Do School/Messe Berlin Connection Challenge 2015 in Berlin, Germany

Application Deadline 09 October 2015
Location: Berlin
Team: 20 Fellows
Age: 21 to 31
Challenger: Messe Berlin

incubation Phase, DO school campus in Berlin, Germany: 11 January – 20 March 2016
implementation Phase, in your home country: 21 March – 11 January 2017

Messe Berlin, one of the world’s leading trade exhibition companies, challenges you to create an information architecture for gathering and preserving the collective knowledge present at its trade exhibitions in order to share it with the world.

The task is to capture, preserve and publish the expertise of the exhibitors and trade visitors present in new and exciting formats, e.g. by using new technologies or forms of storytelling.

The aim of the challenge is:

  • to find a solution that extends the impact of a trade exhibition from a few days to the whole year
  • to gather knowledge that so far goes untapped and make it accessible to more people
  • to distil it so that it can be published in different formats later on and
  • to connect new people worldwide to the Messe Berlin community


  • Emerging social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs aged 21 to 31 from around the world, with relevant interest and skills as well as an idea for a venture that they want to implement during DO school Fellowship.
  • Successful candidates may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of storytelling technique such as writers, bloggers, videographers, journalists but also business analysts, educators, information architects, web and information designers.
Programme Description:
  • On campus Incubation Phase
  • During the 10-week long incubation phase you will develop your personal venture plan with a support network of experienced coaches. at the same time you will work together with the other Fellows to solve the Challenge, which will teach you the skills and methods necessary to turn an idea into action.
  • Over the ten weeks you will develop a prototype for the gathering and preservation of content Messe Berlin accumulates during their shows and shape the documentation methods of the future. this process is supported by our Challenge lab, a course which offers skills, knowledge and tools necessary to successfully solve the Challenge.

Implementation Phase

  • During this 10 months period you will focus on kick starting and implementing your venture in your home country, while receiving continued online support from the Venture Lab, via the DO School Cloud.
  • Messe Berlin will continue their support through knowledge sharing, mentoring and their network.
  • Fellow ventures come in many shapes and sizes, from social businesses, to non-profit organizations, artistic projects or campaigns – however, they are always focused on helping to solve a relevant issue within the Fellow‘s home country.
  • You will graduate from the one-year DO School program with a successful start-up that is already creating tangible impact in your community.


The DO School fellowship is a highly subsidized program, which means participants pay only a small portion of the actual costs as their tuition fee. For One-Year Programs in Berlin the tuition fee is 1,000 € excluding travel and living expenses throughout the incubation Phase in Berlin.

Apply Now for the Do School/Messe Berlin Connection Challenge

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Do School/Messe Berlin Connection Challenge


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