The Allianz Cultural Foundation offers young Europeans who have participated in one of its Allianz Summer Academies (ASA) the chance to actively work on shaping a shared Europe through dialogue and tangible projects. Members of the Allianz Alumni Network who have drawn up concrete project concepts are eligible for a grant from the foundation toward making those projects reality.

The foundation is committed to funding cultural, educational and exchange projects. To promote intercultural exchange of knowledge and experience, alumni initiatives must involve at least three ASA alumni of different generations and nationalities.

The so-called Jackpot Projects are put into practice within one year and bring participating alumni insights and practical experiences in project conception and management, PR/publicity and accounting that put professional skills at alumni fingertips. Since the Jackpot Projects were introduced in 2010, a wealth of innovative ideas have already sprung up from the Allianz Alumni Network, including an annual debate competition, multiple conferences and exhibitions.

Are you an alumnus with a project idea? Apply now for a grant and hit the jackpot! All you have to do is fill it out the application form and send it to We are also happy to advise you on your concept and to put you in contact with other alumni. Contact the foundation for more information!
Aeneas: Migration, Work, and Entrepreneurship Across the Mediterranean

Time frame: 2017-2019

Description: Despite all arrangements that should be made to secure the areas migrants flee from, the historical migration from Africa and the Middle East into the EU cannot be stopped. Therefore, it is fundamental to integrate migrants into European societies. The key challenge for this to happen is, naturally, work. However, it is difficult for migrants to find employee positions. Thus, the project explores a different avenue: self-employment.

The project namesake is Aeneas, one of the few Trojans not killed after the fall of Troy who wandered the Mediterranean for years before finding a new home: a mythical refugee.

The project attempts to shed light on the barriers preventing migrants to successfully start sustainable businesses through an analytical, bottom-up approach and a specific focus on Southern Europe. It seeks to gather qualitative evidence, data, best practices, and run a field experiment. Specifically, entrepreneurial education programs will be offered and evaluated on their efficiency towards self-employment and resilience. The aim is both to inform policy and to give NGOs an actionable set of guidelines about how entrepreneurship can help their efforts towards integration. Aeneas also seeks to help others realize their own dreams in a new society and become more recognized and integrated into European contexts.


european startup initiative (esi) / European Startup Heatmap

Time frame: 2013-2019

Location: Europe-wide

Description : esi is built upon the belief that a cross-sectoral, horizontal dialogue is the most efficient way to transform Europe into a friendly, fertile, and dynamic environment where startups can thrive and succeed. Therefore, esi strives to bring together entrepreneurship enthusiasts, stakeholders, investors and policy makers from all over Europe and beyond, to share their thoughts on the future development of Europe as an innovative economy and home to young and aspiring entrepreneurs. With the development of the Startup Heatmap esi created a reference point for defining the geography of Startup Europe, giving orientation to founders, investors and policy makers alike.


Education for a Europe of Rights (EER)

Time frame: 2017

Location: Modra, Slovakia; Prague, Czech Republic; Budapest, Hungary; Cluj, Romania

Description: Throughout 2017, EER will bring a series of workshops to students across Europe raising awareness of the relationship between human rights protection and European integration. With a primary target group of secondary school students, many of them first-time voters, the project employs non-formal education tools to foster critical thinking and the ability to distinguish facts and arguments from hoaxes and demagogic discourses. The project will conclude in a publication of the workshop results, an array of student essays and the presentation of best-practice national human rights popularization projects. 

The Franco-British Comparative Project (FBCP)

Time frame: 2010-2019

Location: Paris, France; London, UK

Description : The FBCP seeks to improve cooperation and understanding between France and Britain by promoting the exchange of ideas on public policy, economics and socio-political issues, and by encouraging informed discussion. Various formats are implemented, a recurring one is the “Cordial Debate” competition. Here, participants write and review papers supporting the French and British position on a given statement. After an initial assessment by the team, the four most favored papers are evaluated by a jury consisting of senior members of the Franco-British communities.


Unifying Refugee Aid (URA): 
Building Civil Society Cooperation Along the Western Balkans Route

Time frame: 2016

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Description: In the first half of 2015 migrants and refugees surged towards the European Union in increasing numbers, making Hungary the second largest EU entry point for asylum seekers. With the absence of concrete governmental responses in many countries and a political deadlock in Brussels, developing cooperation between civil society organizations remained key to providing critical support to those most in need. Through workshops, seminars, public lectures and documentary screenings, participants shared ideas, offered advice, and charted future ways to collaborate on refugee aid. The project brought together more than 80 active participants, and over 100 total guests, representing over a dozen NGOs assisting refugees in Central and Eastern Europe.

84 registered attendees, 100+ public attendees, 54 NGOs & organizations


Junior Diplomat Initiative (JDI)

Time frame: 2013-2015

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Description: Each year, the JDI brings together young professionals, academic experts and diplomats for a International Youth Dialogue Conference to share and assess their opinions on topical issues of international affairs. The event functions as a platform enabling students to challenge their theoretical knowledge by confronting it with contemporary diplomatic practices. Distinguished guests from across Europe attract a broad audience for a carefully put-together, full-day program.


Migrant Visions – A Transnational Perspective

Time frame : 2013

Location : Cluj-Napoca, Romania ; Munich, Germany ; Prague, Czech Republic

Description: The goal of this project was to show a diversified picture of migration and involve people from various migrant communities, generations and social backgrounds. The organizing teams in Romania, Germany and the Czech Republic provided local immigrants with disposable cameras and asked them to document their daily lives. The resulting pictures were featured in photo exhibitions held in Cluj, Munich and Prague. The project enabled migrants to visualize their everyday life from personal points of view, and rose awareness on integration issues among the exhibition visitors.


Our World in Transition : Impact on Human Security and EU Response

Time frame: 2012

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Description: The "International Conference Committee" behind the project was a multicultural and multinational liaison of young Europeans consisting of Allianz alumni as well as fellow students from the University of Kent in Brussels. Together the team organized a two-day conference including three panels, aimed at fostering an interdisciplinary debate on prevailing challenges to human security - on economic, political, military and human rights level – and to discuss existing approaches and future actions to counter them. The format of the conference was largely inspired by the ASA and included workshops and presentations.

Tunisia-EU Youth Workshops on the Arab Spring

Time frame: 2012

Location: Tunis, Tunisia

Description: Curious to learn more about the consequences of the Arab Spring, the Tunisia-EU Youth Workshops was founded in 2012. Its aim was to deepen dialog and exchange ideas on the topics of social development and democratization. The full-day workshop was organized in collaboration with the delegations of international organizations and different universities in order to both provide motivated youth with an advanced knowledge of the dynamics of the Arab Spring movement and to promote an interesting discussion on the topic. The workshop also included an organized visit and talk with the EU delegation in Tunis in an attempt to deepen understanding on the EU institutions’ contribution to democracy-building processes in Tunisia. 

Optimizing European Public Transport

Time frame: 2011

Location: Europe-wide

Description: With a combined knowledge of public transportation systems in ten European countries, the organizing team of the project developed ideas for improvement in all modes of public transportation from buses, trams and trains to moving walkways and car sharing. The project included library and online research as well as discussions with transport experts and practitioners. The team identified theft as a particular area for improvement in bike-sharing schemes, suggesting to install GPS-tracking devices in bike frames in order for providers to identify the locations of their vehicles – an easy and efficient way to prevent bikes from being stolen and increase recovery rates after theft. 

Identifying Europe: Bridges and Cleavages in New Europe

Time frame: 2011

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Description: This event consisted of a four-part parliamentary debate series revolving around controversial questions a unified Europe faces today. Its aim was for younger generations to understand the complexity of issues that are forming political, ethnic, religious and historical divides within Europe. The project coincided with Hungary holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union from January-June 2011 and received wide-spread media, academic and governmental attention. 

Welcoming Policy: Standing on the Threshold of Europe

Time frame: 2010

Location: Paris, France; Warsaw, Poland

Description: Implemented in 2010, the focus of this two-part project was to document and illustrate the way in which immigrants are made to feel welcome (or unwelcome) in two European cities majorly influenced by migration: Paris and Warsaw. The Parisian component of the project included video workshops for migrants who in collaboration with local artists produced videos expressing their relationship to the cities they live in. The clips were subsequently presented at an exhibition in Warsaw. There, young artists, intellectuals and social activists engaged with immigrants to create a series of short films on migration in Poland. Encouraging discussion and exchange, the finished products were screened at an event on International Migrant’s Day, 18 December 2010, to a wider public audience. 

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Trans-Channel Debates 2016

University of London Institute in Paris, 22 November 2016: "This House believes that the Brexit has left the U.K. a Divided Kingdom"

Senate House of the University of London, 03 December 2016: "This House believes that tyranny of the majority is a price of democracy"