Launch your idea!

Your way to success

Here you’ll receive everything you need on your own path to becoming a successful startup founder. The Founders Camp programme at a glance:

Your Founders Camp Programm
Duration 6 months
Places 4 – 8 Startups
Focus
  • Refining the idea and business model
  • Developing the prototype (“Minimum Viable Product“)
  • Testing the idea on the market with initial customers
  • Further training through mentors and training events
  • Preparation for contact with investors
Mentoring and training
  • Meeting with individual mentors
  • Access to experts for topics ranging from A-Z
  • Training events on location covering topics like social media, financing, legal queries, sales, marketing and many more
  • Immediate proximity to the Founders Foundation in your own office
Methods
  • Lean startup
  • Setting mile stones, continual reviews and adjustments
Support when looking for investors
  • Networking with business angels, funding opportunities and venture capitalists
  • Pitch training
  • Mentoring by experts in the investment scene
Office space
  • 24/7 access to the Founders Camp in the heart of Bielefeld
  • Fully equipped meeting room
  • Chilled soft drinks, after-work beers and barista quality coffee included!
Benefits Soon, you can look forward to relevant special offers!
Cost
  • €99 per person per month
  • Alternatively, you can apply for a scholarship
  • As a non-profit initiative, we don’t take any shares from your company!
Who are we looking for? Budding entrepreneurs with a business idea and…

  • at least two potential business founders
  • the willingness to work on the project fulltime
  • initial, verifiable feedback from (potential) users/customers
  • willingness to work on site at the Founders Camp
And then? The six months are over? Then you should be ‘investor ready’ and standing firmly on your own two feet. We will support your team with the search for new premises and investors. As a Founders alumni, you will be able to move forward with the use of the network and exclusive events.

Any questions?

Would you like to start a business and want to know more? Or do you think the programme sounds fascinating, but you’re not one hundred percent sure about it? Contact us! We have a sympathetic ear for all budding business founders.

    FAQ

You’ve got a business idea, but no team?

Speak to us! We have a sympathetic ear for all budding solo-business founders and lots of opportunities for you to start your own business. Just an example: perhaps our Founders Academy would be right for you.

You’d like to start a business, but preferably in your spare time?

That’s also a possibility. However, we are certain that the founding of a company is more successful when you can concentrate on it fully. Perhaps we can find another way to support you and your enterprise.

What does it all cost?

€99 per person, per month

You’ve got problems with financing?

If we are convinced that you can be successful with your idea, we will look for a way together with you. Whether it’s a scholarship programme or early contact with investors. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

How does the scholarship work?

The Founders Camp is a full-time offer. You will hardly even have time for a part-time job during this intensive programme. We offer a scholarship to support those who can’t otherwise afford the Founders Camp. For those who qualify for the scholarship, we will pay the Founders Camp’s €99 per month fee. Please justify your requirements on the application form. It is a prerequisite to have received an income of less than €25,000 gross (€30,000 if you have children) over the last 12 months.

Do I have to give up shares for the Founders Camp’s services?

No. Your team alone decides on the matter of who is involved in your company, or whether someone’s involved at all. We are happy to stand by your side and give you advice, but we do not want or need to take shares from you. The Founders Foundation is a non-profit foundation, so, consequently, isn’t concerned with making a profit.

When does it start?

Unfortunately the application process for the Founders Camp starting in April is already closed. The next camp begins in November 2017 – you will be able to apply from September.

What do we want to know about you from the application form?

We want to get to know you! In order to do so, we will ask about your background, your education and your previous experience. We are especially interested in your motivation for applying to Founders Camp. Something else we would like: A short video in which you describe your idea. In particular, including which customer problem you are solving and how you can earn money with it.

You just can’t wait to get started?

Join us! We are happy to advise you on what you can start doing before the programme starts. We’re happy to help any driven business founders.