Application deadline: February 15, 2023

The Westerwelle Young Founders Programme (YFP) is a six-month fellowship for 25 leaders uplifting emerging and developing markets towards a sustainable future. It aims to offer targeted support to scale these young founders’ ventures and develop their leadership abilities as well as creating equal opportunities for all in emerging markets.


  • The participants will take part in a two-day digital kick-off conference which will take place on March 3 and 6, 2023.
  • The Young Founders will benefit from a six month (from March – August 2023) remote programme which will include a personal mentor, monthly peer learning sessions, monthly expert workshops and networking opportunities with corporates and investors.
  • Contacts with investors and corporates.
  • The ten best performing Young Founders will be invited to attend a five-day fully-funded international conference in Berlin, Germany.
  • During the five days conference, the participants will have the opportunity to pitch in front of investors, join networks, and get an insight into Germany’s start-up scene.
  • Provides opportunities to prior alumni of the fellowship and gets to know their successful methods of business in emerging markets.

Selection Criteria?

The ideal candidate:

  • Must be a citizen or resident of an emerging or developing country.
  • Must have started a for-profit company in recent five years. The focus of the company must be on developing or emerging markets.
  • Must be a young entrepreneur with high potential for impact and growth to become a leader of a sustainable future.
  • Your company possesses a scalable business model that has ideally generated revenue or have secured its first round of external funding.
  • You or your business possesses disruptive qualities that can increase the quality, impact or inclusiveness of the industry.
  • You are available to attend the digital kick-off conference and can make time to participate in programme activities for six months during this fellowship.
  • You possess a good working knowledge of English.

Application Process

  • Candidates have to apply online.
  • The candidates must have their startup pitch deck.
  • The candidates have to provide their correct and basic financial information regarding revenue and funding.
  • The candidate must have a LinkedIn profile and/or CV.
  • If you have any technical issues while applying you can email for further assistance.
  • Answer all the questions asked in the application very carefully and comprehensively so that they could be understood properly.


By Elorm Hermann

I'm on a mission to disrupt mindsets and explore answers to questions others are afraid to even ask.

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