Application for our autumn Academy is now closed, the next will start in early 2018.We will let you know exact dates via our Newsletter!

Application for our autumn Academy is now closed, the next will start in early 2018.

We will let you know exact dates via our Newsletter!


What we offer you

With us, you’ll get to know the most important do’s & don’ts of the startup world, enabling you to establish a successful company. You’ll also learn about Canvas, Lean-Start-up and financing possibilities.


What you can expect

So that you get as much from it as possible, we have organised the Academy with a fixed structure.

19.09.2017 | 18 Uhr
IDEA Workshop
29.- 30.09.2017

10.10.2017 I 18:00 Uhr
Solution Workshop
13.- 14.10.2017

24.10.2017 I 18:00 Uhr
Building Workshop
03.- 04.11.2017

08.11.2017 I 18:00 Uhr
14.11.2017 I 19:00 Uhr


What previous Academy attendees say

“We were able to further refine our business model whilst benefiting from lots of contact with mentors and like-minded people from the startup world.”

Julian Löbbers
Founder Horsebuddy

“The theoretical backgrounds on validation, teams, finance, valuation, unit economics etc. were very valuable. Furthermore, you get to meet lots of fascinating people with a similar mind-set. Overall, I would heartily recommend the academy to anyone wanting to launch an innovative startup”

Christian Brandhorst
Founder narando

“At the Founders Academy, we gained a great deal of practical understanding on making connections within the startup economy.”

Stefan Trockel


That’s what the most recent Academy participants experienced


We’re delighted that you’re interested in the Founders Academy! You can apply directly via the Academy tab above. If you would like to keep up-to-date with the complete process and further information, please do not hesitate to sign up to our newsletter.


You can get a specific look at the format and process by looking at our FAQs and the detailed programm.


Who is the academy suitable for?

The academy is suitable for anyone interested in establishing a business and entrepreneurs, who would like to put their ideas into practise with a high level of digitisation and the potential for scaling. You’d like to bring your know-how to a startup? You’ve got an idea in your head? You’re already fine-tuning your own business? Or you’ve already established your business? Regardless of which stage you’re at, the academy is aimed towards anyone who is passionate about digital themes and would like to start a company. Individuals, as well as teams, can take part. Because we’d like to allow as many of the entrepreneurs of tomorrow to take part as possible, we can take up to three people from your startup onto the programme. In such cases, we recommend that you choose the team members who will benefit most from the academy.

What’s the application process?

The application is just a few short and sweet questions to give us an idea of who you are and why you want to take part in the academy. First and foremost, we want to get to know our applicants! In order to do so, we will ask about your background and previous experience. We are especially interested in your motivation for applying to the Founders Academy. Something else we would like: A short video introducing yourself and, if possible, your idea. A selection panel will then finally decide, who will be the next participants in the Founders Academy.

What happens during the Founder’s Academy?

The Academy is divided into three blocks: idea, solution and building. They are all lead by Prof. Dr. Jan Brinckmann. He teaches at the ESADE business School in Barcelona as the Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab of the MBA Program (ranked as one of the top 10 programmes in entrepreneurship according to the Financial Times). Within the framework of the three units, the participants will learn how to successfully implement and scale ideas. In each category, top quality business founders and entrepreneurs will recount their experiences and will be available to exchange ideas with you. You’ve got questions or need further incentives? No problem! Throughout the entire Academy process you will have the support of a highly qualified mentor. In addition to this, there will be regular “Academy meet-ups,” at which you can use the Founders Foundation’s know-how and space (Obernstr. 44, 33602 Bielefeld) to refine your business. On the final pitch day, you will then present your business idea to a selected jury. Feel free to look through our detailed programme.

What does it cost to participate in the Founders Academy?

Participation in our Founders Academy programme costs €199.00. We offer scholarships in individual cases.

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Do you still have some questions?

If you have further questions, please contact Jana (