RootCamp is in Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony, in Germany. Our office is located in the heart of Hannover, 5 minutes walking from the main train station.
RootCamp was founded by SpinLab, the HHL accelerator from Leipzig, and K+S Group, a global chemical company producing fertilizer and salt.
RootCamp is the first AgriFood Tech innovation hub designed to support innovation at 360 degrees in this field. We support startups of different stages thanks to tailored programs. We believe in disruptive innovation and our focus lies in implementing it in the real world. For this reason, we bring enable joint pilot projects between startups and corporate partners
No. We are an international innovation hub and encourage startups from all around the world to apply.
No, RootCamp offers an hybrid program. Hannover is a great city and we are glad to offer you for free our office space. On the other hand, if you live far away and you prefer to stay in your country, it is also possible but you will need to have at least one team member able to travel some time to Hannover.
The RootCamp team can support you in finding an accommodation that suits your needs such as a hotel or airbnb.
We support every type of startup working in the AgriFood Tech B2B sector. From early stage up to late stage up to Series B. If you are an early stage startup you need to be a registered legal entity to apply. Check our verticals in the Program Page for more details. It is never too early or never too late to apply for our program.
We are focused on startups which already have a MVP (minimum viable product) and some traction. Moreover any startup applying needs to be a registered legal entity. However, if you are at the beginning of your journey, we encourage you to apply and get visible to our radar.
RootCamp is looking for startups with a team, which consist of 2 to 3 people with complementary skills. Team dynamics is, in fact fundamental, for your success and the incubation program. However, we encourage solo-founders with a determination and a disruptive idea to apply too.
The application process starts with you preparing your pitch deck and answering our questionnaire in F6S, for all information regarding the application visit our apply now page. It takes around 15 minutes to complete. There is no application deadline and to get our latest news you can subscribe to our newsletter.
Our board revises applications on an ongoing basis. There are many factors which contribute to your successful application like: your team and your motivation, your idea and innovation degree, your product and feasibility, synergies potential, your financials and scalability of your solution.
In case you would like to change or update anything in your application, please email F6S (firstname.lastname@example.org) mentioning your startup, your RootCamp application and what you would like to change.
Our selection process is very structured and straight forward: after your application in F6S, we revise it and might ask you to have a video call to get to know you better. During the call we would like to revise some aspects of your application and understand how we can best support you. The final 10 startups are asked to present live in front of a jury. After this we undertake a brief due diligence and then we’re ready to make a decision! Together with you and our strategic partner we then finalize the details of the participation at the RootCamp.
In case, your startup is not selected we will let you know as soon as possible but you will definitely get an answer from us! If we do not select you it doen not mean that we did not like your startup but maybe other solutions were more interesting in the batch mix. You are more than welcome to apply for the subsequent batch.
We try our best to review your application in a timely manner and get back to you as soon as possible. Please expect an answer starting from 2 weeks after the application deadline.
Our partners are financing the program so that it is 100% free for accepted startups and we do not take any money or equity from you.
Each startup gets from 6,000 up to 50,000 euro in funding. This depends on the stage of the startup and how long you stay in the program. You can use the money to cover your expenditures such as accommodation and travel costs to Hannover and you are very welcome to take advantage of our offices for free as long as you are enrolled in the program. In case you make it the the implementation project phase (see our Program Page for details), the money is meant to support you and the pilot project implementation together with the corporate partner.
We are an innovation hub and we do not steal ideas. We receive a lot of applications and treat all data as confidential information. For practical reasons, we cannot sign any NDAs prior to your application. We nevertheless commit to respecting your confidentiality.