We opened applications for the 2018 METRO Retail accelerator program on November 27th, 2017. We'll continue to accept applications until February 2nd, 2018 - you can get started with your application here.
We’ll spend a few weeks after that interviewing teams a few times. We have hundreds of companies apply, so we go through a process of thinning out the number of companies. We'll first narrow the list down to 80 companies, and start vetting companies based on the information contained in applications submitted via F6S, and also our knowledge of the market and area the company operates in.
We'll let you know by mid-February if your application has progressed to the Top 40 round, and at this point the Managing Director will be requesting feedback from METRO leadership to further assess your suitability.
As part of the application process, you'll be expected to attend virtual interviews (20-30 minutes each) with at least three different members from the Techstars and METRO ecosystem.
In the final round, we'll ask that your team flies in to Berlin for in-person interviews on March 6th, where we'll get the chance to hold face-to-face conversations and interview each other.
We'll send out offers to the final 10 startups by mid-March, if not sooner. One or two additional startups may also be offered a place on the waitlist.
The program itself starts on April 23rd, and we’ll wrap it all up in mid July.