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What could a program idea be like?
A program idea could be an innovative concept, a digital or physical product or a service that addresses the programs’ problem statement and has a positive social, economic and environmental impact.
How do I get access to the Ideation Platform?
Apply for the project using the application form. Our recruiters will screen your profile and should you fulfill our requirements, you’ll get access to the Ideation Platform. No workarounds 😉
Will I have a phone interview with a recruiter?
You won’t need to. We will access your application based on your CV and your performance on the Futury Ideation Platform. For all your questions, check our FAQ page.
I don’t remember seeing the Futury Ideation Platform before, is that something new?
Yes! Futury keeps growing and developing, so do our recruiting processes. We have been working hard to find a way to connect our talents on a very early stage to collaborate and brainstorm together, hence the Ideation Platform!
What is Yambla?
Yambla is an idea management platform that hosts our Ideation Platform.
I am not a student anymore; can I still participate in the project?
Yes! University enrollment is not mandatory for participation in the program.
How do teams come together?
Once on the platform, you will have the task of either submitting your own idea or requesting to join an existing idea in the platform. The team is considered complete once it has 4 applicants on it. We strongly recommend the teams to pay attention to the diversity factor in the team. Without diversity, there will be no innovation!
What if my team and idea do not make it through the First Digital Pitch?
If your team does not make it through the First Digital Pitch, we, unfortunately, won’t be able to consider you for the program unless you find another team that made it through the step and is looking for another team mate. As we have a bunch of Missions still ahead of us, you will be more than welcome to apply again in the future.
When do I find out whether I made it to the grogram or no?
Approx. 3 weeks after the application deadline
Do I have to be in Frankfurt during the application process?
No, the whole application process is organized remotely.
Can I participate in the program as a working student?
No, the program is full-time, meaning you have to devote the whole three months solely to your team and your idea. The more effort you put into the project, the greater the outcome will be.
Can I participate from abroad?
Only if you:
a) Hold a valid EU working permit
b) Can travel to Frankfurt for the project.
Please note that Futury does not sponsor visas and as well as travel costs to Frankfurt.
Can I participate in the program and attend my remote university classes at the same time?
No. Participation in the program means you are 100% committed to your idea and your team and don't have any other commitments (university, other jobs). An exception can be made for those students who will not have to attend classes during the project but only have to write a final thesis instead. In that case, we expect you to put your main efforts into the project and write your thesis in the evenings/on the weekends.
Can I write a thesis about the project?
Yes, but please be aware: Any information shared by our corporate partners can be used only for the purpose of the program, hence you cannot use that information for other purposes without the partners’ consent. Please check in with your Project Manager for more information.
Can I participate in the program as part of my mandatory internship?
Yes, but please check in with your university first. Your recruiting team will gladly support you with any additional information or documents needed.
Do I have to have an idea to apply to the program?
You don’t have to have an idea when applying for the program. Once on the platform, you will have to either submit your own idea or request to join an idea of another applicant.
Does Futury support me with accommodation?
If you are moving to Frankfurt for the program, we highly recommend using homefully – our trusted partner for accommodation services. They will help you find a beautiful shared flat in the city for the period of the project. You are free to look for accommodation yourself as well.
Do I have to be in Frankfurt for the 3-Month Innovation Program?
Absolutely yes. The program takes place in Frankfurt, all participants must relocate for the duration of the project.
But what about COVID-19?
Our talents and community's health remains our top priority as we work through the unknown of the coming months. We have developed a Hygiene Concept including such measures as FFP2 respiratory masks and on-premise rapid testing and react quickly to the new regulations from Hesse's state to enable collaborative work in a safe environment.
What is the role of corporate partners in the program?
They are there to support you in the development of your idea by sharing their industry knowledge and expertise.
How close do I work with the corporate partners?
Very close! We involve the partners already in the Onboarding Week and organize at least one mandatory weekly debrief with them. Each team gets at least one contact person in the partner companies for all their questions and requests.
Do I have to be I the office every day during the program?
You will be working from the office most of the days, but surely not every single day. Every meeting within the program is hybrid, meaning you can join physically as well as remotely. Futury provides you will all the tools you need for effective remote work (MS 365 including MS Teams, Miro, etc.)
What does a typical working day in The Mission look like?
In The Mission, there is no such thing as a typical working day. You are your own boss and decide what exactly you will be working on each given day. Futury will guide you with weekly focus topics (User Research Week, Business Model Week, etc.) so you don’t get too overwhelmed with the workload. But trust us, no day will be like the one before!
Is there a certificat I receive upon completion of the program?
Upon finishing the program, you will get a Certificate of Participation in The Mission and a Reference Letter from your project manager.
What happens to my idea after the program?
Your idea belongs to you and your team. You decide together whether you want to continue developing it and how. Towards the end of the program, you will consult with your coaches and the partners on the perspectives of your idea and the options for continuation. Should at least one of the corporate partners of the program be interested in continuing working with your team in an environment similar to The Mission after the Final Pitch, our partners from Founders Intelligence will set up and facilitate an 8-week The Mission Accelerator Program to continue working on your idea. Please note that the setup of the Accelerator is not possible without support from a corporate partner. You are absolutely free to apply for any other accelerator/incubator.
What if I choose not to continue with my idea?
Not a problem at all. We are sure that the skills, knowledge and network you acquire during the program will guarantee you great perspectives beyond The Mission. Who knows, maybe you implement all the learnings from the program to start your own start-up later on?
Will we stay in touch with the teams and the coaches after The Mission?
Absolutely! The connections you create during The Mission are very special and we encourage you to stay in touch with your fellow teams and partners beyond The Mission. Upon completion of the 3-months Innovation Program, all participants enter the Futury Alumni Network and stay up to date with all our latest developments. Moreover, each team in The Mission gets additional support from our Alumni Mentors, who share their best practices with you!