We set out to shape the future of living by accelerating startups through a six-month-long program! Are you joining the revolution?
What began as a desire for a smarter, more sustainable everyday living quickly became one of the best-selling, master designed communities in America and an epicenter of innovation. Imagined as a Smart City designed to accelerate innovation and wellbeing, today the Lake Nona community is a catalyst for economic growth and opportunity.
With a life sciences cluster heralded as “the new global destination for medical innovation,” a booming sports and performance district, high-tech innovation centers, and a growing commercial district, Lake Nona has become a destination for industry leaders looking to be a part of this collaborative performance ecosystem. Creating these “centers of excellence” derives from the Tavistock approach, where design thinking balances innovation, functionality, and aesthetics with a strong financial return.
Our program is designed to provide startups with lots of knowledge to boost their business while giving them enough time to put these insights into practice. In weekly input and coaching sessions, we help you set and meet milestones, deepen your knowledge, grow your network, and have fun while at it.
Learn from experts in areas such as growth marketing, sales, and pitching. Stress testing your business plan and full setup of business documents and legal framework. Get access to a digital learning platform with tutorials, cases, and tools.
Need 5G to develop, test, and run your product? We have it. Looking for the right partners? Work with our leading scientists and experts in the high standard facilities of one of the Lake Nona medical partners.
Get mentorship from sports business veterans, successful founders, CEOs, and VCs from Florida, all over the U.S. as well as the global leAD ecosystem. They'll share their experience, skills, and network.
Get support from backend and frontend developers to take your product to the next level. Make your business rock solid with the help of our legal and accounting experts.
We also provide a cash investment of $75.000 USD for every startup that will be selected to participate in the program.
Yes, free housing for the founders’ team in the brand new Lake Nona apartments next to the accelerator space during the entire time of the program. This includes access to a gym, sports facilities, and bicycles for every participant.
A beautiful and exclusive space for you to focus on what really matters: developing your product and growing as an entrepreneur.
Through the Lake Nona Living Lab, you get access to more than 5,000 connected homes. Work with leading athletes, coaches and experts in the headquarter of the USTA, the biggest tennis site in the world, the adidas performance center, or two of the best-rated golf clubs globally.
Of the final selected startups.
Entrepreneurship at its best is a team sport. Without the right players, coaches, and supporters, we wouldn't be where we are today. Our high caliber stakeholders – investors, partners, mentors with a wide range of expertise in sports and health – in combination with our unique investor club, bringing network, capital, and invaluable experience to the table, are a major part of our success and growth. - Christoph Sonnen, leAD CEO
The way leAD supports its startups is pure passion, purpose, and professionalism. I love when you make a business out of things that are actually contributing to society, the health of people, and well-being. It’s the best of all worlds. - Claudia Hillmeier, leAD Shareholder
Stay ahead of the curve. Download the white paper to find out about 5G trends in sports and health tech and have a first look at startups pioneering this industry.
All the startups on the program will have a focus on technology, the sweet spot around which the leAD network is centered. Within that, we are focusing our worldwide search for startups on 3 key verticals:
We leverage our network to source relevant mentor relations for each startup. By truly understanding our startups’ needs, strengths & weaknesses, we can connect them with accomplished entrepreneurs, corporates and investors.
Our startups benefit from exclusive product and service deals by our partners and access to our vast network of pivotal brands, corporates, associations in the worlds of sports, health, nutrition, and technology.
Riedel Communications provides pioneering real-time signal transport networks for video, audio and communications serving broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports, theatre and security applications worldwide.
RIEDEL provides dedicated partnerships for product development, marketing and sales support in the areas of data acquisition and transmission (tracking, tele metrics, radio, broadcasting (audio and video), timing, etc.).
SEOmonitor is an award-winning tool designed to help businesses overcome the industry’s challenges by developing innovative technologies for specialists to make the most out of the available data and deliver insightful and reliable reports
SEmonitor tool usage for all the startups. The promo code gives the start-ups unlimited users, 1 website & 200 keywords to track. It is available for one year from the moment it is used.
HubSpot is a software platform that helps you generate leads, close deals, and manage your pipeline. HubSpot offers a growth stack of products for customer relationship management, marketing, and sales.
HubSpot’s free CRM aligns sales and marketing with ease, HubSpot Marketing helps you grow your traffic and convert more visitors into customers, and HubSpot Sales helps you skyrocket your productivity and close more leads with less work.
MILK is an independent owner-managed fullservice agency. We offer strategic brand management and creative design – supporting all media: online, offline, motion and live communication.
All leAD startups receive a 20% off the regular MILK fees. On top MILK would love to award one of the leAD finalists with a “Start-Up” design package up to 5.000,- EUR. Add some color to your outstanding product – welcome at the MILK table.
BECYCLE strikes the perfect balance between indoor cycling and barre classes. Located in a former bank in Berlin Mitte, the showers are in the vault. After class, stop at in-house "My Goodness" for healthy post-workout fuel.
BECYCLE will offer the selected leAD startups a free initial class and special discounts on further classes.
Lyon Visuals is a full-service visualization studio. Their team works closely with the world’s leading brands, agencies, and businesses; providing them with 3D modeling/rendering, photography and production CAD files.
Lyon Visuals is giving all leAD Accelerator startups up to 15% off their modeling and CAD needs.
Preview.Builders makes engaging Explainer Videos and short-form ads for Online Products. Animated explainer videos are 1-2 minutes pieces of relatable media which bring your product, service or idea closer to your intended audience.
Preview.Builders is giving all leAD Sports Accelerator startups 20% off all their services.
betahaus is a coworking space for people who want to work on their own projects while exchanging knowledge, ideas and inspiration with others. betahaus is there to open doors and to expand possibilities.
betahaus is providing startups from the leAD Sports Accelerator a discount on their coworking space.
Our Sports & Health Tech Accelerator program will enable a group of carefully selected startups to take advantage of Lake Nona’s Verizon 5G broadband capacity, enabling testing of innovative technologies and solutions, and helping talented individuals bring their businesses to the market. We provide ongoing advice, pitch training, workshops, 1-on-1 sessions to ensure that our startups are investor-ready by the end of the program.