leAD SPORT1 Accelerator

Join the Program.

The leAD SPORT1 Accelerator boosts sports tech startups from seed to fully functioning profitable ventures. Read more about our program!

LeAD Sports Mentors

Class of 2019

We welcomed seven startups from around the world who were chosen to receive 12 weeks of training in business, leadership and pitching skills. Watch our Demo Day video to see their journey.

Interested in joining our accelerator program?

Applications for our next cohort are now open!

The Deal.

We’ll host you and your team in Berlin – one of the most promising startup capitals in the world — for three months. We’ll enrich your team spirit, feed your entrepreneurial savviness, accelerate your learning curve, challenge your pivoting skills, grow your network, and open doors to the most important players in the sports industry.

12 weeks of high-intensity training

Business, leadership and pitching skills, stress testing your business plan and a full setup of business documents and legal framework.

Embedded in a high-class industry and experts network

Sports business veterans, successful founders, CEOs as well as VC’s and tech experts that share their experience, skills, and network.

Test, improve and scale your product

Get not only the smartest early product feedback possible with our industry partners, but possibly also gain customers.

Get direct access to capital

Pitch in front of dozens of investors at demo day and in 1:1 meetings with selected VCs.

Benefit from service partner deals

Tailored to the needs of startups and sports startups in particular.


For each one of the final startups to cover your expenses.

Gain visibility via leAD

The first sports accelerator in Germany and one of the 1st movers globally.

Live your "Passion for Sports"

Free membership deals plus regular sports and mindfulness sessions on-site.

leAD receives 8% equity

Of the final selected startups.





18 Nov


15 Apr

16 Jun


17 Jun

Selection Days

Selection Days

Season 2020 Starts

03 Aug

14 Oct

Demo Day

Demo Day

Follow Up with VC & Investors

14 Oct


30 Oct

01 Nov

Transition into Business Builder


The Program.

Our program is designed to provide you with lots of knowledge to boost your business while giving you enough time to put these insights into practice. Expect weekly input and coaching sessions in the most relevant topics and weekly recurring activities to help you set and meet milestones, deepen your knowledge, grow your network, and have fun while at it.

Input Sessions

(1-3 WEEKLY)

Product & Strategy

Sales & Marketing

Leadership & Team

Accounting, Admin & Legal




Product & Strategy

Sales & Marketing

Leadership & Team

Accounting, Admin & Legal




"leAD Sports is taking on a pioneering role with their accelerator offering. They have comprehensive sports tech know-how, plus a unique network in this form – of mentors, investors and decision-makers from the sports industry and related sectors such as tech, finance, health, and media. SPORT1, as a leading sports platform in the German speaking market with many years of experience and great innovative capacity, has the mission to develop sports and competitions and build them up into attractive brands. With our program, we want to jointly position ourselves as the top innovators in the sports and media sector, step up existing connections to key figures in the tech and entrepreneurship scene and build up new contacts." 
Olaf Schröder, CEO of Constantin Medien AG and Chairman of the Management of Sport1 GmbH


Meet the Mentors.

Program participants attend intensive training sessions with our partners and mentors – experts in their disciplines who have one thing in common: a true passion for sports.


Partner Deals & Network.

Participants benefit from exclusive product and service deals by our partners and access to our vast network of pivotal corporates in the sports and startup world.