Would you like to set up your own business?

Is German bureaucracy putting you off?

Do you already have a business idea?

Do you still have lots of questions about setting up a business in Germany?

Can you already speak German or English?

At least up to level B1 (German) or B2 (English)?

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).

The project aims to help refugees in Berlin to set up their own businesses. Mentoring partnerships are formed, in order to give them support and show them that/if founding can be a good option. The mentoring partnership program matches potential founders with their Gründerpaten (mentors).

Your Possibilities:

That’s what we offer:

  • Mentorship: Scope: duration 4 months, 8 patent meetings, approx. 2 hrs/week
  • Personal support by Gründerpaten
  • Methods & Expertise
  • Networking
  • Certificate of participation

That’s what we do not offer:

  • Ensuring the final incorporation
  • Financing the foundation
  • Writing a business plan, but your own mentor will help you in this regard!
  • Communication with the Jobcenter or the Immigration Office

What should you bring:

  • Courage.
    You have the courage to work independently and to have a business idea.
  • Place of residence.
    You live and would like to start your own business in Berlin.
  • Time.
    You have about 5 hours per week and can take part in the obligatory events.
  • Status.
    You have a recognised refugee status or you are an asylum seeker with a good prospect of staying.
  • Language.
    You speak German at level B1 and/or English at level B2.

Become a founder – we’ll show you how!:

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

2- Getting to know each other meeting: We want to get to know you better, that is why we invite you and the other participants to a workshop. Together we will find out where your strengths and needs lie. On the basis of the getting to know meeting we carry out our matching. In this way we can optimally coordinate the interests and needs of you and the mentors.

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

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

  • 4-5-hour workshop day.
  • On this day you have the chance to gain new knowledge about your start-up phase. In addition, we offer trainings on the day, which we adapt to your needs.
  • At the end of the day you can discuss and deepen what you have learned in the training sessions with your mentor.

Your advantages:

  • Successful mentorship pairs can be included in our Best Practice Gallery – if all participants agree.
  • You will also benefit from the large business network of Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland with its more than 10,000 members throughout Germany!

“My goal is to set up an international business – with a lot of hard work and the wonderful support of my Gründerpaten!”

Abdoulhamid Kouko, participant in “Start-Up Your Future”

“My Gründerpaten has a lot of business experience and is very wise – he gives me support and opens doors for me.“

Beslan Kabartay, participant in “Start-Up Your Future”