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The Programm for (aspiring) Female Entrepreneurs
Do you have an idea and want to turn it into reality, investing all of your energy into the development and implementation of your vision?
At Grace, you'll receive an impactful entrepreneurship program along with a scholarship for 6 months to fully concentrate on your venture.
We have already supported over 100 women with a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation. Now, a community of like-minded peers and experts awaits you. Your ideas and personal development are the focal points of our program.
The program is open to all industries and various startup initiatives (including non-profit ventures). Thanks to our strong Grace community, we can connect you with suitable professionals and help your ideas take flight.
Applications are open until September 24
Experienced experts will accompany you on your entrepreneurial journey. You will learn everything about the relevant topics of starting a business, from user testing, marketing, and sales to legal and financing, and much more. Experts from our network will address your individual challenges, enabling you to put what you've learned into practice.
Your development as a founder and your business take center stage. Our experienced coaches will support you in unlocking your potential. Together, we will work on defining your goals and creating an individual roadmap for your idea.
You will begin the program alongside 15 fellow founders, embarking on this journey full steam ahead. This peer group provides a space for exchange and co-creation, fostering mutual learning and growth.
Peer-group learning is a vital factor in the program and extends beyond its duration.
A network of over 150 mentors share their knowledge and experience with you. They bring in new perspectives, ask the right questions, and offer you assistance through their networks. Your individual challenges and entrepreneurial inquiries will be matched with suitable mentors who can provide guidance and support.
At Grace, participants take the spotlight. We create visibility for the next generation of founders. This includes our Demo Day, where you will present your idea before a selected audience of investors and key players from the startup scene, providing an opportunity to showcase your vision and gain exposure.
Our team has already supported over 100 founders. We are familiar with the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and will be by your side throughout the journey. Together with you and your peers, we create a safe and brave space where diversity is embraced, and innovations can flourish.
Who can apply?
✓ The program is aimed at aspiring founders and teams who can participate full-time in the program.
✓ You can apply both individually and as a team. Mixed-Gender teams are also welcome to apply.
✓ You live in Berlin or are willing to relocate to Berlin to establish your company here.
✓ All business models can be supported. Applications from non-profit organizations are very welcome.
✓If you have already founded a company, it's not a problem as long as no economic activity has taken place yet.
✓You must not have received any start-up bonus or EXIST scholarship before.
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With the Grace Berlin Accelerator, the participating founders receive funding in the form of a monthly stipend. The stipend amounts to €2,200 gross and is paid at the end of each month. The program is full-time and includes workshops, coaching, mentoring, and much more (see above). You will allocate the remaining time to implement your startup project.
The program is funded through the European Social Fund Plus from resources of the European Union and the state of Berlin. You won't have to give away company shares or anything similar. At the end of Grace, there will be a Demo Day with a pitch in front of a jury and invited guests, including investors and business angels. The main focus of Grace is on developing your idea until it reaches market maturity.
You should already have a concrete idea or a specific approach that you want to develop further in the program. The funding from the Berlin Startup Stipendium is designed for early-stage support, primarily aimed at acquiring fundamental skills for starting a business, with the goal of bringing innovative business ideas or products to market maturity.
Yes, mixed teams can also apply. However, a quota of 51% female founding members must be met.
We tailor our program to the needs of our participants and can accommodate both German and English languages.
Yes, you must be able to work on your idea with a weekly workload of 40 hours throughout the entire duration of the program. The various workshops, events, coachings, and mentorings are mandatory. We highly value the flexibility of our founders, which is why we offer a hybrid setup to create suitable conditions for participation.
You will have access to an office workspace in Berlin. Live workshops, coachings, and events will take place in our Founder's Loft in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The program is designed in a hybrid format, combining both in-person and remote work.
As the program is a local funding initiative, one of the requirements is that your official place of residence is in Berlin. If you do not currently reside in Berlin but are flexible enough to relocate to Berlin before the program starts, you can still apply and participate in the program.
Yes, they must be registered with their primary residence in Berlin. Additionally, their residence permit must be valid for the entire duration of the scholarship and must not have any restrictions on employment or starting a business. For assistance in this matter, feel free to contact Berlin Partner.
Yes, generally, that is possible. The crucial factor is that you are not economically active in the market yet. Please get in touch with us to discuss further details.
After the application phase ends, we will invite selected founders to a virtual interview. As a next step we will choose founders which we will invite to our selection day on October 26. The final decision will be made by a jury and we will inform the participants by the end of October.
Financing is generally allowed. In line with the funding program's objectives, it is desirable to secure follow-up financing through means such as investments or crowdfunding. During the program, we will explore potential financing sources and strategies that align with your startup.
The programme is a full time programme with workshops, individual mentoring and coaching sessions, community events, bootcamps and a Demo Day. There will be 2-3 workshops per month. The Kick-off Bootcamp and Pitch Bootcamp are full-day, intensive, on-site events.
When you get the approval for your participation you will be equipped with a full schedule.
We are industry open and support all kinds of business models. During the programme we will make sure you talk to experts and will meet your needs regarding the right workshops, mentors and experts.
You can not participate in the programme if you have a full-time job. For students who are not in the middle of their studies but are in their last semester and are about to graduate, please contact us to check your case.
The project is funded by the European Social Fund Plus with funds from the European Union and the State of Berlin: