Target group

Students and graduates of all universities as well as professionals or prospective founders without studies


a university entrance qualification and the completion of a multi-stage selection process


24-week Accelerator Program


Semi-annual, starting in January and July. Next application period: Until 15.07.2022

Application deadline 15.03.2022


Drink Innovations Campus

DICA stands for Drink Innovation Campus. It is the accelerator program and innovation ecosystem of the beverage industry.

B2B co-creation and innovation community.

The goal of the program is to accelerate startups and established companies. DICA innovation partners accelerate their business development in strategic areas and startups accelerate their development by collaborating with established players.

All DICA participants become part of the DICA community, which shares innovation momentum beyond B2B co-creation. Whether new blockchain technologies, innovative handling of digital applications, revolutionary process innovations or products, as long as your idea has application in the beverage industry, there is potential for acceleration and co-creation here.

Program Sequence

  • Written application
  • Pre-Matching Workshop on B2B Co-Creation for selected start-ups with identifiable B2B co-creation potential.
  • Matching event: First, mutual acquaintance and inclusion of the start-ups in the next DICA batch.
  • Sounding phase: concretization of the co-creation potential with the support of an experienced co-creation facilitator
  • B2B Co-Creation Acceleration: Start-up phase of the co-creation process, accompanied by an experienced B2B Co-Creation Facilitator.

With the inclusion in the DICA Batch, we provide you with innovation partners from the industry for intensive exchange and possible collaboration.

Our Philosophy

DICA is a starting point. From this point, innovative developments in the industry are to be actively accompanied and accelerated with openness and a cooperative spirit. We deliberately want to create a space where experiments and new partnership models can be thought of and carried out for both start-ups and established companies. With the methods of start-up development and the approaches of co-creation, completely new paths can be taken and essential questions about the future design of the beverage industry can be addressed in the process. Bridging the gap between established players and start-ups is a key element in addressing issues such as

  • societal change, e.g. in the area of consumer behavior or population structure,
  • the challenges of digitalization or
  • the demand for sustainable action

sustainable action.

More info on the Drink Innovation Campus:


Jérôme Hamacher New Venture Program
Head of DICA

T: 089 1265 3214


Jérôme Hamacher is part of the new venture team at the Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE). He is advising founders and the teams of the Start-up-League at our incubator.

Jérôme Hamacher graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the European Business School Program from Reutlingen University and NEOMA Business School in Reims.

Before joining the SCE, Jérôme Hamacher built up the German subsidiary of the French start-up Volfoni (3D specialist for cinema) and he was in charge of setting up group wide operational structures and procedures in product-development, marketing and sales. He can share his own start-up experience with our teams as he has co-founded an investor and start-up consultancy focused on business due diligence and business planning in the media industry. He has also co-founded the stereo 3D film production company Virtual Experience. On top of this experience he is also trainer for Cash-Flow Modeling for Project Finance. An expertise he gained while working with HypoVereinsbank’s Global Project Finance Telecom Team.