Humboldt-Innovation acts as an agent to help in the acquisition of different forms of funding for Spin-Offs and promising start-up teams. In the pre-funding-phase the following funding opportunities might fit:

Depending on the stage of development we assist with the application for public funding and negotiate subsequent funding through our close links to angel investors and venture capitalists.


The government grant "Validierung des Innovationspotenzials wissenschaftlicher Forschung" (VIP) of the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) is part of the high-tech strategy of the federal government. It should support scientists from universities as well as public research institutions, to proof their research results early regarding technical feasibility, the development of new application areas as well as economical potential. VIP should construct a bridge between academic research and economic application. This is the precondition for a successful further development towards innovative technology-based products, processes and services.

Further information:

- the government grant VIP presented by Humboldt-Innovation  

- official VIP-Flyer of the "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)"


Gründungsoffensive Biotechnologie: the work groups should develop new procedures in the field of bio-science and prepare their targeted commercial exploitation with GO-Bio. The BMBF wants to make science-based foundations easier and use it as an important motor for employment. Five invitations to bid are planned. The selection of the work groups and their projects as well as the interim evaluation are supported by an international team of experts from science and management. The government grant GO-Bio is part of the high-tech strategy of the federal government.

Further information:

- the public grant GO-Bio presented by Humboldt-Innovation

- the flyer GO-Bio of the "Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)"