Westerwelle Young Founders Program

The Westerwelle Young Founders Program 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 international network. The deadline is on 31 July 2019.

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme will start with the Young Founders Conference on 22-26 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. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Westerwelle Foundation.

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.

Main criteria

  • Candidates should have recently (in the last 5 years) started a for-profit company with a scalable business model that has achieved Product-Market Fit and has ideally secured first external funding;
  • The company must be based in a developing or emerging country or has a strong business focus on developing and emerging economies;
  • Candidates must possess a good working knowledge of English.

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