Westerwelle Young Founders Programme 2019, the first outstanding conference for young entrepreneurs planned in Berlin

Are you a young founder entrepreneur from a developing country? Do you want to network with others entrepreneurs around the world? Don’t miss The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme spring for young entrepreneurs planned in Berlin.

The program overview.

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is a fully funded 6-month-long programme for outstanding young entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries. The programme 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.

This program will offer 25 entrepreneurs an occasion to attend the Young Founders Conference in Berlin and will get the opportunity to meet and interact with successful entrepreneurs, investors and political decision makers. Throughout the programme, 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.


Participants will spend 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); a personal mentor who is an experienced entrepreneur will be coaching them.

Monthly, they will collaborate with other successful Young Founders of the cohort to share knowledge in a peer mentoring calls to support each other; they will get Expert sessions on relevant topics, exchange ideas and find support for existing challenges with the help of The Young Founders Network which gathers all young Founders.

There will be an Exposure to the Berlin startup scene and the public to promote the Young founder’s startup.

They also get assistance beyond the programme as they remain a contact person for the Young Founders and will help them to find suitable experts for challenges, offer possibilities to share learnings with current cohorts or celebrate successes.


Any participant must have started their company in the last 5 years 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. Young Founders must possess a good working knowledge of English; be available 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 programme. Foreign applicants must possess valid travel documents (including a visa, if necessary) to enter Germany and valid travel medical insurance.

Deadline and Application Process

  1. Online application (Deadline: 8 January 2019, 1 PM CET)
  2. Notification of application status to all candidates (23 January 2019)
  3. Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates (24 January – 12 February 2019)
  4. Jury decision and final selection of candidates (18 February 2019)
  5. Notification of application results to shortlisted candidates (19 February 2019)

Visit the official webpage of Westerwelle Foundation  for further information

Apply here

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