Deadline: February 15, 2023 00:00 CET
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Eligibility: outstanding young entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, and Latin America that in the last five years have started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets.
Location: Berlin, Germany, and online

Westerwelle Young Founders Programme 2023

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is 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 of achieving entrepreneurial greatness.

Join 25 leaders uplifting emerging and developing markets toward a sustainable future

The Fellowship offers targeted support to scale our founders’ ventures and develop their leadership abilities, with the following program plan:

  • Kick-Off Conference: A two-day digital kick-off conference will take place on March 3 and 6, 2023.
  • Remote Programme: From March – August 2023, the Young Founders will receive six months of support including a personal mentor, monthly peer learning sessions, monthly expert workshops, and networking opportunities with corporates and investors.
  • Berlin Conference: The ten best-performing Young Founders will be invited to a five-day conference in Berlin in May 2024. During this conference, the founders will have the opportunity to pitch in front of investors, participate in workshops, join networking events and get insights into the German start-up scene.

How does the Young Founders Programme help founders?

  • 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 program 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.

Interested in applying for the Young Founders Programme 2023? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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    • Hi Cansu,

      Thanks for your interest! 🙂

      Please make sure that you follow the steps via the Application link and follow the suggested steps.

      Let us know if you have any additional questions.



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