From a growing AI startup to scaling up

The AI RISE Program

Do you have an AI startup with first paying customers and a scalable business model? Are you ready to drive growth and take your startup to the next level? Then you've come to the right place!

In our AI RISE program, we connect you with the right customers and investors and help you scale your idea with individual coaching!

Apply Now for the AI RISE program 2024!

Link for Application



Internationally experienced experts support you with individual 1:1 sessions.


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Dima Sarle 

Trainer Operations

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

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Bianca Praetorius 

Trainer Investorpitch

International Startup Pitch Coach & Entrepreneurial Activist

Manuel Hartmann

Trainer Salesfunnel

Founder & CEO SalesPlaybook

Dr. Arndt Schwaiger

Trainer Growth-Strategy

Startup Advisor & Business Angel

Jan-Soeren Zinke

Trainer Investor Marketing

Associate @Iris Capital

Thorsten Schmiady

Trainer Customer Pitch

Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Eligibility for the program

Your team must consist of at least 2 co-founders. We focus on diversity: At least one co-founder should be an AI expert, one co-founder should be responsible for the business area!

The KI-Garage is a program of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. We give priority to supporting teams whose place of residence or company headquarters is in Baden-Württemberg. If you live outside of Baden-Württemberg and are looking for opportunities to get started here, we still look forward to hearing from you.

Our program is geared towards teams that have an internationally scalable AI business model and can already demonstrate their first paying customers. If you are not ready yet, the Network Accelerator is better suited for you.

Our program is only designed for startups where artificial intelligence is a main part of their product/service. Teams that only use AI for individual areas (such as marketing) are unfortunately not eligible for us.

Do you have further questions? Then feel free to contact us directly! Contact the KI-Garage team.