Science-based Start-ups in Germany: Platforms, Policy Papers, and Reports

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Being the largest economy in Europe and fourth-largest in the world, Germany is opening up new horizons for science-based start-ups.

Here is a list of some of the platforms, policy papers and reports on the German entrepreneurial ecosystem for science-based start-ups (not exhaustive).

Start-up Strategy of the German Federal Government

This comprehensive strategy provides an overview on the current start-up scenario in Germany, defines 10 areas of activities with more than 130 measures – amongst others the improvement of framework conditions, strengthening the financial support but also facilitating spin-off from research and science are adressed. One of the aims is to look at international cooperation, particularly with deveoping nations.


Report on the Implementation of the Start-up Strategy

The report provides an comprohensive overview on current measures and activities in Germany regarding the reinforcement of the start-up ecosystem.


Strengthening the Spirit of Entrepreneurship in Germany

This platform gives an overview of measures by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to strengthen the spirit of entrepreneurship in Germany and support people interested in starting up their own business.


Innovation Centres in Germany

Platform by the BVIZ- the Federal German Association of innovation, technology and business incubation centers as well as science and technology parks, which gives an overview of it’s members which are innovation, technology-and start-up centres in Deutschland.



Website of the EXIST programme German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). This programme aims to improve the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutes and also targets to increase the number and success of technology and knowledge based business start-ups. EXIST funds infrastructures for incubation centers and technology orientated start-ups.


High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)

It is an early stage seed investor, focused on high potential high-tech start-ups to support them to take their ideas through the prototyping phase up to the market launch.

It runs as a public private partnership by Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs and Energy, KfW Capital, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V. BASF, BAYER, B.Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Robert Bosch among others.


SPRIN-D: Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation

SPRIND stands for Leap Innovations in Germany. The agency is a flexible and fast state funding instrument with which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) support and accelerate the identification and development of innovative ideas. The agency funds breakthrough ideas with up to 15 million euros per year.


German Accelerator

German Accelerator empowers German start-ups to enter international markets and scale globally by providing mentoring from dedicated experts, access to a vast global network of business partners and investors, as well as free office space. It is run by German Entrepreneurship GmbH and is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


Inclusive Entrepreneurship Policies: Country Assessment Notes

This report by Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides an overview and assessment of policies and programmes that support people from under-represented and disadvantaged groups in business creation and self-employment in Germany and suggests policy actions to improve the support system and the quality of available support offers.


German Start-up Monitor

The report provides annualy an overview on the start-up landscape in Germany. The basis of the report is data collected from a survey of young German start-up, which are growth orientated. Report gives insights in markets, technology, recruitment and policy frameworks.


KfW Entrepreneurship Monitor 2021

In this report by KfW (a German state-owned investment and development bank) an annual analysis (2022) of the structure and start-up activity in Germany is presented. An overview of all the reports and analysis on Innovations and Start-ups in Germany can be found here.



The Gründungsradar compares the support of start-ups at German institutions of higher education (HEIs) in terms of quality and quantity. It is published by the Stifterverband – a networkof 3,500 companies, foundations and scientific organizations.Besides the report an interactive data portal is provided in German language.


Business Start-up Portal

Comprehensive information and step-by-step guide by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to starting your business in Germany.


Digital Hub Initiative

The Digital Hub Initiative, at twelve centres of excellence across Germany, connects medium-sized businesses and larger corporates with new innovation partners from the scientific and start-up communities. This is an initiative of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


Entrepreneurial Regions

Platform by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that gives an overview of all the initiatives and projects in Innovation in Germany.


Start-up AsiaBerlin (SUAB)

This platform is a project funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises. It aims to create a global start-up ecosystem, connecting start-ups to funding, talents, partners across Europe and Asia.


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