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The EY Start-up Academy is a 6-week program in which selected startups are given the unique opportunity to improve their business model and its main components through structured help and advice from EY experts. The program runs from 30 September to the 12 November 2020 virtually and is free of charge.

This year, the events and workshops of the fourth EY Start-up Academy will take place virtually for the first time. A live stream of the public events of the EY Start-up Academy will also be offered. Join us for EY Academy Award event on November 12. 

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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 six-weeks challenge, the newcomers will meet numerous mentors from EY, banks and other companies as well as FinTech experts, startup 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.

You can register here for the EY Academy Award event on November 12. 


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

Check out our photos from the 2019 edition below and read about past participants here.

“The people behind the startup are just as important as the idea. Without a good team that is passionate, curious and open to explore, there is no chance to grow. You have to be bold to do the unimaginable. That’s the spirit we like to incorporate. We hope to find a strategic partner who will support our aspirations.” Laura Haberkorn, co-founder of suprtrue

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“Right now we need legal and tax advices most urgent since we are about to found our own GmbH end of this year. So far we had two legal coaches who helped us a lot to know the potential difficulties that we could face during this process. We just got pre-seed financing, so our search for financial resources is not very urgent. We use the pitch training to be prepared for investor/vc-talks in the beginning of next year. We’d also like to have an external point-of-view about our business idea and want to profit from EY’s international knowledge and network.” Christopher Dörne, co-founder of Sooqua

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