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The Founder Institute, the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Germany program!

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from Germany's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Germany Founder Institute today.

Since 2009, our highly-structured accelerator programs have helped entrepreneurs at the earliest stages grow quickly, know what to do next, and make connections with the largest community of startup advisors.

It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network, a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding. 

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free startup events in Germany, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs, many will be virtual, but a few also physical in Berlin:

Germany Events:

  • Founder Meet & Greet: Berlin In-Person Startup Networking Spring Edition: 7:00pm, Mar 21, 2024 (Europe/Berlin):

Global or Regional Events:

  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • How to Drive B2B Sales Growth with LinkedIn & Social Selling : 6:00pm, Mar 18, 2024 (Europe/Berlin):
  • Crafting a Compelling Pitch: Secrets to Capturing Investors’ Interest: 6:00pm, Mar 25, 2024 (Europe/Berlin):
  • Pitch Lounge: Get Feedback on Your 1-Minute Pitch Idea from Startup Experts: 7:00pm, Apr 03, 2024 (Europe/Berlin):
  • Founder Showcase: Startup Pitch & Networking Event: 7:00pm, Apr 18, 2024 (Europe/Berlin):
  • Building a Fundable Start-up Brand: 7:00pm, May 20, 2024 (Europe/Berlin):

The Germany program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Amanda Fornal (Director, Startup Advisor, Women in STEM advocate), Dirk Lehmann (Innovation Advisor & Pitch Coach, Dirk Lehmann & Partners), Ferdinand Muehlhaeuser (Lead Director Germany), Kai Malkwitz (Serial Entrepreneur, sustainability evangelist and Impact Director), Rikke Klitskov (CMO, Founder Institute), Mohammad Tavangar (Director, Partner Management), Eva Dimitrova (Director, Community Management), Nathan Evans (Director, Startup Advisor) and Sara Maki (Director, Startup Advisor).

We are very happy to have Unicorn Workspaces at our side as our FI Berlin location partner, being a core supporter for the Berlin startup scene, providing invaluable event spaces, coworking opportunities, and startup offices of all sizes. 

In addition, a selection of more than 50 mentors out of our 800+ Germany mentor network will be actively participating as mentors in the program and you will be able to tap into our entire Berlin and worldwide mentor network as a graduate of the program. Please find an overview of our German mentor network below!

* Alexander Sumin * Amy Louise Shelver * Andrea Helmerich * Andrea Monti * Angela Holter * Athanasios Ladopoulos * Björn Fedder * Carolin Sandfort * Cecile Garcia Le Goff * Dirk Freise * Emil Kendziorra * Frank Pawlitschek * Franz Riedl * Jonathan Eade * Juergen Funke * Luisa Baltazar * Mali M Baum * Michael Wendt * Neil Baptista * Nikhil Madan * Ovi Negrean * Raluca Bujoreanu * Robert Sünderhauf * Rüdiger Süss * Sara Kolata * Tim Schumacher * Tobias Dickmeis * Tyler Crowley * Wolfgang Hennes * Yanick J. Steinbeck

  • And many more to be announced.

Join us in Germany to build a great company in 2024. 

Apply to the Berlin - Germany Spring 2024 Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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