formation was created as a way to give underrepresented founders a place to:
👉 Grow a network
👉 Build a community
👉 Have a safe space to ask questions
👉 Gain access to mentors and investors
👉 (Eat a lot of pizza and embrace the fierceness of Beyoncé)
We’re looking for people who are passionate about their idea. We’re looking for people who are eager to build incredible startups. We’re looking for people who are bold.
The program is based in Berlin, please make sure you are in the city from January - March 2020.
Head over to the application form, it will take you roughly 10-15 minutes to apply. We’ll be looking through all the applications and will let you know if you’ve made it into the January 2020 cohort by December.
In the words of Queen Bey: “I dream it. I work hard. I grind ‘til I own it.” Ultimately, we want founders that embody this essence.
No, you don’t need one. If you do have a co-founder though, we’d love them to join formation with you.
Through the program we’ll host events where you can potentially find a co-founder or a team to work with.
We expect our formation founders to put in the work to grow their idea into a startup one day. We know it’s hard, we’ve also been in your shoes (well, in your sneakers!).
The main things we expect from you are:
👉 Be hungry to learn
👉 Be ready to run
👉 Be a decent human being
👉 And of course, get ready to get in formation
Yes. We’re looking for people, or a founding team, that have a solution to a problem. We understand that your idea is likely to pivot during the process, that’s a-ok, for us it’s really important that we can see a clear problem/solution.
No, you don’t. If you do have something you can share with us in the application, we’d love to see it. If you don’t, don’t worry, it won’t affect your application at all. formation is for potential founders who are at idea-stage.
Yes and no. Ultimately, we’re looking for digital business solutions.
It lasts for six-weeks, starting in mid-January 2020.
We’ll be meeting twice a week. Once during the week in the evenings from 6:30pm-9pm, as well as a half-day on Saturday.
Yes, you will get a mentor from one of our partner companies.
Over the six-weeks, we’ll dive into the topics of:
👉 Finance and Investment
As the program is only six-weeks, we expect all our formation founders to attend in person.
We’ll be introducing you to relevant angel investors and early-stage programs in Berlin. This does not guarantee investment, however, that’s still up to you!