China program

Come to our Innovation Hub in China and let our experience in partnerships accelerate your business.

China Accelerator

We are looking to partner with promising startups and support them on their business development journey with a focus on our current business fields and beyond, and a special focus on Liquid Biopsy Technologies, Bio-Sensing & Interfaces, and AI- enabled health solutions.

With a tailor-made program and our unique expertise in the Chinese market, the three-month program runs two intakes per year, allowing startups to tap into three different ecosystems such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing, which provide worldwide startups excellent access to different ecosystems and an in-depth understanding of focused markets through our global network and China Innovation Hub resource.

In addition, selected startups will have the chance to join the Innovation Center at our Headquarters in Germany in order to further develop collaboration projects and explore the European market.

Your benefits


Get market access to expand your business building partner relationships, project opportunities and cooperate with external stakeholders.


Receive mentoring from our internal experts and external industry leaders.


Access to our local network in China and multi-sites such as Guangzhou and Beijing with different business focus and ecosystems.


Benefit from tailored coaching sessions and workshops provided by a leading startup community hub.


Gain exposure and visibility to investors and other business partners through participation in regular events.


Receive funding of up to €50,000 and a chance for additional investment opportunities.

Extension for startups

Selected startups will have the chance to join the HQ Innovation Center in our headquarters in Germany for further project development. Explore the European market!

Co-working space

Office space in our new Innovation Hub in Shanghai and Guangzhou.

About the China Innovation Hub

As an important part of Merck KGaA´s Darmstadt, Germany global innovation network, the China Innovation Hub scouts, incubates and invests in innovative opportunities in healthcare, life sciences, performance materials, and related fields between and beyond the existing businesses. Embedded into China’s innovation ecosystem, Innovation Hub China is committed to partnering with startups, academic institutions, industry players, and local governments, combining unique technology and expertise from the Merck KGaA and collaborators with the goal of developing novel technology and bringing new solutions to the market for China and the rest of the world. The China Innovation Hub also provides support to local talent, partners, and Merck KGaA employees in ideation, incubation, and training in order to build win-win collaborations.

Join the Accelerator in China! Applications will be open from June 5 to August 25, 2019.

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Have you heard about the two programs?

The global Merck KGaA Accelerator is currently accepting startup applications for two programs: One in Merck KGaA´s Innovation Hub in China and another one at the company´s headquarters in Germany. If you are interested in the HQ Program, click below for more info.


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