Capitalize on Europe’s leading position in global innovation.
We bridge the innovation gap between Europe and the Silicon Valley.
We connect the most innovative European startups, corporations and investors from all over the world.

Europe has been slow to capitalize on its leading position as a global innovation hub.
European cutting-edge science companies as well as high-potential startups find it difficult to expand globally, and often end up targeting local markets alone.

At Twelve Fifty, we address this problem by bringing carefully-selected European startups across the Atlantic and exposing their high-value potential to investors and corporations in the United States.
Accelerate innovation in your corporation.
Gain early and extensive exposure to selected startups in a wide variety of industries: We help identify the best investment opportunities at the right time.

We co-operate a permanent outpost in Silicon Valley to guide corporate executives and key employees through its unique innovation ecosystem, connecting them to startups, entrepreneurs and investors. This way, we let them breathe the spirit of Silicon Valley to integrate it in their organizations.
European Entrepreneurs. Global Scale.
Our mission is to facilitate the global expansion of Europe’s most promising startups. That means we provide them with everything needed to grow their businesses and be at the forefront of future innovation.

Through our 8-weeks program in the Silicon Valley, European startups gain exposure to major corporations and investors in the US. They also participate in intensive bootcamps and programs that transfer expert industry and business knowledge, and acquire much-needed access to the latest technology to help propel them into expansion and growth.

Great guidance is one of the crucial elements to startup success. That is why we built a world-class mentor network of top-tier executives from companies like Facebook, Tesla or Rakuten. Each batch culminates in a Demo Day, when the startups present themselves to a carefully selected audience of investors.


Our accelerator program includes seed investments and all the needed infrastructure for the companies to work.

The first batch will start in Q1 2018.
About us
Twelve Fifty is the culmination of decades of business experience among leading European entrepreneurs who now have a strong foothold within the Silicon Valley tech scene. For more than 20 years, the founders of Twelve Fifty have created some of the most popular businesses in Europe and have invested in more than 100 startups in Europe and the US.
Alex

Alexander
Fries

Founder
Silicon Valley

Over 25 years of experience in founding, funding, and managing global businesses that provide technology, products, and services to mobile operators and consumers.

Markus

Markus
Okumus

Founder & CEO
San Francisco

Serial entrepreneur with two major exits thus far. A frontrunner in the digital economy, with expertise in industries like finance, retail, and health.

Jan

Jan
Vichr

Founder
Zurich and Berlin

Serial entrepreneur with major exits in Europe. 20 years of proven leadership in international hyper-growth companies and startups.