EWOR Fellowship

Application Deadline: December 19 | Program Kickoff: Mar 1

Participate in a 10-month fully sponsored program designed to help you launch an impactful venture. Gain access to an outstanding community, hands-on experience and free resources while you learn how to start your business.

Your Commitment

Fellows are expected to provide the following

10 months
commitment
20-40 hours
per week
Food, travel
and living expenses

Sebastian Rappen

University of St.Gallen - Organisational Design, Former Head of Design Thinking at Ernst & Young

Clarissa Heidenreich

University of Mannheim - Business and Law, McKinsey Firsthand, an EY Future Female Talent

Fellows

Become part of a community of oustanding people

Fellows

Become part of a community of oustanding people

Yannick Müller

ETH Zurich - Computer Science, Swiss Math Champion

Suhani Ghandi

Imperial College London - Strategic Marketing, British Model & Actress

A unique approach to education

About the fellowship

The EWOR fellowship is a 10 month program designed for highly motivated individuals who aspire to become entrepreneurs but lack the proper resources, teammates, or even the idea for a business itself. Entrepreneurship without risk (EWOR) supplies its fellows with free office space, a network of mentors, investors & peers, tailored lesson plans, and even an employment contract if their venture should fail.

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Learn by doing

Work with our corporate partners

We pair our fellowship cohorts with successful corporations that are struggling to innovate. Fellows are not forced to comply with the companies’ traditional processes and are thus free to develop modern solutions. Fellows are encouraged to attack problems head-on with their current knowledge base; when they get stuck, our education platform and mentorship program provide them with the tools they need to overcome their blockers. Some of our past partners include SGS, E-BIKE, and Project Immobilien.

The EWOR Education Cycle

The fellowship program follows our unique education cycle, which contains six modules.

Customer Discovery - Empathy

The world’s top innovators will teach you the art of discovering true customer needs, may it be through clustering techniques, specific observation tools, or drill-down techniques. You will find these tools not only helpful to achieve product-market fit quickly, but also to constantly innovate and amend your product offerings.

Ideation - Lateral Thinking

Creativity follows different rules than analytical thinking. We will teach you how to systematically make use of your creativity, brainstorm ideas, synthesise them and derive powerful value propositions. 

Early Validation - Efficiency

Before you build a product around your value proposition, there are thousands of techniques and tricks to test the demand and market for your products. You will learn how to build websites, run micro-marketing campaigns and leverage analytics tools to validate your ideas quickly.

Prototyping - NoCode Philosophy

You’ll learn how to co-create ventures with your customers, and launch prototypes quickly. Especially for digital prototypes, we will provide you with an arsenal of no-code prototyping tools helping you to build products without writing any line of code. Especially ambitious individuals can take our courses on coding, too. 

Later Validation - Customer Centricity

Learn how to constantly improve your product, by thinking customer-centric and launching new features and product improvements fast. You will learn how to navigate and manage your team effectively and become an entrepreneurial leader.

Scale Up - Effectiveness

You will learn about term sheet negotiations with investors, investor networks, pitching, sales and leading growing ventures. As your organisation grows, you will have to focus on making few right decisions instead of making many mediocre decisions. We’ll teach you how.

Benefits of joining EWOR

What is in it for you?

Community

Meet outstanding peers eager to start an impactful company.

Education

An award-winning education system with over 17 courses uniquely designed to help you start off.

Resources

Free legal templates, productivity tools, slide decks, etc. The list goes on...

Office Space

Receive free office space and access to other office facilities.

Services

Outsource your app, website, or marketing to our partner network. Focus on what you do best; we help with the rest.

Mentorship

Receive mentorship from billion-dollar founders & senior business leaders.

Events

Join regular networking events and meet our outstanding guest speakers.

Investment

Pitch your idea to our network counts of 100+ active investors.

Employment

Not ready to launch your idea? Start by participating in our placement program.

Benefits of joining EWOR

What is in it for you?

Community

Meet outstanding peers eager to start an impactful company.

Education

An award-winning education system with over 17 courses uniquely designed to help you start off.

Resources

Free legal templates, productivity tools, slide decks, etc. The list goes on...

Office Space

Receive free office space and access to other office facilities.

Services

Outsource your app, website, or marketing to our partner network. Focus on what you do best; we help with the rest.

Mentorship

Receive mentorship from billion-dollar founders & senior business leaders.

Events

Join regular networking events and meet our outstanding guest speakers.

Investment

Pitch your idea to our network counts of 100+ active investors.

Employment

Not ready to launch your idea? Start by participating in our placement program.

Fellow Outcomes

Meet Beth, 2020 Fellow and founder of Patchwork Hub

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The foundation for our programs

Our Platform

Overview
We offer a variety of courses through our platform that help individuals with diverse learning styles grow their tech, management and entreprenuerial skills. All of our content is based on blended learning principles and our own unique challenge driven approach.
Flexible Learning Map
We do not believe in fixed curricula. Our proprietary learning map allows you to focus on the information that you need when you need it.
Vicarious Learning Track
The experience of learning through the observation of others' actions is invaluable. Our vicarious learning track will allow you to directly benefit from the vast experience of our world class mentors, founders and extended network.
Partner Resources
When it's time to build your business, we believe in focusing on what you do best - and outsourcing the rest! That's where our partner network comes in. Gain direct access to trusted service providers through our platform.
Overview
We offer a variety of courses through our platform that help individuals with diverse learning styles grow their tech, management and entreprenuerial skills. All of our content is based on blended learning principles and our own unique challenge driven approach.
Flexible Learning Map
We do not believe in fixed curricula. Our proprietary learning map allows you to focus on the information that you need when you need it.
Vicarious Learning Track
The experience of learning through the observation of others' actions is invaluable. Our vicarious learning track will allow you to directly benefit from the vast experience of our world class mentors, founders and extended network.
Partner Resources
When it's time to build your business, we believe in focusing on what you do best - and outsourcing the rest! That's where our partner network comes in. Gain direct access to trusted service providers through our platform.

FAQ

No, the EWOR supports you in formulating an idea during the program. 

The fellowship is free for accepted applicants. Fellows are expected to provide their own accommodation, food, and travel expenses for the duration of the program.

EWOR takes 3% equity in the business you build as part of the EWOR program. You retain the majority stake.

EWOR fellows are typically required to relocate nearby the partnership company of the current cohort. Due to Covid restrictions, Fellow’s can currently participate in the program remotely.

It’s not necessary to have a degree to join EWOR. Our community members come from diverse backgrounds. 

There is no formal requirement on how much time you will have to study but Fellows typically dedicate 20-40 hours per week. During the fellowship, you will experience different phases. In the beginning you will study more and execute less. Later on, you will focus most of your time on building your venture and less time on studying. At the end of the program, we would like to see you run a successful business with full-time employees and potentially loads of funding. Anything below 20 hours per week won’t get you there. Lastly, there are weekly calls with both us and the partner company, followed by ~monthly feedback sessions.

You will have to build your company in the location of where your partner company is located at. Exceptions are possible in specific cases.

Your partner company is your sponsor. They do not manage you nor are they allowed to force you to do anything. However, they might be your first investor, your first customer or your pilot partner. Maintaining a good relationship with your partner company will be critical in you achieving accelerated success. Being on time for calls, arriving prepared at meetings, and communicating quickly and professionally will increase your chances of your partner company supporting your business beyond the program.

100 % Founding Success

Every single person who has completed our fellowship is running successful ventures today – either VC-funded or profitable.

30+ Mentors & Coaches

Unicorn founders, global CEOs, world-class coaches and the world’s most accomplished academics have forged and supported this program.

~1 Million Lives Improved through EWOR Ventures

EWOR stands for impact-first. We empower individuals to create impact first with financial success as an aftereffect.

17 unique courses

From business modelling and venture financing to content marketing and no-code prototyping – we cover all the skills a 21st century entrepreneur needs to have.

EWOR In Bullets And Numbers

What we’ve created so far

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Application Deadline

Our next fellowship program will kick-off in 1 March 2022. We are accepting applications until the 19 December 2021. Strong candidates will be invited to an additional interview.

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Kickstart Your
Entrepreneurial
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Access to the fellowship program is fully-sponsored. Individuals accepted to the program are expected to provide their own living expenses for the duration of the fellowship.

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Kickstart Your
Entrepreneurial
Career with EWOR

Access to the fellowship program is fully-sponsored. Individuals accepted to the program are expected to provide their own living expenses for the duration of the fellowship.