EY Start-up Academy



EY Start-up Academy 2020 – apply now!


The EY Start-up Academy offers numerous event that offer start-ups – depending on the focus of the event – the opportunities to acquire essential skills in management, to receive professional advice or to learn what investors are focused upon. The 6-week program consists of the following events:

Pitch Contest:

  • A preselected number of candidates faces the jury and tries to convince EY, the other judges and the audience. There will be discussions of the different business models and Q&A-sessions. At the end of the evening, the most convincing start-ups will be nominated for participation in the EY Start-up Academy. The number of participants is not predetermined.

Initial Challenge:

  • At this event, the start-ups present their business models in front of experts from EY as well as other partners. All participants of the EY Start-up Academy have, thus, the chance to present themselves in front of a strong network.

Investor Readiness:

  • This type of events is dedicated to discussions of key points of investment decisions and focus areas of investors. Amongst other, the following topics will be discussed: business models, business plans, company valuation, operations, IT and funding negotiations.

Public Event:

  • At public events, issues of general business interest will be discussed and this type of events offers all start-ups participating in the Academy the opportunity to network with the audience and guests who have been invited especially for this event. Each public event is linked to a topic that is important for start-ups. An example is the procurement of public funds.


  • Through practical and realistic exercises, the participants acquire special skills and collect ideas and solutions to different problems. With fifteen workshops, this highly educational format will be the most popular. The EY experts explicitly offer to respond to the individual cases of the participants and to also discuss these in the group. Experience from recent years has shown that the exchange with EY’s peers and subject matter experts is particularly interesting for the participants.

Fireside Chat:

  • Exclusive and small meetings with investors and founders, where different topics are discussed.

EY Academy Award:

  • At the end of the EY Start-up Academy, one start-up receives the EY Academy Award from a jury. In addition to the prize money, the start-up receives a free consulting contingent. Information on the jury members, the selection criteria and the prize money will follow.


The EY Start-up Academy at a glance


Kick-off event of the EY Start-up Academy 2019

The third edition of the EY Start-up Academy begins on 17 September. In cooperation with Bundesverband Deutsche Startups, Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain, Deutsche Börse and TechQuartier Frankfurt, we are looking for ambitious Tech and FinTech business models with growth potential.

The founders nominated for the EY Start-up Academy will present their business ideas to a jury of experts in a pitch contest. You can vote on the finalists for the EY Start-up Academy. Join the kick-off and experience with us the best pitches!


  • 5:00 pm – Registration
  • 5:30 pm – Start of the event
  • 8:00 pm – Networking
  • 9:30 pm – End of the event


Closing Event of the EY Start-up Academy 2019

After 6 weeks of intensive cooperation, the EY Start-up Academy will reach its climax on 12 November at the TechQuartier in Frankfurt. Investor, Business Angel and Co-founder of 360T, Alfred Schorno, will tell us in our keynote about his experiences on the growth journey from start-up to exit.

Join the finale and follow the final pitches of our selected start-ups live!

In the preceding weeks, the participating start-ups met with investors, bank representatives and consultants at over 30 events and workshops. At the evening event, the finalists will hold a final presentation in front of an expert jury and the winner will receive the EY Start-up Academy Award.


  • 5:30 pm – Registration
  • 6:00 pm – Start of the event
  • 8:00 pm – Networking
  • 9:30 pm – End of the event

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