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 seventeen projects are funded under the program: (list by order of approval, as of January 2020).
Berliner Startup Stipendium
Project provider: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
Silicon Allee Startup Scholarship
Project provider: Silicon Allee UG
SIBB Deep Tech Startup Stipendium
Project provider: SIBB e.V.
Imagine2030 Mobility Accelerator
Project provider: Sharkbite Innovation GmbH
University Startup Factory – the Next Chapter
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin
Charité Universitätsmedizin, E-Mail
CODE Pre-Seed Startup Grant
Project provider: CODE Education GmbH
Smart City Incubator
Project provider: berlinplusone GmbH
Vision Health Pioneers
Project provider: Startup Colors UG
Berliner Startup Stipendium der Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin ab 2020
Project provider: Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
Project provider: soulproducts GmbH
DesignFarmBerlin | Phase 3: Design in Tech Accelerator Weißensee
Project provider: Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
High-Tech SeedLab by AtomLeap
Project provider: AtomLeap GmbH
Bosch Startup Harbour
Project provider: Robert Bosch GmbH
Project provider: Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Project provider: Rainmaking Loft UG
Project provider: Impact Hub Berlin GmbH
Gründerwerkstatt Adlershof II
Project provider: WISTA Management GmbH
Das Berliner Startup Stipendium an der UdK – mit Creative Prototyping zum eigenen Unternehmen
Project provider: Universität der Künste Berlin