What can you expect?

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a community for those who go and build rather than complain about problems. It’s a one-year immersive program centered around startup-skills, leadership development and mutual support.

The fellows participate in 8+ hands-on workshops where they are able to learn relevant startup skills ranging from growth hacking, business model development to funding.

Startup Skills

In the second semester of the program, every fellow gets a mentor from the Austrian startup scene. We carefully select and match mentors and mentees, according to ambitions and interests of both parties. Through the mentorship program as well as community events, fellows get introduced to the Austrian startup ecosystem and are enabled to start building their own network.

Mentoring Program

During the one year program, fellows take part in at least 8 Thinker's Lab sessions, where they engage in discussions on controversial topics entrepreneurs are regularly confronted with. In the past we covered topics such as 'Where is AI Heading?', 'the Metaverse' or 'Corporate - Startup Partnerships'.

Discussion Lab

With 8+ workshops on personal development, we want to enable our fellows to grow also on a personal level and address important topics such as building a team, getting what you want or personal reflection.

Personal Development

During their first semester the fellows work in small teams on entrepreneurial projects for the Austrian startup ecosystem. This year fellows have supported our Future Weekly podcast production, organised 2 hackathons and monthly growth stage breakfasts and many more.

Community Projects

Your commitment

Weekly meetings

Active participation in weekly workshops & discussion sessions on thursdays from 6-8pm.

Project work

Investment of 5 hours per week into project work.

10 Months

Commitment for the entire duration of the program March 2022 to January 2023.

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Selection Day

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What are we looking for?

Program for the upcoming Semester

Our Mentors

During your ELP journey in the second semester you’ll get a mentor who will support you with your goals and future plans.

ELP Success Stories

Birgit Van Duyvenbode | ELP Intake Summer Semester 2021 | Founded REEDuce, aiming at mitigating noice in an effective, sustainable and ecological manner.

Fabian Goslar | ELP Intake Summer Semester 2021 | Co-Founded CONOW, revitalising rural areas using data-based infrastructure analysis.

Luisa Schiffke | ELP Intake Summer Semester 2021 | Founded MyStudyGuide, helping pupils to find the study program of their dreams.

Krystian Stankov | ELP Intake Winter Semester 2020 | Co-Founded adorares, a platform for unique craftmenship.

Felix Guenther | ELP Intake Winter Semester 2020 | Co-Founded One Meal A Day, tackling climate change by providing healthy, regional and climate friendly cook-boxes.

Alexandra Brandl | ELP Intake Winter Semester 2020 | Co-Founded Hero Box (acquired by Vytal).

Julia Kruslin | ELP Intake Winter Semester 2020 | Co-Founded beatvest, the Duolingo for finances.

Primoz Cuvan | ELP Intake Winter Semester 2020 | Co-Founded HomeClinico, a fun arm exercising tool that increases motivation, strength, flexibility.

Oliver Alf | ELP Intake Summer Semerster 2020 | Co-Founded enlivio, enabling digitally supported physiotherapy for a sustainable rehabilitation.

Maximilian Horvatits | ELP Intake Summer Semester 2020 | Co-Founded ikonity, building a sustainable fashion community.


How can I apply?

Fill out our application form until February 17th 2022.

Does this program involve any costs?

No, its totally free to participate.

Where will the meetings take place?

Some of our meetings are online and some are taking place physically in co-working spaces around Vienna. This is not set in stone but you can expect about a 50/50 split between online and in-person meetings. Therefore we require our participants to be able to come to Vienna min. twice per month.

Do I need to have a business idea to join?

No, you don't need to have a business idea to become part of the program.

Do I need to be a student to apply? Is there an age limit?

No, you don't need to be a student and we encourage individuals of any age to apply.

I don't have time on Thursday evenings, can I still join?

Unfortunately not - the workshops and the discussion groups always take part on Thursday evening. As they are the main part of our curriculum it is not possible to complete the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program without attending these sessions. However, if you are interested in getting involved with AustrianStartups you can still come to our monthly Stammtisch events.

Do I need to have a business background?

No, definitely not - we encourage people from all different backgrounds to apply.

I am going abroad in the second half of the year. Can I continue with the second part of the program afterwards?

Unfortunately this is not possible.