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Celonis Aspire

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?

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Your Dream

What do you aspire to be?

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.

Moving the needle on educational equity for the next generation

Today's youth

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.

Hurdles 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.

Creating opportunities

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.

Aspire for the future

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.

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Success through education

Our Story

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.

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“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.”

Bastian Nominacher
Co-Founder and Co-CEO
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“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.”

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Co-Founder and Co-CEO

About Aspire

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“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. ”

Janina Nakladal
Director of Sustainability & Aspire Program Manager

At Aspire we listen to young people’s aspirations and assess the barriers that prevent them from achieving them.

Some examples include:

  • Providing necessary learning materials: Laptops, books, computer programs, online courses, tutors, or other necessary supplies to access educational resources and skills.
  • Removing language barriers: Language learning tools and literacy programs to be able to read, write, and speak in the native language of the country where you are educated.
  • Reducing the financial burden: Tuition for study programs that can’t be paid independently due to a non-academic parental home, poverty, or other circumstances.
  • Ensuring inclusion: Measures to enable participation in education despite disabilities (e.g. technical aids and equipment, full access to an environment, or accessible/adapted housing).
  • Equalizing opportunities: Mentoring and financial support for girls to access both traditional and/or STEM education despite family obligations.
  • Shortening the distance: Means of transport (e.g. bike or public transport) or subsidized rent if the distance from home to school is a crucial barrier.
  • Providing security in uncertain times: Providing access to education denied by illness or conflict related to the pandemic.

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:

  • giving back to society by educating our global youth
  • democratizing access to education by facilitating opportunities to learn regardless of financial, geographic, or social barriers
  • amplifying the next generation, so global youth can achieve their dreams and positively contribute to society.

Through our founders’ personal donations and the German President Award proceeds, we started Aspire to do just that.


How to Apply

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 aspire@celonis.com.


Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by our Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant or nominee is age 15-24 years old.
  • Application is persuasive in terms of impact, authenticity, and financial feasibility.
  • Application is striving for access to education.
  • Application demonstrates maximum impact through education. We evaluate how much funds are required and what is the highest value that can be achieved.
  • Applicant or nominee is not already a beneficiary of financial aid or a scholarship for education.

By submitting your application, you are agreeing to the use of yours or your nominees’ information in the selection process. The Celonis Privacy Policy applies.

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Celonis Aspire

Click on the button below to download the Celonis Aspire application form.


Aspire Community

Beneficiaries of the Aspireprogram are invited to join our AspireCommunity where they can meet other beneficiaries, partake in our events, share ideas, get inspired, and motivate each other on their educational path.


Our Celonauts will act as sponsors to help you achieve your educational goals through Aspire. A sponsor is invested in your educational trajectory and supports you in turning your dream into an opportunity. They champion your growth and visibility. 

Whether you are an individual or an organization, they are here to help elevate what you aspire to achieve.