Deep Dive Weeks

A Deep Dive Week is a combination of sector-specific “softlanding”, acceleration and internationalization. The mini acceleration programme is most beneficial for startups that are ready to scale.
Participating startups can also win opportunities beyond the DDW.

Are you eligible?

Application is done on F6S. Please read before applying.


Must have at least functional MVP, ideally already with recurring revenue in one market.

Fit with Deep Dive Week

Must be relevant to the topic / vertical of the Deep Dive Week being applied to.

English proficiency

Must be able to communicate well in English, including pitching and Q&A.


Raised 50-250k€ and/or has significant revenue / growth.


Strong technological component, scalable internationally.

Relevant Traction

Significant number of users, growth of revenue or strong commercial agreements.


Looking to raise for a Round A+ (1 million €) or equivalent.


Priority given to startups from Germany, Ireland, Baltics and Portugal.


Balanced with both business and technical demonstrated competencies.


These criteria are merely indicative – high potential startups are always considered!
If you have a question, please drop us a message.

What do you get from a DDW?

The programme is 100% free of charge and travel expenses are reimbursable up to 500€.
Startups are welcome to bring 2 team members.


Qualified introductions to get leads for your new local clients.

Soft Landing

Packed agenda so you become familiar with the key players in the ecosystem.

Industry specific

Matchmaking with corporates & procurers looking to co-develop solutions in your field.

Tailored support

Our local partners will be your Scaling Managers during the week.

Lighthouse community

Our network & Scaling Managers remain at your disposal and you become eligible to earn the opportunities ‘Beyond the DDW’!

Travel costs support

Reimbursement of up to 500€ of your travel and accommodation expenses

Select the destination

Each Deep Dive Week is vertical-specific and has different goals. Choose the most relevant for you.

7-10 April, 2019

MedTech DDW – Dublin

With over 2,250 startups, Dublin was ranked in the top 10 of the European Digital City Index 2016 and just outside the world’s top 20 startup ecosystems in reporting firm Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015.


13-17 May, 2019

Smart Cities DDW – Lisbon

Lisbon is home to an emerging startup ecosystem that has steadily been rising in popularity, after becoming the first European Capital of Entrepreneurship in 2015 and then securing the largest entrepreneurship event in Europe, Web Summit, since 2016.


27-31 May, 2019

FinTech DDW – Baltics

The ecosystems in the Baltic states have been developing fast in recent years, with high investment in digital infrastructure leading to top accessibility rates and boosting some of the fastest internet speeds in the world.


20-24 May, 2019

Mobility DDW – Berlin

Berlin has established itself as one of the top startup hubs in Europe. The German capital records more than 40 thousand startups, translating into one of the highest startup to inhabitant ration.

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It has opened new significant global business doors in all directions (enablers, partners, industry insights and strategic clients).


Deep Dive week was great insight, we met the right people, and found amazing help on our scale up phase.

Roster Buster
Roster Buster

Deep Dive Week was a concentrated vitamin with quality business leads, knowledge and fun that ever startup should taste!

Kryptowatt Investments
Kryptowatt Investments

Deep Dive Week was a great opportunity for actionable feedback from mentors & speakers – and great networking opportunity with other startups.

Personal Travels
Personal Travels

Sample agenda of a Deep Dive Week

Building Blocks [check the agenda of each Deep Dive Week]

1 Welcome, intro to ecosystem and tour

2 Startup day – visits to the local startup hubs and main players, including meet-ups

3 Visit to local key organisation relevant to the DDW topic (research institutions, multinationals, etc.)

4 VC/Investor/Corporate day – matchmaking, office hours, etc.

5 Internationalisation Day – workshops and mentor hours with scaling managers

6 Integration with larger tech events and other EU project activities

7 Follow up