TRIP to accelerate
We speed up your Innovation
Transform the future
with the TRIP accelerator program
Get on Board
to accelerate your innovation
Investment Readyness
We make you VC fit

Upcoming Events

May 24
All day
Workshop "Pitchtraining"

What we offer

With the Thuringian Regional Innovation Program, TRIP, we bring your start-up directly to the next level. In our accelerator program you benefit from 6 months of expertise, workshops, budget and networking with investors, SMEs, innovators and corporates. In that way TRIP brings you towards investment readyness.  For particularly scalable projects, additional 3 months of the Final TRIP phase with the focus on VC financing are planned. The final highlight of the program is a pitch at the Investor Days Thuringia – a unique opportunity to present your business concept in front of around 600 players of the international start-up community, investors and innovators.

We are always curious to discover exciting innovations, visions, crazy products or business models and to develop them together with you.

This batch is under the sign of Industry 4.0. Together with the TRIP partner Mehnert GmbH, we will offer you additional modules for the field of automation and robotics.

As a hub of industrial collaboration, Mehnert Lab offers the perfect infrastructure for the development of innovative solutions. TRIP participants will have exclusive access to the Mehnert Lab Factory to develop technologies and test them live. The teams also benefit from the on-site coworking space, networking with industry experts and Lab partners, and access to real market and customer problems.


TRIP goes Industry 4.0

Our Mission

We love innovation! That’s why we launched TRIP in 2019. Our goal is to create the best conditions for the start-up community in Thuringia, to accelerate innovations and to generate synergy and cooperation among like-minded people.

TRIP is a program of the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT) within the Project ThEx innovativ. Since 1993, the STIFT has been promoting science, research and technology along the entire educational and economic development chain. In individual cases, the STIFT  invests itself in promising Thuringian start-ups as an early stage and side investor.

With this background  TRIP has set itself the goal to move the startup ecosystem in Thuringia. For that purpose our interdisciplinary team of 5 people develops contemporary products since 2011 in order to accelerate start-ups.

What to expect?


In individual coachings we take a close look at your business model, question the processes, decisions and identify together with you the next steps for your start-up.


Our 10 workshops give you theoretical and practical insights which are important for the success of your start-up. The workshop series covers all relevant topics from strategic reflection to investor relations. Discover the workshops in the TRIP schedule.

Prototyping Budget

We give you up to 4.500 euro start budget just because we love your business model. Whether prototype development, market research or customer interviews, you will surely find the right way to use it for your start-up.

Chance of 100.000 Euro Investment

TRIP gives you access to the € 100,000 early-stage ticket from bm | t “Beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh” and the Get Started Prototyping Program from Thuringia’s business-related research institutions.

Access to the international community & events

TRIP makes you a part of the international community. We network you with industry experts, investors, start-ups and SMEs both in Germany and in the world. You also get exclusive access to events, e.g. Hanover Fair, Investor Days Thuringia, InnoMatch, innovation award “Innovationspreis Thüringen” and much more.

Get on Board!

Do you want to change the future of the automotive industry or reshape other innovation-driven industries with your technology or innovative business idea? Then get on board and become part of the next TRIP Class!

The program is open to all industries and is aimed at anyone who wants to disrupt the status quo of the markets with new ideas, products and processes and thus drive technology change and sustainable growth.

Whether you are in the pre-start-up phase or have already founded a company, we will accelerate your innovation!

TRIP Timeline

1. Sept. - 15. Oct.

Application Period

09. Nov.

Kick-Off - Start your TRIP

Nov. - March
Phase I

Phase I, Coachings, Workshops, Meet-Ups

15. March


March - June
Phase II

Phase II, Coachings, Workshops, Meet-Ups


Investor Days Thuringia 2023

TRIP is an initiative of the Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia (STIFT) within the Project ThEx innovativ. Together with innovators, investors and established companies, we want to redesign the startup ecosystem in Thuringia. 

Would you like to contribute your expertise and support TRIP? Then get on board as a partner and become part of the TRIP COMMUNITY!

TRIP Community

TRIP is an initiative of STIFT within the framework of the project ThEx innovativ and is supported by the Free State of Thuringia with funds from the European Social Fund Plus
part of Stift