The Ideation Fellowship.
Designed to help you launch a successful company with global impact.

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Name: Alex Harston

Title: Co-Founder at Flow.bio

Description: Can't recommend EWOR enough if you have an early-stage startup or even just an idea for one - it's a fantastic programme that's definitely worth applying to: https://ewor.com/apply/
Name: Olaf Schmitz

Title: Management, Strategy, SaaS, Cloud-Computing, E-Commerce, Online-Publishing, HVAC / Climate-Solutions, Cycling & Musicproduction

Description: 🚀 I had the honor of participating in an EWOR event in Nantes this week, where the air buzzed with innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship. As someone who has nurtured numerous founders on their journeys to reshape industries and redefine societal norms, I felt an immense sense of pride and belonging among these trailblazers.Name: Stefan Balg

Title: MD and Co-Founder of INSRD | Angel Investor @blackdor 

Description: 📢 I'm truly excited to share with you that INSRD has joined EWOR's post-idea Program and also secured EWOR as an investor in our pre-seed round. 📢
Let me share with you why and maybe even inspire some of the founders in my network to do the same.Name: Valeriy Bykanov

Title: Founder, CTO, Angel Investor | Outdoor adventure community for entrepreneurs

Description: The People - the key element making EWOR Connect such an extraordinary experience. A group of truly remarkable individuals, carefully selected by the EWOR team, coming together for a few days to connect in the magnificent château in the French countryside.
Name: Alex Harston

Title: Co-Founder at Flow.bio

Description: Can't recommend EWOR enough if you have an early-stage startup or even just an idea for one - it's a fantastic programme that's definitely worth applying to: https://ewor.com/apply/
Name: Olaf Schmitz

Title: Management, Strategy, SaaS, Cloud-Computing, E-Commerce, Online-Publishing, HVAC / Climate-Solutions, Cycling & Musicproduction

Description: 🚀 I had the honor of participating in an EWOR event in Nantes this week, where the air buzzed with innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship. As someone who has nurtured numerous founders on their journeys to reshape industries and redefine societal norms, I felt an immense sense of pride and belonging among these trailblazers.Name: Stefan Balg

Title: MD and Co-Founder of INSRD | Angel Investor @blackdor 

Description: 📢 I'm truly excited to share with you that INSRD has joined EWOR's post-idea Program and also secured EWOR as an investor in our pre-seed round. 📢
Let me share with you why and maybe even inspire some of the founders in my network to do the same.Name: Valeriy Bykanov

Title: Founder, CTO, Angel Investor | Outdoor adventure community for entrepreneurs

Description: The People - the key element making EWOR Connect such an extraordinary experience. A group of truly remarkable individuals, carefully selected by the EWOR team, coming together for a few days to connect in the magnificent château in the French countryside.
Name: Lukas Köstler

Title: 3D CV & AI

Description: We have been part of EWOR since last year, and it has been phenomenal. They supported SE3 Labs from the beginning and have helped with advice, intros, and an extraordinary community.Name: Max Osborne

Title: Founder at ThisThat - winner of best tech in influencer marketing - global leader in marketing measurement and strategy

Description: 📣 Big News!ThisThat has raised from not just one, but FOUR unicorn founders 🦄🦄🦄🦄 Why? Advertising has evolved. Market research hasn’t. And at ThisThat we've set out to and are committed to evolving market research. ✨Name: Luke Ferris

Title: CEO OriginAI | Gen AI, ex Bain, INSEAD MBA

Description: Hi all! Thanks for following along on the OriginAI journey. I've got two exciting bits of news today. First we've raised a pre-seed round from the fine people at EWOR. Thanks to Daniel W. Dippold and Florian Huber particularly for your support! I'm really looking forward to working with you.Name: Seb Haugeto

Title: Building Dealflow, Forbes 30U30 

Description: When growth is good, all is good ⚡️
Last week we joined the hottest fund in Europe right now @ EWOR.
Name: Lukas Köstler

Title: 3D CV & AI

Description: We have been part of EWOR since last year, and it has been phenomenal. They supported SE3 Labs from the beginning and have helped with advice, intros, and an extraordinary community.Name: Max Osborne

Title: Founder at ThisThat - winner of best tech in influencer marketing - global leader in marketing measurement and strategy

Description: 📣 Big News!ThisThat has raised from not just one, but FOUR unicorn founders 🦄🦄🦄🦄 Why? Advertising has evolved. Market research hasn’t. And at ThisThat we've set out to and are committed to evolving market research. ✨Name: Luke Ferris

Title: CEO OriginAI | Gen AI, ex Bain, INSEAD MBA

Description: Hi all! Thanks for following along on the OriginAI journey. I've got two exciting bits of news today. First we've raised a pre-seed round from the fine people at EWOR. Thanks to Daniel W. Dippold and Florian Huber particularly for your support! I'm really looking forward to working with you.Name: Seb Haugeto

Title: Building Dealflow, Forbes 30U30 

Description: When growth is good, all is good ⚡️
Last week we joined the hottest fund in Europe right now @ EWOR.
Name: Johannes King

Title: Digital Warehousing for the Construction Industry

Description:I just graduated from the EWOR Fellowship! 🚀
So let me take this as an opportunity to summarize what happened so far on my EWOR journeyName: Kacper Szklarczyk

Title: AI-Driven Grant Fundraising | Forbes 25u25

Description: Yesterday was a BIG day for us at OpenGrant Inc. We had over 120 top-notch investors including Sequoia Capital, Balderton Capital, 10x Founders, Earlybird Venture Capital, Cherry Ventures, Visionaries Club, La Famiglia, HV Capital, Redstone, Capnamic, World Fund, 4P CAPITAL, Planet A Ventures, HTGF | High-Tech Gründerfonds, Tiburon, Speedinvest and many well-known angel investors join us for the Demo Day. Name: Beth Kume-Holland

Title: Award-winning Founder and CEO of Patchwork Hub | Power 100 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK | Disability advocate & speaker | Harvard University Kennedy Scholar | Oxford University Research Fellow

Description: Europe’s answer to Y-Combinator = EWOR
A brilliant article by EU-Startups on a leading organisation in Europe’s entrepreneurship eco-system.Name: Charlie Simionescu-Marin

Title: Bringing Confidence to Asset Managers with Advanced AI | Quanted Co-Founder & EWOR Fellow

Description: Bringing Confidence to Asset Managers with Advanced AI | Quanted Co-Founder & EWOR Fellow
Name: Johannes King

Title: Digital Warehousing for the Construction Industry

Description:I just graduated from the EWOR Fellowship! 🚀
So let me take this as an opportunity to summarize what happened so far on my EWOR journeyName: Kacper Szklarczyk

Title: AI-Driven Grant Fundraising | Forbes 25u25

Description: Yesterday was a BIG day for us at OpenGrant Inc. We had over 120 top-notch investors including Sequoia Capital, Balderton Capital, 10x Founders, Earlybird Venture Capital, Cherry Ventures, Visionaries Club, La Famiglia, HV Capital, Redstone, Capnamic, World Fund, 4P CAPITAL, Planet A Ventures, HTGF | High-Tech Gründerfonds, Tiburon, Speedinvest and many well-known angel investors join us for the Demo Day. Name: Beth Kume-Holland

Title: Award-winning Founder and CEO of Patchwork Hub | Power 100 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK | Disability advocate & speaker | Harvard University Kennedy Scholar | Oxford University Research Fellow

Description: Europe’s answer to Y-Combinator = EWOR
A brilliant article by EU-Startups on a leading organisation in Europe’s entrepreneurship eco-system.Name: Charlie Simionescu-Marin

Title: Bringing Confidence to Asset Managers with Advanced AI | Quanted Co-Founder & EWOR Fellow

Description: Bringing Confidence to Asset Managers with Advanced AI | Quanted Co-Founder & EWOR Fellow

The Ideation Fellowship

Find a co-founder

We support you in finding a co-founder, but don’t force it. You’ll meet dozens of potential co-founders during the next months through bespoke intros, our invite-only co-founder pool, and by meeting other EWOR fellows.

Iterate your existing idea

Alex Grots - co-founder at EWOR - has co-invented Design Thinking and will guide you through finding Product-Market Fit most efficiently. We’ll help you validate your problem, solution and prototypes.

Raise a successful pre-seed round

Through our team’s network of over 1,000 investors, we can help you raise a round at any point in time. EWOR Fellows hold the record for the largest-ever pre-seed round of a first-time founder in Europe (€13M).

The EWOR Edge

up to € 150K

Investment from EWOR. Millions potentially raised afterwards

2.5x

Higher valuation than the average founder after being accepted into the fellowship 

avg. 130%

More money raised than an average pre-seed founder

0.1%

Acceptance rate.
Outliers only!

Options only — 
no rigid structures

GRAND PITCH

Pitch in front of hundreds of investors and reduce fundraising time by more than 80%

PERKS

Free cloud credits, tickets to Europe’s leading conferences,  templates, and more

Mentor and Expert Access

Connect with the best mentors and experts on your own schedule

COMMUNITY

Rent-free, fun, and transformative experiences in the EWOR House

EDUCATION

Exclusive access to top entrepreneurship education on our platform

Unfair Advantage

We are transforming founders and providing an unfair advantage

A personal transformation journey

Go through a rigorous personal development and entrepreneurship education regime. Join a community of the world’s best founders, and be granted access to an unprecedented network and capital.

Frequently Asked Questions

We invest in people, not companies.
Whether you make €500K ARR or don’t yet have an idea, it doesn’t matter to us. We invest in and support you.

More FAQs
What is the EWOR Ideation Fellowship?

For those who don’t have traction for their business idea yet, the EWOR Ideation Fellowship turns an aspiring entrepreneur into a successful tech entrepreneur.

Do I need a business idea to apply?

Ideally yes. The EWOR Ideation Fellowship is designed for those who don’t have traction for their business idea yet. It’s remote-first and turns an aspiring entrepreneur into a business owner.

What is the difference between the Ideation and Traction Fellowship?

For those who don’t have traction for their business idea yet, the EWOR Ideation Fellowship turns an aspiring entrepreneur into a business owner. For those who do already have traction, the EWOR Traction Fellowship is designed to help them scale their venture. The Traction Fellowship is split into two phases to make it the most effective. As founders of some of the most successful companies in Europe, our lecturers and mentors have all learned first-hand what it takes to succeed in the business world. They give engaging live lectures in phase one, while the second phase gives EWOR members access to hundreds of resources on our platform, network, and feedback sessions with our mentors.

Where can I apply to the EWOR Ideation Fellowship?

Please use the application form on our website to apply for our Fellowships. It’s an extensive questionnaire that inquires about your experiences, motivations, and qualifications. Applicants typically take at least 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Are you looking for talents to develop their ideas in a specific industry?

While we encourage the development of impactful ventures in areas like green tech, health tech, machine learning, or artificial intelligence, we do not limit ourselves and our talent pool to a specific industry.

How many talents do you accept?

Our selection committee consists of successful serial entrepreneurs and startup investors - including several unicorn founders. The EWOR Fellowships have an acceptance rate of 0.1%.

What are the benefits to the EWOR Fellowships?

Once you’re accepted to one of EWOR’s Fellowships, you will be placed in a cohort of impressive and ambitious entrepreneurial talents. Together, you will go through the EWOR Education to learn about entrepreneurship. Your cohort will be able to provide you feedback on your work, support you when things are tough, and become your friends.


On our platform, you will find resources such as pitch deck templates, financial models, and contract templates. In addition, you will have access to our vetted pool of mentors and experts consisting of unicorn founders and investors.

You’ll become part of an amazing community of (aspiring) entrepreneurs and be invited to events like the EWOR Festival and the EWOR Houses.

What time are the live sessions? Do I need to attend them?

The live sessions are in the late afternoon or early evening CET time, but you will receive information on your schedule during the onboarding process.

We do expect our Fellows to be present for these input and feedback sessions. However, we understand that in some cases, circumstances will keep talents from participating.

Are there any tuition fees for the Ideation Fellowship?

In place of formal tuition fees, EWOR takes 3% equity in companies that talents build by the end of the Ideation Fellowship. In addition, EWOR will invest up to €150K in selected start-ups at €1.0M post-money valuation cap.

Apart from the 3% that EWOR receives, are there any other shareholding privileges allocated to any third party?

Typically, there are no additional equity allocations to third parties.

Do you offer funding?

In place of formal tuition fees, EWOR takes 3% equity in companies that talents build by the end of the Ideation Fellowship. In addition, EWOR will invest up to €150K in selected start-ups at €1.0M post-money valuation cap.

Do you take equity in my company?

In place of formal tuition fees, EWOR takes 3% equity in companies that talents build by the end of the Ideation Fellowship. In addition, EWOR will invest up to €150K in selected start-ups at €1.0M post-money valuation cap.

What happens if I do not end up founding a company?

If you do not end up founding a company, EWOR will not require any equity from you.