The Mission VII: Transformation - Be Sustainable!

Do you want to create a more sustainable future?
Join our program and get the chance to turn your idea into reality!
A call for all makers, creators and innovators.

Program

3 - Month Full-time Innovation Program

Duration

September 08th - December 03rd

Application

Now open

The Challenge
Sustainability is gaining more and more attention and quickly moved to the top of almost every company's agenda. In fact, the call for a sustainable transformation is louder than ever but still lacks practical solutions to finally make the change. If we want to create a more sustainable future, however, we need to redesign today's approaches, ideate new solutions and – most importantly – convince people of this very important cause.

The Mission
With our program "The Mission: Transformation– Be Sustainable!", we want to develop innovative solutions that contribute to the sustainable transformation of our corporate world. We do not focus on a specific section but on all pillars of sustainability and cross-sector solutions. Specifically, we have defined three areas we want to tackle. Each area will be covered by one team of 3 talents:

  • Inspiration: we want to design a sustainability assessment tool for corporates to win over people's hearts
  • Education: we want to create a gamified sustainable education curriculum to provide relevant knowledge
  • Activation: we want to develop an ESG screening & portfolio management tool to start the right actions

We are looking for creative minds and ambitious individuals who want to challenge the status quo to find new solutions for one of these fields.

Now it's your turn. Do you already have innovative and sustainable solutions in mind? Maybe your idea is the next big thing. Apply now, to find it out!

Planning the adventure

Every Mission starts with the identification of suiting partners for the selected project topic. Over the years, we have established a broad network of excellent corporate partners, from German Hidden Champions to DAX and international companies. Together with the selected partner, we define the project scope by pinpointing the most pressing issues of the represented industry in terms of sustainability.

By breaking down industries into value-chains, customer journey steps and touchpoints, we determine innovation fields for each project, where we see the potential for sustainable innovation.

Once the scope is set, we start with the recruiting.

Hiring and staffing the best teams

The common goal: to bring together the best experienced and young minds.

For each mission, we look for entrepreneurial talents with different academic and professional backgrounds who want to make a positive impact on the planet. We take a holistic approach in our selection process. We pay close attention to academic as well as extracurricular achievements, but what counts the most, is the candidates motivation and mindset.

We look for open personalities who are willing to make a change with their ideas and skills. We make sure the teams are interdisciplinary and diverse.

Once all teams are set, we kick off the program!

Let the adventure begin!

Futury welcomes the teams in Frankfurt with an intensive on boarding week full of methodological workshops, e.g., Design Thinking, User Research, as well as expert lectures to put them directly on the right track. Afterwards, they prepare their initial pitches for the first milestone event – the Kick-Off – where they present their innovative and sustainable ideas to our corporate partners and get to know them for the first time.

From then on, the teams start turning their ideas into reality. All project partners support the teams with their know-how, industry insights and best practices. Through regular exchanges with all project partners and on-sight visits, we ensure a co-creation approach. All teams are accompanied by Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading strategy consulting firms, which provides them with helpful advice, methods and tools. Futury gives access to any further expert needed: user research, prototyping, business modeling and testing specialists.

Furthermore, the Handelsblatt, as one of the initiators of The Mission, provides media coverage throughout the whole program on all of their channels. After three months of intensive work, the teams will present their prototypes and business models to all partners in the last milestone event - The Final Pitch. This could be the first step towards their own start-up or direct entry to one of the partners. How far our talents want to reach simply depends on their commitment.

How it all can continue...

The Mission doesn’t really end after three months.

Each team decides on their own whether and in what form to continue pursuing their ideas. For those teams who are willing to stay in touch with Futury and corporate partners beyond the three-month program, we, together with Founders Intelligence, offer an eight-week follow-on The Mission Accelerator Program to jointly set up a proof of concept and develop a go-to-market strategy.

Teams are free to choose any other accelerator program or continue developing their idea on their own. Moreover, upon program completion, all participants enter the Futury Alumni Network to stay in touch beyond The Mission.

If you can identify yourself with our Mission, we invite you to #jointhemissionnow! Whether you are an already existing team or an individual, if you want to participate in our upcoming program these will be your application steps:

How is the application process going?

1

Application Form

To submit your application, we only need your CV. You do not need a project idea in this step.

2

First Interview

With Laura, your recruiter.

3

Case Study

A quick sustainability case study related to the program.

4

Final Interview

With Julia and Jannis, your project managers.

I.
July 30th 2021
Application Deadline
II.
Beginning of August 2021
Announcement of the 3 teams
III.
September 08th, 2021
Program Start
IV.
September - December 2021
Program Phase
V.
December 3rd, 2021
Final Pitch with all Partners

We are looking for all Makers, Creators and Innovators!

For both individual and team applications, these are our program-specific qualifications:
  • You are a motivated individual who wants to challenge the status quo with your ideas
  • You have your finger on the pulse of innovation and follow the latest digital trends 
  • You possess an entrepreneurial mindset
  • You are an absolute team player and take responsibility for your actions
  • You care for the environment and want to impact the world with your ideas and skills
  • You have already gained initial project experience in the field of environmental management
As each team will consist of 3 multidisciplinary talents, every background is welcome! In your team, you would usually find yourself in one of the following roles:
  • The Techie: Responsible for the front- and back-end, prototyping and testing
  • The Business All rounder: Responsible for the business model, clients, communication and finance
  • The Product Genius: Responsible for product design and development (e,g, UX, tools & features)
  • The Topic Matter Expert: In this case, people with a strong professional/academic background in the fields of Environmental Studies, Sustainable Resource Management, etc.
Please be aware of our formal requirements: 
  • You are in your last Bachelor Semester or higher 
  • You speak fluent English 
  • You are available full-time for the program 08th of September - 03rd of December (and ideally beyond)
  • You are ready to relocate to Frankfurt for the period of the program
  • You possess a valid EU working permit (For international applicants: Either an EU/EEA Passport or a German Residency Card valid throughout the whole duration of the program. Please be aware that Futury does not sponsor visas)

COVID Note:

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. 

Impact

A chance to make a real impact with your sustainable, innovative ideas

Office Space

A modern office in WeWork in the heart of Frankfurt

How do teams come together?

After we have reviewed all candidates, we will setup 3 interdisciplinary teams out of the most suiting candidates. Before starting in the program, of course, the teams will get to know each other.

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.

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!

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 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.

Questions? Contact me!

If you have any questions regarding the projects or the application process, just send me an e-Mail or give me a call:

laura@futury.eu
+49 160 5759901

Niklas Schaefer, Budge, The Mission II

"Besides an energizing team spirit, you become part of a potential new start-up in a setting incomparable to anything else. Or can you think about a place where you get all the freedom you need to be creative and being paid for creating your own company?"

Walter Sinn, Managing Partner Bain & Company Germany

"It's the combination of young enthusiastic talents on the one side and motivated corporate partners on the other side that enables The Mission to catalyze innovation in a unique way."

Lynn Knapp, AmetiXGreen, The Mission III

"The program provides you not only with a safe environment to develop your ideas or with experienced partners to work with. It also comes with many open-minded and energetic people and heaps of drive and positive energy. There are tons of awesome workshops, in which everyone improves their working styles, and learning is guaranteed on a constant level. The biggest take-away is to work independently, to grow together with your team, and to develop your own idea."

Anurag Gupta, goldfinch, The Mission V

“It’s a very young, dynamic environment to work in. Moreover, we feel connected to all the other teams and do not have the need or feeling of competing against each other. Instead, we find this environment perfect for supporting each other’s ideas, struggles - being a big team.”

Dominik Müller, Green Light, The Mission V

“We really like that The Mission is a safe environment to test out our ideas. In addition, Futury provides us with an excellent network of corporate partners that share their knowledge with us and are willing to help us to remove the roadblocks on our way.”

Lena Rehder, Connectra, The Mission V

"It’s just great to work with so many inspired and motivated people. The corporate partners and Futury members act as experienced sparring partners, who supply us with great support and accompany us on our way towards a solution. They provide us with valuable feedback and help us taking on new perspectives."

Lukas Peschmann, pacelo, The Mission V

“A huge diversity of personalities is one of the most valuable aspects being part of the Mission V. This environment is motivating and inspiring to make the most out of the time, which passes by very fast.”

Become part of the program!

This program is no ordinary internship, nor is it a one-time project. It can be the start of your first start-up, the start of your next job; it's entirely what you create out of it. Have fun and enjoy the journey, The Mission is an extraordinary experience for every participant!

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