Why Choose Entrepreneur Lab

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eLab is an initiative of CIEE, the non-profit leader of intercultural exchange. Our mission is to empower emerging entrepreneurs from around the world by bringing them together in the prime entrepreneurial environments of London and Berlin and immerse them in a specially designed action-oriented workshop-style six-week program.

Our programs are designed for recent graduates and working professionals who want to leave corporate careers behind and start companies on their own terms. eLab is geared towards helping you determine the viability of a business idea, experience the life of an entrepreneur in a safe environment and join an international network of founders, investors, and industry experts looking to change the world.

The biggest reason start-ups fail is because there is no market need for a particular product or service. eLab drives focus on truly understanding your consumer and assessing market needs using methods and frameworks adopted by some of the most successful companies in the world. 

In addition, we provide hands-on mentoring and guidance from coaches and experts to fully immerse yourself in developing and validating your idea, planning a strategy, drafting a business plan, and scaling your venture. At our program you will learn how to avoid common startup pitfalls, so you can move forward with your goals and stay on the path to success.

The Benefits of eLab

WELL-ROUNDED CURRICULA

Whether you join us for six weeks or twelve, you’ll experience learning that’s different from what you know because eLab is not like a school or a university. During our program, you’ll be immersed in an action-oriented and rigorous workshop-style curriculum that will show you how to use the latest entrepreneurial tools and methods to develop a viable and sustainable business. 

HIGHLY QUALIFIED MENTORS AND INSTRUCTORS

The best learning comes from experience which is why the majority of our instructors have founded or run their own businesses while our coaches have been working in the startup scene for many years. eLab participants will also learn from some of the most impressive entrepreneurial minds through company visits and guest speakers.

INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION

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 96 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.

HERE TO HELP YOU – AND ONLY YOU

Unlike some entrepreneurial programs, we are run independently and have no obligation to the special interests of an industry or group. Also, we are not an accelerator and we do not take shares of business ideas developed by participants during our program. Our eLab team is here to help you reach your goals and our comprehensive programs provide a launchpad for people who want to start companies of their own.

PRIME STARTUP ENVIRONMENTS

Launch place of star startups like Zalando, Babbel, N26, and Careship, Berlin attracts plenty of bright minds – as well as 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. Joining eLab in either location instantly immerses you in these dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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