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Grant Opportunities: Westerwelle Foundation announces Young Founders Programme

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Deadline: 9-Aug-22

The Westerwelle Foundation is pleased to announce the Young Founders Programme, a 6-month fellowship for outstanding young entrepreneurs from emerging markets. It brings together leaders from all over the world, who are united in the pursuit to achieve entrepreneurial greatness.

What: 5-day conference in Berlin / 6 months remote programme

Who: 50 young founders from emerging markets


They offer targeted support to scale their founders’ ventures and develop their leadership abilities, with the following programme plan:

  • Mentoring: A unique experience with a successful entrepreneur or investor, who becomes your sparring partner.
  • Peer Learning: Exchanges with other successful young founders of the cohort to share knowledge and support each other.
  • Expert Sessions: In-depth sessions on relevant topics with high-class experts.
  • International Community: Access to new business opportunities by being connected to programme alumni, partners and other members of the Westerwelle Foundation network.
  • Berlin Conference: Exposure to the Berlin Startup Ecosystem through a fully funded 5-day conference together with the other founders for the top 10 participants.
Selection Criteria

They are looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen or resident of a developing or emerging country.
  • You have recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets.
  • Your company possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding.
  • You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry.
  • You possess a good working knowledge of English.
  • You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for the six months.

For more information, visit https://westerwelle-foundation.com/programs/young-founders-program/

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