How far can you go?Aim high, accelerate fast and make your vision come true.

The EY Start-up Academy is an annual initiative that was launched in 2017 with the aim of supporting new tech and FinTech companies. Last year, a successful financing round was secured by the Frankfurt start-up at the end of the program: the founders secured themselves growth capital amounting to an almost seven-digit figure.

Bring entrepreneurial drive to your business

Knowledge & Experience

Gain an immense amount of condensed experience through hands-on mentoring, and exposure to industry experts.

Collaborate & Network

Build a network that goes beyond the usual and get connected to extremely targeted industry insiders.

Present & Celebrate

A day to celebrate your achievements with investors, corporates,
mentors. press and the local ecosystem.

The Academy at a glance

During the eight-weeks challenge (26 September to 22 November), the newcomers will meet numerous mentors from EY, banks and other companies as well as FinTech experts, start-up supporters, investors and financing partners. In more than 30 workshops and training sessions, founders will receive detailed information on topics including business planning and management, financing and subsidies, corporate and tax law, supervision and IT.


Possibility to defend the business model and receive feedback

Fireside Chat

Informal discussions with selected investors and successful founders

Investor Readiness

Preparation to the relevant facets of the financing process

Pro Bono Advisory

Pro bono consulting sessions by EY on several business topics

Public Events

Events with business topics highly relevant for startups


Discussions in smaller groups with experts from different industries


Interactive sessions dedicated to problems typically affecting startups

Investor Matching

Introduction to investors from the EY network

Ey Academy Award

Award for the best start-up of the program

Call for participation to the EY Start-up Academy 2018

EY, Deutsche Börse, and TechQuartier support FinTech and Technology companies through the “EY Start-up Academy” program

Applications can be submitted between 11 June and 5 August

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