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.

It aims to help refugees in Berlin-Brandenburg set up their own businesses. To give them support and show them that this can be a good option, mentoring partnerships are formed with Gründerpaten.

Conditions for joining.

“Start-Up Your Future” will provide you with a Gründerpaten to give you support. These are volunteers who will help you set up a business in Germany – from the business idea through to the actual start-up. To join this project, you need to fulfil the following conditions:

  • Courage.
    You have the courage to start up on your own and you have a business idea.
  • You live here.
    You live in Berlin.
  • Time.
    You have 5 hours/week
  • Status.
    You have recognised refugee status, or you are an asylum seeker with good prospects for being allowed to stay.
  • Language.
    Your German is level B1 and/or your English is level B2.

What we can do for you.

First of all, we hold interviews, with you and with potential Gründerpaten. Then we try to match you up with the right person. We try to match your interests and needs with those of the Gründerpaten to the best possible extent. You will be given a Mentor Kit with an advice booklet and our code of practice for the mentoring partnership. In Addition to that, we offer you a methods’ workshop day where you get intercultural training and more business knowledge.

Your options.

That’s what we offer:

  • Mentoring partnership (4 months, 8 meetings with your Gründerpaten, around 5 hours/week)
    Work on your business idea with your Gründerpaten in a series of meetings.
  • Personal support by mentors
  • Methods & expertise
  • Networking
  • Certificate of participation

That’s what we do not offer:

  • mediation with Offices and authorities
  • Ensuring the final incorporation
  • Financing of the foundation
  • Writing a business plan, but your own mentor will help you!
  • Communication with the job centre or the immigration Office

Start a business – we’ll show you how!

1-Registration: Write us an e-mail to startupyourfuture@wjd.de with your telephone number, your idea and your availability or register here. The team will then contact you for an interview.

2 Getting 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 where your strengths and needs lie.

3-Kick-off event: At this meeting you will get to know your founder godfather. You should network and get more information about the next steps from us.

4-The mentorship then begins (duration: 4 months, 8 patent meetings by personal agreement between you and your mentor).

5-Method’s Day: The methods’ day is a compulsory event for the founders:

  • 4-5-hours workshop day
  • On this day you have the chance to gain new knowledge about your founding 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.

 More information on joining the project can be found in our Q&A.

Benefits for you.

Successful mentoring pairs may be chosen for our Best-Practice Gallery in the coming weeks and months – if all those involved are in agreement. You will also benefit from the Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland’s wide business network, with more than 10,000 members across the whole of 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”