We believe in equal opportunities and in the power of education to pursue one's dreams. We want to combat educational inequality by removing financial barriers and turning educational dreams into real opportunities.
So, we designed the Celonis Aspire Program.
What do you aspire to be? How can we help you get there?
When we look to the future, we see education as the key to unleashing everyone’s potential. We believe equal education starts with equal access. And that the path to learning, discovery, and fulfilling your dreams should be available regardless of economic, geographic, or social circumstances.
Today, according to the United Nations, there are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years, accounting for 16% of the global population. By 2030 this number is projected to grow by 7% to nearly 1.3 billion. As our population grows so does the need to address challenges faced by young people - like access to education.
Yet, many young people face significant barriers, especially when it comes to secondary education. Poverty, disabilities, language barriers, gender roles, low literacy, and geographic distance are just some of the many hurdles.
When we provide knowledge and opportunities for global youth to thrive, they become a positive force to drive change. Young people must acquire the education and skills needed to contribute to a productive economy, to access the job market, and to make an impact in society.
Enhancing access to education improves the overall health and resilience of communities and even tackles climate change. Through ongoing support and investment in education, we can dramatically transform the landscape of possibilities and skills for the next generation.
The privilege of having access to qualitative and free education has enabled our Celonis founders to build and grow a successful company. It allowed them to go after their dream, and without it, the company wouldn’t exist.
So, when the Celonis founders won the German President’s Award in 2019, and they were asked what they wanted to do with the award money, the answer was clear: give back to society, acknowledge and appreciate their own roots, and create future value.
“Receiving access to excellent and free education is a privilege that has given me the foundation to pursue my dreams and build my own company. Throughout the time building Celonis I have drawn from this resource, and this is what made it possible for me. I truly believe that education is the most powerful lever to take control of one’s destiny and create equal opportunities for everybody.”
“Education unlocks equality and is particularly important at times of immense change, like we are experiencing right now. We founders understand the good fortune we had and hope that Celonis Aspire will open doors for people who have been denied the educational opportunities we enjoyed.”
“Access to education is either taken for granted, hard-earned or impossible. I believe we all have a part to play in breaking down these barriers to education. It is essential to achieving a frictionless future. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education that helped open so many doors. It gives me confidence and inspires me to pay it forward. I am passionate and dedicated to helping others achieve their dreams through Aspire. ”
At Aspire we listen to young people’s aspirations and assess the barriers that prevent them from achieving them.
Some examples include:
We provide financial funding, sponsorship, and an ongoing community to help young people turn their dreams into opportunities.
We are also open to funding nonprofits and programs that share Aspire’s goals and can provide access to those in need.
We are committed to:
Through our founders’ personal donations and the German President Award proceeds, we started Aspire to do just that.
Find out how you can apply and what we are looking for.
We are now accepting applications for Aspire. We encourage you to apply yourself, on behalf of a nonprofit, or to nominate a deserving candidate.
The application is based on the presentation of your dream and aspirations and a description of the barriers you face.
You can download, complete, and submit the application form. If you have questions, please contact email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by our Committee based on the following criteria: