The Arc Berlin
30th September – 3rd October 2018 | Applications open

The Arc Berlin is a Leadership Bootcamp for startups and VCs

At The Arc we build community to coach purpose-driven startups/VCs to a level where their impact is inspiring to themselves and to others. Full stop.

We challenge you to go beyond what you think is possible. We challenge you to exceed expectations. We challenge you to face up to your limits. And once you do we support you to empower yourself and those around you. 

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The Arc is a unique combination of coaching and peer feedback which allow you to dig deeper within yourself and uncover the hidden gems that you can polish yourself once you confront your triggers and limitations. The Arc inspires you to realise that you have all the power to achieve the above and shine brightly with your unique star.
Evgenia | Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Zaednovchas, Bulgaria
I went from “There is nothing wrong with me, why am I doing this?” to “Thank you for reminding me of something I lost along the way”.
Boris | Managing Director of Goodpatch, Japan/Germany
This training was one of the greatest surprises I ever had. It is hard and deep personal work bringing you way out of your comfort zone to grow over yourself.
Katharina | Social Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Kuchentratsch, Germany
It’s the moment you get home and realize you have become a different person, and at the same time that exact person you have always been deep inside.
Bart | Investment Professional in Private Equity, The Netherlands
This is one of those well-kept secrets in the world that you think: “How did I not know about this?!” Everyone has to do this at some point in their lives!
Samantha | Serial Entrepreneur, Italy/Spain
As an entrepreneur you often subconsciously hide yourself behind big words and agendas. You forget that there is an actual heart hidden within the daily machinery of success and drive. The Arc reconnected me to my feelings and how important compassion and authenticity are when working. It has simply been the best week of my entire life.
Chris | Co-Founder of WeView, Germany
The Arc has entirely convinced me through its outstanding and empathic coaching. Especially as a CEO it is important to challenge yourself and to reach new insights in a neutral environment – away from your own cosmos. Not only did I radically enquire my own beliefs, I was also led towards insight that I could never have imagined before.
Philipp | Founder and CEO at the health tech startup Media4Care, Germany

Who is it for?

The Arc is a residential training event for young leaders from business and the civic sector who are…

  • willing to question the impact they have generated so far in their life,
  • sufficiently grown up to responsibly handle their emotions, but tempted to understand their limits better and committed to expand their comfort zone,
  • giving and empathetic to their peers / their surrounding,
  • certain that they could have a much better and greater impact, if only _ _ _ [and then you fill in the blank],
  • at some level sincerely (!) wanting to inspire themselves and others.

Our alums include CEO/Founders of startups/social enterprises, young professionals working in strategy consulting/private equity/startups, boards of international NGOs, youth activists… you name it.

What the heck we’ll do

Who do YOU dare to be and which IMPACT do you wanna stand for?

After The Arc you will have a clearer understanding on:

  • WTF your passion (YES, PASSION!) is that everyone says you are supposed to follow!
  • Which person you need to grow into if you want to have larger and deeper impact. Where you need to push the envelope.
  • How on earth you can get that done and what to do if self-doubt, laziness or impact-fatigue knock on your the door.

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The Venue

The Mansion of Pohnstorf

We will be staying in the beautiful and now fully renovated Mansion of Pohnstorf. The Mansion is idyllically located within beautiful nature and offers countless opportunities for walks.

We will be sharing the appartments of the Mansion i.e. everyone will be having a couple of flat mates and usually their own kitchen / living area. If sharing rooms with each other is a problem pls book the additional top up for a single room which you can find on your ticket link.

How to get there? By train. By car.

Address: Guthaus Pohnstorf, Pohnstorf 17, 17166 Alt Sührkow |, +49 3996 15 21 31

Curious? Thrilled? Excited?

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Registration opens: 14:00 on the first day
Programme starts: 16:00 on the first day
Ending time: 17:00 on the last day

Ticket price

  • OPTION A – if you are a self-paying individual or sponsored by a charitable organisation: €898,00 for the training + training materials + €31,00 for food per person per day + €59,00 lodging per person per night

In most EU countries you – as a private person – can deduct The Arc (all expenses) from your tax bill which on average lowers the price by 40-50% (depending on your individual tax rate). More info here.

  • OPTION B: €2999,00 (+ VAT) if you are a sponsored by your employer. This rate includes food and lodging


  • Top up for a single room: €99,00 (incl. VAT) if you prefer to stay in a single room rather than a double room
  • Extra night: We welcome you to stay an extra night at a reduced rate: €31,00 food + €59,00 double room (incl. VAT)

What’s included

  • Tickets to this event include: Participation at the event (duuh!), training materials, lodging & food (not: post-event coaching)

Disclaimer on future prices

  • Please note that The Arc is starting up as a company, so the prices quotes for future events will need to change (i.e. go up) in the coming years.
Things to bring:

  • Time. Your brain and your heart
  • Slippers
  • Toweld and bed sheets (if you do not wanna bring bed sheets you can also get them at the venue for an additional €14,00)
  • 1 x really comfortable clothes which are suitable for indoor sport exercise and 1 x sport shoes
  • A refillable water bottle (doesn’t do any harm)
  • A (paper-)notebook and something to write with

Things to leave at home:

  • Sleeping bags (yes, ppl ask this again and again!)
  • Work! We often call The Arc a retreat, but be aware that there are likely to be some days that might feel exhausting. The Arc is energising as a whole but – at the same time – requires our energy, attention and presence. Whilst we understand it is not always possible to 100% shut off our work, it is highly recommended.

Can I come late or leave early?

People repeatedly ask if they can arrive late or leave early. Given though that in the past almost 100% of the people to who we gave exceptions advised us to not do that in the future as it had deprived them of parts of the experience. Hence: Please do take the above starting and ending times as given.

Pls note that once you have purchased your ticket you can still pass it on to someone else, however we do not issue any refunds.
You have the potential and the ambition to generate exceptional social impact in the next 1-3 years AND unless you are granted a price reduction, you cannot afford to join The Arc? The MINIMUM PRICE for this particular event is €750,00, but whenever possible we offer a bunch of scholarships per event. Here some info: The goal of the scholarship programme | Who is eligible | How to apply | The price you can afford to pay & the cutoff price | Take the shortcut | How candidates are selected
Deducting The Arc from your tax bill

  • In many countries you can lower the net price of The Arc by deducting it on your tax declaration.
  • For German tax residents: Check our latest information here.

Taking an educational leave

  • Those employed in Germany are often entitled to a paid educational leave. Please check our latest information here.

Join the community of a life time:

Questions? Ask your Project Manager here:

Astrid Schrader

Your team of facilitators

Benedikt Gerber


Entrepreneur & Intrapreneur | Germany, Finland | Business coaching, emotional intelligence

Philip Ihde


Finance & Operations | Germany | Strategy & implementation, personal coaching, mentoring

Annika Päutz

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Empowerment Trainer & Coach | Germany | Enthusiasm, Vision, Compassion

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