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.

Program Fee: $6,500

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

  •  Immerse yourself into the local start-up Ecosystem
  • Develop your pitch deck & business plan
  • An opportunity to pitch your start-up 
  •  Create connections with founders and start-ups 
  • Get an understanding of the investment scene


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

 Learn about scholarships

Upcoming Program Dates

All Programs are offered in Berlin and London.

Start Date End Date Deadline
Jun 24 Aug 2 Jun 10
Aug 12 Sep 20 Jul 28
Sept 23 Nov 1 Aug 10

Meet Our Alumni

  • Arpit, India

    “eLab has has allowed me to understand essential workstyles of different cultures, it's been great working with other entrepreneurs to fulfill a common goal”

  • Melissa, Malaysia

    “eLab has given me values and insights that I could not have learned at a university course.”

    Read My Story

  • Cristiane, Italy

    “I didn't think the programme was real when I saw it and now I am completely wowed, there is some much value in 6 weeks”

Participant Testimonials

  • “eLab has offered me the opportunity to put myself in a position to make my dreams of building a start-up come true. I don't believe there's any other program where you can come in with an idea and dream and watch it become reality before your eyes” 

    Garrett, US
  • My time with e-Lab was everything I hoped for - and more.  It was amazing to be able to start building a network almost from the very first day as well as soaking up knowledge and advice from the excellent teachers and mentors.  Inspirational speakers and visits to successful start ups made the entire experience motivational as well as useful in a practical sense. 

  • eLab is so far a great experience overall: dynamic and very relevant field visits to companies and startups. 

    Silvia, UK
  • eLab has given me values and insights that I could not have learned at a university course. 

    Melissa, Malaysia
  • Entrepreneur Lab CIEE has a strong network in Berlin, and not only expanding my professional networks but also gives me a better understanding of businesses. I also believe that it’s a privilege to be able to learn all that in an amazing startup city like Berlin. During these 6 weeks, I have also got a few business chances. 

  • I really enjoyed the fireside chats and company visits. I find it’s really useful to learn from all of these experienced and successful startups and companies. 


More eLab Opportunities

  • eLab Advance

    Prepare your investor-ready sustainable idea for market or, gain the support you need to develop and grow your newly launched business.

    Learn More

  • eLab Complete

    You can even take the eLab Emerge program in one city, and the second in the other. This way you get to experience two of Europe’s best startup cities.

    Learn More