RESPOND Accelerator Startup 2022

Our vision is a regenerative economy where companies not only stop causing harm but restore resources that were lost to society and the planet, while still being profitable.

A program by The BMW Foundation

Therefore, we work with entrepreneurs across the globe to promote and scale solutions to the most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges of our time.

Applications for the RESPOND Accelerator 2022 – cohort #3 – open on January 17. We’re excited to receive your application, and look forward to learning more about you and your startup.


The RESPOND Accelerator is a 6-month startup accelerator program that systematically advances how entrepreneurs lead, grow and scale sustainable businesses. Based in Munich, operating internationally and online.

As a member of the RESPOND 2022 cohort, your journey will include the following elements:


You’ll work with coaches to develop your business with a focus on sustainability and responsible leadership. Throughout the program, our mentors will challenge, advise, and guide you on critical business and leadership decisions.


As part of the RESPOND curriculum, you’ll take part in a multi-day leadership program to explore the concept of responsible leadership. We’ll explore what responsible leadership means for entrepreneurs, reflecting and peer-counseling on critical topics such as leadership dilemmas, personal transformation, and entrepreneurial wellbeing.

RESPOND program by BMW Foundation


You’ll be part of a diverse global network of founders, investors, corporations, and thought leaders. You’ll also be introduced to the international BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network.


Backed by strong brands, RESPOND will promote your startup at international conferences and through pro-active public relations, social media, and our network. You’ll have the opportunity to present your business to an international group of investors, industry representatives, and the press at the RESPOND Demo Night.


We are fully committed to developing your leadership and scaling your impact in line with the UN 2030 Agenda. RESPOND is an equity-free program and free of charge.


Entrepreneurs with startup solutions that match the following criteria:

  • Sustainability
  • Innovation
  • Traction
  • Leadership


Applications for the RESPOND 2022 cohort open on January 17 and close on February 27, 2022. After thoroughly evaluating all applications, finalists will be announced by end of April.

Please refer to the FAQs if you have questions about the program or your application – or get in touch with us directly via email or during one of our upcoming Q&A Sessions.

If you would like to take a look at the application form beforehand, you can download the full form below.

For more information please visit the official website. 

Mark Griffith

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