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

Now open

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 innovative solutions for the entire value chain of packaging. We are looking for entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups to join our three-month incubation program for our mission.

  • Get access to 15+ corporate partners and leading experts out of the packaging industry
  • Join various workshops, training and get coaching
  • Apply individually or with your team of co-founders
  • Ideas in all stages are welcome: From first idea sparks to early-stage start-ups
  • Get financial support and office space for you and your idea in Frankfurt

Now it's your turn! Dive into one of the following focus areas to develop an idea for the program.

  • 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?

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 program, we look for early-stage start ups, entrepreneurial talents, makers, creators and innovators 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. During the application process, the best candidates themselves can get to know each other on the Futury Ideation Platform to exchange ideas and look for team members for the program. We make sure the teams are interdisciplinary and diverse. We encourage our candidates to apply with their own ideas or develop one during the application process.

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

Let the adventure begin!

Futury welcomes the teams in Frankfurt with an intensive onboarding 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 corporate partners beyond the three-month program, Futury, together with Founders Intelligence, offers 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.

Individual Application

Apply with your CV using the application form. Our recruiters will screen your application to see if you fulfill our formal requirements and program-specific qualifications (see the “Your Profile” section). At this point, you don’t have to have a team or an idea.

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

Initial Interview

To get to know you better, we will have an initial interview with you. Be prepared to be asked about your previous experience, motivation to join The Mission and become an entrepreneur, as well as your expectation from the program.  

If you pass this round, you will be admitted directly to the Futury Ideation Platform.

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.  Your main tasks on the platform will be:

- To dive deeper into the topic to get a better overview of the status quo of the industry
- To submit a program idea or join someone else’s idea
- To find your future team of co-founders and brainstorm on ideas together.
Futury coaches will regularly check in on you to ensure your ideation process is going in the right direction.

Why? Because should your idea make it to the program; your job will be to make it into reality!

Applicants 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!

Digital Pitch

The final selection will be made based on a Digital Pitch. The best 10 ideas from the platform will make it into the Digital Pitch round. In the pitch, your team will present the idea you developed on the Futury Ideation Patform to Team Futury. We will choose the most innovative and sustainable 5 ideas for our program.

Our selection criteria include Innovativeness, Impact, Feasibility and Corporate Partner Fit. Soon after the Digital Pitch we will announce the five Mission Teams that have the chance to participate in the program.

Team Application


You are already a team of 2, 3 or 4 members and have a good idea for the program? Perfect!

It doesn't matter if you are already a well-rehearsed team or if you just got to know each other a few days ago. The Mission will get the most out of any team and will form your team into a real dream-team.

If there are only two of you, you can meet suitable co-founders during the application phase! So apply and become part of the Mission.

Initial Interview

In order to get to know you and your team better and to learn more about your motivation and expectations, we will have a short initial interview with you.

If you pass this round, you will be admitted directly to the Futury Ideation Platform.

Futury Ideation Platform

The platform serves as a digital space to connect and create. Is your team already full? Then just upload your idea and use the platform to get feedback on it. You are still looking for suiting team-members? Then use the platform to find them. Your main tasks on the platform will be:

- To dive deeper into the topic to get a better overview of the status quo of the industry
- To submit a program idea or join someone else’s idea
- To find your future team of co-founders and brainstorm on ideas together.

Your Futury coaches will regularly check in on you and your team to ensure your ideation process is going in the right direction.

Why? Because should your idea make it to the program; your job will be to make it into reality!

Applicants 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!

Digital Pitch

The final selection will be made based on a Digital Pitch. In the pitch, your team will present the idea you developed on the Futury Ideation Patform to Team Futury. We will choose the most innovative and sustainable ideas for our program.

Our selection criteria include Innovativeness, Impact, Feasibility and Corporate Partner Fit. Soon after the Digital Pitch we will announce the five Mission Teams that have the chance to participate in the program.

I.
March 06th 2022
Application Deadline
II.
Mid March 2022
Announcement of the Participants
III.
May 30th, 2022
Program Start
IV.
June - August 2022
Program Phase (12 weeks)
V.
End of August 2022
Final Pitch with all Corporate Partners

We are looking for all Makers, Creators and Innovators!

  • 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 and could think of creating your own start-up
  • 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
As each team will consist of 3-4 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.
  • You are in your last Bachelor Semester or higher 
  • You speak fluent English 
  • You are available full-time for the time of the program (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. 

The Mission comes with tons of benefits. Imagine it as "all-inclusive-founders-package". Here are some of the benefits:

Network

Direct access and regular touchpoints with corporate partners, experts and coaches

+50 corporate partners already joined The Mission. Besides the Initiators Futury, Deutsche Bank, Bain & Company, Handelsblatt Media Group and PreZero, every Mission gets accompanied by approx. 5 - 10 program partners that will be announced soon.

Tools & Methodologies

For a smooth and efficient collaboration

You will be equipped with tools and methodologies, enabling you to work easily during the program and beyond in your professional career. Examples are Miro, Design Thinking, Scrum,...

Impact

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

E.g., check out the story of our Team from Mission I, Recyda

or some of our other success stories from all the Missions we had until now:

Success Stories

Diversity

Meet and work with people from every walk of life

In our The Mission programs, we have had participants from +25 different countries and people with diverse professional backgrounds. From business, to tech, to science, to humanities, to engineering...

Personal Development

For your sustainable entrepreneurial journey

Get training and coaching on both your soft and hard skills from program partners like Bain & Company, Potsdam Institute For Climate Impact Research, your Futury Coaches and more.

Financial support

For you and your idea, including a prototyping budget.

Matching

A chance to find your future co-founders and jumpstart your entrepreneurial career

On our Futury Ideation Platform, you will find your dream team of co-founders and meet many inspiring individuals along the way.

Office Space

A modern office in WeWork in the heart of Frankfurt.

Check out your future office:
WeWork Taunusanlage Frankfurt

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. We know that most of you have never started your own business. Don't let that frighten you - with our help and a little entrepreneurial spirit, you can do it.

Financial support during the program

You will get financial support for you and your idea.

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.

Vacation & Commitment

Holidays and days off are generally allowed as long as they do not jeopardize the team results – hence, they are to be aligned within the team. Overall, we strongly discourage you from being absent for more than 3 days since our program has much to offer at a very tight schedule. 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. Any other activity (i.e., university project or thesis, part-time or freelance jobs) must openly be communicated with Team Futury and your team before the start of The Mission.

Working hours

Each The Mission program is full-time and on-site. Entrepreneurship is not a 9-to-5 job and we expect full commitment from every team. However, you and your team can independently decide on the working hours. The program is filled with multiple mandatory workshops as well as optional events. Open communication and honesty belong to the mutual respect that is a strong part of our work ethos.

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.

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, all participants must relocate for the duration of the program.

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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