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Opening doors to international growth for European ventures

Our programme offers holistic and practical time-efficient mentoring, strategic connections, market expansion support, and visibility raising free of charge for portfolio companies. 

Our goal

D2XCEL's primary goal is to create and implement a sustainable scaling programme, enhancing the existing European startup ecosystem's effectiveness and efficiency. The programme aims to support 100 deep tech and digital ventures in developing market-ready applications, fostering significant growth and impact by deep diving into 10 market opportunities through two open calls: 


The D2XCEL Scaling programme will select 100 portfolio companies within the market opportunities in two rounds of Open Calls: 

Open Call 1 – Currently open, deadline for application 21 June 2024, 17:00 CET  

Read more about the market opportunities and application criteria on the Open Call page! 

Open Call 2 – Launching in November 2024 

Each call will be focused on 5 market opportunities and will select 50 portfolio companies (10 in each market opportunity). 

The Programme

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Tailored support and collaborative mentoring

The programme will provide holistic mentoring to identify both the specific challenges of each and every venture but also the industry ones.  Benefits include:

  • access to pan-European growth funding, both dilutive and non-dilutive, public and private 
  • access to pan-European markets and internationalisation (incl. legal/tax issues, setting up local subsidiaries, etc.) 
  • access to lead customers, across borders 
  • strengthening your founder team and boards and attract the best talent (pan-EU and global) 
  • building and managing strong IPR portfolios 

Access to investors, customers, and partners

D2XCEL Scaling Programme will foster the development of contacts, opportunities, and networks. The selected companies in the programme will unlock access to potential customers, and support in attracting investments of Series A, series A+ or equivalent and Europe-wide market access. The programme’s curated roadshow of in-person and online events is a pivotal element in facilitating these opportunities by bringing together investors engaged in the programme, corporates, lead customers, corporations, as well potential talent and leaders. Selected companies can leverage these events to showcase their potential, build strategic relationships, and drive business success. 

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Raising international awareness and visibility

The D2XCEL Scaling programme is dedicated to promoting the selected companies within and outside its networks. By joining our scaling programme, companies will gain access to prominent expert investors, network partners, leading customers, corporations, and fellow ventures. Engaging with these stakeholders through the D2XCEL network will enhance the visibility of selected companies within relevant industry circles.

We offer comprehensive communication services, including the publication of high-quality news articles, success stories, recorded pitches, promotional videos, and insightful podcasts. These materials will be disseminated through the D2XCEL website and across our social media channels.