The Details

Nice to know for you is, that the Academy will be given in German.
10 topics, on 10 days, in 10 minutes each, will make you fit for your crowdfunding on Startnext. In a Q&A at the end of the input, you can ask your questions about each topic and by the way you can connect with other starters.

The 10 key crowdfunding impulses

Week 1

  1. Monday - The potential of crowdfunding
  2. Tuesday - The fundinglevel
  3. Wednesday - The pitch video
  4. Thursday - The rewards
  5. Friday - The payment

Week 2

  1. Monday - The user approach
  2. Tuesday - The reach
  3. Wednesday - The social media
  4. Thursday - The statistics
  5. Friday - The pitch day register here

Current Academy Cycles 2022

  • 28.04. - 08.04.2022
  • 11.04. - 22.04.2022


  1. Go to the Zoom waiting room before 11 a.m
  2. 11:00 a.m. All guests will be brought out of the waiting room and into the session
  3. Check-in

  4. Impulse Topic

  5. Q&A

  6. Check-out

The rules of the game

There are a few rules for the Academy Sessions that lead to creating space for fun and learning, and forward-thinking exchanges.

  • Speaking time is created by the moderator calling on you
  • Mute your microphone while others are speaking
  • If you have a question or contribution, give us a visible hand signal or use Zoom's "raise your hand" feature.
  • When called upon by the moderator, share your ideas and thoughts openly and boldly. 
  • Feedback is a gift
  • Your questions and answers relate to the day's topic.
  • You show yourself in the Zoom room with video
  • Be brief and try to formulate questions that will help others.

pitch and win

The pitch day

The Pitch Day takes place every 2 weeks, on Fridays, at the end of an Academy cycle. 5 starters get the opportunity to pitch their idea in Zoom in front of an audience, get direct feedback and win 1000 € cofunding.

Register to pitch

Tips and tricks

We use Zoom software for our Startnext Academy. Zoom is free for you, simple and runs flawlessly most of the time.

Here's how to participate:

  • Install the Zoom app on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Need help? The Zoom Help Center can help.
  • Share your video to the app or browser so you can be seen.
  • Have something ready to write on so you can note questions for the Q&A.
  • If you're being called on, remember to temporarily unlock your microphone.
  • To show emotion, use Zoom's "reactions" feature or the chat.
  • It can be really nice if you include a background, e.g. related to your project.

The academy team

Michael Schmidt
Project consultant

"In der Startnext Academy lernen wir alle voneinander. Während wir unser Crowdfunding Wissen teilen, gebt ihr uns einen Einblick in spannende Projekte. Für diesen Austausch bin ich dankbar!"

Alisha Umrath
Crowd Agent

"Starter:innen und ihre Ideen kennen zu lernen, mich mit ihnen auszutauschen und sie ein Stück auf ihrem Weg zu begleiten macht mir großen Spaß und inspiriert mich."

Alexander Katzmann
Crowd agent

"Ich kenne keinen schöneren Ort, als die Academy, um Crowdfunding Ideen zu teilen und weiter zu entwickeln."

Joy Lange
Crowd agent

"Mich in der Academy mit Starter:innen auszutauschen ist immer wieder auf's Neue eine große Freude und enorme Bereicherung."

Elisa Palacios
Crowd agent

"Lo que me gusta de la Academy es poder tener un contacto más directo con los Starters y que sepan que hay personas comprometidas con los proyectos en Startnext."

Charlott Roth
Project consultant

"Gemeinsam gute Ideen voranbringen, dafür steht Crowdfunding für mich. Durch die Academy bekommt jede:r die Möglichkeit ein Projekt wirksam zu realisieren."

Read in

Startnext manual

In the manual you will find step-by-step instructions, valuable tips and further inspiration. The manual follows the goal to take you by the hand while you start a Startnext project.


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