Projects Adlershof - A² Accelerator Berlin - A² Smart City 2018

A² Accelerator „Smart City 2018“

The Challenges to a Smart City

“The way future cities work will differ from today’s cities. We need to start today to find novel solutions for living and working, infrastructure and mobility as well as energy and resources. The city of the future will be a liveable city, where climate protection and sustainability play a role as will the use of new, interconnected technologies. We will only succeed if we take a holistic view of the city of the future. Then and only then will future cities become intelligent cities.”
Ramona Pop, Mayor and Senator for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Berlin – Patron of the A² Adlershof Accelerator “Smart City”

Like many other large cities in the world, Berlin faces great challenges: the city is growing, becoming more densely populated and its population is ageing. Berlin is undergoing profound structural changes.

The city of the future will be an intelligent city – a smart city. Smart technology will play a major part in confronting the ecological, social, economic and cultural challenges of growing metropolitan areas and in finding comprehensive, interdisciplinary solutions.

Our A² Accelerator “Smart City” wants to make a start where future innovation is already visible today: energy, smart buildings, communication, IT and security. The Science and Technology Park Berlin Adlershof offers start-ups the unique opportunity to test LoRaWAN -based applications together with our programme’s industrial partners. Berlin Adlershof boasts its own water, wastewater, gas and electricity grid, which is an ideal “micro-urban laboratory” for testing smart city applications. The focus will be on sensor technology.

The Key Areas of the A² Accelerator Smart City

A² key areas

We are looking for start-ups who work specifically on smart city issues, who work on the interface to those issues, or who provide auxiliary services.

Do you provide a product or service that is not geared specifically towards this application, but you are convinced it can create added value? Please convince us, too, with your application.

The Programme

A² Smart City Programme 2018

During the 5-month programme, the focus of the A² Accelerator is on pilot projects created by the start-ups and our industrial partners. Simultaneously, you will work on relevant product, company and industry-specific issues in tailored subject blocks. Our partners include

  • PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH
  • Osborne Clarke, an international law firm for business law

You will have the opportunity to determine the consulting services you require.

Our programme comprises a well-balanced mix of theory, practice and networking. You will have enough time to take care of your daily business. The programme’s aim is for you to apply your acquired expertise to your product, or service, and to work together with the industrial partners and coaches towards improving it.

The A² Accelerator programme provides you with industrial partners, who provide you with insight into their particular skills environment, unlock access to their data and customer base, provide you with someone who is permanently at your disposal, and jointly implement pilot projects. This will help you to not only better understand the industry, but also to better adjust your product to its respective market requirements and, ideally, to improve it.

Moreover, you will receive coaching on all important aspects of business leadership by successful founders and coaches. This high-quality package creates an added value for our participants that will set them apart from the competition. The training and coaching programme comprises 3-4 joint subject blocks that each last two days and 2-3 individual consulting services according to your start-up’s needs. The entire duration of the programme is 5 months. Timeframe of the project: end of August 2018 until beginning of January 2019.

The Partners

Your Application

We are looking for start-ups who work specifically on smart city issues, who work on the interface to those issues, or who provide auxiliary services.

Do you provide a product or service that is not geared specifically towards this application, but you are convinced it can create added value? Please convince us, too, with your application.

Why apply?

[Translate to English:] Adlershof Accelerator Vorteile

Are you involved specifically with smart city issues?
Are you working on interfaces or auxiliary services?
Do you want to make your product or service happen together with one or several of our industrial partners?
Are you looking to network with other start-ups, potential business partners and prospective customers?
Are you aiming at professionalising your branding and management skills?

If these questions apply to your needs, the A² programme can offer you the following:

  • Cooperation with our top-level industrial partners with the aim of implementing long-term pilot projects
  • Professional and technical support by a designated contact from the established companies for the duration of the programme and access to the companies for start-ups
  • Two major industry associations, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) and the bne Association of Energy Market Innovators, provide you with access to their network of relevant and innovative players in the fields of electrical technology, security and energy and offer additional networking platforms
  • Project reimbursement of 5,000 euros per start-up
  • Free-of-charge co-working space in the Technology Park Berlin Adlershof for working, meeting and networking with other start-ups
  • Free accommodation including breakfast at the ADAPT-Apartments Adlershof during training and coaching
  • Tailored training and coaching programmes tailored with experienced coaches and professionals
  • Continuous support by the experienced A² Accelerator team, who provide their high expertise on smart city issues
  • Independent coaching by the A² Accelerator team for cooperating with industrial partners during your partnership
  • Close exchange with other start-ups
  • Participation in the A² Accelerator does not require start-ups to give up company shares
  • The programme is independent from the companies, which ensures neutrality
  • Sponsorship by the State of Berlin ensures nationwide visibility

HOW do I apply?


  • Our auxiliary / coaching programme takes place exclusively in Berlin (A² bears costs for accommodation). You decide where to work on your pilot projects together with your industrial partners.
  • Participation in the joint subject blocks (training, coaching, events) is mandatory; ca. 3-4 themed sessions on two days each across 5 months. Programme duration: end of August 2018 – beginning of January 2019

Requirements for application:

  • The product / solution / service is basically applicable, and you already have some customers
  • Founders or relevant decision-makers as well suitable experts from your company must be available during the core time of the programme (Aug 18 – Jan 19)

Deadline for applications is the 04/22/2018 at 23:59 GMT+1. Please complete and enclose this downloadable form and send your application to

Early Bird

“Early Bird” applications, which are sent before 20th March 2018 and which pass the basic evaluation as well as the pre-presentation in front of the A²-Team in Berlin-Adlershof, will have the option to win one of the 5 pitching slots at the HANNOVER MESSE 2018. This is the world’s leading industrial fair with more than 5,000 international exhibitors. Afterwards you will have the possibility to get in contact with investors and representatives from industry. A ticket for the fair is included.

The A² Team

Roland Sillmann is the CEO of WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH. His career has instilled a great passion for fostering founders in the energy sector and uses his extensive, long-standing network to do so. He is the initiator of the A² Accelerator programme.

Yvonne Plaschnick has been supporting the growth of start-ups in Adlershof for many years. As the project manager, she is responsible for the entire A² programme.

Dr. Oliver von Quast is project head of A² and has been a business angel for many years. He has long-standing experience with working in the energy industry.

Rawad Chammas brings his high affinity for innovative and competent start-ups to the A² Team. He is responsible for selecting and supporting our candidates.

Andrea Ruíz López is a master’s student at Technical University Berlin in engineering management with a focus on energy resources. She started supporting the team in February 2018.



A² Accelerator Berlin

Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin
+49 30 6392-2240
+49 30 6392-2204

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Bewerbungsformular 2018 eng neu.pdf
Application for participation in the start-up programme A² Accelerator “Smart City” 2018