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Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) 2022/2023

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Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) 2022/2023

Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) 2022/2023

When you register for the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) for 2022/2023, you will receive six-month support including a personal mentor, monthly peer mentoring sessions, monthly expert workshops, and networking opportunities with corporates and investors.

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is a six-month fellowship for 25 leaders uplifting emerging and developing markets towards a sustainable future.

It offers targeted support to scale our founders’ ventures and develop their leadership abilities, with the following program plan:

Kick-Off Conference:

A two-day digital kick-off conference will take place in the first week of September 2022.

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Remote Programme:

From September 2022 – February 2023, the Young Founders will receive six months of support including a personal mentor, monthly peer mentoring 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 Mai 2023.

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.

Selection Criteria

We are looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following criteria:

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 program activities for six months.

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

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

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.

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

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

Application deadline: Tuesday, August 9 at 11:59 CEST

Interviews with shortlisted candidates: August 22-27, 2022

Notification of all applicants: 30 August 2022

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