We are now accepting nominations for our Target + METRO program. Nominations close February 24.

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what is the Target + METRO retail accelerator, certified by Techstars?

Target’s Retail Accelerator in partnership with Techstars will return for a fourth year in 2019 – this time with a twist. The new iteration will be an international program held in partnership with Germany-based METRO, one of the world’s leading wholesalers, and will include startups from around the world.

the
program
schedule.

may 2019 – august 2019

The 14-week program kicks off in May 2019. All participating startups will spend the first 3 weeks in Berlin, Germany meeting with METRO leaders and learning about the European retail market. The following 3 weeks will be spent in Minneapolis meeting with Target leaders. During the middle 4/5 weeks, startups will have the option to work from either Minneapolis or Berlin, depending on business development opportunities.

The program concludes in August 2019 with a Demo Day in Minneapolis where each startup will showcase their progress to investors and leaders from Target and METRO. Click here for more info on the Target + METRO accelerator, certified by Techstars.

applications are now live.

Applications close February 24th. The program will run from May 2019 to August 2019.

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frequently
asked
questions.

Get answers to our most commonly asked questions. And a few not-so-common ones as well.

What are the differences between Target + METRO accelerator, certified by Techstars and the other Target accelerator programs?

Each of our programs has unique characteristics and evolve from cohort to cohort. Generally speaking:

  • Target + METRO accelerator, certified by Techstars will be an international program held in partnership with Germany-based METRO, one of the world’s leading wholesalers, and will include startups from around the world. This 14 week program will support retail-focused tech startups that could benefit guests.
  • Target Takeoff focuses on consumer products and is a shorter time period comprised of in-person and virtual experiences. Takeoff is centered around emerging startups focused on specific topics that support Target's strategic priorities.
  • Our India Accelerator program focuses on Bangalore-based startups that are creating and refining technologies to benefit all enterprise operations, both front and back-end.
Will we work from Germany and the US?

All participating startups will spend the first 3 weeks in Germany meeting with METRO leaders and learning about the European retail market. The following 3 weeks will be spent in Minneapolis meeting with Target leaders. During the middle 4/5 weeks, startups will have the option to work from either Minneapolis or Berlin, depending on business development opportunities.

Is Target/METRO/Techstars investing in the participating startups?

Each participating startup will receive $120k in investment (split equally between Target and METRO) in the form of a convertible note.