Participation is free of charge and we don't take any equity from your business.
Hybrid format with online and on-site sessions in Bielefeld.
Part-time with courses after working hours only.
YOUR PROGRAMLEARN HOW TO BUILD A STARTUP IN ONLY 10 WEEKS.
Over the course of 10 weeks our Startup School offers a unique platform to find complementary co-founders, develop and validate business opportunities and kickstart your path into entrepreneurship. Weekly workshop sessions provide best-in-class knowledge for future tech entrepreneurs - covering the full range from ideation to funding of an early stage startup.
The sessions are taught by experienced founders and leading startup experts. The program is divided into three thematic blocks, each consisting of digital and on-site workshops.
YOUR EXPERTS & LECTURERS
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR //
DR. JAN BRINCKMANN
We are more than proud to have Dr. Jan Brinckmann on board as our Academic Director. Since the very beginning of the Founders Foundation Startup School Jan has been teaching our top talents the fundamentals of successful entrepreneurship.
Jan is professor for Entrepreneurship at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, which is among the Top 5 Business Schools worldwide, offering one of the best MBA programs for Entrepreneurship in Europe.
Beyond that, he is active as a Business Angel and Board Member of various successful startups like Pinterest, Aklamio, Bloobirds, Pridatect, JUNIQE, Methinks.ai, among them Founders Foundation Alumni such as Valuedesk and Semalytix.
STARTUP SCHOOL // INFO EVENT
FREE ON SITE MEETUP
September 8, 2021 | 6.00 - 8.30 pm
Want to meet us in person and learn more about the program? Then visit us in the Founders Home in Bielefeld and get first-hand insights from our alumni and meet potential fellow participants.
On-site in our Founders Home in Bielefeld:
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STARTUP SCHOOL // INFO EVENT
FREE ONLINE MEETUP
September 23, 2021 | 6.00 - 8.30 pm
Want to learn more about the program, get to know the people behind the Founders Foundation, get first-hand insights from our alumni and meet potential fellow participants in advance?
Then register for our online Startup School meetup.
online via Zoom:
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FAQ'sFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STARTUP SCHOOL
Firstly, you fill in our application form (15 minutes). If you make it to round two, you will receive an invite-email to participate in a one-way video interview (15 minutes). Afterwards, an expert jury will assess all applications in terms of their program fit and recommend the best ones to us. As soon as we've made it through all applications you will receive a final answer from us whether you got accepted to the next program batch or not.
We want you to network and learn efficiently. We also want you to be safe and stay healthy. Therefore, we will ensure that every participant joining our on-site sessions in Bielefeld will be tested against the COVID-19 virus within 24 hours before each session. Of course, we take into account current regulations regarding the corona virus from the regional, federal and state government. In case carrying out on-site sessions will not be possible anymore, we will switch into a fully remote program, meaning all sessions will be held via Zoom.
We match top talents by considering their hard and soft skills as well as their interests and personalities. In the very beginning of our program we provide input on what makes a successful team. Starting from there, we offer a platform and workshop sessions to make you get to know each other really well and eventually team up with complementary co-founders. You will exchange ideas, develop new ones or join an existing team that is already executing on a certain business case!
There will be input workshops once or twice a week. The “real” work however, namely, work “in the market” and “on the customer” needs to be done besides that. We expect you to be ready for a couple of very intense months. You should be willing to commit around 20 hours per week for your business validation, even when you are working full-time. 10 weeks are limited and we want you to get results as quickly as possible and not waste time.
Every talent who convinces us and is accepted by our internal jury will receive a complete scholarship for our Founders Foundation Startup School, worth 3.000€. In other words: We won’t charge you any admission fee. In return to us investing in you, we expect nothing less than your fullest commitment and an attendance rate above 85%. This is your chance of a lifetime. So take it and appreciate it. Excuses like “I didn’t have time” or “the job..” don’t make your startup grow. Commitment is everything!
There definitely is no “too old”. Quite the opposite: Bringing professional experience and industry expertise can be a huge advantage when founding a B2B tech startup. As long as you are seriously ambitious to start a company, the Founders Foundation Startup School is your place to go.
Workshops and meetups take place on a regular weekly basis. The Startup School is designed as a hybrid program which means there will be both digital workshops via Zoom and on-site sessions in our Founders Home in Bielefeld. But don’t worry – all sessions (virtual and on-site) will take place after working hours or on weekends, so everyone should be able to participate even if you have a full time job.
Good! As we match teams, not everyone needs an idea on hand. We do however expect open and honest interest in technological innovation. We also gather a few “sponsored ideas” from experts within our network, who become your “idea sponsor”, industry expert and mentor.
At Founders Foundation we focus on B2B business cases in particular. We want innovations that improve the lives of many and create great value. We aim for nothing less than tenfold growth. Do you, too? Make sure to tell us as much as possible about your business idea in your application.
Sometimes cases do not work out right away. They might not show the potential you first saw in them. This is normal and absolutely no sign for you to give up. We want you to have an open mind, appreciate the feedback you get and take it seriously. If you then realize, it’s not working – no worries! We will assess the situation together with you and will decide whether a pivot makes sense or you might have to start all over again. And if so, that’s just the way startup life goes.
… is before our Founders Lab. If your first validation has been positive and revealed real potential, of course we won’t let you down. By completing our Startup School successfully, you will be well prepared to apply for our full-time Founders Foundation Lab program. Here we offer co-working, individual mentoring and a community of like-minded founders. We continue to support you until you have reached a convincing Problem-Solution-Fit and gained first pilot-customers. Only then will you be ready to apply for our Founders Foundation Accelerator program and make your way to a scaling.
IN OUR STARTUP SCHOOL
WENT THROUGH OUR PROGRAM
ACTIVELY WORKING ON THE NEXT BIG THING.
30 MIO OF FUNDING
WERE RAISED BY OUR EDUCATION PROGRAM ALUMNI
STARTUP SCHOOL ALUMNI VOICES
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We from the Founders Foundation train the next generation of successful founders, right in the heart of the German “Mittelstand” – the family businesses, the salt-of-the-earth type companies that form the foundation of the economy. We are pioneering the training of founders using our own Founders Foundation Education Model.
By building a lasting B2B startup ecosystem, we connect New and Old Business. We help shape the digital future out of Ostwestfalen-Lippe, a region characterized by both modern urban spaces and large rural areas. For this purpose, we launched the tech conference “Hinterland of Things” in 2018.
As a non-profit organization, the core of all our efforts is a success- and impactful cultivation of tomorrow’s founders. We do not take any shares in the companies.