Young Founders Program in Germany (5 Days conference in Berlin + 6 months virtual program)

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Number of Opportunity: 25
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Developing/emerging countries in Asia, Latin America or Africa
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 27169
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 months

Opportunity Description

The Westerwelle Foundation has launched the Young Founders Program (YFP) for young and outstanding entrepreneurs from emerging markets to participate in a 6-month fellowship program. The fellowship comprises a 5-day conference in Berlin, Germany, plus a 6-month remote program.

Suppose you are a startup company, or you have recently started your own company and are interested in developing your entrepreneurial skills while connecting with people worldwide. In that case, this is an excellent opportunity to boost your venture and network of entrepreneurs and get leadership skills.

Apply for the Westerwelle Young Founders Program and receive a six-month fellowship for outstanding young entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Leaders from all over the globe will come together to achieve entrepreneurial greatness.

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Organized by: The Westerwelle Foundation
Application Deadline: August 9, 2022 (11:59 CEST)
Interview: August 22-27, 2022
Result Notification: August 30, 2022
Kick-off Young Founders Conference: First week of September 2022
Young founder conference in Berlin: May 2023

The Westerwelle Young Founders Program is aimed to support and connect young entrepreneurs to share their experiences. Young founders from developing and emerging economies are given an exceptional opportunity to participate in the Young Founders, a 5-day Annual Conference hosted by the Westerwelle Foundation in Berlin, Germany, or 6 months remote program. The six-month program also enables participants to meet and contact international politics, investors, and entrepreneurs and join a global alumni network of young founders from other developing and emerging countries.


  • Attend a 5-day conference in Berlin in May 2023 or
  • Participate in a 6-month virtual program (September 2022- February 2023)
    • Mentoring: using the experience of a successful entrepreneur or investor who becomes your sparring partner
    • Peer Learning: Exchange knowledge with young founders and support each other
    • Expert session: learn in-depth from high experts
    • Buddy program: Access to new business opportunities by being connected to the program alumni
    • Berlin Conference: attend a fully-funded 5-day conference in Berlin for the top 10 participants

Program Covers:

Selected applicants will receive:

  • Travel cost
  • Accommodation
  • Meals during the Conference
  • The possibility of applying for further scholarships awarded by the Westerwelle Foundation

The participants must cover health insurance, visa, and other personal expenses.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a resident or national of a developing or emerging country in Asia, Latin America, or Africa
  • Have established a profitable company within the last five years
  • Your company is located in a developing country, or its business focus is on developing and emerging economies
  • The company possesses a saleable business model that has generated revenue or secured the first round of external funding.
  • The company/business should hold qualities that can increase the quality, impact, or inclusiveness of the industry
  • Have excellent knowledge of English
  • Foreign applicants must have valid travel documents and medical insurance
  • Be available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in program activities during the program

Application Requirements:

The process of application is online. Applicants should prepare the following documents:

  • Startup pitch deck
  • Basic financial information (revenue, funding)
  • Your LinkedIn profile and/or CV

How to apply for the Young Founders Program by Westerwelle Foundation?

Fill out the online application form before the deadline. The completion of the application will take about 20 minutes.

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You can register and join the information session here

For technical issues ONLY (i.e., cannot submit form): please email [email protected]

For more information about the Young Founders Program, please visit Westerwelle Foundation’s website.

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