RESPOND Accelerator

Accelerating Responsible Leadership

RESPOND is a BMW Foundation accelerator program, operated by UnternehmerTUM, which exists to accelerate startups and empower leaders to take their business to the next level.

With the RESPOND accelerator program, we want to inspire and empower entrepreneurs to work towards systemic change and the achievement of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We provide founders with hands-on coachings and mentoring and access to an international network of entrepreneurs, investors and business partners.

As a member of the RESPOND cohort, you’ll be matched with personal mentors, receive hands-on coaching, and have access to our diverse, international network.

During the 5-month program, you will attend four sprints of three to four days each in Munich, Germany, and be invited to join partner events, conferences, and field trips in different locations across Europe. At the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to pitch your impact business to an international group of 250+ investors, industry representatives, and the press, at our RESPOND Demo Night.


Mentorship – You’ll have access to our mentors and receive workshops in business, technology, positive impact and leadership.

Responsible Leadership – We will empower you to lead with more responsibility, awareness, commitment and action.

International Network – We will provide you with access to a global network of investors, entrepreneurs and corporates.

Visibility – We’ll promote your startup at international events as well as through our press and social media channels.

Workspace – We offer co-working spaces in the heart of Munich and access to the prototyping workshop MakerSpace.


Positive Impact – Does your startup achieve positive impact in line with the Sustainable Development Goals 8, 9 or 11

Profit & Purpose – Is your venture driven by purpose and pursues a scalable business model?

Technology – Does your startup use innovative technology to drive change?

Traction – Does your early-stage venture already have some traction in the market?

Are you ready to respond? Let’s get started!

To complete the application, you will need information about your company and product, your impact and traction and your team. Please also have your latest pitch deck at hand.

If you have all this information ready, the process won’t take you more than 15 minutes. You can save your application at any time and come back to it later.

The application deadline is 23:59 on March 1st, 2020.


March 1, 2020
Organizer BMW Foundation
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