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You’re starting out, or you’re in the thick of it. Are you a developer or marketer? Do you sell products or develop innovations?

For you and all other business founders, the Founders Academy offers the support and know-how to take you further, regardless of which stage you are at right now or what you need.

IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOUNDERS ACADEMY

During our 8-week programme, we will make you “founding fit!” Alongside workshop weekends and academy meet-ups, we will work towards the grand finale of every Founders Academy: pitch day!

01 IDEA BLOCK

What is a good idea? And how can you develop a good idea into an amazing idea? You will learn how to methodically move forward and consider all of the relevant aspects.

BLOCK I: 27.-28.04.2018

02 SOLUTION BLOCK

The “WHAT” is clear, now it’s about the “HOW.” Through lean startup and other methods, you will find your way – or perhaps discover that there can be many different ways.

BLOCK II: 11.-12.05.2018

03 BUILDING BLOCK

Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and cross your arms. Building, testing, optimising and starting again from the top. You will need to provide lots of input in order to receive the maximum output within a short amount of time.

BLOCK III: 25.-26.05.2018

During our 8-week programme, we will make you “founding fit!” Alongside workshop weekends and academy meet-ups, we will work towards the grand finale of every Founders Academy: pitch day!

01 IDEA BLOCK

What is a good idea? And how can you develop a good idea into an amazing idea? You will learn how to methodically move forward and consider all of the relevant aspects.

BLOCK I: 27.-28.04.2018

02 SOLUTION BLOCK

The “WHAT” is clear, now it’s about the “HOW.” Through lean startup and other methods, you will find your way – or perhaps discover that there can be many different ways.

BLOCK II: 11.-12.05.2018

03 BUILDING BLOCK

Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and cross your arms. Building, testing, optimising and starting again from the top. You will need to provide lots of input in order to receive the maximum output within a short amount of time.

BLOCK III: 25.-26.05.2018

Final Pitch Day
the reality check!

At the end of the Founders Academy, you’ll get the chance to pitch your idea in front of a top-level jury. Present yourself, your team and your pitch and receive feedback from qualified experts and quite possibly an investment for your startup too.

PITCH DAY: 7. Juni 2018

Worldclass for OWL

We have put together a programme for you which enables startups to be established with substance, and which, within the span of a few weeks, offers you the opportunity to further develop your ideas and talent.

The Founders Academy is led by Prof. Dr. Jan Brinckmann – one of the most renowned entrepreneurial professors in the world.

Prof. Dr. Jan Brinckmann

Prof. Dr. Jan Brinckmann

Director Entrepreneurship Lab ESADE & Investor

For over six years, Prof. Dr. Jan Brinckmann has taught at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Lab of the school’s MBA Program. It is ranked as one of the global top 20 programmes for entrepreneurship, according to the Financial Times.

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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.

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

FAQ

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.

Do you still have some questions?

If you have further questions, please contact Jana (annalena@foundersfoundation.de)

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