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The Founders Foundation trains the next generation of successful founders and builds a B2b startup ecosystem with lasting impact, right in the heart of the German Mittelstand.
As pioneers in the training of founders, the Founders Foundation relies on the Education Model, a holistic and methodologically profound model that systematically maps all stages of the startup lifecycle throughout various education programs so that tomorrow’s entrepreneurs can be prepared
We are the soil in which successful entrepeneurs can grow. As a pilot project for Germany, we advance the creation of a B2B startup ecosystem in Ostwestfalen-Lippe – a region without large conurbations – that promotes startups and makes the successful union of New and Old Business possible, and, in turn, shapes a digital future. In this context, the Hinterland of Things was launched as one of Germany’s leading tech conferences.
As a non-profit organization, the core of the Foundation’s efforts is a success- and impactful cultivation of tomorrow’s founders. The Founders Foundation was founded in 2016 in Bielefeld. One of the leading founders was Dominik Gross, now the sole CEO of the Foundation.
The Founders Foundation was founded in 2016 as a non-profit subsidiary of the Bertelsmann Stiftung by Sebastian Borek (Co-Founder & CEO) and Dominik Gross (Co-Founder & CFO). Since then, we have been able to achieve much:
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Hinterland of Things Conference by Founders Foundation
As one of the leading tech conferences in Germany, the Hinterland of Things conference is the Founders Foundation’s established lighthouse project.
Once a year, Germany’s most outstanding innovators and aspiring and successful founders, Hidden Champions and global market leaders, investors and opinion makers, get together in one of Bielelfeld’s premier creative locations, the “Lokschuppen”, to discuss, to network, and to forge alliances for a collective digital future.
Up to 1.500 participants, as well as over 120 Venture Capitalists, joined the 2020 conference. Annually, the event reaches up to 14 million people via print, tv and web.
In our Hinterland Alliance, both leading companies and Hidden Champions from the region get together with international top players.
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