A startup hive where the best    ones thrive!

Is the place where everyone with the passion and drive will be supported individually to thrive and end up on the next level.


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HummelNest accelerator

Hummelnest is not just a startup accelerator. It is a proper hive of everything and for everyone. If you’re just starting, if your startup is totally on the rise already or your previous startup endeavour has just ended and you’re in need of a new team.

Sounds corny?
It would be if it weren’t true!

By being selected among the lucky 5 teams per batch, you’ll get individualised support from the fields of business, team development, internationalisation, green transformation and you’ll immediately be connected to your perfect corporate, SME partners. Not to mention, you’ll definitely be eligible for Raiffeisen-Landesbank’s investment.

Yes, all 5 startups in the batch get a chance of 50k investment by Raiffeisen-Landesbank if you’ll prove yourself during the program. What does that mean? It means if you’ll grow and be better every day and be able to keep up with the pace of activities Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark will be generous. Don’t believe it? Ask startups from the previous batches 😉

Individual support
Investment opportunity
Hummelnest team jumping

Why join?

Support by Raiffeisen-Landesbank

Which will give you credibility (no more "Are you for real?")

Business entry to DACH region

You will get access to the best network in the region and globally.

Potential investment by Raiffeisen-Landesbank

At the end of the program the best startups can get an investment by Raiffeisen-Landesbank​.

Personal and team growth

Mentoring through specialised leadership and team growth workshops

No equity for the program!

Equity is in the game only if you get the Raiffeisen-Landesbank investment.

Amazing location of Unicorn Graz

Start-Up & Inno­vation Hub plus the buzzing innovative and green city, ideally situated to take several markets at the same time 🙂

Not convinced yet?

Since we’re big on supporting local entrepreneurs and building ecosystems, we’ll take 5 more startups from Styria and help them set foundations of a great business. We call them: Local Superheroes. Important hint: In each batch, we had 1 local superhero that overcame all the expectations and predictions and got invested – by other investors and Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark! How awesome is this?!?

Local superheroes
Investor network

And who are we?

After 2 successful startup batches it was time RLB to upscales the startup efforts and create its own accelerator.
Nothing would be possible without the beyond innovative, open and crazy Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark team that will be there to ensure you get all the connections and support needed within the DACH region. Plus, they’ll make sure to motivate you on the hard days and keep you up with some interesting story or party to go to late in the evening. And investing in startups is their regular practice. Be prepared to meet some of the most progressive and innovative bankers you can imagine.
Then you have the Transformation Lighthouse team that has years of experience in building and running globally connected accelerators and communities and first hand in creating startups, creating new businesses. Besides, their global network of mentors, coaches and investors will always keep you inspired. On top of that, the TL team in the program does take such good care of the startups you’ll think they’re your +1 team mate or family member. Be ready for carrots and sticks. Because constant growth is an everyday term ;).

What They say about us

2024 acceleration timeline