Applications are open for the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme for Entrepreneurs (Fully-funded to Berlin, Germany)

Westerwelle Young Founders Programme – Spring 2023 for Entrepreneurs (Fully-funded to Berlin, Germany)

Deadline: February 15, 2023

Applications are open for the Westerwelle Foundation Young Founders Programme – Spring 2023. The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is a six-month fellowship for 25 leaders uplifting emerging and developing markets towards a sustainable future.

They offer targeted support to scale their founders' ventures and develop their leadership abilities, with the following programme plan:

  • Kick-Off Conference: A two-day digital kick-off conference will take place on March 3 and 6, 2023.
  • Remote Programme: From March – August 2023, 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.


  • Mentoring: 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.
  • Buddy Programme: Access to new business opportunities by being connected to alumni of the programme.
  • Berlin Conference: Exposure to the Berlin Startup Ecosystem through a fully funded one-week conference together with the other founders for the top 10 participants.


They are looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following 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 ideally 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.


The following application will provide the Programme Team with an understanding of your startup and profile. 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: Wednesday, February 15 at 23:59 CET. Interviews with shortlisted candidates: February 16-25, 2023. Notification of all applicants: March 1, 2023.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit Young Founders Programme.

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