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Westerwelle Foundation 2022 Young Founders Programme (YFP) for Entrepreneurs

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is a six-month fellowship for 25 leaders uplifting emerging and developing markets towards a sustainable future. We offer targeted support to scale our 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 in the first week of April 2022.
  • Remote Programme: From April – October 2022, 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 December 2022. 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.

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About Westerwelle Foundation

The Westerwelle Foundation for International Understanding is a nonprofit organization based in Berlin, Germany. Our mission is to create equal opportunities for all by uplifting emerging markets through empowered entrepreneurship.


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Westerwelle Foundation Young Founders Programme


Aim and Benefits of Westerwelle Foundation Young Founders Programme

  • Mentoring;A unique experience with a successful entrepreneur or investor, who becomes your sparring partner.
  • Buddy Programme;Access to new business opportunities by being connected to alumni of the programme.
  • Peer Learning;Exchanges with other successful young founders of the cohort to share knowledge and support each other.
  • 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.
  • Expert Sessions;In-depth sessions on relevant topics with high-class experts.

Requirements for Westerwelle Foundation Young Founders Programme Qualification

We 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.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Westerwelle Foundation Young Founders Programme

  • Interviews with shortlisted candidates: March 21-25, 2022
  • Notification of all applicants: Mid April

Documents Required for Application

  • Your startup pitch deck
  • Basic financial information (i.e. revenues, funding)
  • Your LinkedIn profile and/or CV


Application Deadline

March 13, 2022


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Westerwelle Foundation on forms.zohopublic.eu to apply

For more details,visit Westerwelle Foundation website


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