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!

Individual Training

Access to customers & investors

Personal Key Account Manager



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


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    Dima Sarle 

    Trainer Operations

    Serial Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

    Bianca Praetorius_Expert_KI-Garage_2021/22

    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.