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Westerwelle Young Founders Programme for Startups [Full Funded]

June 25

westerwelle young founders program

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is a fully funded year-long programme for 25 exceptional entrepreneurs from developing and emerging economies. As part of the programme, the Westerwelle Foundation hosts an annual conference in Berlin: the Young Founders Conference. Its focus is to connect young founders from developing and emerging economies with each other and with the German startup scene.

The participants of the Young Founders Conference will have the unique opportunity to meet and interact with successful entrepreneurs, investors and political decision makers. They will also join a network of like-minded outstanding young founders from developing and emerging economies.

Benefits for selected candidates

During the year-long programme, all fellows will get access to:

  • The Young Founders Conference in Berlin, Germany; 16 – 20 October 2018
  • A mentoring programme: monthly mentoring calls with an experienced entrepreneur and with the group of Westerwelle Young Founders
  • Invitations and scholarships for entrepreneurship conferences
  • An international alumni network

Timeline of the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme


  • Online application (Deadline: 25 June 2018, 10AM CET)
  • Notification of application status to all candidates (9 July 2018)
  • Skype interviews with shortlisted candidates (10 – 27 July 2018)
  • Jury decision and final selection of candidates (10 August 2018)
  • Notification of application results to shortlisted candidates (13 August 2018)


16 – 20 October 2018: Young Founders Conference in Berlin, Germany

October 2018 – September 2019: Personal mentoring, peer mentoring (remotely)

Travel and accommodation for the Young Founders Conference will be covered by the Westerwelle Foundation. All fellows are expected to actively participate in the Young Founders Conference as well as in the scheduled mentoring calls.


  • You have recently (in the last 5 years) started a for-profit company with a scalable business model,
  • 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.

Please note that foreign applicants must possess valid travel documents (including a visa, if necessary) to enter Germany, and valid travel medical insurance

Previous Winners

Selected candidates for previous years can be found here and here.

POC( point of contact)


Christoph Rohde

Programme Manager

Tel.: +49 (0)30 887281614


Apply link

Interested candidates are requested to apply here


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