eLab Emerge


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Boot Camp for Aspiring Entrepreneurs 

Generate and develop a viable business idea, then take it from concept to complete business plan and investor-ready pitch. Bring a business problem you’d like to solve or we will provide one from a real company – then tackle it and pitch your solutions. Polish your CV and earn a valuable certificate while you get a taste of start-up culture, hone essential skills, and gain an international edge.

Apply for elab Emerge in London      Apply for elab Emerge in Berlin

The Payoff

  • A compelling business plan

  • An Investor Ready pitch deck

  • An eLab certificate

Program Structure

Your week will consist of a mix of activities to maximize your experiential learning experience including day sessions and group work, guest talks and discussions, coaching and fire side chats.

You’ll get to explore the startup landscape and feel the entrepreneurial spirit by meeting with the most influential people of Berlin / London startup scene, visiting the most exciting exhibitions and excursions.

Generate Your Business Idea

Explore new ways of thinking and ideation techniques. Learn a hands-on process of Design Thinking to better understand problems and implement creative solutions. Get inspired by finding a business idea in something you love.

Adopt an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Gain a deep understanding of yourself as an entrepreneur, your unique role, skill talents, purpose and priorities. Learn about entrepreneurial mindset, resilience, mindfulness, and how to form positive habits that will sustain your entrepreneurial life journey.

Assess Product Market Fit & Customer Value

Prioritize your customer! Identify who are your customers, how do they behave, make decisions, what motivates them? Apply Lean Startup approach to create and get a desired product to customers' hands faster.  

Measure Sustainability Impact

Sustainable entrepreneurship has great potential in helping to solve some of our major social, environmental and economic challenges we face. Learn how to aim at the highest sustainability impact, working towards innovations that are good for your business, good for your customer and good for the wider system, solving social and environmental challenges.

Develop a Sustainable Business Plan

Identify sustainable purpose and your customer, conduct market & industry analysis. Develop a marketing strategy and dig into entrepreneurial
financing and funding. Learn how to boost your business with digital marketing and data analysis.

Make It Wanted

Develop your elevator pitch and pitch deck. Learn to present and sell your idea in a sustainable manner that will get noticed amongst all the noise. Train how you communicate your clear, impactful value proposition to investors. Deliver pitches to founders and investors at an eLab pitching event.

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Program Fee: $6,500

Get more for your money with CIEE’s eLab. There are no hidden charges or disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Intensive 53 contact-hour seminars
  • Specialization workshops
  • Guest lectures from experienced business founders
  • Company visits
  • Personal on-site mentoring
  • Networking events
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext Global Explorer Plan
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

Program Details


We believe you need passion for ideas and processes to be successful as founders and key market players. We look for this passion in our participants, as well as a broad range of backgrounds and experience. We also ask participants to meet these requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent – a business background is an advantage but not required.
  • Strong English language speaking and writing skills. All instruction will be provided in English, so this is a must. Each candidate will be evaluated with a Skype interview. (Upgrade your business and professional English skills with us at eLab, with a 20-hour business and professional English course.)
  • A passion for entrepreneurship and start-up culture, shown in your application statement and Skype interview.
  • An interest in meeting people from around the world and working in an international setting.


We want to help as many people as possible benefit from eLab.  Learn about scholarships


Housing is not included, but we have carefully researched some options for you. These include one-bedroom and studio apartments, each no more than 20 minutes from eLab. We’re happy to guide you and answer questions.

Program Dates

All Programs are offered in Berlin and London.

Term Start Date End Date
eLab 2 Feb 18 Mar 30
eLab 3 Apr 1 May 11
eLab 4 May 13 Jun 21
eLab 5 Jun 24 Aug 2
eLab 6 Aug 12 Sep 20
eLab 7 Sep 23 Nov 1
eLab 8 Nov 4 Dec 13


Apply for eLab Emerge in London      Apply for elab Emerge in Berlin

What People are Saying

  • "I thought it was a great experience and extremely well organized. I felt very comfortable."

    Kathleen Walbrun
  • "I would be likely to recommend CIEE to a friend because they're such a rewarding program with so many opportunities. The staff is very helpful, and they're great at giving advice when it comes to coming to a country you've never been to before."

    Jenna Jonke
  • "I would highly recommend this program because of the exposure to different cultures, personal vulnerability, and opportunity for growth. Participating in the program with nine other fellows made the experience that much better."

    Vincent Owoseni
  • "This has been an enriching experience!! The program is very well put together, the courses offered were fantastic, and the staff took really good care of us throughout these 6 weeks!"

    Magenta Palo
  • "I would recommend this program because it is simply immaculate, life changing."

    Erick Noguera

More eLab Opportunities

  • Business & Professional English Course

    We can help, with a 20-hour business and professional English course you can take on-site at eLab. It could be the perfect way to ramp up your business and professional English skills.

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  • eLab Extension

    Build on all you’ve learned with six additional weeks of mentorship, plus full access to eLab workspace and facilities.

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  • eLab Complete

    We think you’ll get so much out of eLab Emerge that you’ll want to stay to take part in eLab Advance! You can stay in the same city, or switch to Berlin or London, and get the benefit of two coordinated courses and two locations – plus a fantastic discount. 

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