Founders Academy - Founders Foundation

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The Founders Academy enables you to learn the basics of how to launch your own startup in a short period of time. Applications for the Autumn-Academy are open from now on.

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Are you interested in learning how to challenge an idea and how to develop a successful business model out of it? You’re an entrepreneur, a salesmachine, a graduate or student of business administration, a designer, fond of numbers or even an all-rounder and want to get started with your idea and with the right people?

Join us at the Founders Academy to learn the basics of launching your own startup and build the next Unicorn. Lean Startup at its best! The next batch starts in October and applications are open from now on.

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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: 21.-22.09.2018

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: 05.-06.10.2018

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: 19.-20.10.2018

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: 21.-22.09.2018

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: 05.-06.10.2018

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: 19.-20.10.2018

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: 8. November 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.

Interview on our Blog

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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 can join?

You want to learn how the process behind launching your Startup is like? You already have an idea in mind or you want to reinforce an already existing team? No matter at what level you’re at – the Academy is suited for everybody that wants to found a company, whether it’s an individual or a team. During the Academy we especially concentrate on ideas with a high level of digitalization and potential for scaling.

What does the application process look like?

The application is about answering a few questions about who you are and why you want to join the Academy. We just want to get to know you! We will ask you about your background, your previous experience and have a burning interest in finding out about your motivation to apply for the Founders Academy. Also, we would like to receive a short video about you, the applicant, talking about your idea or why you want to join the Academy. At the end, a selection committee will decide who the next attendees of the Founders Academy are going to be.

What to expect at the Academy

The Academy is divided in three blocks: Idea, Solution and Building. These blocks are conducted by Prof. Dr. Jan Brinckmann who works at the ESADE Business School as the director of the Entrepreneurship Lab of the MBA Program (chosen as one of the Top 10 Programs in Entrepreneurships by the Financial Times). Through the three parts of the Program, the attendees of the Academy will learn about how to successfully implement and scale ideas. Furthermore, a group of high-caliber Entrepreneurs will talk about their experiences and will be available for discussion. You have questions or need more suggestions/stimuli? No problem, during the whole Academy you and the other attendees will have high qualified mentors at your side. Moreover, there are regular “Academy Meet-Ups” where you can use the Know-How and space of the Founders Foundation (Obernstraße 44, 33602 Bielefeld) for fine-tuning your business. At the concluding Pitch Day, you will present your final results to a Jury.
Take a look at our detailed Program!

How much does the participation in the Founders Academy cost?

Participation in the Founders Academy is connected to a fee of 199€ – in some special cases we offer
need-based scholarships.

Do you still have some questions?

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