Applications for the summer intake 2021 are now open until February 28th.

Be bold and apply!

What Our Current Fellows Say

I joined ELP because I believe that entrepreneurship and creativity are a perfect fit – which is my motivation of starting my own venture as a creative strategist

Silvia Weber

Brand Strategist

I wanted to be a part of the ELP as I’m going to found my own startup and the programme gives you the opportunity to not only jump directly into the Austrian startup scene but also provides you with a lot of knowledge needed to found your own business.

Alexander Kollmann

Just founded “Ecotania” - a brand for ecological products

Meet Our Mentors

Schedule for Winter Term 2020

Hands-on workshops that help you get ideas off the ground

From recognizing opportunities and developing impactful ideas, to building quick prototypes and creating visually appealing designs – we empower you to make the first steps on your own & prepare you for the challenges of the future.

Insightful discussions about tech & the future

Being an entrepreneur involves responsibility and requires thought leadership. In our monthly discussion groups we bring you together with experts & opinion leaders from different areas in technology and the startup world to discuss where our world is heading and how entrepreneurs can make an impact.

Practical experience & community engagement through volunteering

If you join the ELP you will become part of one of the AustrianStartups teams. This gives you the opportunity to get in touch with the Austrian startup ecosystem and enhance your skillset through working on impactful projects. In the past, projects have included compiling a guide on how to start a startup, organising community events, setting up new communication campaigns and developing policy recommendations.

Ongoing Mentoring & access to the Austrian startup ecosystem

Throughout your educational journey, we will provide you with buddies and mentors that introduce you to AustrianStartups & the ecosystem, support your personal development and help you with building up a network.

A lot of fun

Connecting bright and driven people is one of the integral parts of the ELP. That is why we make sure that next to working hard we also have an awesome time together. Don’t believe us? Have a look at some pictures of our legendary team trips.

  • Active participation in our weekly workshops & discussion sessions – every Thursday from 6-9pm
  • Commitment to invest 5-10 hours per week as a volunteer
  • Passion for entrepreneurship
  • Ambition to have a positive impact on society

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply?

Our next intake will start in October 2020.

If you want to apply you can do so here.

Does this program involve any costs?

No, it is totally free to participate.

Where will the meetings take place?

Our weekly meetings will be a mix of virtual and physical meetings. The physical ones will take place in Vienna. Once per semester we go on a weekend trip to another state in Austria.

Do I need to have a business idea to be able to join?

No, you don’t need to have a business idea to be part of our 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 there is no age limit.

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 ASAP without attending these sessions. However, if you are interested in getting involved with AustrianStartups or would like to join us as a volunteer, feel free to contact us or come to our monthly Stammtisch events.

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

In general yes. You might not get that much out of the workshops in the second part then though.

Do I need to have a business background?

No, definitely not – we invite people from all different backgrounds to apply.

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