Application for the TRIP class 20/21 is closed since 15th of October 20
TRIP to accelerate
We speed up your Innovation
Be your model
Develop your business model with us
Investment Readyness
We make you VC fit
Start your TRIP
Be part of the TRIP Community

…to accelerate

Upcoming Events

  1. Start your TRIP

    November 11
  2. InnoMatch

    November 25 @ 15:45 - 16:45

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.

What we offer

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 since 2011 contemporary products in order to accelerate start-ups.

What to expect?


In individual coaching 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 9 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 an 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!

Are you visionaries with an innovative business idea that you want to bring forward and scale? Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Your base is Thuringia and you have want to change the world? Then get on board and become part of the next TRIP class!

TRIP is open to all industries and is aimed at everyone who wants to challenge the status quo of the markets with new ideas, products and processes. It doesn’t matter if you have just a business idea or a founded start-up, we will accelerate your innovation!

Don’t miss the application deadline on the 15th of October 2020!

TRIP Timeline

1. Sept. - 15. Okt.


11. Nov

Kick-Off - Start your TRIP

Nov - März
Phase I

Phase I, Coachings, Workshops, Meet-Ups



März - Juni
Phase II

Phase II, Coachings, Workshops, Meet-Ups


Investor Days Thüringen '21

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


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