RESPOND is a BMW Foundation accelerator program, powered by UnternehmerTUM, which supports founders and entrepreneurs in leading us towards a more sustainable and just future.

We are at a critical time in our history. Climate change is having severe effects on our planet and people, our economic systems are rewarding profit while disregarding sustainability, and social challenges are growing at an unprecedented rate.

We believe that startups have the energy, creativity and innovation to tackle these challenges and achieve systemic change.

The RESPOND accelerator program provides participants with hands-on mentorship and coaching, workspace, media coverage and visibility, and access to our diverse, international network.

How we respond makes a difference.
How we respond redefines what's possible.

Our mission is to build a more just and sustainable future by inspiring, activating and empowering responsible tech-entrepreneurs who are contributing to the UN´s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Guided by this mission, our first cohort will focus on three of the UN´s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals:


Decent Work and Economic Growth


Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


Sustainable Cities and Communities

The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future. It inspires leaders across communities, cultures and countries through its leadership programs and connects them through its global BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, a global community that drives positive change. It uses and promotes impact investing and venture philanthropy as effective tools for social change. Through these activities, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt aims to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

The Foundation´s vast network of responsible leaders, corporates, investors and third-sector entities offers a rich platform for founders and entrepreneurs.

UnternehmerTUM offers founders and startups a complete service, from developing the initial idea to registering intellectual property. A team of experienced entrepreneurs, scientists and managers support founders with the development of their products, services, and business models. The experts provide them with personal guidance on building up their companies, market-entry, and financing – including via Venture Capital.

The RESPOND accelerator program is backed by the whole UnternehmerTUM ecosystem, and benefits from the expertise and network of its tech startup accelerator program, TechFounders.