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The incubation program for founders in Berlin

Startup Harbour

Boost your startup with Bosch’s extensive funding program and build on your strengths 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 up?

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

What are the focus areas we are looking for?

For the upcoming incubation program, we especially look for ideas that are related to the following focus areas.

Optimized energy consumption

Optimizing your life has become popular: People optimize their daily routines, fitness levels or even their wardrobe. How to apply this trend to personal energy consumption? How to optimize your global footprint and save CO²? We are looking for your solution idea that fosters an improved energy management. The achieved results of your idea are relevant for distribution system operators (DSO), districts and individual energy contracts.

Detect anomalies within energy data

The energy system is rapidly changing towards a decentralized, green system. Decentralized producers like photovoltaic (PV) or combined heat and power (CHP) plants and consumer equipment come closer together. This trend results in new services that are based on energy data.
Currently, energy data is broadly available but mainly used for billing purposes. Measurement methods and units highly differ (e.g. from local substation that capture energy in kHz ranges to billing measurements for renewable assets that require consumption data every 15 minutes).
With all the available energy data at hand, the challenge is to derive valuable insights automatically and to detect anomalies in energy data, e.g. for the purpose to reduce downtime, cut disruptions of producers or consumers.

Shaping the Factory of the Future

We are looking for great ideas and potential partners, who offer technologies and solutions that create a value add for the industrial domain. You are at the frontline of the 4th industrial revolution? You want to take the challenge to do a sparring with a well-established leading provider of drive and control technologies? Then this competition is yours!

Extensions to the Production Performance Manager

Scale up your technology with an open & mature solution!
Bosch Connected Industry, the Manufacturing Software House of the Bosch group, is looking to enhance one of its products: the Production Performance Manager (PPM).
Conceived as a maintenance operations tool, providing actionable insights based upon shopfloor data, the PPM is the backbone of a manufacturing platform. The solution, coded in Java, using Rest APIs to communicate with third-party systems is, by design, open for partner applications. The idea is quite simple, and full of potentials: gathering shopfloor data, whatever the source through an integration layer (see also our open protocol PPMP), the user can work upon the data to make sense out of it and receive useful insights.
The so-called “module layer” includes this type of applications: ticket management, predictive maintenance via data analytics (complex rules), and process quality monitoring.

We are looking to enhance the potential of the PPM in two areas:
1.) Data sources & data acquisition as standardized as possible, such as relevant visual input, vibrations, gateway technologies, etc.
2.) End-applications to bring even more value to the software, such as analytics, self-learning algorithms, UX & UI standards, etc.

IoT & Power Tools

The Power Tools division of the Bosch Group is the world market leader for portable electric power tools and power tool accessories. Within this focus area, we seek for ideas that go far beyond the connectivity of devices. If you have a great solution in mind for private or professional power tool users, apply for our program.

Connected Construction Challenge

Does your idea make work more efficient and safer for people in the construction industry?
Or do you have a great solution that helps optimizing processes and reducing costs? Then apply for this challenge!

IoT solutions with social impact

Do you have an idea how IoT can help to create a positive impact on the society, the environment or both?
We encourage you to think big, making the world a better place.
We are passionate to support ideas that are “invented for life”.

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 or tech 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 June 2019. If your idea is selected, you will be invited to our Selection Days at the Bosch IoT Campus when we’ll get to know you and your idea better. This is your opportunity to earn a place in the funding program. If you’re successful and we select your team’s idea , the funding program will start in July 2019.

How does the incubation program look like?

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The second batch of the incubation program starts in July 2019 and runs for five months. Every month we’ll run a one-week long bootcamp including training sessions that focus on all the important areas to build a sustainable venture. During the first month, for example, all teams go through a process to validate their business idea. At the same time, you work with your coaches and mentors to identify your individual training needs. Together, we will tailor a training and coaching plan to give you the support that you need. The plan is supplemented by weekly Deep Dive Sessions and meetings with your mentors to make sure it is tailored to the needs of your startup.