EY Startup Academy

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

The EY Start-up Academy is a 12-week program, where the start-ups enjoy the unique opportunity to improve their business model and its main factors with the structured advice and help from industry experts. The program is addressed to Tech- or FinTech start-ups, who have gone through the Alpha-Phase with a minimum viable product or proof of concept and wish to do a round of financing within the next 12 months.

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


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


Building bridges to your benefits

Papillon is an accelerator program launched in 2017 to support Fintech growth in Frankfurt in cooperation of TechQuartier and Atos Group. We are looking for ambitious FinTechs with a clear vision and the readiness for industrial-scale growth. We offer access to over 150 Financial Services clients and a global network of Atos Business Technology & Innovation Centers. Up to 3 FinTechs will get the chance to participate in Papillon after a Pitch session.

Papillon makes your technology fit for European Banks

Face the challenge

How does your solution create – exiting customer experience/value?
How secure is your solution?
How can you scale compliant to customer and/or regulatory expectations?

Common project

8–10 weeks on-site team work with Atos consultants access to Atos Finlab platform, with an API platform for DevOps, technology mashups, and continuous integration.

Out come

POC based on a prototype of your solution, integrated in bank similar workflow and environment FinLab cloud blueprints will speed up your Proof of Concept – offering rapid reach to the right market.

To participate, you must fulfill six entry criteria:


You are a Startup and your business is related to the financial industry.

Team Setup Complete

Your team is operational and the required roles to deliver the current product and work on the product roadmap are covered.

Seed Funding In Place

You have taken in initial seed funding either by investors or from your own funds.

MVP Developed

A minimum viable product is completed and/or your concept has been proven in a real-world application.

Clear Product Roadmap

You have a vision on how to develop your product further and concrete steps defined over the coming 6-12 months.

Seeking Market Entry

We are looking for FinTechs with the hottest technology and value propositions and an open culture – businesses that are ready to take the practical steps generating new sources of revenue in Financial Services.