The Mission: Waste

Are you ready to clean up the earth?
Join our program and get the chance to turn your idea into your own start-up!
A call for all makers, creators and innovators.

Program

3 - Month Full-time Incubation Program

Duration

June - August 2022

Application

Application closed

Our topic: Waste // Why and why now?

8 million tons of plastic are spread in our oceans every year

50% of the plastic comes from packaging

With 220 kg per person per year, Germany is the European "champion" for packaging waste

Our Mission

With #TheMissionWaste, we want to discover, design and build sustainable solutions for the entire value chain of plastic packaging. For the program, we are looking for early-stage start-ups and entrepreneurs to disrupt the industry and challenge the status quo within our three-month incubator.

If you want to tackle this challenge with your idea or product and scale it with us, you can expect:

  • Access to and close collaboration with 15+ corporate partners from the packaging industry
  • A three-month, fully-fledged incubation program including office-space in Frankfurt to kick-start your idea/product
  • 10.000 EUR funding for your team/start-up to accelerate
  • Mentoring and coaching from field experts (plastic, sustainability, tech, finance, legal, etc.)
  • Ideas in all stages are welcome: From first idea sparks to early-stage start-ups

Now it's your turn! Apply individually or with your early-stage start-up team! You can use the following areas to focus and match your solution.

  • How can we effectively and sustainably reduce food packaging waste?
REDUCE
RENEW
  • What alternative packaging materials exist? How can these be applied?
RECYCLE
  • What is needed for a valuable reusable material cycle? (manufacturer, trade, customer, transport)
RESET
  • How would you approach the topic of food packaging today if the current solutions would not exist?

Team Application

  • Extended Deadline 25.03.2022
  • You are a team of 2-6 persons
  • Ideas in all stages are welcome, from university projects until early-stage start-ups
  • If you have already founded, you should be pre-seed
  • Apply with your CV using the application form and let us know, that you are a team in the comment section

If you fulfill all our screening requirements, you will be invited to a first initial interview.

Ideation Phase

  • Selected teams and individuals are invited to our Futury Ideation Platform
  • The platform serves as a digital space to connect and create. Here, you will find like-minded people to found a team and brainstorm on ideas for the program
  • Each team has to upload a pitch deck of their idea which will be evaluated by a jury at the end of the phase.
  • Until the hand-in date, you can work on your idea pitch or let individual candidates join your team, if you are still looking for co-founders
  • During this phase, you will get regular feedback from Futury Coaches and corporate partners
  • Applicants and teams will be admitted to the platform on a rolling basis – the sooner you apply, the more time you get to spend on the platform. Leverage this opportunity!

10 start-ups or fully staffed teams (2-6 team-members) will be invited to the demo day.

Demo Day

  • You will pitch your idea/solution online in front of a jury consisting of participating corporate partners and experts
  • Futury coaches and the corporate partners will rate all ideas

5 teams will be selected to join the incubation program in June in Frankfurt

Preparation

  • You get to know your Futury contact persons
  • If you have not yet founded your company, we will support you in doing it
  • We provide you with all needed information to be ready before the program starts (e.g. legal, IT, ...)

Meanwhile, we are preparing everything in Frankfurt for you to have a great start in June.

Individual Application

  • Extended Deadline 25.03.2022
  • Individual applicants are also welcome to apply. Via the Futury Ideation Platform you can join with others to form a team or you can join other teams that are still looking for co-founders
  • You are right if you have an entrepreneurial mindset and you want to build sustainable solutions in the waste industry
  • At this point, you don’t have to have a team or an idea
  • If you have an idea, it is welcome in every stage, from university project until early-stage start-up
  • Apply with your CV using the application form


If you fulfill all our screening requirements, you will be invited to a first initial interview.

Ideation Phase

  • Selected teams and individuals are invited to our Futury Ideation Platform
  • The platform serves as a digital space to connect and create. Here, you will find like-minded people to found a team and brainstorm on ideas for the program
  • Until the hand-in date, you can work on your idea pitch or join teams who are still looking for co-founders
  • During this phase, you will get regular feedback from Futury Coaches and corporate partners
  • Applicants and teams will be admitted to the platform on a rolling basis – the sooner you apply, the more time you get to spend on the platform. Leverage this opportunity!


10 start-ups or fully staffed teams (2-6 team-members) will be invited to the demo day.

Demo Day

  • You will pitch your idea/solution online in front of a jury consisting of participating corporate partners and experts
  • Futury coaches and the corporate partners will rate all ideas

5 teams will be selected to join the incubation program in June in Frankfurt

Preparation

  • You get to know your Futury contact persons
  • If you have not yet founded your company, we will support you in doing it
  • We provide you with all needed information to be ready before the program starts (e.g. legal, IT, ...)

Meanwhile, we are preparing everything in Frankfurt for you to have a great start in June.

Onboarding & Kick Off

  • 08.06.2022 - 14.06.2022
  • Futury welcomes the 5 teams in Frankfurt with an intensive onboarding week
  • The week consists of methodological workshops, e.g., Design Thinking, user research, as well as expert lectures to put the teams directly on the right track
  • Afterwards, the teams prepare the initial pitches for the first milestone event – the Kick-Off – where they present their innovative and sustainable ideas to all participating corporate partners and get to know them for the first time

Working Phase

  • From then on, the teams continuously develop and improve their idea with all the feedback they receive from the corporate partners
  • The project partners support the teams with their know-how, industry insights and best practices
  • The teams work in a weekly sprint logic to develop their solutions further
  • Weekly coaching by Bain & Company, efs.ai, and others
  • Preparation for first financing and legal setting by Osborne Clarke and Futury Capital
  • Sustainability curriculum and sparring sessions to ensure a sustainable impact of the solution

Final Pitch

  • 06.09.2022
  • The teams pitch in front of all participating corporate partners (on C-level) as well as business angels and potential investors
  • Securing of first customers, pilot partners and further funding
  • Handelsblatt Media Group will feature all teams to push awareness and publicity

How it all can continue...

  • Each team decides on their own whether and in what form to continue pursuing their ideas
  • There are no legal strings attached
  • We provide all teams with another 3-month office space in WeWork (Germany wide)
  • The teams join the Futury Alumni Network for regular touchpoints and network access
I.
March 25th 2022
Extended Application Deadline
II.
Beginning of April 2022
Announcement of the Participants
III.
June 8th, 2022
Program Start
IV.
June - September 2022
Program Phase (12 weeks)
V.
Beginning September 2022
Final Pitch with all Corporate Partners

Direct Corporate Partner Access

You will closely work together with 15+ leading corporate partners along the value chain of plastic packaging. Benefit from experts out of the industry and to your needs tailored coaching sessions to develop your solution. Besides feedback, you will receive access to further knowledge, data, hardware, etc.

Funding and Financial Support

Your team will receive 10.000 € funding for the program in cash (non - dilutive). Futury takes no equity stake in your company.

Media

Your team and solutions will be covered and accompanied by Handelsblatt Media Group, the Nr. 1. economy and finance newspaper in Germany, through different formats like advertorials, podcasts and articles to make your idea visible among all relevant stakeholders.
Your media coverage has an equivalent of min. 50.000€.

Sustainability

Sustainability is the core of every The Mission program. A sophisticated sustainability curriculum provided by Futurist and feedback as well as impulses by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research ensure a sustainable and impactful solution development.

WeWork Office Space

You get an office for your team in the heart of Frankfurt for the program period. After the program, we sponsor you with three more months office space in any WeWork location you wish within Germany.

We are located at WeWork Frankfurt.

Coaching, Experts and Workshops

You will receive weekly deep-dives with Bain & Company, prototyping workshops with EFS.ai, legal sessions with Osborne Clarke, financing sessions with Futury Capital and many more coaching sessions tailored to your start-up stage. The program covers everything you need to successfully prototype your start-up and build a business model around it.
Your coaching during The Mission has an equivalent of min. 50.000€.

Matching

You have the chance to find your future co-founders and jumpstart your entrepreneurial career. On our Futury Ideation Platform, which is open prior to the program, you can find potential co-founders if your team is not yet complete or you are an individual applicant.

Terms and Conditions for the participation in The Mission

At 'The Mission', you will turn your own ideas into a business model and when building your own company, you have to decide on a legal form – this is important to secure your rights to your product or service. Moreover, the registration of your company is the first building block of your future startup, committing to your work and company rules together with your co-founders.

Therefore, each team participating in The Mission has to establish its own legal entity to participate in the program. Either you are an already founded team, or we help you and your team set up a business entity before the program starts.

Rights to your idea

All project results ("findings, models, know-how, inventions, work results protected by copyright, protected and unprotected computer programs together with source code as well as documentation, reports, and documents") belong to the same extent to your team, Futury, and the program partners. This means that all three parties can "publish, reproduce, distribute or otherwise exploit or use the project results in any form and to any extent". Should your team decide to spin-off with your idea after 'The Mission', you have the right to keep whatever has been developed during the program and use it for building your startup. Futury will not take any company shares from you if you decide to continue working on your solution after the program.

Office space

Each of our The Mission programs takes place on-site in a beautiful co-working space in Frankfurt. WeWork provides you with everything you need for individual and collaborative working: team working spaces, meeting rooms, phone booths and cozy areas for in-between coffee breaks – make use of this unique environment.
Of course we take into account the COVID-19 regulations.

Insurance & Contract

All kinds of insurances are to be taken care of by yourself.
Futury will set up a coopration agreement with the legal entity of your team. In this contract, all the things listed here are once again described in detail. You will not be employed at Futury - you will be a co-founder of your own company.

Commitment

The development of your idea should be the primary activity that you perform during the program – we strongly discourage you to take up additional work. At least 2 persons of your team must be fully committed to the mission. The participation in all milestone events (Kick-Off, Interim Pitch, Final Pitch) is mandatory and at least 1-2 persons should be in presence in Frankfurt at any time (home office is of course always possible).

EU working permit

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)

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 3 or 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!

Do I have to be in Frankfurt for the 3-Month Accelerator Program?

Absolutely yes. The program takes place in Frankfurt. At least 1-2 persons should be in presence in Frankfurt at any time (home office is of course always possible).

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 could a program idea look 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.

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!

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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