coaches and mentors to identify your individual training needs. We then put together a tailored training and coaching plan with you and your team, which you complete over the last four months of the incubation program. While you work through this plan, you also attend weekly Challenger Sessions and individual meetings with your mentors to help you drive your idea forward.