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).

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).


German Indian Start-up Exchange Program (GINSEP)

GINSEP is a non-monetary platform to strengthen and foster exchange between India and Germany in the start-up space and support Indian and German start-ups in their efforts to gain access to the respective other market.
It does so by offering networking opportunities, workshops, pitching formats, providing information and hands-on assistance in gaining access to both the ecosystems. The platform is initiated by the German Startups Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).


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).


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.



The EXIST programme of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)  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.


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.


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 its members that are  Innovation, Technology- und Start-up Centres in Deutschland.


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.


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.


Start-ups and Entrepreneurial Spirit in Germany: Facts and figures

An overview of programmes, facts and figures of programmes in Germany. These programmes are open to international participation.


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.


KfW Entrepreneurship Monitor 2021

In this report by KfW, an annual analysis (of 2020) 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.


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