digital.engagiert starts with what is often a pressing need: individualized
coaching, practical assistance, and a network of experts and like-minded people. Each project is matched
with a coach who advises project teams’ progress as a sparring partner for six months - in personal
meetings or via video conferences. At the kick-off event on 9 and 10 May 2019 in Berlin, the
participants met their coaches for the first time and discussed individual project needs together. All
participants also benefit from an extensive training program with additional experts - from experienced
social entrepreneurs to programmers and education experts. In the second round, cross-mentoring and
peer-to-peer exchange with digital.engagiert alumni is also offered.
In addition to the free coaching program, participants also receive financial support totalling 120,000
euros which is distributed evenly across the projects (i.e. 10,000 euros per project). Amazon Web
Services (AWS), as a technology partner of digital.engagiert, offers interested participants credits for
using the cloud infrastructure for their digital solutions. Stifterverband contributes its expertise and
network in the field of education.
The digital.engagiert jury consists of high-level experts from civil society, education, and the digital
economy. It selected 12 project ideas to be supported, and at the end of the six month period the
progress of all participants is acknowledged at a final event where three teams are highlighted as
winners. The winners will receive additional prize money totalling 30,000 euros.