The Berlin Startup Scholarship

1. What is the context of the programme?

The support of startups is among the most successful instruments of forward-looking economic promotion strategies. As part of the Operational Programme of the Land of Berlin for the European Social Fund (ESF) in the funding period 2014 – 2020/23, innovative startups are being supported in the framework of “founders’ workshops” and similar formats. The funding relates to new skills requirements in connection with innovation processes of the economy, technological change (in particular related to the use of modern information and communication technologies or the advancing digitisation) as well as ecological objectives (e.g. climate protection, energy efficiency and use of renewable energies).

2. What is the programme about?

The aim of the programme is to promote innovative, technology-related startups through coaching, training and scholarships, especially in the context of ICT, digitisation and internationalisation. For this purpose, the founding teams (usually two to four people) are being provided the necessary technical infrastructure such as PC workplaces or laboratories. Prerequisite for the founders are at least initially developed business plans and prototypes or prototype-like procedures. The participants are being selected through competitive procedures of the project providers (incubators) and supported over a period of six to twelve months. The aim of the projects is to improve the skills of the founders, and to develop the marketability of the relevant products and services.

3. How does it work?

The selection of coaching and training staff is carried out by the project providers (incubators) according to the needs of the projects and startups. Funding is being provided to startup centres namely incubators at universities, research institutions and companies with research and development focus. The volume of the scholarships amounts from 1.000 to 2.000 € per person and month for a period of six to twelve months.

Project providers, more specifically, beneficiaries are specialised organisations with the tasks of overall coordination, application, implementation, accounting, public relations and networking as well as evaluation if necessary. In the context of European State Aid Law, the de minimis Regulation is applied to every single startup supported. The total programme volume amounts to € 39.8 million, of which 50 % is funded by the ESF and 50 % by the Land of Berlin. The implementation of the programme is managed by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises of the State of Berlin in cooperation with the European Funding Management GmbH (EFG), which is a trustee of the Land of Berlin and the approval authority.

Currently, the following projects are funded under the program (list by order of approval)

Overview of the supported startups in the program of the Berlin Startup Scholarship

AdMaLab – The Berlin Hardware and Materials Lab

  • Project executing organisation

    Innovation Network for Advanced Materials e.V. (INAM)

  • Focus

    Advanced materials, material science, hardware

  • Application period

    from 03/12/2021

  • Website/ additional information

BERLIN STARTUP SCHOOL Accelerator

  • Project executing organisation

    DGH Deutsche Gründerhilfe gGmbH

  • Focus

    Innovation, technical, sustainable, and social ideas

  • Application period

    Spring 2022, Winter 2022

  • Website/ additional information

Berliner Startup Stipendium

  • Project executing organisation

    Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin

  • Focus

    Open

  • Application period

    until 04/2022 for 06/2022
    until 10/2022 for 12/2022

  • Website/ additional information

Berliner Startup Stipendium an der BHT

  • Project executing organisation

    BHT Berliner Hochschule für Technik (ehem. Beuth)

  • Focus

    Open

  • Application period

    03/2022 for 07/2022

  • Website/ additional information

Berliner Startup Stipendium an der HTW Berlin

Better Together

  • Project executing organisation

    Impact Hub Berlin

  • Focus

    Circular economy

  • Application period

    from 10/2021

  • Website/ additional information

Bosch Startup Harbour

  • Project executing organisation

    Robert Bosch GmbH

  • Focus

    Internet of things and adjacent areas: sensors, AI, blockchain, robotics

  • Application period

    01/06 – 15/08/2022

  • Website/ additional information

Creative Prototyping x Sustainability - das Berliner Startup Stipendium an der UdK

DesignFarmBerlin - Design in Tech Accelerator

  • Project executing organisation

    KHS Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

  • Focus

    Design in tech: software/app, textiles, music, fashion, material development, mobility, urban lifestyle

  • Application period

    16/12/2021 – 16/01/2022 for 03/2022

  • Website/ additional information

Future City Incubator

  • Project executing organisation

    berlinplusone

  • Focus

    Urban innovation and smart cities, with focus on sustainability, infrastructure, green tech, energy, retail, and urban life

  • Application period

    06/2022 for 09/2022

  • Website/ additional information

Gründungswerkstatt Adlershof III (GWA III)

  • Project executing organisation

    WISTA Management GmbH

  • Focus

    Smart city, sustainability, urban development, mobility

  • Application period

    07/01/2022 – 31/01/2022
    01/03/2022 – 31/03/2022

  • Website/ additional information

Reaktor.Berlin

  • Project executing organisation

    Rainmaking Loft UG

  • Focus

    Open, diversity

  • Application period

    monthly, every 2nd Wednesday of the month

  • Website/ additional information

Science & Startups - Sustainable City

SIBB Deep Tech Accelerator

  • Project executing organisation

    SIBB e.V. (Verband der Digitalwirtschaft BB)

  • Focus

    Female founders, Deep tech, sustainability, smart city

  • Application period

    01/06 – 02/09/2022

  • Website/ additional information

soulincubator II

  • Project executing organisation

    soulproducts GmbH

  • Focus

    Circular economy, sustainable materials, recycling, waste prevention

  • Application period

    01/2022 – 03/2022
    08/2022 – 10/2022

  • Website/ additional information

  • Project executing organisation

    MotionLab

  • Focus

  • Application period

  • Website/ additional information

  • Project executing organisation

    Startup Colors UG

  • Focus

  • Application period

  • Website/ additional information

  • Project executing organisation

    Victoria Hochschule

  • Focus

  • Application period

  • Website/ additional information

Program Funding of innovative startups in the areas of medical technology and health economy (Berlin Startup Scholarship - EU-REACT)

The support of startups is among the most successful instruments of forward-looking economic promotion strategies. As part of the Operational Program of the Land of Berlin for the European Social Fund (ESF) in the funding period 2014 – 2020/23, innovative startups are being supported in the framework of “founders’ workshops” and similar formats. Based on the Berlin Startup Scholarship this special program is part of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe Programm (REACT-EU) and a direct response of the European Union to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is a special support for future founders and startups in the areas of medical technology and health economy. Innovative, technical, and sustainable solutions are required and supported in the fields diagnosis, therapy, patient care, rehabilitation, health care, and quality of life in case of medical conditions.

Future Health Incubator

React Startup Stipendium

Science & Startups Health – Berliner Startup Stipendium (2SH BSS)

Silicon Allee Berlin Founders Fund for Health

  • Project executing organisation

    Silicon Allee UG

  • Focus

    Health Tech

  • Application period

    since 25/09/2021

  • Website/ additional information

Vision Health Pioneers Incubator

  • Project executing organisation

    Startup Colors UG

  • Focus

    Health economy

  • Application period

    15/01/2022
    15/04/2022

  • Website/ additional information