Founding phase

In the development phase of a start-up the following funding possibilities and government grants might fit:

Depending on the status of development we support with the application for government grants or match follow-up funding through our strong contacts to angel investors and venture capitalists.


The EXIST-Gründerstipendium continues the successful funding through EXIST-SEED. With this scholarschip the BMWi supports founders at universities and research institutions during the pre-founding-phase with the creation of their business plan. The main fields of application are the software, internet- and communication, as well as environmental technologies and medical technology. The application is continuously possible.

Further information:

 - the funding instrument EXIST-Gründerstipendium presented by Humboldt-Innovation


EXIST-Forschungstransfer is a government grant of the German BMWi (Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie) and supports outstanding research-based start-up plans, which are linked with complex and risky development works. EXIST-Forschungstransfer consists of two funding phases.

Further information:

- the government grant EXIST-Forschungstransfer presented by Humboldt-Innovation

Berlin Start

You want to found a start-up in Berlin, but the funding makes you worries? You have a young company and you have good ideas, but you lack the financial ressources? Even if you have little securities, you can use cheap loans, as "Berlin Start" is assigned together with the Bürgschaft der BBB Bürgschaftsbank zu Berlin-Brandenburg.

Further information:

- the government grand Berlin Start presented by Humboldt-Innovation

KfW Gründerkredit - StartGeld

Execute your business idea optimal: with the KfW-Gründerkredit - StartGeld you can finance investments and utilities at start-ups in Germany. The KfW-Gründerkredit - StartGeld is supported by a garantee created by the "Rahmenprogramms der Europäischen Gemeinschaft für Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Innovation (CIP)".

Further information:

- the government grant KfW Gründerkredit - StartGeld presented by Humboldt-Innovation

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft supports research initiatives in all areas of science. Scientific excellence, promoting scientific talents, interdisciplinarity and internationality are cornerstones of this support.

Further information:

- the government grant Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft presented by Humboldt-Innovation

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The program "Erasmus für Jungunternehmer" offers young entrepreneurs the opportunity to work upto six months in the SME of an experienced entrepreneur in another EU-country. The young entrepreneur will gain valuable knowledge from the experienced hosting entrepreneur about the foundation and the management in SMEs.

Further information:

- the government grant "Erasmus für Jungunternehmer" presented by Humboldt-Innovation


As an initiative of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit, the Gründungszuschuss supports the way towards establishing a business. This grant is interesting for graduates, which found their startup right after their completion of their studies and found to end their unemployment.

Further information:
- government grant Gründungszuschuss presented by Humboldt-Innovation

GA - German Accelerator

The German Accelerator should help selected German start-ups to enter or create a contact to the US market, without leaving the main location of Germany. In the world's largest technology market young start-ups are working on the areas of business development, marketing and sales while they are connected to local experts.

Further information:

- the government grant "German Accelerator" presented by Humboldt-Innovation