Philipp, General Manager, Entrepreneur First Berlin
“Building companies from scratch is difficult and emotionally demanding in ideal circumstances; add one of the most unstable global circumstances we’ve ever seen, and there was every chance it was all going to go wrong.
But it didn’t. Just as our founders do, we saw a problem and we built solutions – moving our program online, taking on the role as a virtual facilitator for individual founders spread all over Europe in lockdown or quarantine, and offering a closer collaboration with founders to navigate the difficult circumstances.
With these measures in place we were able to launch our programme as we would, and bring these people together – even if they were physically separate. Our teams rented holiday apartments together, organized social meetups in smaller circles or some even built companies without seeing each other, with one founder in New York and the other one in Berlin or even between Iran & UK. One of the highlights was a session where all the founders shared their individual high & lowlights during lockdown and remote team building. This became a very personal and intimate experience.
We even had wins that we might not have had if it weren’t for this new way of delivering: We allowed pan-european team building where individual founders were able to team up with other individuals in Paris or London where cohorts were running synchronously and were able to leverage expertise from experts in the EF network from Singapore and other locations.
I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved, and I know that the 3 new companies we will present to you are at Demo Day are too. I can’t wait to see where these new businesses go next.”