Startup allowance or grant, angel investor, microloan or venture capital? Alongside the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant (EXIST-Gründerstipendium), EXIST Transfer of Research (EXIST-Forschungstransfer), and ProFIT, there are a wealth of other programs and institutions that also provide public and private capital to help entrepreneurs get their business off the ground. Most of them specialize in certain industries or phases in the process of starting a business or product development. Together with the business founders, Profund Innovation looks for suitable solutions and acts as an intermediary, putting entrepreneurs in touch with the right points of contact.
Tel: (030) 838-736 34
The German Accelerator (GA) brings German tech startups for a unique 3-month mentoring-program to the centers of innovation in the US – the destinations are New York City, Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto and San Francisco, depending on the nature of the startup. EXIST is Partner of the programme.
For young tech companies it is crucial to acquire a leading position as fast as possible. Particularly an early presence in the US market plays a key part in this endeavor, which is why the German Ministry of Economics and Energy has decided to support selected German startups that are trying to connect to the world’s leading high-tech region.
The German Accelerator Tech (GA Tech) at the Silicon Valley and New York has helped more than 75 German startups to define winning business strategies and scale internationally. We support German technology startups from a broad range of segments, including but not limited to:
The German Accelerator Life Sciences (GALS) at Cambridge, MA, provides individualized advice and highly flexible services, tailored towards the specific needs and objectives of startups and emerging companies from the following five segments:
Platform technologies & services
For eligibility, costs, program and application process please check the program's website.
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH provides venture capital to young technology firms and companies in Berlin. Since 2015, IBB bet is investing from their 60 million euros and 40 million euros Tech Fund II and Creative Fund II respectively.
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
The “KMU-Fonds” (SME Fund) provides micro loans of up to € 25,000. These micro loans are associated with a highly simplified application process and swift loan decision.
Founders of small or medium-sized commercial businesses
Starting up in business as a freelancer
Commercial company or freelance professional that have been on the market for no more than 5 years and are establishing an operating facility in Berlin
Co-financing for investments and the related working capital as part of the following measures:
Start-ups and consolidation projects
Funds for new projects
Takeovers, however, not between direct family members
Advance financing for specific projects
The project to be financed must be carried out in a Berlin-based operating facility. Debt rescheduling and/or follow-up financing of projects already underway or completed, as well as financing for business rescue projects are generally ruled out.
Micro-loans of up to €25,000
The loans are usually limited to a term of six years and generally include twelve redemption-free months.
No handling fees or standby interest charged.
Repayments are generally made on a quarterly basis.
Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the project
After IBB has received your application, you will receive confirmation of receipt and may be invited to an interview.
After the interview, the decision regarding the loan will usually be made within a few working days.
Investitionsbank Berlin - Fact sheet micro loans