Accelerator

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Accelerator

Applications are open for startups.

Get involved!

Are you a startup, an entrepreneur or a student?

Do you enjoy working at the cutting edge of innovation, solving real life problems and learning from experienced mentors in the fields of healthcare, life science, and performance materials? Then you came to the right place!

You can start the journey in one of our Hackathons or directly take your startup to the next level with the global Accelerator. Innovation does not happen linearly, so neither does our approach to help ideas grow.

Partner Up! Experience your Big Bang Moment with us

Accelerator program

We are looking for startups with the potential to reshape entire industries and make people’s lives richer. The focus is on startups in the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials and other related fields.

Move into the new Merck Innovation Center in our headquarters in Darmstadt, receive financial support of up to €50,000, regular mentoring, and coaching, and win Merck as your business partner! The program focuses on connection and collaboration of the startups, the business sectors and innovation projects at Merck. Indeed, for the very fist time you will also have the chance to extend your stay in our Innovation Hub in China and get access to the Chinese market. In addition to this, we engage in satellite programs in the African startup hotspots Nairobi, Cape Town, and Lagos.

Fancy a challenge?

Hackathon

Are you a student and do you have the mindset of a hacker? At the Merck Hackathon you can be a part of creating the future. Meet the Merck team, and collaborate with fellow students and experts from across Merck’s global organization during the two-day event.

Invent, innovate and connect with our products and services. Show your adaptability, creativity and resourcefulness by solving unique challenges that represent our different business sectors.

Brainstorm, experiment, discuss—then invent the next big thing and present your solutions to the judges. The winning teams get valuable prizes and are also invited to the X-Innovation Days.