founder coaching

for founders in Berlin and Brandenburg

You are in the phase of founding a company and need hands-on support in the development of the business model, financial planning or optimization of the documents to attract the first investors? Then founder coaching is exactly the right thing for you.

I support ambitious, innovative founders with scalable business models, such as technology or software in Berlin and Brandenburg.

founder coaching

Which topics are typically covered?

  • Product innovation
  • Market and competition analysis
  • Competitive advantage (USP)
  • Business model and pricing
  • Pitch deck and business plan if applicable
  • Preparation of financial plan
  • Financing strategy
  • Addressing investors
  • Accompaniment of the investor discussions until successful conclusion

what You can expect

How does the cooperation work?

  • We meet every one or two weeks personally in the premises of the founders, at MMC Finance or via video call.
  • We spend three to four hours working intensively on the topics at hand. In my experience, concentration drops after such a meeting and the input has to be digested. With half-day meetings, the available coaching hours can be used most effectively for the founders.
  • I act as a sparring partner and give open and clear feedback immediately.
  • At the end of the appointment we discuss the tasks to be completed and set the next appointment.
  • I provide templates, e.g. for the financial plan.
  • The founders are welcome to send me revised documents so that I can analyse them before the next appointment. This makes the appointments much more efficient.
  • I bill the concrete hours spent. This means, in addition to the pure meeting time, also preparation and post-processing times or also time spent in connection with the funding agency (especially appointments with the funding agency and preparation of the final report). The ratio between the time spent together in meetings and the rest is, according to experience, about 3:1. I record the hours in a time sheet, which I make available.
  • Most support programs usually approve packages of about 4 coaching days (i.e. 32 hours over a period of about three months). However, I support many start-up teams over a much longer period of time, e.g. within the framework of further subsidized coaching packages or a direct agreement with a performance-related component. I am interested in a long-term cooperation.
  • Within the framework of projects within the various support programmes, I have committed myself to confidentiality. If, in addition, a confidentiality agreement (NDA) is desired, this is no problem.
  • Invoicing usually takes place after completion of the coaching package. Billing via the activation and placement voucher (AVGS) of the Federal Employment Agency is not possible.

support programs for founders

In the following support programs I am listed as Coach and advisor:


support programregiontarget groupphasemax. supported daysfinancial supportmax. financial supportweblinkmy profile
IBB - Coaching Bonus
Berlininnovative founders and entrepreneurs in the industries technology and creativitybefore and after founding (all phases)2080%
(100% for 2 days)
16.400 EURcoachingbonus.deProfil
Germanyentrepreneursafter founding450%
(80% new federal states except Berlin and Leipzig)
3.200 EURbafa.de-
Berlinuniversity foundersbefore founding5-6 days
(5.000 EUR)
100%5.000 EURSCIENCE-STARTUPS.berlin/Profil

Only accredited coaches who are regularly evaluated are allowed to give coaching within the framework of the support programmes. This ensures minimum standards with regard to the quality of the coaching.


Statements of our clients

"The consulting services we used for the foundation and financial planning were to our complete satisfaction. We can highly recommend the cooperation with Michael".

Sebastian Genschow, founder of EKAROS

"Michael coached us, the founders of UC.Pilot GmbH, in pricing our software and improving financial planning and sales topics. Thank you very much for the great cooperation!"

Norman Walter

(founder of UC.Pilot GmbH)

"We worked intensively with Michael on our business model and financial plan during the IBB coaching. His tools and advice were extremely valuable."

Tim Enßlin

(founder of Maketank GmbH)

"Dr. Wehrheim has supported talknow in the concretization of the business model as well as the business and financial planning. We are looking forward to continuing the productive cooperation."

Walter Schaff

(founder of talknow GmbH)

In 4 easy steps

Strengthen your company with coaching

1. short phonecall

We talk about your problems or challenges for about half an hour. If both of us have the impression that the conversation has brought something, we meet for a personaly.

2. Personal meeting

We meet for about an hour in Berlin to get to know each other personally and to discuss and pre-structure the upcoming topics in more detail. I can also recommend a suitable coaching support program. If there is a spark between us personally and in terms of content, we will continue.

3. apply for support

If desired, you can apply for the recommended coaching support programme. In the simplest case this can be done online in about half an hour and is often approved within a few days (IBB/BAFA). Should there be any questions during the application process, I will be happy to assist you.

4. three Monats Coaching

We start the coaching and over a period of about 3 months you will benefit from an appointment about every two weeks with tangible impulses and ideas. Any questions that arise are clarified right away and implementation can begin immediately.

Now take the first step and arrange a phone call.