Start-Up Funding

Welcome to Germany’s Start-up Capital!

Berlin is Germany’s start-up capital. In terms of the city’s share of the national population, more people in Berlin set themselves up in business than in any other federal state. Berlin’s range and depth of support and services tailored to the needs of young entrepreneurs have also played a significant part in this success.

You can find all the relevant Facts and Figures on start-ups in Berlin here.

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Information Services

The Business Start-up Portal on the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMK) website contains general information on legal issues, how to draft a business plan and the available funding programmes, and also provides a range of useful check lists and support tools. More information

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Registration Support

As part of its Business Portal, the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research offers a Single Point of Contact for Berlin with information, advice and support for all administrative issues and business approval procedures. More information


Coaching and advice

The IBB bank supports young, growth-oriented enterprises (focused particularly on the technology and creative sectors) by providing financing options for customised coaching and a wide portfolio of seminars and workshops. More information

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Workshops and Seminars

The BPW, Germany’s largest regional business plan competition, provides a free support programme comprising seminars and workshops, individual feedback and networking opportunities. deGUT – German Founders’ and Entrepreneurs’ Days. Seminars for Entrepreneurs of non-German Origin. More information

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Funding and Financing

Every business idea is different. Berlin offers a broad funding portfolio to support your business ideas. The Business Customer Centre at the Investitionsbank Berlin, (Kundenzentrum Wirtschaft), is the first point of contact for all your questions on business promotion in Berlin. More information

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Business Incubation Centres

Berlin’s technology and new business centres offer affordable office space, a chance to network with other entrepreneurs, and advice, consulting and other services. Coworking locations are a good opportunity for young entrepreneurs. More information

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School Start-ups

Entrepreneurial Spirit in Schools. This programme encourages pupils and school students to develop their own innovative business ideas, and found and manage a company. More information