Applications are Now Open for the Westerwelle Young Founders Program 2024. This program is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs from developing and emerging markets to scale their ventures, enhance their leadership skills, and expand their networks. If you meet the requirements and are committed to driving change in your industry, apply now to join the Westerwelle Young Founders Program

Fully Funded Westerwelle Young Founders Program
Fully Funded Westerwelle Young Founders Program

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is now accepting applications for its Autumn 2024 cohort.

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This prestigious six-month fellowship supports 25 leaders from emerging and developing markets, guiding them towards a sustainable future.


  • Citizenship/Residency: You must be a citizen or resident of a developing or emerging country.
  • Entrepreneurial Background: You should have started a for-profit company within the last five years that focuses on developing or emerging markets.
  • Business Model: Your company should have a scalable business model that has either generated revenue or secured initial external funding.
  • Innovation: Your business or its products should have disruptive qualities that can enhance the quality, impact, or inclusiveness of your industry.
  • Language Proficiency: A good working knowledge of English is necessary.
  • Availability: You must be available for the digital kick-off conference and commit to participating in programme activities over the six-month period.


The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme offers targeted support to scale participants’ ventures and develop their leadership skills through a structured programme:

  • Kick-Off Event: The programme begins with a two-day digital kick-off event in mid-September 2024.
  • Remote Programme: From September 2024 to February 2025, participants will receive six months of support, including:
    • A personal mentor
    • Monthly peer learning sessions
    • Monthly expert workshops
    • Networking opportunities with corporates and investors
  • Berlin Conference: The top ten performing Young Founders will be invited to a five-day conference in Berlin in June 2025. Here, they will:
    • Pitch to investors
    • Participate in workshops
    • Join networking events
    • Gain insights into the German start-up scene


  • Interviews with Shortlisted Candidates: 12 – 30 August
  • Notification of All Applicants: Early September

Application Deadline: Sunday, 11 August at 23:59 CET


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