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 IV: May – June 2022 /Sustainability – Green India

Cohort V: Oct. – Nov. 2022 /Deep Tech


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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)

Join our next programmes:


To be announced soon HealthTech

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To be announced soon Logistics & Mobility

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Deep Tech

To be announced soon Deep Tech

coming soon

May - June 2022 Sustainability

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Project leader

As a valued partner to startups, corporations, universities and public organizations, German Entrepreneurship shapes the future by empowering innovation. Targeted programs like German Accelerator, Scaler8, the EU-India Innocenter, Master Accelerator and Scale-up.NRW address European and international startups as they transition into the world’s most thriving economies. Since 2008, the German Entrepreneurship team has guided more than 750 startups with its global network of experts – including German unicorns like Flixbus and Celonis. Over 500 innovation projects, ranging from innovation coaching to corporate accelerators,  were successfully completed on behalf of DAX-listed and medium-sized enterprises. German Entrepreneurship has offices in Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Singapore, Tokyo, Silicon Valley, Boston and New York, and operates with close partners located in India and South Korea.


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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.