Deadline – July
The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is a
fully funded 6 month-long program for outstanding young entrepreneurs from
emerging and developing countries. The program aims to connect young founders
from all over the world with each other and with the Berlin startup scene and
support them in further developing their entrepreneurial skills and their
The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme
Autumn 2019 will start with the Young Founders Conference from 22nd to 26th of
October, 2019 in Berlin. During this time, the 25 participants have the unique
opportunity to meet and interact with successful entrepreneurs, investors, and
political decision-makers. Throughout the program, the Young Founders will have
the chance to develop their businesses and discuss challenges with a personal
mentor as well as with fellow Young Founders in a peer mentoring group.
Moreover, Young Founders will receive further support through regular expert
webinars that cater to their needs.
One of the highlights of
participating in the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is that every
participant will also join the Young Founders Network — a strong network of
outstanding entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries who had
participated in the program themselves. The Young Founders Network is a place
to look for expertise, develop synergies with other Young Founders and support
Westerwelle Young Founders Conference – a week-long conference in Berlin to get
to know fellow Young Founders, the German startup scene, and strengthen their
entrepreneurial skills by attending workshops and meetings (travel and
accommodation will be covered by the Westerwelle Foundation);
personal mentor who is an experienced entrepreneur and will function as a
sparring partner with whom you can discuss upcoming challenges and new
peer mentoring calls with the other successful Young Founders of the cohort to
share knowledge with and support each other;
sessions on relevant topics (e.g. OKRs, investor KPIs, marketing & sales);
Young Founders Network — a strong alumni network that functions as a platform
for all Young Founders to connect with each other, exchange ideas and find
support for existing challenges;
to the Berlin startup scene and the public for you and your startup via our
social media channels and their networks,
beyond the program as they remain a contact person for the Young Founders and
will help you to find suitable experts for challenges, offer possibilities to
share learnings with current cohorts or celebrate successes.
founded (for the past five years) a for-profit company with a scalable business
model that has achieved Product-Market Fit and has ideally secured first
external funding (if you run a business model that requires external
their base or have business relations in a developing or emerging country
good knowledge of English.
to attend the Young Founders Conference in Berlin and can make time to participate
in monthly mentoring and peer mentoring calls for the 6-month program.
note that foreign applicants must possess valid travel documents (including a
visa, if necessary) to enter Germany and valid travel medical insurance.
Eligible Regions: Open for all
SOURCE – YOUTH