Westerwelle Young Founders Programme – Autumn 2023 for young Entrepreneurs from emerging and developing countries (Fully Funded to Berlin, Germany)


Application Deadline: August 13th, 2023

The Youth 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 to achieve entrepreneurial greatness.

Selection Criteria

·       You are a citizen or resident of a developing or emerging country.

·       You have recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets.

·       Your company possesses a scalable business model that has generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding.

·       You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry.

·       You possess a good working knowledge of English.

·       You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for the six months.

·       Kick-Off Conference: A two-day digital kick-off conference will take place on September 4 and 5, 2023.

·       Remote Programme: From September – February, 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.




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 programme 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.

Application Process

The following application will provide our Programme Team with an understanding of your startup and profile. Please have the following key elements ready:

·       Your startup pitch deck

·       Basic financial information (i.e. revenues, funding)

·       Your LinkedIn profile and/or CV

With these on hand, the application will take approximately 20 minutes. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Application deadline: Sunday, August 13 at 23:59 CET

Interviews with shortlisted candidates: August 16-29, 2023


Notification of all applicants: August 31

Apply Now for the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme – Autumn 2023

More more information, visit  the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme – Autumn 2023



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