The Mission IV:
WORK - Be Next! -

Digitalization, conflict of generations, sustainability issues all around the world and now ‘Corona’! The ever-changing circumstances pressure the status quo of how, where and with whom we work. There is a clear lack of innovation and we are here to change it.

Are you ready to build the sustainable future of WORK?

We spend at least 1/3 of our days at work. Drowned in our daily routine, we often ignore what’s happening around us and don’t have time to reflect on how, where and with whom we work.  Oftentimes, we adapt to existing norms and company culture that have existed for generations and accept them thinking there’s no room for change. But COVID-19 challenged us in a way that we couldn’t continue business-as-usual anymore. Millions of people had to adjust their routines and find new ones, realizing that there was room for change. The way we as a society handled the situation has proven us that we have the ability to adapt to new circumstances and find solutions for most pressing issues. In the next years, a whole new generation will enter the job market.  They have different expectations from their employers and a value system that is built around the topic of sustainability.

And that is why Futury is challenging you to find the answer to :

How can we shape the how, where and with whom we work in a sustainable and future-oriented way? ​

Deutsche Bank, Handelsblatt Media Group, Bain & Company, Green Cycle and many others want to build the future of work with you in our new project, “The Mission IV: Work – Be Next!”. The application is open - hurry up!


Futury together with its corporate partners started the project THE MISSION IV: ‘Work– Be next!’ 

We are looking for the best entrepreneurial talents with the brightest ideas on how to transform ‘work’ towards a next level – a more sustainable level. With your enthusiasm and motivation, we will develop your ideas into sustainable and innovative solutions within our three-month program, the Futury Founders Academy. We will equip you with everything you need to succeed: from corporate partner access and expertise, via workshops, trainings and coaches, to financial support and office space.


  • To participate in the Futury project, apply individually or in a team.
  • You can participate as a student, if you want to brighten your horizont or as a graduate, who wants to start his/her own business.
  • Each team will consist of four young talents with diverse backgrounds. 
  • We do not exclude any courses of study - on the contrary! We know that creative ideas are inside everyone, no matter what they study.
  • The best five ideas are developed within the project.
  • To participate, you can either apply with or without an idea.
  • If you apply with an idea, there is the possibility that your idea will be one of the five ideas, which will get further developed during the project.
  • If you apply without an idea, you have time until the start of the project to work out your idea, or we will assign you to a team which already has an idea. 
  • To get more information on how your idea for the project could look like, and how exactly the project will work - keep on scrolling!
Apply now!


To participate in the project, you do not necessarily have to apply with an idea. If you apply without an idea, you will be assigned to a team that already has an idea. But maybe your idea is the next big thing? Apply with your idea to find out!

The project aims to find innovative approaches to the way, where and with whom all of us work.

The 3 Innovation Fields

Within this project we aim to tackle three particular areas of innovation which are inevitably interlinked between each other. The three innovation fields defined for this project are (1) people, (2) places and (3) productivity.  Each of them has a different focus. From the different problems and needs people have at their everyday work, over the constant development of the places we work at, to the ever-changing tools we use to execute productively. Together the three innovation fields form our framework to shape the sustainable future of work.


This innovation field focuses on the human factor of work – people. The problems and needs of people play an important role. When the technology we use, and the places where work at change, people’s skills and behaviours must change, too. Examples for subtopics could be:

• Team & Collaboration
• Work-Life-Blending
• Health (physical & mental)
• Digital Literacy
• White Collar vs. Blue Collar
• Career Lifecycle & Planning


This innovation field focuses on the geographical and resource factor of work – places. Globalization, cultural changes and technology allows us more and moreflexibility in our work location as well as the improved use of resources. Examplesfor subtopics could be:

• Office vs. Home Office (blending)
• Travel & Mobility
• Use of Resources (e.g. energy, waste, water, etc.)
• Safety at Work
• Nutrition & Food


This innovation field focuses on the technological factor of work – heavily affecting our productivity. The technological development has been a major driver for change. Changes in the tools and devices we use has the possibility to heavily drive our sustainable development, too. Examples for subtopics could be:

• Tools & Software (e.g.Cloud, Collaboration Tools, AI, etc.)

• Server & Legacy Systems  (Accessibility)

• Devices & Hardware (e.g. Smartphones, Laptops, etc.)

• Data & Data Security


Every employee journey is unique, depending on the industry, location and career level people are in. When brainstorming your initial innovative idea, imagine what a typical day of an employee looks like and identify potential problems they might be facing along the way. See an exemplary Daily Employee Journey below:


Check out the Daily Employee Journey:  Choose steps that you'd like to tackle and identify the problems around them
Focus on the Innovation Fields: See in which area(s) you want to make a change
Develop a sustainable solution: A service or product that would optimize, transform or redesign existing processes in a sustainable way - socially, economically and/or environmentally.


With the initiative THE MISSION, we want to pursue one goal. To bring sustainability into various fields of the industry. To this purpose, all THE MISSION partners have jointly defined 12 different topic areas. Each of these areas will be covered by one innovation project, i.e. a MISSION. Each project lasts three months and consists of different phases, which are described below.


We will select the best 5 teams (i.e. 20 applicants) from all over the world, who bring the highest motivation and the best ideas to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the work of the future. Each team will work on one idea. Beginning on the 02nd of November 2020 for roughly three months, the teams will work on their ideas in a co-working space in Frankfurt and will have the opportunity to intensively collaborate with all corporate partners.


Futury will welcome the teams with an intensive onboarding week full of methodological workshops, e.g. Design Thinking & User Research, as well as expert lectures in Frankfurt to put them directly on the right track. Afterwards, they will prepare their initial pitches for the first milestone event - the Kick-off - where they will present their innovative and sustainable ideas and get to know all project partner for the first time.

Working Phase

From then on, the teams start turning their ideas into reality. All project partners will supportthe teams with their know-how, industry insights and best practices. Through regular exchanges and on-sight visits at the corporates, we ensure a co-creational approach. Besides the Initiators Futury, Bain & Company, Deutsche Bank, Green Cycle and Handelsblatt Media Group, further partners who are subject to fast change in the way we work together, as well as technology companies will join the project and help the teams in developing their ideas. Further partners will be announced soon.

All teams will be accompanied by Bain & Company, one of the world’s leading strategy consulting firms, who provide helpful advice, methods and tools. Futury gives access to any other expert needed: user research, prototyping, business modelling and testing specialists... and get exposed: The Handelsblatt Media Group will give you great reach through their media channels!

TheProject will be divided into two phases. The first phase is scheduled in the timeframe from 02.  November 18. December 2020 followed by a Christmas Break till the 04. January 2021. The second phase is scheduled till the 03. February 2021.

Final Pitch

After three months of intensive work, the teams will present their prototypes and business models toall partners. This could be the first step towards your own start-up or direct career access to one of the partners. How far you want to reach simply depends on your commitment on the project.

Who are we looking for?

Whether you are a Project Manager, UX/UI Designer, Product/Business Developer, Marketing Manager, Sustainability Expert or an Engineer - everyone is welcome in this project. Our teams are as diverse and colourful as possible - this is the only way to create innovation.
You are passionate about topics like intra- and entrepreneurship.
You want to make a positive impact on the planet, while thinking outside the box.
You can think entrepreneurially and are familiar with the latest trends and innovations.
You can work fulltime in Frankfurt from the 2nd of November 2020 until the 5th of February 2021.
You are studying (Bachelor's semester 5+ or Masters) or have already graduated.


Monthly financial support for you and your idea
Intensive support by experts and renowned coaches
Direct access to all corporate partners
Create a sustainable future together with us and all corporate partners
All-inclusive founders experience
Workshops and training curriculum to provide all
necessary skills
Work 3 months (full-time) in a co-working space in Frankfurt
Internship Certificate + the possibility to get credit points for your studies

Project Timeline

18th of September 2020
End of the application period.
End of September 2020
Announcement of the Participants
02nd of November 2020
Team Kick Off
November - February 2021
Project Phase with 2 weeks Holiday over Christmas
Intensive workshops on topics like Design Thinking, Business Modelling, Market research, Customer Experience, etc;

Execution of the ideas, prototyping, company visits, expert talks, pitches.
03th of February 2021
Final Pitch with all Corporate Partners.
Ulrich Höngen, CEO Wisag Catering

During our project with Futury, we have seen that Futury can offer us a great opportunity to work together with young, well-educated and committed people to develop new, innovative ideas.

Niklas Schäfer, Futury Alumni

„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?“

Application - Formular

How does the application process work?

1. Online Application

  • Apply by yourself or as a team (up to 4 people).
  • Already have an idea? Fill out the idea form below.
  • Don’t have an idea? No probem, we will assign you to a team which already has an idea!

2. Phone Interview

  • Shortly after your application we will contact you and schedule an interview.
  • Afterwards, we will match you (if given) to a team and finalize your idea for selection.

3. Selection of Ideas and Teams

  • For a second phone interview you will prepare a short case study and present it to our project manager.
  • Our project managers then put together teams of 4 people based on their skillset and ideas.

4. Sign and Take Off

  • You receive your contract as well as all the information about the onboarding events.
  • Once we get your signed contract back – IT’S ON!

Apply In 3 Quick Steps


Fill in the application formular with your first name, last name and Email adress.


Attatch your CV.


Optional: If you have an idea, fill in the idea form and submit it alongside your CV.

Idea Form
Questions? Read the FAQ or get in touch with me!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Futury support me financially?

Absolutely. We pay our teams a monthly salary. Moreover, we cover all project-related costs, like traveling to partners during the project as well as the costs for the prototype.

I am still a student, can I participate in the project?

As long as you can commit to the project full-time! For you to get the best out of this experience, we recommend applying after having finished at least 5 semesters of your Bachelor studies . If you feel like you're ready anyway - give it a try!

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.

Can I apply with my friends as a team?

Absolutely! But please be aware that each team-mate must apply individually. Follow the instructions in the application form. A dream team would normally consist of a Project Manager, a Software Engineer, a Product Designer and a Sustainability Expert. But there is no standard formula - it always depends on the idea.

When do I get the final result of my application? 

Not before the application deadline. To make sure we give every applicant the same chance to be part of the project, we take our time to screen and process every application. The final-final results usually come 4-6 weeks before the project starts.

How do you put the teams together?

We match talents based on their skills and their background, to make sure that everyone can contribute to the outcomes in a different way. Because there is no innovation without diversity!

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:

+49 160 5759901

What is the possible outcome of my participation in the project?

From finding your next big job to creating your own start-up - it's up to you what you get out of this experience! 

Can I apply without an idea?

You can apply without an idea. During the application process, we will help you to develop one or we match you with other participants who are still searching for team members but already have an idea.

Why is this not a conventional internship? 

Because you're your own boss! In the project, you and your team decide on what idea you work on and how you develop it. We give you a platform to create and grow, the rest is up to you. Sky's the limit!

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