Westerwelle Young Founders Programme – Spring 2024

Deadline: 11th of February, 2024

Applications for the Westerwelle Young Founders Programme 2024 are now open. The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is a six-month fellowship for 25 leaders who want to help emerging and developing markets achieve a more sustainable future. With the following program strategy, they provide focused assistance to our founders’ initiatives while also developing their leadership skills:

  • Kick-Off Event: A two-day digital kick-off event will take place in the beginning of March 2024.
  • Remote Programme: From March – August, the Young Founders will receive six months of support including a personal mentor, monthly peer learning sessions, monthly expert workshops and networking opportunities with corporates and investors.
  • Berlin Conference: The ten best performing Young Founders will be invited to a five-day conference in Berlin in June 2025. During this conference, the founders will have the opportunity to pitch in front of investors, participate in workshops, join networking events and get insights into the German start-up scene.

Selection Criteria:

Westerwelle Young Founders Programme is looking for entrepreneurs with high potential for impact and growth to become leaders of a sustainable future, with the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen or resident of a developing or emerging country.
  • You have recently (in the last five years) started a for-profit company focused on developing or emerging markets.
  • Your company possesses a scalable business model that has generated revenue or secured a first round of external funding.
  • You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry.
  • You possess a good working knowledge of English.
  • You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for the six months.


The following form is the first phase of the application process and will provide our Programme Team with a general overview of your startup and profile. Westerwelle Young Founders Programme may then request additional information and documentation.

The application will take approximately 8 minutes. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

  • Application deadline: Sunday, 11 February at 23:59 CET
  • Interviews with shortlisted candidates: 19 February – 8 March

For technical issues ONLY (i.e. cannot submit form): please email gentry@westerwelle-foundation.com 

Notification of all applicants: 11 March

Click here to apply 

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