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Digitalisation is unstoppable and brings along new challenges as well as new opportunities. Parallel to these changes, digital transformation has forcefully started to impact all sectors. Technological innovation has become a major force of change by completely infiltrating private and entrepreneurial realities via online channels, smartphones and the internet of things. We need new solutions and products which have not been asked for or had so far not been imaginable.

EY is dedicated to supporting progress in line with our slogan Building a better working world. In this context, the EY Startup Academy is another step for the development of entrepreneurial innovation by startups.


What is the EY Startup Academy?

  • The EY Startup Academy is a 6-week program in which selected startups are given the unique opportunity to improve their business models and its main components through structured help and advice from EY experts. The program takes place every year from September to November. It is free of charge.
  • The program is aimed at Tech or FinTech startups that have completed the Alpha phase, already have a minimum viable product or a proof of concept and are seeking funding within the next 12 months.
  • The EY Startup Academy consists of a series of workshops and training events offered by EY in Frankfurt. In addition, there are fireside chats with investors and selected corporates as well as founders’ chats with successful founders to exchange experiences. In total, the Academy consists of more than 30 events.
  • EY organizes the Startup Academy together with Austrian Angels Investors Association, BlackWood Capital Partners, Blockchain Founders Capital, Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain, C3 Management, Campus Founders, ChannelCreator, CTG Consulting, CV VC, GE Healthcare, HIGHEST, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), IBM, neosfer, neoteq ventures, Optio Incentives, OVHcloud, seed + speed Ventures, SixThirty Ventures, Sparkassen Innovation Hub, SpeedInvest, StartingUp, STATION, TechQuartier and UPSTART.
  • The EY Startup Academy is an expression of our commitment to support the startup ecosystem and founders in their journey “from idea to exit”. With the program, EY and its partners support startups in overcoming difficulties in questions related to tax, audit and financing / assessment. We question their business plan, scalability of organization and IT as well as legal and regulatory frameworks from an investors’ perspective so that they can achieve investor readiness as quickly as possible. We thus contribute to the sustainable growth of the eco-system for startups in Europe – our interpretation of Building a better working world.


What is the added value for you as a participant of the EY Startup Academy?

  • Long-term, free support by EY in strategic and operational issues – also in later stages of corporate development
  • Access to the EY ecosystem for startups: Academy Alumni Club, Entrepreneur of the Year, access to global and regional EY events
  • Concentrated knowledge transfer in areas that are of central importance for startups
  • Numerous opportunities for networking with investors, corporates, successful founders and other startups
  • Free access to the TechQuartier with two workstations each for the duration of the program
  • Prize money of 10,000 Euro in total and the EY Startup Academy Award which can be used for advertising
  • Stage to raise your popularity
  • Exclusive access to proprietary EY tools that cover your innovation process holistically and are constantly evolving based on our global ecosystem of startups and entrepreneurs. EY Growth Navigator helps to evaluate and develop strategies and growth plans, EY VentureBuilder helps to develop and implement product roadmaps more holistically, EY Finance Navigator helps to develop financial plans and model business models.



The EY Startup Academy 2023 has been awarded!

On 9 November, the winners of the EY Startup Academy 2023 were chosen after more than 30 workshops within 6 weeks and the final pitch contest. I3D Energy convinced our jury consisting of experts from the EY Startup Academy partner network and scored the first place. I3DEnergy is doing pioneering work in the energy sector with an AI-supported platform to improve energy efficiency and sustainability for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and municipalities. Christopher Ripp and his team impressed the jury not only with their business model, but also with their progress during the program, securing them the EY Startup Academy Award 2023.

Irish startup Protostars and Swiss startup niatsu scored second and third place. However, the almost 200 guests at the TechQuartier and online were also invited to vote for their favourite startup: the niatsu team led by Jakob Tresch, which specialises in calculating product carbon footprints (PCFs) in the food and beverage industry, scored another time and won the audience vote. Many thanks to all of our 9 startups participating the EY Startup Academy 2023, our partners and our speakers for an exciting 6 weeks!

We look forward to continuing to support the development of the Startup Academy participants as part of our alumni network and are already looking forward to the next EY Startup Academy, which will begin in September 2024.


Best-Of-Videos and review

Meet Christopher Schmitz, Partner at EY and Curator of the EY Startup Academy, and get to know everything you need to know about the EY Startup Academy. See more in the video.
If you want to take a glance behind the scenes of the EY Startup Academies of the past years, you can get some impressions here.
Moreover, provides you with their personal experience of participating in the EY Startup Academy. See more in the video of Matthias Karger!


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