Humboldt-Innovation supports the university’s academic startups in two different ways:
On the one hand, it administers and supports startups that receive funding through the EXIST Business Start-up Grant of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
On the other hand, it supports startups that have already been established. At the core of this cooperation lies an entrepreneur’s cooperation contract, which is administered by HI. This contract allows teams to use the university’s and the venture service’s resources even after the creation of the company. To learn more, please contact Humboldt-Innovation.
Further services for startups include:
Teams receive individual counselling. Our consultants offer support throughout the EXIST programme and are also available when it comes to questions regarding follow-up financing, marketing or public relations. Furthermore, the Venture Service cooperates with HU’s patents and licensing office. The university’s patenting and licensing strategy enables and regulates the use of its intellectual property by startups and spinoffs.
Access to investors and companies
The Venture Service offers entrepreneurs access to an extensive network within the university and outside of it. This includes investors and sponsors who enjoy working with startups. Our network of alumni founders offers a wealth of information on the establishment of startups, all of which remains accessible to teams even after they have left the Gruenderhaus. Additionally, young startup teams can benefit from the Venture Service’s “Humboldt Venture Club” and other partnerships with potential investors.
Humboldt-Innovation offers a variety of further training programmes
for those planning to create their own company. The annual “IP Day”, for example, revolves around the topic of intellectual property, whereas “SOS Sessions” offer relevant training on topics such as financing, patents or partnership agreements.
Gruenderhaeuser – the university’s venture zones
The Venture Service offers startups the creative environment necessary to achieve success in two buildings – the Gruenderhaeuser – that are dedicated to the teams and located in Mitte and in Adlershof. In addition to office space, the Gruenderhaeuser also offer meeting and seminar rooms in order to facilitate talks with investors. Moreover, they serve as event venues for Humboldt-Innovation’s training programmes and networking events such as the monthly Berliner Gruendl
, where teams have the opportunity to present their startup ideas and our partners introduce their offers for startup companies.
The university’s own HumboldtStore boasts a startup corner where teams can present their products.
Additionally, HU startups can increase their visibility by profiting from the Venture Service’s channels of communication.