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Our incu­ba­tor & accel­er­a­tor pro­gram: Fight­ing Cli­mate Change through Inno­va­tion

Recent­ly, we have all felt the hot real­i­ty of the cli­mate cri­sis.

The sev­en days from July 3 to 9, 2023, etched a somber record into his­to­ry – the hottest week on record with glob­al sur­face tem­per­a­tures soar­ing up to a stag­ger­ing 17 degrees. This scorch­ing truth is not just a sta­tis­tic; it’s a wake­up call echo­ing across the world.

Cli­mate change isn’t wait­ing, and nei­ther are we. PHINEO Star­tups presents a ral­ly­ing cry for vision­ar­ies, inno­va­tors, and change-mak­ers ready to alter the course of our plan­et’s future.

Do you have an idea for a solu­tion?

This is your chance to be the dri­ving force behind trans­for­ma­tion. Are you cre­at­ing a tech­nol­o­gy to com­bat ris­ing sea lev­els that threat­en coastal com­mu­ni­ties? Per­haps your inno­va­tion helps farm­ers adapt to errat­ic weath­er pat­terns, secur­ing our food sources. Or maybe you’re devel­op­ing the next break­through in renew­able ener­gy, reshap­ing the way we pow­er our world. What­ev­er your focus, if you’re forg­ing a path towards cli­mate resilience and sus­tain­abil­i­ty, we want you.

We can help you with our incu­ba­tor and accel­er­a­tor pro­gram

In our accel­er­a­tor pro­gram, we will guide you for 5 months to turn your idea into real­i­ty.
We offer you access to fund­ing, coach­ing from expe­ri­enced men­tors, access to our net­work. We will work side by side at bUm. A co-work­ing space for social entre­pre­neurs, non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions and activists.

Applications starts:                   06.02.2024
Applications ends:                     10.03.2024

Program start:                         06.05.2024
Program end:                           30.10.2024

Phi­neo has 10 years expe­ri­ence
with impact invest­ing

PHINEO is one of the pio­neers of impact inves­ting, mea­sure­ment and man­age­ment in Ger­ma­ny. We com­bi­ne impact and finan­cial know-how in one team. The­re­fo­re, we can help you finan­ce your pro­ject and pro­vi­de access to a net­work of impact inves­tors. In additi­on, we sup­port you with our com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on to our broad net­work of dif­fe­rent sec­tor part­ners and one of the largest Impact Inves­ting and Social Entrepre­neurs­hip net­works in Ger­many.


A ded­i­cat­ed PHINEO Star­tups coach guides impact founders through the incu­ba­tor pro­gram and designs it togeth­er with them.


A ded­i­cat­ed and expe­ri­enced men­tor sup­ports and advis­es each impact start­up team indi­vid­u­al­ly through­out the incu­ba­tor pro­gram – in addi­tion, top­ic-spe­cif­ic men­tors can be con­sult­ed.

Your men­tors and experts

Here you can con­nect with a selec­tion of our men­tors and experts.

Davide Marchi­sio

Ven­ture Builder, Prod­uct Coach, Busi­ness Strate­gist Read more

Pawel Poltorak

CMO at Rag­nar­son Read more

Dash Marko­va

Empow­er­ing Impact Entre­pre­neurs with train­ing and men­tor­ship, Dash Too Much Read more

Den­nis Stahl

Ser­i­al Founder, Investor, Impact & Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Expert at OnePur­pose Net­work Read more

Wari­di Pab­st — Schrob­s­dorff

Founder & CEO of Fash­ion Africa 254, Con­trib­u­tor for Africa at Vogue Ger­many Read more

Alexan­der Fahie

Entre­pre­neur at TAISK Read more

Mark Young

Pres­i­dent at Ratio­nal Games, Inc. Read more

Ola­do­su Adenike

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, I Lead Cli­mate Action Ini­tia­tive Read more

Annelie Graf

Senior Con­sul­tant Busi­ness Strat­e­gy & Inno­va­tion, diff­fer­ent GmbH Read more

Mar­tin Quach

Cli­mate Impact Advi­sor at Ter­rafor­ma­tion Read more

Abdul Khaleq Al-Qasai­ly

Ser­i­al Entre­pre­neur, Busi­ness Glob­al Men­tor, GeoAI Con­sul­tant at QR Glob­al LT Read more

Niall Bellabar­ba

Senior Cloud Archi­tect at DWS Read more

Lau­ra Schmid­hu­ber

Head of Dig­i­tal Inno­va­tion Lab at Miele & Cie. KG Read more

Alice Hohen­lo­he

Impact Man­ag­er at Trill Impact Read more

Flo­ri­an Foder­mey­er

Con­sult­ing Part­ner at Dynamo Part­ners Read more

Lucas von Fürsten­berg

Sus­tain­able forestry, real estate, busi­ness angel at Frei­herr von Fürsten­berg’sche Ver­wal­tung Read more

Cielo Sanabria

Senior LCA Expert and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Ana­lyst at SAP Read more

Natalia Mejia Par­do

Project Asso­ciate at The Data Tank Read more

Ulrich Kat­ter­bach

Inno­va­tion Con­sul­tant and Men­tor: Bridg­ing Ideas to Sus­tain­able Suc­cess, Self Employed Read more

Olga Almqvist

Senior Man­ag­er, Soci­etal Impact Financ­ing Ini­tia­tive (Sci­Fi), ESMT Read more

Kirsten Nie­mann

Online Mar­ket­ing Man­ag­er, Self employed Read more

Lars Ofter­dinger

Social Media Lead Europe, smart Europe GmbH Read more

Idan Tobias

Organ­i­sa­tion­al devel­op­ment expert, Self-Employ­eed Read more

Ale­na Hilbig

Start­up Men­tor | Oper­a­tional & Strate­gic Excel­lence | Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Read more

Torsten Mueller

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Com­merzbank Read more

Lukas Marzi

CEO at On Pur­pose and Founder at Marzi­plan Read more

David Schmidt

CPO & ser­i­al founder, Apothera Read more

Kai Mar­tin

Indus­tri­al Cli­mate Tech Investor at Shell Ven­tures Read more

Anvi­ta Mud­kani

Senior Invest­ment Man­ag­er at IBB Ven­tures Read more

Yan­nick Frank

Start­up Men­tor & Investor at Part­ners in Clime Read more

Lukas Har­lan

Pro­grame Direc­tor at Schöpflin Foun­da­tion Read more

Nadine Michalske

Co-Founder Klima.Metrix Read more

Inga Skowranek

Con­sul­tant sys­temic orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment & sus­tain­abil­i­ty man­age­ment & Agile Coach, Free­lancer and collectiv:a mem­ber Read more

Sebas­t­ian Schramm

Ven­ture Archi­tect at Enpulse Ven­tures GmbH Read more

Nan­cy Birkhölz­er

Founder, Investor, Advi­so­ry Board Mem­ber at NB Ven­tures Read more

Chris­t­ian Wal­ter

Found­ing Part­ner at SDGx Read more

Julia Drey­er

Co-Founder & Board Mem­ber at collectiv:a eG | Expert on Inno­va­tion & Agile Meth­ods Read more

Johan­na von Her­man-Kim

COO & Investor at Cat­a­lyst Impact Invest­ment Club Read more

Sébas­tien Mar­tin

Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner at Impact Asso­ciates Read more

Maren Lesche

Founder & CEO at Start­up Col­or Read more

Julia Rob­lick

Impact Invest­ing, bet­ter ven­tures Read more

Mario Stein­buch

Co-Founder & Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, 36 Cham­bers Stu­dio Read more

Pieter van Mid­woud

Chief Tree Plant­i­ng Offi­cer, Ecosia Read more

Natali­ia Fiebrig

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at WeAid, For­eign Cor­re­spon­dant at Stu­dio 1+1 Read more

Nor­man Hiob

Co-Founder & Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Plan­ty Foods & Hiob Ven­tures Read more

Tay­la Shel­drake

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at Motion​Lab​.Ven​tures Read more

Erdinç Koç

Fundrais­ing Expert & Ven­ture Part­ner at Heart­felt Cap­i­tal and Head of the Medi­aT­e­ch Hub Accel­er­a­tor at the HPI Read more

Robert Hite

Direc­tor of Busi­ness Devel­op­ment, Aptar Dig­i­tal Health Read more

Matthias Oetken

CEO & Founder, Exec­u­tive coach, for­mer CFO/ CRO at N26 Read more

Jas­mine Borhan

Founder, Jas­mine Borhan Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Read more

Asal Rus­ta­mo­va

Spon­sor­ship and Media Part­ner­ship Man­ag­er Read more

Sascha Erben

Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Ohana Group Ham­burg (Fam­i­ly Office) / 105 VIERTEL Ham­burg (Social Impact Incu­ba­tor and Accel­er­a­tor) Read more

Christoph Rohde

Trans­ac­tion Man­ag­er at FASE Read more

Christa Coc­ci­ole

Body Ori­ent­ed Sys­tems Ther­a­pist and Con­sul­tant for Embod­ied Lead­er­ship, Free­lance Read more

Masiar Emanuel Nashat

Free­lance Train­er und Coach, Rain­mak­er Tribe Read more

Katrin Häuser

CEO and co-founder, The­Green­Spring Read more

Olek­san­dr Snidalov

Direc­tor of Plat­form and Ser­vices, Babbel Read more

Fabi­an Hoehne

Entre­pre­neur, Impact Investor, Founder of Vito­lus, Clever­ack­ern & Fly​la​.com Read more

Dr. Chris­t­ian Hum­borg

CEO Wiki­me­dia Deutsch­land, Founder RUMS, Board mem­ber CORRECTIV Read more

Kiana Mar­di

Found­ing Part­ner, Lucy Cap­i­tal / Com­pa­ny Build­ing, fraud0 Read more

Felix Krause

Man­ag­ing Part­ner, Vireo Ven­tures Man­age­ment Read more

Mina Kola­gar

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, PAN­TO­health Read more

Chris­t­ian Boettch­er

Entre­pre­neur in Web3 | Inde­pen­dent Plat­form Strat­e­gy Advi­sor, NUW Ven­tures Read more

Thomas Kalunge

Human-Cen­tered Inno­va­tion Strate­gist and Entre­pre­neur­ial Busi­ness Leader Read more

René Wien­holtz

Founder, LOOM Impact Read more

Sab­ri­na Kon­zok

Board Mem­ber and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor at SEND e.V. and Junge Tüftler gGmbH Read more

Chris­t­ian Kroll

CEO of Ecosia Read more

Kai Malk­witz

Impact Direc­tor at Founders Insti­tute Berlin Read more

Dr. Thomas Warnke

Entre­pre­neur at Hum­boldt Inno­va­tion Read more

Mamuteane Mmut­le

Investor / Entrepreneur/ Oper­a­tions Spe­cial­ist Read more

Tobias Ahrens

Head of Founder­center at Berlin­er Volks­bank Read more

Philipp Schmidt

Man­ag­ing Own­er at C4CS Europe — Cen­ter for Cor­po­rate Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Read more

Maike Strif­fler

Co-Founder & Social Enter­prise Lead at Social Inno­va­tion Acad­e­my Glob­al Read more

Igor Elbert

Prin­ci­pal at Com­mon Sen­sor Read more

André Nikol­s­ki

Strate­gic Projects at Hum­boldt-Inno­va­tion, Start­up Coach & Start­up Con­sul­tant Read more

Julia Majer

Inno­va­tion Con­sul­tant & Pro­gram Man­ag­er at SAP​.iO Read more

Lau­ra Kohler

Start­up Ecosys­tem & Cor­po­rate Inno­va­tion expert Read more

Lyud­my­la Kovalenko

CEO and Co-Founder at Doc­tor Kim­chi Read more

Sophie Dien­berg

Founder of inKlub Read more

Dr. Thomas Gne­fkow

Busi­ness angel, founder and pri­vate lec­tur­er Read more

Car­olin Kröger

Co-founder at beingfe​male​.de and con­sul­tant Read more

Nora Azza­oui

Part­ner at Kobold I Pur­pose Design & Inno­va­tion and co-founder of mimy­cri Read more

Peter Brock

Entre­pre­neur and impact investor, Fam­i­ly Office Ser­vices Read more


The­re will be a wee­kly trai­ning offer with work­shops aimed at addres­sing your needs and gaps and inten­ded to sup­port the accelera­ti­on of your devel­op­ment.


You get a seat at bUm. A place to work, meet, learn and improve the world togeth­er. It’s a com­mu­ni­ty space for inspir­ing encoun­ters between social entre­pre­neurs and home­less peo­ple, pol­i­tics and the neigh­bor­hood, social­ly com­mit­ted com­pa­nies and activists, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions and vol­un­teers.

Co-Work­ing at bUm,

bUm com­mu­ni­ty space

Hybrid Set­up

With our hybrid set­up, we sup­port both in-per­son atten­dees and vir­tu­al atten­dees from Kyiv, Paris, Lon­don or any­where else.


Diverse types of events are offered as part of the incu­ba­tor pro­gram, e.g., com­mu­ni­ty events, pitch events, net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties & an impact sum­mit.

Impact Sum­mit: Ukraine Response Pro­gram #2

Our Impact Sum­mit is joint Demo Day and Kick-Off Event

We say good­bye to the par­tic­i­pants of one pro­gram and wel­come the par­tic­i­pants of the next pro­gram with a big joint event. This way, the new par­tic­i­pants see what to expect right on their first day. And they can con­nect with our entire impact com­mu­ni­ty at this event.

Peer-to-Peer Coach­ing and Com­mu­ni­ty Build­ing

PHINEO Star­tups encour­ages and facil­i­tates learn­ing and com­mu­ni­ty-build­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties among founders.


PHINEO Star­tups pro­vides access to dif­fer­ent sec­tor part­ners and one of the largest impact invest­ing and social entre­pre­neur­ship net­works in Ger­many.

It’s a match?

We sup­port star­tups in all sta­ges. Do you have an almost finis­hed pro­to­ty­pe that you can test or an exis­ting start­up that you want to bring to a new lev­el?
Your team con­sists of at least two foun­ders. Non-pro­­fit as well as for-pro­­fit organiz­a­ti­ons can apply.

Ask us any­thing

Do you have any ques­tions?
We can chat here.

If you encoun­ter any tech­ni­cal or oth­er difficul­ties while sub­mit­ting your online appli­ca­ti­on, plea­se feel free to reach out to us.

Need a 1:1 call?

Want feed­back on your doc­u­ments before you apply? Lets make an appoint­ment for a video call as soon as pos­si­ble. Someo­ne from the PHINEO Star­tups team will give feed­back on your pitch deck. After that, you have until the end of the sub­mis­si­on peri­od to integra­te our feed­back into your appli­ca­tion.

You need to accept func­tion­al cook­ies to use the sched­ul­ing fea­ture.