Why Choose Entrepreneur Lab

Startup Success Starts Here

Click to scroll down and read more

eLab is an initiative of CIEE, the non-profit leader of intercultural exchange. eLab was founded  with a vision to empower emerging entrepreneurs from around the world in London and Berlin. Our programs are designed for recent graduates and working professionals who want to leave corporate careers behind and start companies on their terms. eLab is also geared to help you develop a global outlook, experience cultural exchange, and meet fascinating people from all over the world.

eLab provides the time, focus, and hands-on mentoring to fully immerse yourself in planning a strategy and drafting business and scaling plans, with guidance and advice from experts and mentors. We use the term immerse intentionally, because we invite participants to literally breathe startup air in prime entrepreneurial environments.

eLab Participants Benefit from:


Whether you join us for six weeks or 12, you’ll experience learning that’s probably different from what you know. eLab is not a school or a university. At our European locations, you’re immersed in the startup scene as you build a foundation for your business, getting feedback, tips, and advice from experienced entrepreneurs. You also get unique insight into some of the most exciting startups in dynamic cities, and attend networking events to help you build a support network for your venture.


The best learning comes from experience. That’s why the majority of our faculty have founded or run their own businesses. Based in prime startup centers, eLab participants learn from the keenest entrepreneurial minds through company visits and guest speakers.


Surrounded by peers and mentors from all over the globe, you’ll get the perspective you need to test your vision, refine it, hatch new ideas, find partnerships, and more. With applicants from 48 countries (and counting), eLab is a uniquely diverse program, designed to help you acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.


Unlike some entrepreneurial programs, CIEE is independent and has no obligation to the special interests of an industry or group. We’re here to help you reach your goals. eLab is not an accelerator and we do not take shares of business ideas developed by participants during our program. Instead, our comprehensive programs provide a launch pad for people who want to start companies of their own.


Launch place of star startups like Zalando, Babbel, N26, and Careship, Berlin attracts plenty of bright minds – and plenty of venture capital. London – home of noted newcomers like Ravelin, Digital Shadows, and Nested – attracts a sizeable pool of investors and owns bragging rights as one of the world’s most multicultural cities. Join eLab in either location, and you’re instantly part of these dynamic ecosystems.


Backed with 70 Years of Experience

Since 1947, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange has brought two million people together through cultural exchanges and educational experiences that foster global harmony and peace. As the leading nonprofit international education organization, CIEE fosters 50,000 exchange experiences for people from 136 countries every year at more than 60 CIEE study sites worldwide.

The CIEE mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Programs for Each Step of Your Journey