31st of July 2019, 11pm CEST


Berlin, Germany.

(Partially Funded)


The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme

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.

More Details

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 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.

What we offer:

  • The 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 opportunities.
  • Monthly peer mentoring calls with the other successful Young Founders of the cohort to share knowledge with and support each other.
  • Expert sessions on relevant topics (e.g. OKRs, investor KPIs, marketing & sales).
  • The 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.
  • Exposure to the Berlin startup scene and the public for you and your startup via our social media channels and our networks.
  • Assistance beyond the programme as we 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.
  • 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 programme themselves. The Young Founders Network is a place to look for expertise, develop synergies with other Young Founders and support each other.
  • After the programme, you remain a part of the Young Founders Network as an alumnus and we will continue to support you on your entrepreneurial path. You will be able to take part in upcoming webinars, get support from our network, and even become an active part in future cohorts of the programme.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Marketing.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

6 months.

Application deadline (31st of July 2019, 11pm CEST).

Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates (14th of August to 9th of September 2019).

Jury decision and selection of participants (10th of September 2019).

Notification of all applicants (11th of September 2019).

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme Autumn 2019 will start with the Young Founders Conference from 22nd to 26th of October, 2019 in Berlin.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • You 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 (if you run a business model that requires external investment).
  • Your company is based in a developing or emerging country or has a strong business focus on developing and emerging economies.
  • You possess a good working knowledge of English.
  • You are 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.
  • The goal of the Young Founders Programme is to support young entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries. Our programme caters to the specific needs of startup founders. Therefore, only entrepreneurs from for-profit companies can participate. Employees of startups, journalists or founders of non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for the programme.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  •  will cover the costs of the flight, accommodation and food during the kick-off conference in Berlin. Additional costs for health travel insurance, visa and personal expenses have to be borne by the participants.
  • Activities throughout the 6 month programme – such as mentoring via Skype and other online coaching activities – are free of charge. There is also the possibility of applying for further support to attend entrepreneurship conferences worldwide.
  • the foreign applicants must possess valid travel documents (including a visa, if necessary) to enter Germany, and valid travel medical insurance.

How to Apply

First Step: Login with your e-mail to F6S.

Second Step: Fill out the application then submit.

No further changes can be made to your application after it has been submitted. Please proofread and check your answers before you submit the application to make sure everything is correct.

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