Do you have experience in setting up a business?

Then come and help others do the same!

Do you have sound knowledge of start-ups?

Then pass on your experience!

Would you like to do some voluntary work?

Then take on a mentoring partnership as a Gründerpate and help refugees in Berlin to set up a business for themselves!

The project:

“Start-Up Your Future” is a pilot project of the Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland (WJD), funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

It aims to help refugees in Berlin to set up their own businesses. To give them support and offer them the option of self-employment, mentoring partnerships are formed with Gründerpaten.

Your mission as a Gründerpate:

As a Gründerpate, you will give voluntary support to refugees who want to set up their own businesses. By working with them, you will make a positive contribution towards integration by giving them the chance to participate in the economy. In concrete terms, this means that you:

  • Offer them one-to-one support by sharing ideas and experience.
  • Help them develop the personal qualities necessary for a business founder.
  • Give them access to a network of business contacts.

How to become a Gründerpate?

1- Registration: Just sign up here. We will contact you back.

2- Meetings to get to know each other: We want to get to know you better. We invite you and the other participants to a workshop. Together we will find out in which area you can best support. On the basis of the getting to know meeting we carry out a matching. In this way we can optimally coordinate the interests and needs of you and the founders.

3- Kick-off event: At this meeting you will get to know your mentee. You will network and arrange your meetings in person.

4- Methods’ Day: The Methods’ Day is an obligatory event for the founders:

  • On this day you will receive a two-hour founder training, which should prepare you for your mentorship.
  • During the training you will learn more about the situation of the prospective founders and the legal framework.
  • We will talk about your expectations and give you practical tips on your mentorship as well as how to deal with and communicate in an intercultural exchange.
  • At the end of the method day you will discuss  the contents you have learnedm with your mentee.

What does Start-Up Your Future do?

As part of a mentorship (duration 4 months, 8 patent meetings, approx. 2 hours/week) we assign you a founder – based on your skills. We support you with free trainings, workshops and network events. We will also provide you with materials that will support you in your mentorship. We are available to answer any questions you may have. We also rely on your feedback to us. As a thank-you for your engagement you will receive a certificate of participation!

We are looking for Gründerpaten.

We are looking for volunteers to become Gründerpaten – people who can offer their experience to help refugees set up their own businesses. Gründerpaten can be Wirtschaftsjunioren, entrepreneurs, students and people interested in start-ups, or employees in management positions who:

  • live or work in Berlin
  • have a great entrepreneurial spirit
  • have knowledge of start-ups
  • are interested in meeting people from different cultures and enjoy networking

Do a good deed and tell your friends and colleagues about the scheme.

  • Successful mentoring pairs may be chosen for our Best Practice Gallery if all those involved agree.
  • You can also take part as “I am SUYF ambassador” for our Gründerpaten marketing campaign.

„As well as giving the prospective founders one-to-one advice and support, we as mentors also take a good and thorough look at their business idea. Every person is different, every business is different.”

Elisabeth Schwerdtner, Gründerpate and Wirtschaftsjuniorin

“As a Gründerpate, I am learning some important lessons for my own business. Sharing ideas and experiences with my protégé helps me to develop my intercultural competence.“

Paul Kündiger, Gründerpate and Wirtschaftsjunior