What you get



A hands-on experience in India to learn more about its market, business culture, and your sector-specific environment.



Meet stakeholders, business mentors, and potential partners to support your market entry.



Get the necessary insights to find your product/market-fit in India and how to localize your solution to maximize your efforts.



A customized agenda to support your company with market insights from experts, fellow founders, decision makers based on your businesses priorities

Exploration programme

Our next Free Exploration Programme will happen between

Cohort I: 31 May – 30 July  2021 Sustainability/Health & Life Science (applications closed)
Cohort II: 11 Oct. – 17 Dec. 2021 Mobility & Logistics/Health & Life Science (applications closed)

Cohort III: Feb. – March 2022 /Health & Life Science

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  • Prep calls with every selected startup with our Localization Facilitator
  • Immersion: Understand Indian Customers and local decision makers behaviour
  • Present your Business Model to identify key areas for localization
  • Meet your mentor
  • Meet potential clients, partners, innovators and mentors to validate your product’s value proposition for India
  • Workshops: Selling in India, Insights into the Psyche of Indian Decision Makers
  • Explore Sector-specific dynamics and regulations
  • Possibility of individual/private sector related site visits (only while traveling to India)
  • Local networking events (only while travelling to India)
  • Legal guidance upon specific request
  • Summarize your validated localized business model
  • Plan your next step & develop potential timelines and possible gaps to address
  • Learn about Grow Programme
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Application Process

Who can participate:

European tech startups and scale-ups with a strong interest in entering India, knowledge that India is a suitable market for their business or are possibly already active in India but struggle with aspects of their journey.

You will be selected according to:

  • stage of development
  • motivation to enter the Indian market
  • compatibility with our areas of focus
    (tangential business can be studied)

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Feb. - March 2022 HealthTech

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To be announced soon Logistics & Mobility

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To be announced soon EdTech

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To be announced soon Sustainability

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Project leader

Since 2008, German Entrepreneurship GmbH has been promoting innovation in companies of all sizes and helping customers set up their own corporate accelerators. In our trajectory, we accompanied more than 600 startups on their way, through tailor made programmes, applied with passion and thinking outside the box. With over 500 innovation projects, we have successfully developed and implemented solutions and concepts for various customers and partners from various sectors.

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1 - What is the cost of the programme and what is included in the price?

The programme is free of charge. You may be required to cover your cost of travel to/from and in India partially or in full. Please speak to the EU-India InnoCenter team in case you require financial assistance for your travel expenses.

2 - I didn’t do the ICCs or Preparation training; can I apply for the Exploration Programme?

Yes, we absolutely encourage you to apply. Depending on your maturity level we may request you to participate in an ICC or Preparation training before joining the Exploration Programme. Please speak to the EU-India InnoCenter team for feedback on your specific situation.

3 - My company does not fall into any of the sectors mentioned. Is there a possibility to register?

Yes, please apply for the programme that suits your time preference. We will consider your application based on the relevance of your offering to the Indian market even if your product does not fall into any of the focus sectors or technologies. Please help us by highlighting why you think your product is relevant to India in your application. All other eligibility criteria apply. If you would like to clarify with one of our experts for feedback just contact us. We look forward to speaking to you.

4 - What is the impact of the pandemic on the Exploration Programme?

The Exploration Programme is designed as a hybrid program ideally, with programme parts happening virtually and in India. As the pandemic continues to prevent us from travelling, we will offer the in-country element of the programme in a virtual fashion too. We have seen high engagement in similar programmes throughout 2020. This time is great to explore something new and build plans for a post-pandemic world.

5 - Am I too small or too early stage to be considered?

Even as EU-India InnoCenter is seeing scaleups and more mature technology SMEs as their key audience; new and small companies can also be a great fit. Especially if there is a uniqueness to the offering.
Keep in mind programmes are designed for companies that have reached product-market fit in their home market and do show traction in one or more countries. Do not be shy to apply, as applying is free, and it will allow our team to get to know your company.

6 - Which countries are eligible to apply?

The programme is built to European companies. Having a legal entity in one of the 27 EU member states or associated countries is a key eligibility criterion.

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The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 coordination and support action programme under grant agreement No. 101004815. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this website lies entirely with the authors.