First days in the Black Forest Accelerator

My name is Irene Díaz Padilla. I was born in Madrid but the place where I live now is Mérida, Spain. I arrived three weeks ago and joined Areal Industriehof which hosts The Black Forest Accelerator Program in its “zeit.areal” ( in Lahr, Germany. My stay is being subsidized by EU as I’ve enrolled in the “Erasmus Program for Young Entrepreneurs” ( .

My personal entrepreneurial project attempts to develop Yoga for business environments. Pranayama’s breathing techniques from the ancient tradition of Yoga, will be adjusted to business necessities. Lessons packed in a short format focused on the breathing work, which aim to make employers and employees healthier and therefore happier.

The Black Forest Accelerator supports Startups (related to the Health, Wellness and Fitness area) to develop their projects by providing close mentoring, important networks and seed funding. Participants receive lectures from important business leaders from Germany, join one to one mentoring sessions, attend different pitch contests, workshops on how to train their communications skills, etc.
The Accelerator program will end with the “Demo Day”. Each business idea will be presented in front of a very qualified audience of Business Angels and corporate investors. A challenging moment which is being thoroughly prepared during the program. Therefore it’s been relevant and helpful to attend events in which we could observe how other entrepreneurs pitch on stage and handle the questions from the audience. The Best Practice Wirtschaftsforum in Lahr and The Elevator Pitch Contest at the Gründerzeit in Karlsruhe were previously visited events.

So far in my opinion, being a member of The Black Forest Accelerator is not only providing me formal business knowledge and the opportunity to structure my ideas about my personal project, but also a wide range of situations and moments that will certainly help me develop personal skills.
Picture shows Irene Diaz and Christian Atz