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European Structural & Investment Funds

2016/2017

Business Support Guide

The guide for businesses and start-ups

www.ibb.de

2016/2017

Business Support Guide

The guide for businesses and start-ups

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Foreword
Berlin’s economy continues to boom across all sectors. Industry and the construction sector, retail and tourism and not least a strong services sector are the
central drivers for business and growth in the city. More companies are being set
up in Berlin than in any other federal state. With 40,000 new companies a year
and a self-employment rate of 14%, Berlin is without doubt Germany’s top city
for start-ups. At the same time, Berlin is also a boom town for jobs. With more
than 40,000 new jobs and job growth of more than three percent, the increase in
the number of people in regular jobs was higher than in any other federal state.
Strong demand for jobs among companies also means that the number of jobs
in the capital city will continue to rise.

Cornelia Yzer
Senator for Economics,
Technology and Research
of the Federal Land of Berlin

Berlin is already in an excellent position with a view to the current and future
digitisation of the economy, which is increasingly spreading into all areas of
business and life. Modern and competitive companies can find here a dense network of excellent non-university research institutes and universities, as well as
a growing supply of international experts. Education, research, start-ups and established companies are being networked not just in the ten future sites.
With this kind of potential, Berlin is now able to take up its position among the
leading places for business in Germany and Europe. From the perspective of
economic policy, we are working continuously to improve the framework for entrepreneurial endeavours and to enable this for the future. Our 2016 campaign
for medium-sized businesses marks a decisive step in this direction: Thanks to
the newly introduced “Berlin Innovation” and the extended “SME Fund” along
with the addition of a “Digitisation 4.0 variant” to the “Transfer Bonus” programme, the implementation of digital solutions and business models can now
be supported quickly and with a minimum of red tape. The common task “improvement of the regional economic structure“ (GRW) programme was already
opened for digital business models in 2015, adapting one of the most important
support instruments for companies in Berlin to the needs of the digital transformation. Companies with new, software-based business models are now included in this programme.
The successful “VC Fund Creative Industries” and “VC Fund Technology” funds
have been relaunched with a total volume of EUR 100m. Together with private
investors and a total investment volume of up to EUR 265m, young and innovative start-ups in Berlin’s technology and creative sectors can obtain funding for
their growth and internationalisation.
This Business Support Guide is the first step to finding out which business development offers are right for you and your company. You can of course also contact
staff at my administration and at Investitionsbank Berlin to discuss matters in
person.

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Forewor ds

Foreword
In recent years, Berlin has become a veritable magnet for young and creative
people from all over the world who are starting out in business. In a study by
US data service provider Compass, in 2015 the city joined the ranks of the world’s
top ten locations for start-up companies. And the picture is even better when
it comes to the “growth potential” category where Berlin came first leaving
every other country behind. What’s more, by 2020, start-ups could create around
40,000 new jobs for the city.
But if this economic momentum is to continue and also develop further, companies will have to invest even more. The right information about investment
support is also very important in this context. That’s precisely what this new
2016/2017 Business Support Guide does.
For years now, we have compiled the Guide in co-operation with the Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research, the commercial banks active
in Berlin as well as other organisations who bear responsibility for Berlin as a
business location. This Guide has now become an invaluable tool when it comes
to finding out about business development and promotion.
However, this excellent compendium can always only be seen as a first source
of information. It cannot replace real-life contact with the people you will meet
at Investitionsbank Berlin. Irrespective of whether you are looking for financing
for a start-up or a company, or special coaching, IBB is the place to come. We can
offer you products tailored to your project, including loans and grants, as well as
venture capital that is becoming increasingly important for financing technology companies. Through its VC Fund Technology Berlin and the VC Fund Creative
Industries Berlin, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft is investing in young Berlin-based
technology and creative companies that have the potential for growth.
In the interest of the many entrepreneurs, we are also continuously expanding
our co-operation with commercial and business development banks. A recent example of this is our “Berlin Innovation” programme where IBB additionally acts
as a risk partner to customer banks to promote financing for innovative companies with limited collateral. The Federal Land of Berlin also provides IBB with
additional funds for the “SME Fund” in order to sufficiently support the considerable demand for funds to finance start-ups and growth.
As usual, you will find the so-called “Förderfinder” on our website which provides
detailed information about our services and product range. Just like the Business Support Guide, this tool provides orientation but cannot replace a personal
meeting. We therefore encourage you to come to IBB and allow our consultants
to support you in your endeavour.

Dr. Jürgen Allerkamp
Chairman of the Board
of Management of
Investitionsbank Berlin

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Table of contents
Introduction
Forewords	
	 Foreword by Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology and Research of the Federal Land of Berlin	

4

	 Foreword by Dr. Jürgen Allerkamp, Chairman of the Board of Management of Investitionsbank Berlin		

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Table of contents		

6

Hints and tips - Initial points of contact
	 Hints and tips on how to use this Business Support Guide		

10

	 Initial points of contact		

11

Business support programme overview tables
	 Business start-ups		

12

	 Investment and working capital		

13

	 Technology, research and development	

	

14

	 Subsidies within the scope of labour-market policy	

	

15

	 Consultancy and in-house training	

	

16

The Business support programmes
Business support programmes: Business start-ups
	 BBB-Start! Coachingprogramm für Existenzgründer /	
	 BBB-Start! Coaching programme for founders

	

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	 Berlin Start 	

19

	 Businessplan-Wettbewerb Berlin-Brandenburg (BWP) /	
	 Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition (BPW)

	

20

	 ERP-Gründerkredit – StartGeld / ERP start-up loan - StartMoney	

	

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	 ERP-Gründerkredit – Universell / ERP start-up loan - Universal	

	

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	 ERP-Kapital für Gründung / ERP capital for start-ups	

	

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	 Gründungszuschuss / Founder allowance	

	

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	 Meistergründungsprämie / 	
	 Start-up bonus for master craftsmen and women

This programme is co-financed by the EU.
This programme is particularly suitable for people starting up in business and for young companies.

	

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Table of Conte nts

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Business support programmes: Investment and working capital
	

	 Agrar-Bürgschaft / Agricultural guarantee	

28

	 BBB-Express!		

29

	 Berlin Kapital / Berlin capital	

	

30

	 Berlin Kredit / Berlin loan	

	

31

	 Beteiligungen der MBG / Investment by MBG	

	

32

	 Bürgschaft ohne Bank (BoB) / Guarantee without a bank (BoB)	

	

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	 Bürgschaften für Investitions- und Betriebsmittelkredite /	
	 Guarantees for investment and working-capital loans

	

34
	

	 Bürgschaften für Leasingfinanzierungen /	
	 Guarantees for leasing finance projects

35

	 ERP-Beteiligungsprogramm / ERP investment programme	

	

36

	 ERP-Regionalförderprogramm / ERP regional development programme	

	

37

	 Filmproduktion: Filmförderung und Standortmarketing /		
	 Film production: Film financing and location marketing

38	

	 Filmproduktion: Zwischenfinanzierung /		
	 Film production: Bridge financing

39

	 Garantien für Arbeitnehmerbeteiligungen /		
	 Guarantees for employee investment

40
	

	 GRW Gemeinschaftsaufgabe / GRW common task	

41

	 Handwerker-Sofortkredit / Immediate loan for crafts		

42

	 IBB-Wachstumsprogramm / IBB growth programme		

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	 INVEST – Zuschuss für Wagniskapital / INVEST - Venture capital grant	

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	 KapitalPLUS		

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	 KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – Energieeffizient Bauen und Sanieren /		
	 KfW energy efficiency programme - energy-efficient building and refurbishment

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	 KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – Produktionsanlagen/-prozesse /		
	 KfW energy efficiency programme - production systems/processes

47

	 KfW-Programm Erneuerbare Energien /		
	 KfW “renewable energies” programme

48
	

	 KfW-Umweltprogramm / KfW environmental programme	

49

	 KfW-Unternehmerkredit / KfW corporate loan		

50
	

	 KMU-Fonds / SME fund 	

	

	 KMU-Fonds – Mikrokredite bis 25 TEUR /	
	 SME fund - micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000
	 Liquiditätshilfen BERLIN / BERLIN liquidity assistance		
	

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	 Sofortkredit für Kaufleute/ Immediate loan for trading businesses		
	 VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin / VC Fund Creative Industries Berlin	

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	 Mikromezzaninfonds Deutschland / Micro-mezzanine funds Germany	
	 Programm für Internationalisierung (PfI) / Internationalisation programme	

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Business support programmes: Technology, research and development
	

	 Berlin Innovativ / Berlin Innovation	
	 Design Transfer Bonus	

	

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	 ERP-Innovationsprogramm / ERP innovation programme		
	 ERP-Startfonds / ERP start fund	

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64

	

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	 EXIST-Forschungstransfer / EXIST research transfer	

	

	 EXIST-Gründerstipendium/ EXIST founder grant	

	

	 Förderinitiative KMU-innovativ des BMBF / SME innovative support		
	 initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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	 High-Tech Gründerfonds / High-tech founder fund	

	

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	 Horizont 2020 / Horizon 2020	

	

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	 INNO-KOM-Ost/Innovationskompetenz Ost / Innovation Competence East		

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	 Pro FIT-Frühphasenfinanzierung / Pro FIT early phase financing	

	

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	 Pro FIT-Projektfinanzierung / Pro FIT project financing	

	

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	 Programm Innovationsassistent/-in / Innovation assistant programme		

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	 Service für Technologietransfer und Cross-Innovation /	
	 Service for technology transfer and cross innovation
	

	 Transfer BONUS	

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	 VC Fonds Technologie Berlin / VC Fund Technology Berlin	
	

	 WIPANO – Förderung von Patentierung und Verwertung /	
	 WIPANO - Patenting and exploitation promotion

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80
81

	 Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) /		
	 Central innovation programme for medium-sized enterprises

82

Business support programmes: Subsidies within the scope of labour-market policy
	 AFBG/Meister-BAföG / Career development act/master craftsmen grant		

84

	 Arbeits- und Ausbildungsplätze für Schwerbehinderte / 		
	 Jobs and training places for the severely handicapped

86

	 Ausbildungszuschuss / Training allowance		

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	 Berliner Jobcoaching bei Unternehmen / 	
	 Berlin Job Coaching at companies

88

	 Eingliederungszuschuss nach §§ 88 ff. SGB III /		
	 Integration allowance pursuant to Sections 88 and following of
	 the German Social Security Code, Volume Three (SGB III)

89

	 Einstiegsqualifizierung nach § 54 a SGB III /		
	 Entrance qualification pursuant to section 54 a of Volume III of the
	 German Social Security Code (§ 54 a SGB III)

90

	 Landeszuschuss des Landes Berlin für KMU /		
	 Allowance by the Federal Land of Berlin for SMEs

91

	 Lehrgangskosten der beruflichen Weiterbildung /	
	 Training costs for vocational training programmes

	

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WeGebAU nach §§ 81 ff. und § 131 a SGB III /	
WeGebAU - Further qualification of people with limited skills
and older employees at companies pursuant to Sections 81
and following as well as Sections 131 a and following of the
German Social Security Code III (SGB III)

This programme is co-financed by the EU.
This programme is particularly suitable for people starting up in business and for young companies.

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Business support programmes: Consultancy and in-house training
	

	 Beratungsförderung / Consultancy allowance	
	 BMWi-Innovationsgutscheine (go-Inno) /		
	 BMWi innovation vouchers (go-Inno)

96
98

	

	 Coaching BONUS	

99

	 Energieberatung Mittelstand /		
	 Energy consulting services for medium-sized enterprises

100

	 Potenzialberatung / Potential development advice		

101

	 Qualifizierungsberatung in Unternehmen /		
	 Enterprise qualification guidance service

104

	 Beratungsangebote der Bezirksämter /	
	 Consultancy services by the district authorities

	

103

	 Beratungsangebote der IBB sowie ihrer Einrichtungen und Initiativen /	
	 Consultancy offers by IBB along with its facilities and initiatives

	

106

	 Erste Anlaufstellen für Unternehmen und Existenzgründungen /	
	 First points of contact for companies and start-ups

	

108

	 Erste Anlaufstellen für technologieorientierte Unternehmen /	
	 First points of contact for technology-orientated companies

	

110

	 Weitere Beratungsangebote für technologieorientierte Unternehmen /	
	 Other consultancy services for technology-orientated businesses

	

111

	 Beratungsangebote für Unternehmerinnen und Gründerinnen /	
	 Consultancy services for female entrepreneurs and founders

	

113

	 Gründer- und Innovationszentren / Founder and innovation centres	

	

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	 Gründerinnenzentren / Centres for women starting up in business	

	

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	 GSG Berlin 	

	

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Business support programmes: Commercial property and space, founder and innovation centres

	 Landeseigene Gewerbegrundstücke – Verkauf oder Erbbaurecht /		
	 State-owned commercial properties - sale or heritable building rights

122

Appendix / Addresses
Support under the European Structural and Investment Funds in Berlin		

124

Glossary		

126

Addresses		

129

Alphabetic list of business support programmes 		

136

Imprint 		

138

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Hints and tips on how to use this Business Support Guide
The Business Support Guide is primarily designed to point the
way for you. It gives you comprehensive information about the
business subsidy programmes in the Federal Land of Berlin
and the programmes on offer nationwide which can also be
used in Berlin.

First orientation and a quick overview

On page 11, you will find first points of contact for:
	General consultancy services in matters related to business
start-up, growth, consolidation, innovation and rehabilitation
	Special consultancy services for founders
	Special consultancy services for guarantees
	Special consultancy services for companies
	Special consultancy services for technology-orientated
	 companies
	Special consultancy services for female founders and
	 entrepreneurs
Whilst this introduction contains addresses for quick and simple
initial contacts, the chapter on “Consultancy and in-house training” provides detailed information about the institutions listed in
this document as well as further advisory services. The range of
support and assistance programmes on offer is broken down into
chapters which reflect the different contents. The overview pages
12 to 16 present the most important criteria of all the offerings and
provide an overview as to whether these can apply to your company and your project.
The editorial team of the Business Support Guide is determined to
present the information in an easy-to-understand form. The Business Support Guide hence presents a concise overview of the services related to the respective offerings. Whether the programme
is suitable for you and your products, which combinations and
alternatives are available to you, and whether you are eligible for
special variants should be clarified in personal talks. This is a vital
aspect! The Business Support Guide shows you the relevant points
of contact for every programme. Staff there will be delighted to assist you. The appendix provides you with more information and
explanations:
	Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to
pages 126 and following),
	the comprehensive list of addresses contains many contact
points (refer to pages 129 and following) for your issues, and
	the register contains an alphabetic list of key words and programme titles (refer to pages 136 and following).
Despite careful annual revisions of the Business Support Guide,
the editors cannot rule out changes in support guidelines and
programmes during the period of this Business Support Guide.
Please note that this Business Support Guide does not claim to be
exhaustive nor is the information published here legally binding.
Please visit the relevant websites where you will find the guidelines in their latest applicable versions, you can download applications and find additional information.

Please note the following: Your application must be received
prior to commencing your project.
Early planning and acceptance of consultancy offers improve
your application‘s prospects for success. In most cases, your
application must be submitted prior to commencing your project. Retroactive subsidising is not possible. Furthermore, subsidy funds for the individual programmes are limited and may
be exhausted before the programme year is out.

EU subsidy programmes in Berlin

Numerous business promotion and support programmes in the
Federal Land of Berlin are co-financed by the European Union under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). In order
to help you find your way, these programmes are marked with the
letters in the table of contents and in the overview tables. This
is also indicated on the programme pages by the EU flag alone
or additionally by the logo of the European structure fund (ESF or
ERDF, respectively, refer to page 124). If you have any questions specifically related to programmes which are directly managed by the
EU Commission, please contact the Enterprise Europe Network at
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH (address on
page 134). This is also where you can obtain information concerning EU support for innovative projects and technology transfer.

Business support and promotion programmes of the
federal government

The 2016/2017 Business Support Guide provides an overview of
business support and promotion programmes as well as financial
assistance measures which can be relevant for enterprises from
all industries located in Berlin. Furthermore, the Federal Ministry
for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry
of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the European Union
offer a host of business financing and promotion programmes
specifically for developments, for example, in the export sector or
technology-orientated industries. It is not possible to include all
these programmes in this Business Support Guide. For an overview as well as detailed information concerning financial assistance by the federal government, federal-state governments and
the European Union, please refer to the Internet offering of the
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy:
www.foerderdatenbank.de.

For your copy in German, please contact:

Free copies of the Business Support Guide in
German are available from:
Investitionsbank Berlin
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-2900, fax: -2901
E-mail: 	
foerderfibel@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
A PDF version of the 2016/2017 Business Support Guide is also
available on the Internet at: www.ibb.de/foerderfibel.

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Hi nts & Ti ps / In itial Poi nts of Contact

Initial points of contact
General advisory and consultancy services

The following institutions will be pleased to assist and accompany you in your project in the federal land of Berlin - be it a
business start-up, growth, consolidation, innovation or rehabilitation project. Detailed information about the services offered by the institutions below as well as further institutions
can be found on pages 103 and following.

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-0, fax: -55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

Support for business and technology

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747, fax: -4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH offers
business and technology support for companies, investors and
scientific institutions in Berlin. With tailored services and an
excellent network with the world of science, the many experts
working here have created an optimum offering that allows
them to successfully accompany innovation, relocation, expansion and site-securing projects. More detailed information
can be found on pages 103 and following and 110.

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Martin-Luther-Straße 105, 10825 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-0
E-mail: 	
post@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/wirtschaft

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus - Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 00
E-mail: 	
info@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de
		
www.businesslocationcenter.de

Industrie- und Handelskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
Service Center

Ludwig Erhard Haus - Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 15 10-0, fax: -1 66
E-mail: 	
service@berlin-ihk.de
Internet: 	 www.ihk-berlin.de

The following IBB institution can also provide support for technology-orientated companies and start-up projects. Detailed
information can be found on page 107.

Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-01, fax: -2 35
E-mail: 	
info@hwk-berlin.de
Internet:	 www.hwk-berlin.de
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de

Business start-ups

The Business Support Guide contains extensive information
for your start-up project. The Internet portal of the Berlin
Founder Network is another helpful source of information.
Internet: www.gruenden-in-berlin.de.

Guarantees

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH provides guarantees for profitable and future-promising projects
as long as the companies/freelancers in question can provide
sufficient collateral themselves to secure financing. Detailed
information can be found on page 108.

IBB Business Team GmbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-2351, fax: -4680
E-mail: 	
info@ibb-business-team.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb-business-team.de

Female founders and entrepreneurs

Berlin‘s Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women
will be pleased to assist in all matters related to support and
consultancy offers specifically for women. More detailed information and other contact details can be found on page 113.
Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen
(Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women)
- Dept. For Women and Gender Mainstreaming Oranienstraße 106, 10969 Berlin
Dr. Andrea Schirmacher
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 28-21 30, fax: -20 66
E-mail: 	
andrea.schirmacher@senaif.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/frauen/arbeit/
		
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Overview Tables
The tables below provide an overview of the support, financing
and consultancy offers which are presented in the following
chapters of this Business Support Guide:

Are you searching for support programmes for your existing
company? The red dots in the sixth column mark those offerings which are relevant for you. Programmes available solely to
so-called small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) according to the EU’s definition (refer to page 127) are marked in the
seventh column. Offers with a red dot in the fourth column are
not subject to any restrictions.

	Business start-ups
	Investment and equipment
	Technology, research and development
	Labour market policy measures
	Consultancy and in-house training

The tables present the key features of the programmes. The
page number in the first column (from the left) guides you to
detailed information about the respective programme page.
Please always check the detailed information on the programme pages first in order to find out whether an offer is
suitable for your company’s specific situation.

First find the right target group for you. Are you about to
start up in business? Offers which are relevant for you are
in the table of contents and on the
marked with the letter
programme pages. This letter is also used in the overview tables in the fifth column (from the left). These programmes are
compiled in the “Business start-ups” table for a first overview.
Please also note that certain programmes are exclusively available to applicants prior to starting up in business whilst other
programmes are also available to small, young companies during the first two to three years of establishment. Since certain
programmes are also available for both existing companies
and start-ups, you will find the letter also in other tables.

There is no overview table for the chapter titled “Support programmes: commercial property and space, founder and innovation centres”. You can find the programmes on pages 116 to
122. Page 120 lists centres for women starting up in business.
In the same manner as for the support programmes, contact
details and Internet addresses are shown where you can find
more in-depth information.

Business start-ups
Combination possible

Misc.

BBB-Start! Coachingprogramm 			
		 							 	 Free for guarantee customers of BBB BÜRGSCHAFTS-	
für Existenzgründer	
	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 BANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH within the first
														 twelve months after starting up in business
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Berlin Start	

		

	

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20	 Businessplan-Wettbewerb			
										
	
Berlin-Brandenburg													

23	
	

ERP-Kapital für Gründung					
													
Gründungszuschuss 			

	

	

	 	

EUR 5,000 to EUR 250,000	

	 

Free participation, prizes for selected 	
business plans

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	 	 	 		 EUR 100,000 max.		 
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				 EUR 25m max. per project	
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											 								30% max. (Old Federal Laender)	
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ERP-Gründerkredit - Startgeld			
ERP-Gründerkredit - Universell			

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22	

	

De-minimis

How much
Guarantee

Investment

Loans

What
Grant

Wage costs

Operating equipment

SMEs only

For what
Investment

Founders

Who
Existing Companies

EU	
All, without restriction

Programme

Financed / co-financed

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40% (New Federal Laender and Berlin)

Equal at least to the unemployment pay	
I received last

EUR 7,000	
25	 Meistergründungsprämie	
			 							 	 		 						Basic subsidy:
																								 Job creation bonus: EUR 5,000

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Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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Busi n ess Su pport Programme Ove rvi ew Tables

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Investment and working capital
Combination possible

28	 Agrar-Bürgschaft	
		
	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	
														

Up to EUR 500,000 for start ups and	
EUR 1m for existing companies

30	 Berlin Kapital	

Up to EUR 5m max. 	

29	

31	

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33	

	

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Berlin Kredit	
			 	 	
Beteiligungen der MBG			
	 	 	
Bürgschaft ohne Bank (BoB)			
	 	 	
	
	 	 	 	 	
Bürgschaften für Investitions- 		 	
			
BBB-Express!				
			

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und Betriebsmittelkredite													

EUR 100,000 max. guarantee, 70% max.	

Up to EUR 10m	

Typically up to EUR 1.25m	

Max. guarantee of 80% also possible	
without applicant‘s bank
80% max.		

35	 Bürgschaften für	
		
	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 Up to EUR 250,000 per project: max. guarantee	
	
Leasingfinanzierungen													 of EUR 150,000; up to EUR 1m for several projects;
														 max. guarantees of EUR 300,000
36	

37	

38	
	

39	
	

ERP-Beteiligungsprogramm			

ERP-Regionalförderprogramm		

Filmproduktion: Filmförderung		
und Standortmarketing

	

	

	

		

	 	 	 	 	 				
	 	 			 				
			 	 	 	 			

		

		 	 					 	

	

41	 GRW Gemeinschaftsaufgabe			
	 		 				 			
														
														
														
42	

43	

44	

45	

	 	
		
INVEST - Zuschuss für Wagniskapital			
	 	 	
KapitalPLUS				 	 	
KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – 		 	 	
		
Handwerker-Sofortkredit				

IBB-Wachstumsprogramm				

46	
	
Energieeffizient Bauen und Sanieren
47	
	

KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – 		
Produktionsanlagen/-prozesse

	

	

		

KMU-Fonds	

	

		

	

	

	

	 	 	 	 	 				
	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	

54	

Mikromezzaninfonds Deutschland	

		

	

	 	 	 	 	 				
	 		 	 	 				
	 	 	  	 	 	 	 	 	

56	

• Gemeinschaftsprojekte PfI-GEM	

	

	 		
			
			
	 	 	
	 	 	

58	

Sofortkredit für Kaufleute				

59	

VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin	

			
		

Maximum guarantee sum of EUR 1m	

	 


EUR 100,000 max., max. guarantee of 80% 	

	 
	

C subsidy regions: 30% small, 20% medium-sized, 	
10% other enterprises; D subsidy regions: 20%
small, 10% medium-sized, 7.5% other enterprises
(EUR 200,000 max. in 3 years)

	 

	    

• Netzwerkbildung PfI-NETZ	

	

“Standard” programme part: EUR 50m; 	
“Premium” programme part: EUR 10m max.

		

57	

	
	
	

	 

KMU-Fonds - Mikrokredite b. 25 TEUR	

			



EUR 25m max. per project	

52	

			

	 

 			  				

														

Programm f. Internationalisierung (PfI)
• KMU-Projekte - PfI-KMU	





	 
	 

	

Liquiditätshilfen BERLIN				



EUR 1.25m max. 	

	

55	
55	

Project-dependent	

	
	
	
	
	

EUR 25m max.	

49	 KfW-Umweltprogramm 		 	
	 		  			   	 			
50	 KfW-Unternehmerkredit 				 		 	 		 				
														

53	

EUR 3m max. per project	



	 			 	 	 	
	 		 				
	 	 	 	 	 	 	
	 	 		 	 	 	
 			  				

48	 KfW-Programm		 			
	 			 		
		
	
Erneuerbare Energien													

51	

EUR 1.25m max., in exceptional cases up to EUR 2.5m	

Filmproduktion:		
		 			 	 	 			 	 Project-dependent, minimum sum typically 	
Zwischenfinanzierung													 EUR 100,000 (guaranteed credits and loans)

40	 Garantien f. Arbeitnehmerbeteilig.	

Misc.
De-minimis

How much
Guarantee

Investment

Loans

What
Grant

Wage costs

Operating equipment

SMEs only

For what
Investment

Founders

Who
Existing Companies

EU	
All, without restriction

Programme

Financed / co-financed

Page

	 		 			
	 		 			
	 		 			
			 	 	 	
 	 			 		

At least EUR 500,000, typically up to EUR 15m	

EUR 250,000 max. per calendar year		

EUR 10m max.	

EUR 25m max. per project;	
working capital: EUR 5m max. per project

Up to EUR 10m; max. amount without 	
applicant‘s bank: EUR 250,000; in exceptional
cases also for non-SME

	 

 	

Up to EUR 25,000	

 	

EUR 10,000 to 50,000	

	 

Typically up to EUR 1m max.		

Up to 50%		
Up to 100% 		



Up to 80%		
EUR 100,000 max., max. guarantee of 80% 	

First-time investment of up to EUR 1m max.

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Technology, research and development

	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	

		

	

	

63	 Design Transfer Bonus				 	 	 	 		 	 	 		
														
64	 ERP-Innovationsprogramm				
65	

ERP-Startfonds			

	

	 	 	 	 	 	 			
	 	 	 	 			 		
	 	  	 	  		 			

66	 EXIST-Forschungstransfer 	

		

	

EXIST-Gründerstipendium	

		

		

67	

68	 Förderinitiative KMU-innovativ				
	
des BMBF

	

	

	 	

	

Up to EUR 2m	
Grant of EUR 15,000 max. per project in the	
standard variant
EUR 5m max. in the R&D phase 	



EUR 5m max.		

Project-dependent	

		 			

Project-dependent

69	 High-Tech Gründerfonds			
		 	 	 	 	 		 		
														
														

Combination of open shareholding and junior	
loan of up to initially EUR 500,000 and a total
of EUR 2m

70	 Horizont 2020	
			 						 			
														
														

Project-dependent: 70-100% of refundable
costs as well as a flat sum of 25% of direct costs
for indirect costs (overheads)

72	 INNO-KOM-Ost				 	 	 	 	 		 			
														
														
														
														

Non-profit external industry research facilities
receive EUR 375,000 max. for market-orientated
projects, EUR 500,000 max. for preparatory
research projects, and EUR 500,000 max. as an
investment allowance



	

	

	

														
														
														

Up to 100% of the costs eligible for financing;	
grant and interest free loan for early phase 1
(each 50%, EUR 200,000 max.); low-interest
loan for early phase 2; total support for both
phases: EUR 500,000 max.

75	 Pro FIT-Projektfinanzierung	
	 				 	 	 	 	 			
														
														

Financing of EUR 400,000 max. per project or	
in the case of group projects, for each partner;
loans of up to EUR 1m max.	

	 

77	 Programm Innovationsassistent/-in					 			 		 			
														
														

Personnel-cost grant of up to EUR 20,000 for 		
12 months; up to 2 jobs can be subsidised at the
same time.	
	

73	

	

78	
	

Pro FIT-Frühphasenfinanzierung			

	

Service für Technologietransfer	
und Cross-Innovation

	

	

		

	

	 	 	 	 	 			
	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	

	 
	 

Depending on support phase and project		

	  		 			
	

Misc.
De-minimis

How much

Combination possible

Loans

Grant

Wage costs

Operating equipment

SMEs only

Investment

Founders

What
Guarantee

Berlin Innovation	

For what

Investment

62	

Who
Existing Companies

EU	
All, without restriction

Programme

Financed / co-financed

Page

		

		

		

	

		

	

		

79	 Transfer BONUS			
	 	 		
	 		 	 		
														
80	 VC Fonds Technologie Berlin 	
82	
	

		

	

	 	 	 	 			 		

WIPANO - Förderung von	
	 	 					 			
		
Patentierung und Verwertung													

82	 Zentrales Innovationsprogramm	
			 	 			 		 			
	
Mittelstand (ZIM)													
														
														
														
														



Complimentary service
First-time variant: EUR 3,000 max.,	
	
standard variant: EUR 15,000 max.		



First-time investment of up to EUR 1m max.
50% grant (EUR 16,575,000 max.) for focus		
on companies - patents
Depending on the applicant and project:
up to 55% of the eligible costs for R&D projects;
up to 100% of the eligible costs for collaborating
research institutes; in the case of network
management beginning with 90% in the first
year to 30% in the fourth year

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Subsidies within the scope of labour-market policy

84	 AFBG/Meister-BAföG									 	 			
														
														
														
														
86	
	

Arbeits- und Ausbildungs-		 				 			 	 			
plätze für Schwerbehinderte 													

Combination possible

Costs of measures totalling up to a maximum
of EUR 10,226 (of which 30.5% as a grant),
maintenance (non-repayable grant and loan)
depending on income and property, different
loan release options
EUR 15,000 max. as a grant,
EUR 10,000 max. as a loan		

87	 Ausbildungszuschuss		 						 		 			
														
														
														
														
														

Integrated training: EUR 7,500 max., disadvantaged young people: EUR 10,000 max.; women:
EUR 7,500 max.; trainees from brankrupt/shutdown companies: EUR 5,000 max.; single parents:
EUR 7,500 max.; support for training in marginal
occupations: EUR 12 per vocational school day

88	

Berliner Jobcoaching bei	
		
	 									
Unternehmen	
	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	 	
														
														

Depending on the individual case: qualification	
costs of up to EUR 1,440 for the newly unemployed
worker; in the case of companies with a maximum
workforce of 50 employees: 50% of costs

89	 Eingliederungszuschuss		 						 		 			
	
nach §§ 88 ff. SGB III													
														

Depending on the individual case: 50% max.
for a maximum of 12 months; higher support
possible in the case of handicapped people

	

				 		 			

90	
	

Einstiegsqualifizierung				 


nach § 54 a SGB III													

Up to EUR 216 per month, plus EUR 107 per month
as flat social contribution payment

	

91	

Landeszuschuss des					 			 		 			
Landes Berlin für KMU													

EUR 12,000 per person; based on the gross	
employee wage and the term of the work contract

92	
	

Lehrgangskosten der 	
beruflichen Weiterbildung

			

						 			

93	 WeGebAU nach §§ 81 ff. und		 			
			 		 			
	
§ 131 a SGB III													
														

Misc.
De-minimis

How much
Guarantee

Investment

Loans

What
Grant

Wage costs

Operating equipment

SMEs only

For what
Investment

Founders

Who
Existing Companies

EU	
All, without restriction

Programme

Financed / co-financed

Page

Up to 100% of personnel and material costs
Grant to further training costs and pro rata
in relation to the wage (in the case of low-skilled
workers)

	 

	 

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Consultancy and in-house training

96	 Beratungsförderung	

		

	

	 					 			

Combination possible

Misc.

	

De-minimis

How much
Guarantee

Investment

Loans

What
Grant

Wage costs

Operating equipment

SMEs only

For what
Investment

Founders

Who
Existing Companies

EU	
All, without restriction

Programme

Financed / co-financed

Page



															

Eligible costs for young companies: EUR 4,000, 	
for existing companies and companies in
difficulty: EUR 3,000, of which a grant of 50,
60 or 80% depending on location (companies
in difficulty depending on location: 90%)

98	 BMWi-Innovationsgutscheine				 	 					 			
	
(go-Inno)													

Up to 50% of the consultancy services	

99	 Coaching BONUS			
	 	 			
	 	 			
															
															
															
															

Eligible daily rate for a coach: EUR 1,000 max.;		
grant of 70% or 50% for companies which have
been existing for more than five years; grant of
100% for the first two days in the case of firsttime use of the service



100	 Energieberatung Mittelstand 					 					 			
															
															
															
															

Companies with energy costs of more than 		
EUR 10,000: 80%, grant of EUR 8,000 max.;
companies with energy costs of up to EUR
10,000: 80%, max. grant of EUR 1,200: 80%,
max. 1,200 EUR Zuschuss



101	 Potenzialberatung				
	 					 			
															

EUR 16,000 (basic consultancy: EUR 6,000, 		
advanced consultancy: EUR 8,000)		



102	 Qualifizierungsberatung					 								
	
in Unternehmen													

Free on-site consultancy and support at
companies, independent of specific providers

															
															
															

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The Business Support Programmes

Business start-ups
Pages 17 to 26
Investment and working capital
Pages 27 to 60
Technology, research and development
Pages 61 to 82
Subsidies within the scope
of labour-market policy
Pages 83 to 94
Consultancy and in-house training
Pages 95 to 114
Commercial property and space,
founder and innovation centres
Pages 115 to 122

Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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18

BBB-Start! Coachingprogramm für Existenzgründer /
BBB-Start! Coaching programme for founders
Aim

Early detection of risks and problems in order to offer quick
and competent assistance

Who

BBB-Start! is available free of charge to all customers of BBB
BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH during the
first twelve months after guarantee issuance.

What

During the first year in business, practice-orientated checks
are offered to founders in addition to the guarantee. Complete
self-assessment is carried out at defined points in time.
• After six months: quick check

• After twelve months: company check

If the checks show signs of first problems or a deviation from
the plan, the founders can check and, when necessary, optimise their measures in co-operation with the Chamber of
Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

How

Applications in conjunction with guarantees should be submitted to BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg
GmbH.

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Dirk Borgmann
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-15
Fax:	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55

E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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Berlin Start
Aim

Founders and young companies in need of up to EUR 250,000
are supported when setting up their business activities.

Who

	Founders in the commercial sector (production industry,
crafts, trade and other services) as well as freelance professionals who have the required technical and commercial
qualifications for the entrepreneurial activity;
	commercial businesses as well as free-lance professionals
who have been in business for no more than five years prior
to submitting the application. Applicants must be small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as defined by the EU Commission. The place of investment must be in Berlin.

What

	Low-interest loans are granted in conjunction with an up to
80% guarantee by BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (BBB) when:
•	a new company is established,
•	an existing company is taken over,
•	projects are carried out up to five years after establishment
(consolidation) via the applicant‘s bank.
	Financing is available for the following:
•	investment costs,
•	costs of initial inventories,
•	acquisition price unless the transaction is made between
first-degree relatives,
•	operating equipment.
	The maximum financing share totals 100%.
	The minimum loan sum totals EUR 5,000, the maximum
sum EUR 250,000.
	The term totals between six and ten years with up to two
redemption-free initial years, fixed interest over the entire
term. After expiration of the redemption-free years, redemption takes place in equal instalments payable four times a
year.
	100% payout.

	Nominal and effective interest rates are fixed by IBB and
shown in IBB‘s terms and conditions which are available at
www.ibb.de/berlinstart.
	At the time of application, a handling fee (currently 1.5%) is
charged for the loan sum, at least EUR 250. The guarantee
commission current totals 0.75% p.a. of the loan sum. The
guarantee fees must be paid to BBB.
	The standby commission totals 0.25% per month for the loan
sum approved but not yet paid out, commencing two banking days and one month following the date of approval.
	In addition to the BBB guarantee, customary collateral is expected in as far as possible.
	Non-scheduled redemption is possible.

How

Applications - including applications for a BBB guarantee must be submitted via the applicant‘s bank. The documents
can be downloaded from the IBB website at: www.ibb.de/
berlinstart.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Applications must be submitted via your bank.
Consultancy services are also available from
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de

European Regional Development Fund

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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20

Businessplan-Wettbewerb Berlin-Brandenburg (BPW) /
Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition (BPW)
Aim

The Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition (BPW) is
designed to initiate business start-ups in Berlin and Brandenburg. The practically oriented support programme is free
of charge and is designed to help participants develop their
business ideas to form a tenable business concept and at the
same time to set up networks. Prizes will be awarded to the
best business plans.

Who

The BPW competition is open to all industries and is designed
for anybody with a good idea and planning to implement this
in Berlin or Brandenburg. For detailed participation information and requirements concerning contributions by participants, please refer to the BPW manual or the Internet.

What

	Knowledge: In seminars, webinars and forums, lecturers
teach about topics related to going into business and provide expert support on different areas.
	Consultancy: Answers to specific questions are provided by
the BPW expert network. As part of this free service, founders
can receive assistance from experts.
	Network: The many events enable participants to meet with
like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere, exchanged
ideas in the BPW in order, for instance, to establish contact
with prospective investors and even customers.
	Competition: The expert network comprising banks, chambers, consultancies, etc. performs a confidential check of
the business concepts. During each level/cycle, participants
receive feedback on their concepts from two independent
adjudicators. Prize money amounting to EUR 50,000 will be
awarded to 19 concepts within the scope of the competition.

Participation in the business plan competition, including all
the services offered, is free. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever.

How

	Within the competition, participants can decide whether to
draw up their business concept using a business plan (BPW
Plan) or using the business model canvas method (BPW Canvas). The founders select the start-up tool they want to use
for their business idea.
	BPW Plan - three steps to a business plan		
BPW Plan involves drawing up a business plan in three steps
each of which has its own specific focus. During each step,
participants can clarify questions regarding their start-up
project in a personal meeting, make contacts, attend seminars and make use of the feedback from our jury members.
	B PW Canvas - one cycle to a business model canvas	
BPW Canvas includes the opportunity to draw up a canvas
model in which ideas are put to paper without omitting important aspects. This tool provides nine components that enable quick visualisation of business concepts. During a cycle
lasting three months, the business model can be modelled
in through seminars, consultancy services and events, and
optimised on the basis of feedback from the judges.

When

Participants can join at any time.
	Start: End of October of each year
	End: July of the following year
The BPW manual and the latest information about events can
be found at: www.b-p-w.de.

Where

Businessplan-Wettbewerb Berlin-Brandenburg (BPW)
Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition
Office at Investitionsbank Berlin
Bundesallee 210 (entrance in Regensburger Straße)
10719 Berlin
Hotline: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-2121
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-2120
info@b-p-w.de
E-mail: 	
Internet: 	 www.b-p-w.de

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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ERP-Gründerkredit – StartGeld / ERP start-up loan - StartMoney
Aim

 o finance all forms of start-ups, i.e. establishment or acquiT
sition of a business as well as acquisition of an investment
in Germany
Secondary occupation designed to become a full-time occupation in the medium term
Consolidation measures within five years after commencing
business
Support for repeated business set-up projects can be granted
if no past liabilities exist from earlier self-employed activities.

Who

I ndividuals setting up a business or freelance activities or
performing consolidation measures in this respect if the project commences within five years after the date of starting
up in business
Individuals acquiring a business as part of a succession
scheme
Small enterprises in the commercial sector (within the meaning of the EU’s definition) which have been on the market for
less than five years.

What

 p to 100% of the total debt financing demand, maximum
U
of EUR 100,000 including operating equipment up to a maximum of EUR 30,000
KfW does not impose any specific guarantee/collateral requirements
80% liability exemption for the applicant‘s bank
Fixed market rate for the entire term
Cannot be combined with other KfW and ERP programmes

How

 pplications must be submitted prior to commencing the
A
project.
Premature repayment of the loan as a whole or in part is possible against payment of a prepayment penalty.
A second application can be submitted as long as the loan
sum of EUR 100,000 is not exhausted.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page
126).

Where

Please submit your application to KfW via your bank or via
another bank.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9
60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/067
	
for ERP start-up loan - StartMoney

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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22

ERP-Gründerkredit – Universell / ERP start-up loan - Universal
Aim

How

Who

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page
126).

Low-interest financing of projects in Germany and abroad
for founders, freelance professionals as well as small and medium-sized enterprises who have been in business for less
than five years

	Individuals setting up a business or freelance activities or
performing consolidation measures in this respect if the
project commences within five years after the date of starting up in business
	Small enterprises in the commercial sector (within the
meaning of the EU‘s definition) which have been on the
market for less than five years. As a precondition, at least one
partner/shareholder must fulfil the application conditions
for individuals.

What

	Up to 100% of the eligible investment costs and/or working
capital
	Maximum sum: EUR 25m per project
	Customary collateral
	The interest rate is determined by the applicant‘s bank with
a view to the borrower‘s economic situation and the collateral provided.
	50% liability redemption

	Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.
	Premature repayment of the loan as a whole or in part is
possible against payment of a prepayment penalty.

Where

Please submit your application to KfW via your bank or via another bank.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9
60325 Frankfurt
Internet:	 www.kfw.de/073
		
for ERP start-up loan - Universal

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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ERP-Kapital für Gründung / ERP capital for start-ups
Aim

	 Low-interest financing of start-ups and projects in Ger-        
many for founders, freelance professionals as well as                 
medium-sized enterprises which have been in business for
less than three years.
	 The banks transmitting the loans are protected by a guarantee by the German government. Furthermore, the interest
rate during the first ten years of the team is subsidised from
ERP special funds.

Who

The programme is designed for individuals with a share of at
least 10% in the company, who have the necessary professional
and commercial qualification and who are establishing a business or starting up as freelance professionals as their main
professional activity in Germany or performing consolidation
measures in this respect with the relevant project commencing within three years after starting up in business. The company must fulfil the SME criterion within the meaning of the
definition by the EU.

What

	 All forms of start-ups, i.e. establishment or acquisition of a
business as well as acquisition of an investment
	 Consolidation measures within three years after commencing business
	 ERP capital for start-ups is available for co-financing investments in fixed assets and business capital as well as market
development expenditure customary in the respective industry
	 Support for repeated business set-up projects can be granted if no past liabilities exist from earlier self-employed activities
	 ERP capital for start-ups is granted to each applicant up to a
maximum loan sum of EUR 500,000.
	 The transmitting bank is released from liability.

How

	 Up to 30% (old Federal Laender) or 40% (new Federal Laender and Berlin), respectively, of the investment sum eligible
for support (precondition: mandatory contribution by the
founder: 10% (new Federal Laender and Berlin) or 15% (old
Federal Laender), respectively, of the investment sum eligible
for support
	 The term totals 15 years. The loan is to be paid back after    
seven redemption-free years. The interest rate is reduced in
the first ten years using ERP funds.
	 The waiving of security and junior liability warrant the        
equity nature of these funds.

	 100% liability release for the transmitting bank
	 This programme can be combined with other subsidy programmes within the scope of the EU‘s limits for grants.

Investment in working capital is subject to de-minimis rules
(refer to page 126).

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9
60325 Frankfurt
Internet:	 www.kfw.de/058  
	
For ERP capital for start-ups

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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Gründungszuschuss / Founder allowance
Founder allowance to promote self-employment pursuant to section 57 of Volume III of the German Social
Security Code (§ 57 SGB III)
Aim

Applicants commencing self-employment in order to terminate unemployment can receive a founder allowance during
the start-up phase in order to secure their subsistence and
social welfare.

Who

	Employees commencing self-employment as their principal
professional activity
	Before commencing self-employed activities, the applicant
must have been entitled to unemployment benefits I for a
period of 150 days.
	The feasibility of the venture must be demonstrated.
	Proof of the knowledge and skills required to perform the
professional activity must be furnished. In order to prove
the feasibility of self-employment, a statement by a suitable
body must be presented to the job centre (Agentur für Arbeit); such bodies are chambers of industry and commerce,
chambers of skilled crafts, professional chambers, professional associations and banks.
	Repeated support is not available if less than 24 months
have expired since the termination of a previous support
programme for self-employed activities.
	Further support is also excluded if the applicant has reached
the statutory retirement age applicable in Germany.

What

	The founder allowance can be paid as discretionary support
a for a period of six months. An extension by another nine
months is examined on request in which case applicants
have no legal claims to benefits; founder allowances are paid
for a period of six months to the amount of the unemployment benefits last paid to the employee, plus EUR 300 per
month.
	A founder allowance of EUR 300 per month can be paid for
another nine months if the applicant submits suitable documents as proof of his or her business activity.
Note: Prior to starting up in business, applicants may be required to attend a programme designed to verify their eligibility or to prepare them for starting up in business. This may be
subject to a prior advisory meeting at the job centre (Agentur
für Arbeit).

How

	Applications must be submitted prior to commencing
self-employment or before the seminar or programme begins.

	Proof of commencement of self-employment must be furnished, for example, by submitting a business registration
document for trading companies, or by submitting confirmation of registration with the tax office for freelance professionals.
	There is no legal obligation to grant investment founder allowance hereunder.

Where

	Applications must be submitted to the job centre (Agentur
für Arbeit) in the district where the applicant is registered.
	Further information is available from Berlin-based job centres (refer to page 129) and on the Internet at
	 www. arbeitsagentur.de.

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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Meistergründungsprämie / Start-up bonus for master craftsmen and women
Aim

To support business start-ups by craftsmen and women in
Berlin.

Who

Master craftsmen and women in Berlin starting up in business within three years after passing the German master
craftsmen’s examination in their trade or, having received
exceptional approval pursuant to section 8 of the German vocational training act, submit proof of their successful master
craftsmen’s examination by the date set by the Chamber of
Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses.

What

Two-stage subsidy
1st stage: basic support
	Conditionally repayable financing.
	Once-off financing amounting to EUR 7,000.
	Three years after starting up, the recipient is obliged to prove
that he or she is still self-employed.
	Furthermore, proof must be furnished that no income was
generated from employed or other self-employed activities
(exceptions subject to prior approval).
2nd stage: job creation support
	An additional bonus of EUR 5,000 is paid if the founder
proves that he or she has hired at least one employee registered under the statutory social insurance scheme (full time
or an equivalent number of part-time employees, each with
at least 50% of a full-time position) for a period of at least
twelve months. A training job for at least twelve months can
be created and a trainee hired for this job as an alternative.

How

	Applications for basic support must be submitted to the
Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts which then forwards them
to the Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und
Forschung (Senate Department for Economics, Technology
and Research).
	The application for the job creation bonus can be submitted to the Chamber of Skilled Crafts within three years after
starting up in business.
	Combination with other programmes, such as Berlin Start, is
possible.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-4 71
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-4 68
For further information, please contact
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Referat (Division) VI D, 10820 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-83 51 / -82 89
E-mail: 	
alexander.masurtschik@senwtf.berlin.de

European Regional Development Fund

Further subsidy offers which are also suitable
in the
for founders are marked by the letter
following chapters.

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Business start-ups
Pages 17 to 26
Investment and working capital
Pages 27 to 60
Technology, research and development
Pages 61 to 82
Subsidies within the scope
of labour-market policy
Pages 83 to 94
Consultancy and in-house training
Pages 95 to 114
Commercial property and space,
founder and innovation centres
Pages 115 to 122

Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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Agrar-Bürgschaft / Agricultural guarantee
Aim

	 To promote businesses working in farming, aquaculture and
fisheries, agriculture and the food industry, renewable energy, rural development and non-commercial horticulture.
	 BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH issues guarantees to banks for their customers working in
the above fields and uses counter-guarantees issued by the      
European Investment Fund (EIF/COSME).

Who

Start-ups and companies in Berlin working in the above areas
with a workforce of less than 250 and maximum annual sales
of EUR 50m or a maximum balance sheet total of EUR 43m.

What

How

	 Applications are submitted by the customer’s bank in a purely online procedure via the website www.agrarbuergschaft.
de.
	 The agricultural guarantee can be combined with other programmes.

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFT zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Dirk Borgmann
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-15
Fax:	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

	 Default guarantees for a maximum of 60% of investment
loans that are refinanced by Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank (Germany’s development agency for agribusiness)
	 Up to a loan amount of EUR 500,000 for start-ups and up to
a loan amount of EUR 1m for existing companies and with a
loan term of up to 10 years
	 The costs of the guarantee are calculated on the basis of the
applicant’s creditworthiness.
	 No fee charged for examining the application
	 No debt rescheduling
	 No rescue financing

Financing is made possible by the counter-guarantee provided by COSME and the European
Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which was set up in conjunction with the Investment
Plan for Europe. The purpose of the EFSI is to provide support for financing and implementing productive investments in the European Union and to secure better access to financing.
This programme is particularly suitable for start-ups and young companies.

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BBB-Express!
Aim

Entrepreneurs may have good ideas, but not always the necessary collateral. BBB provides guarantees for Berlin‘s commercial sector in order to secure loans. BBB-Express! features an
electronic application procedure and thereby enables guarantees for secure bank loans to be issued within five working
days.

Who

Small and medium-sized enterprises as well as freelance professionals who have been in business for at least three years
and whose balance sheet or income statement (not older than
15 months) shows a positive operating result and positive
equity.

What

Guarantees of up to 70% for investment loans, working-capital and guaranteed loans (such as KfW and IBB loans) as well
as leasing loans, maximum guarantee sum: EUR 100,000; depending on the level of security required, loans between EUR
142,000 (70%) and EUR 200,000 (50%) can be enabled in this
way.

How

The application is filed via the bank.
The bank can submit an online application on the web directly
to BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH in
order to obtain a guarantee to secure your loan to the company.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

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Berlin Kapital / Berlin capital
Aim

	 Mezzanine and/or equity-near capital is granted in order
to improve the capital structure especially of small of me-        
dium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
	 Funds are made available for defined projects in Berlin.

Who

	 Eligible applicants are medium-sized enterprises having the
legal form of a corporation (companies with the legal form
of GmbH & Co. KG [private limited company with a limited
partner] are treated as corporations for the purposes of the
rules) and their place of business or a facility in Berlin.
	 Companies should, as a rule, have been in business for at
least three years and must offer sufficient debt service capabilities or value increase potential. Furthermore, profitable
operations must be ensured in the long term. Projects must
be located in Berlin in order to be eligible.
	 The offer is not tied to a particular industry (financing is not
available to companies in the shipbuilding, coal, mining and
steel, the agriculture, fisheries and fish farming sectors).
	 Rescue projects and financing of companies in difficulty in
the meaning of the EU Commission‘s definition are not eligible. Projects not eligible are mergers, management buyouts,
management buyins or transfers between family members
unless financing is provided solely to implement a plan to
expand a company‘s business activities in which case financing of the company‘s takeover from the previous owner is
ruled out.

What

	 Equity-near funds are made available in the form of silent
participations and junior loans up to EUR 5m.
	 Silent participations and junior loans are subject to subordination and thereby develop equity character. A 50% co-financing share by further partners (applicant’s bank, equity
fund, etc.) is usually required for your project.

How

	 The commitment per case is limited to a maximum sum of
EUR 5m.
	 Financing is normally contingent upon participation of
further partners (for example, the applicant‘s bank, an   
equity fund, etc.) in financing the project (to at least the
same amount).
	 Financing type and amount as well as customary terms and
conditions are subject to agreement from case to case.
	 Customary collateral is generally required. There is no obligation to grant funds.
	 Applications are to be submitted as informal written applications.
	 The application must be accompanied by a plausible business plan as well as the following documents:
•	 up-to-date extract from the commercial register
•	 up-to-date partnership agreement
•	 up-to-date list of shareholders
•	 annual financial statements of the last three years (including affiliated companies, if any)
•	 up-to-date managerial analysis, including a list of current
totals and balances
•	 revenue forecast for the current and the next two years
•	 up-to-date information concerning orders on hand (including volume and time range)
•	 liquidity planning for the current and the next two years
as well as financing and investment plan
•	 list of loan and leasing agreement for all current credits,
including an overview of all current loans
•	 data protection statement (form)
•	 SME statement
•	 voluntary disclosure form (made available by IBB) to be
completed by all relevant shareholders of the company

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329

E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your application and all the relevant documents for this
programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication
procedure, please visit: www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

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Berlin Kredit / Berlin loan
Aim

Berlin loan is designed to promote long-term financing of
investment and working capital for small and medium-sized
enterprises.

Who

	 Eligible applicants are:
•	 small and medium-sized enterprises,
•	 individuals renting or leasing commercial property.
	 The place of investment must be in Berlin.
	 Rescue projects and companies in difficulty in the meaning
of the EU Commission‘s definition are not eligible.

What

	 The Berlin loan is used to finance all investments which
require medium-term funds and promise sustainable economic success, e.g.
•	 Property and buildings,
•	 Construction measures,
•	 Purchase of machines, equipment and fittings,
•	 Intangible assets,
•	 Company acquisitions between independent investors.
	 Berlin loan funds are also used to finance working capital in
conjunction with expansion or company growth. Applicants
must be generally competitive and have good prospects for
the future.
	 Debt rescheduling and/or follow-up financing of investment
projects already completed as well as financing for business
rescue projects are generally ruled out.
	 Redeemable loans are granted for investment and working
capital up to a maximum of EUR 10m.
	 The financing share totals up to 100% of eligible investment
costs or up to 100% in the case of working capital. Loans are
paid out in full.
	 The standby commission totals 0.25% per month for the loan
sum approved but not yet paid out, commencing two banking days and one month following the date of approval.
	 The term:
•	 typically up to ten years with up to two redemption-free
years for investment,
•	 up to 20 years with up to 3 redemption-free years if at least
two thirds of the eligible investment costs are used to acquire property, for commercial building costs or the acquisition of companies or participations,
•	 up to five years with up to one redemption-free year for
the working capital variant.

	 The Berlin loan is granted on the grounds of the customer‘s
creditworthiness and the security provided according to a
risk-adjusted interest scheme.
	 The current terms and conditions are available at:
www.ibb.de/berlinkredit
	 After expiration of the redemption-free years, redemption
takes place in equal instalments payable four times a year.
Premature repayment, in full or in part, is only possible subject to a prepayment penalty.
	 The loan must be secured with the customary collateral to
be agreed to with your bank. Moreover, a guarantee of up
to 80% by BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg
GmbH can be applied for in an integrated application process.
	 This programme can be combined with other KfW programmes and government subsidies.

How

	 Please submit your application via your bank before commencing with the project.
	 The documents can be downloaded from the IBB website.
	 A guarantee by BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH can be applied for via your bank pursuant to the    
usual terms and conditions of Bürgschaftsbank (integrated
application procedure).

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Applicant‘s bank
Consultancy services are also available from
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
This support programme will be revised. The latest state of
programme information can be found at: www.ibb.de.

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Beteiligungen der MBG / Investment by MBG
Investment by Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBG)
Aim

	 The purpose of the investment is to create or to secure a  
lasting and competitive existence by way of expanding the
equity basis and can be used in the following areas:
•	 co-operation
•	 innovation
•	 establishment, expansion, reorganisation or fundamental
streamlining of businesses
•	 Business start-ups
•	 estate settlements
•	 resigning of partners or shareholders (in exceptional      
cases)
	 Pro-rata co-financing is available for inventories, start-up
costs and market development measures. Debt re-scheduling, re-financing or rescue projects are not eligible for investment.

Who

Business start-ups and commercial companies in Berlin and
Brandenburg, usually with annual sales - including that of
affiliated companies - of no more than EUR 50m and with a
workforce of less than 250.

What

	 Open and silent investment.
	 The investment sum typically totals up to EUR 1.25m.
	 An investment fee of between 9.5% and 12% p. a., depending
on the rating, comprising a fixed fee and a profit-dependent
component.
	 A once-off administration fee of 1% is payable on application,
as well as a liability fund contribution of another 1% on payout.

How

	 Investment applications must be supported by a description
of the investment concept.
	 The project may not already be completed.
	 Investment can be combined with other programmes.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Berlin office
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
berlin@mbg-bb.de  
Internet: 	 www.mbg-bb.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Bürgschaft ohne Bank (BoB) / Guarantee without a bank (BoB)
Aim

Entrepreneurs who do not yet have a bank account, can directly apply for a guarantee as security for loans at BBB
BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH. The guarantee pledge makes it much easier to find a financing bank.

Who

Primarily business start-ups and small companies, as well as
freelance professionals

What

Provision of guarantees of up to 80% for capital investment,
working-capital and guaranteed loans as well as public loans
(such as KfW loans) and leasing loans, maximum guarantee
sum of EUR 1.25m.

How

Applications must be submitted to BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK
zu Berlin-Brandenburg prior to the first loan application.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Bürgschaften für Investitions- und Betriebsmittelkredite /
Guarantees for investment and working-capital loans
Aim

Collateral for external funds to the extent to which no sufficient customary collateral can be furnished by the borrower

Who

	Small and medium-sized commercial businesses and freelance professionals
	Start-ups in Berlin planning to establish a business or to
work as freelance professionals
	Individuals using the guaranteed loan to invest in a shareholding in businesses in which they are currently working, or
will work in future, in an executive function (business takeover / MBO).
	Large corporations

What

Guarantees are provided in order to protect the applicant‘s
bank (lender) against the risk of default. Depending on the
amount required, applicants should distinguish between the
following options or processes and contact partners:
	Up to EUR 1.25m from BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH for a maximum of 80% of a loan.
	From EUR 1.25m to EUR 10m from the Federal Land of Berlin
via Investitionsbank Berlin, typically for 70% of a default.
	In the case of guarantees involving both federal government and the federal Laender and exceeding EUR 10m, the
contact partner for these guarantees is the auditing firm of
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (PwC) (special restrictions).

How

	Application forms must be submitted via the applicant‘s
bank.
	Applications must be supported by full, relevant documentation concerning the project/concept and shareholders/
management (including proposed collateral).
	Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.
	Application fees are charged at different rates. Please contact the relevant lender for more details.

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55

E-mail: 	 info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
wirtschaft@ibb.de
E-mail: 	
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG
Kapelle-Ufer 4, 10117 Berlin
Mr Bernd Papenstein, Mr Peter Koch
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 26 36-12 04
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 26 36-12 21
E-mail: 	
bernd.papenstein@de.pwc.com
		
koch.peter@de.pwc.com
Internet: 	 www.pwc.de
If you have questions regarding guarantees, you may also
contact:
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Martin-Luther-Straße 105, 10825 Berlin
Dr Michael Knieß
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-83 67

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

This offer is particularly suitable for business
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Bürgschaften für Leasingfinanzierungen / Guarantees for leasing finance projects
Aim

	 To facilitate access to leasing financing through guarantees
as additional security
	 BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH issues guarantees to the leasing company in favour of its leasing customer and uses counter-guarantees of the European
Investment Fund (EIF/CIP programme).

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Who

	 Business start-ups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in the commercial sector from Berlin with a workforce
of less than 250 and maximum annual sales of EUR 50m or a
maximum balance sheet total of EUR 43m
	 No pure freight transport companies according to the EU
definition

What

	 Leasing financing for leased assets with a term of twelve to
120 months
	 30% or 60% guarantee for leasing financing projects
	 Up to EUR 250,000 per leasing project with a maximum
guarantee of EUR 150,000 (maximum leasing volume of EUR
1m per group of companies with guarantees totalling EUR
300,000 maximum possible)
	 No separate guarantee costs in addition to leasing payments
	 No debt rescheduling
	 No rescue financing

How

	 Applications are filed by the leasing companies for their leasing customers via the website: www.leasing-buergschaft.de
	 A purely computerised application procedure which ensures
lean processes and quick decisions within two to five banking days
	 Leasing guarantees can be combined with other programmes.

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Ms Stefanie Tonn
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-35
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax:	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail:	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet:	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

This financing is backed by a guarantee that was issued
within the scope of the European Union‘s Competitiveness
and Innovation Programme (CIP).
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ERP-Beteiligungsprogramm / ERP investment programme
Aim

To expand the equity basis of small and medium-sized enterprises by providing capital through venture capital companies
who receive refinancing loans for this purpose under the ERP
investment programme.

Who

	Investors: private equity investment firms in Germany
	Investees: Small and medium-sized enterprises in the commercial sector in Germany with group sales of up to EUR
50m or up to EUR 75m in exceptional cases

What

	Re-financing loans for the capital invested
	A guarantee issued by a guarantee bank is required.
	Maximum sum: EUR 1.25m
	Repeated ERP-subsidised investment is permitted on condition that the applicable maximum sum is not exceeded.
	Investment can total up to EUR 2.5m in exceptional cases.
	Term of the refinancing loan: Ten years in the new Federal
Laender and 13 years in Berlin
	Any form of participation is acceptable (exception: exclusion from losses in the case of composition or insolvency proceedings).
	The fee can be freely agreed upon.

How

	Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.
	This programme can be combined with other support programmes.
	Up to 100% of the sum invested.

Where

	Investors: The equity fund submits the application to KfW
via the applicant‘s bank.
	Investees: Applications are submitted directly to a private
equity fund.

KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/100
		
Programme variant for the old Federal Laender
		
www.kfw.de/104
Programme variant for new Federal Laender and Berlin
		

This offer is particularly suitable for business
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ERP-Regionalförderprogramm / ERP regional development programme
Aim

To finance investments by small and medium-sized companies
in the commercial sector in Germany‘s regional support areas.

Who

	 Small and medium-sized foreign enterprises (SMEs)
	 Freelance professionals
	 Young companies that have the necessary technical and
commercial qualifications for the business operation
	 Individuals renting or leasing commercial property
	 All applicants must have been active on the market for at
least five years

What

	 Standard bank loan with collateral
	 Maximum amount: EUR 3m max. per project
	 Risk-based interest rate
	 Support window for small enterprises with additionally
more favourable interest rates
	 Up to 100% of eligible costs

How

	 Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.
	 This programme can be combined with other support programmes.

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/062
	
Programme variant for SMEs
	
www.kfw.de/072
	
Programme variant for small enterprises

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Filmproduktion: Filmförderung und Standortmarketing /
Film production: Film financing and location marketing
Film production: Film financing and location marketing
in the Berlin-Brandenburg region
Aim

	 To develop the joint media region in order to secure and
strengthen the media and cultural infrastructure from an
artistic, economic and technical perspective
	 To promote and support cinema and TV production as well
as other audio-visual formats during all phases of production and exploitation
	 Location marketing, presentation and representation of the
media region in Germany and abroad

Who

	 Producers living and working in Germany
	 Applications for production support are usually contingent
upon an existing film distribution agreement.

What

	 Within the framework of the film promotion and support
guidelines, support is available for the development and
production as well as distribution of cinema features, documentaries and short films. Support can also be provided for
the production of TV films and other audio-visual contents.
	 Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH provides support
for the following categories: Script, idea and project development as well as support for productions and young talent,
distribution and/or sale and other projects (such as presentations, events, professionalisation measures, etc.)
	 Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH also serves as a
point of contact as well as a competence and advisory centre for the film and media industry in the region. Besides its
activities in the fields of monetary support, location marketing and structural promotion, the Medienboard initiatives,
such as the Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (BBFC) and     
MEDIA Antenne Berlin-Brandenburg, are helping to modernise the media region.

How

	 Applications must be generally submitted to Medienboard
Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH before the project and/or measure begins.
	 Funds from this and other support programmes can be combined.
	 There is no legal obligation to provide support under this
programme.
	 Applicants must usually contribute a reasonable amount  
towards financing their projects.
	 Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH determines the
amount of support to be granted on the merits of the particular project.
	 Support is granted in the form of a loan with success-             
dependent redemption and, in the “Other projects” category,
in the form of allowances.
	 An amount corresponding to at least the sum of the funds
approved in the Federal Laender of Berlin or Brandenburg is
expected to be spent by the projects supported.
	 The applicable version of the support guidelines is available
on the Internet at www.medienboard.de.

Where

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
August-Bebel-Straße 26-53, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
Film support
Mr Christian Berg
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-23
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-99
E-mail: 	
info@medienboard.de
Other projects / location project support
Ms Ina Göring
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-85
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-99
E-mail: 	
info@medienboard.de
Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission (BBFC)
Ms Christiane Raab
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-31
+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-99
Fax: 	
E-mail: 	
c.raab@medienboard.de
MEDIA Antenne
Ms Susanne Schmitt
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-51

s.schmidt@medienboard.de
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Filmproduktion: Zwischenfinanzierung / Film production: Bridge financing
Promoting Berlin-Brandenburg as a media location
Aim

To strengthen the Berlin-Brandenburg media location

Who

Production companies based in Brandenburg and Berlin or
German production companies (also as part of an international co-production venture) performing a large part of their service production in the Berlin-Brandenburg media region.

What

	 Project-related loans and guarantees are made available for
bridge financing of film productions.
	 Both fiction and non-fiction TV formats as well as series are
financed.
	 A commitment by the co-financing TV station is a precondition.
	 We also offer bridge financing for service productions in
other media sectors (such as games) if the customer’s creditworthiness permits this.
	 The minimum sum for guarantees and other loans totals
EUR 100,000.
	 The terms and conditions are determined on the basis of the
assessment of the specific risk.

How

	 Informal applications can be submitted to Investitionsbank
Berlin (IBB) or Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
(ILB).
	 Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH forwards the applications to the investment banks. Applications are checked
and processed by ILB.
	 Documentation concerning the company and the project
must be additionally submitted with information typically
requested by banks.

Where

Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
Steinstraße 104-106, 14480 Potsdam
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 3 31 / 6 60 16 02
E-mail: 	
medien@ilb.de
Investitionsbank Berlin
WF Wirtschaftsförderung
Ms Antje David
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4748
E-mail: 	
antje.david@ibb.de
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
August-Bebel-Straße 26-53, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
Mr Christian Berg (promotion and financing)
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-23
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-99
E-mail: 	
info@medienboard.de

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Garantien für Arbeitnehmerbeteiligungen / Guarantees for employee investment
Aim

Guarantees for investments by employees in companies in
Berlin with the following primary aims:
	 to increase the employees‘ identification with their employer and
	 to increase the willingness on the part of employees to invest in their company.

Who

Any employee within the scope of the definition of the German capital formation act (“Vermögensbildungsgesetz”) can
apply for participation in this programme, together with the
company in which the employee wishes in invest.
Investment in the following types of companies is eligible for
guarantees under this programme:
	 companies with typically no more than 500 employees and
maximum annual sales of EUR 50m
	 companies having their registered office and production     
facility in Berlin and
	 companies under one quarter ownership or less of companies which do not satisfy these criteria.

What

The Federal Land of Berlin furnishes a guarantee in order to
cover a case in which the company becomes insolvent and     
unable to repay the investment.
	 Guarantees are issued:
•	 to the amount of 80% of the investment, as well as
•	 to the amount of 80% of the contractually agreed return
on investment.
•	 Guarantees cover a maximum return of 12% p.a., taking result-independent returns of up to the amount of the net
yield of fixed-interest bonds into consideration (the time
of subscribing the investment being the relevant date for
determining this amount).

	 The maximum guarantee per company is limited to EUR 1m.
	 Term: ten years max.
	 A once-off administrative fee amounting to 1% and an annual commission of up to 2% of the guarantee sum. This fee
is paid by the company in which the employee invests his or
her money.

How

	 Formal application
	 Applications must be submitted prior to signing the investment agreement.
	 Guarantees for employee investment can be combined with
other programmes.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Hans Witkowski
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-43
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

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GRW Gemeinschaftsaufgabe / GRW common task
Common task “improvement of regional economic
structure” (GRW) - promoting commercial investment
in Berlin
Aim

	 To create and secure permanent jobs in all districts of Berlin
by supporting investment in the commercial sector.
	 Support by the Federal Land of Berlin focuses on investment
projects at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as
well as investment in the health sector, energy technology,
transport/mobility and logistics, optical technologies, ICT/
media and the creative industry.
	 Projects from other sectors can also be supported on con-   
dition that the corresponding structural effects exist.

Who

Businesses with predominantly supra-regional sales unless
otherwise non-eligible for support for particular industries/
branches.

What

	 Investment allowances are granted.
	 Support and funds are available for the acquisition or manufacture of assets forming part of the investment project. This
does not include, for instance, motor vehicles, aircraft, trains,
ships or replacement investments. Capitalised acquisition
costs of certain intangible assets are also generally eligible
for support. Support and funds are available for projects of
the following types:
•	 In the case of small and medium-sized enterprises:
	 - Investment in new assets
	 - Investment in expansion projects
	 - Production portfolio diversification into products not yet
manufactured there
	 - Fundamental change in the entire production process
	 - Acquisition of assets of a facility under certain conditions
•	 In the case of large enterprises:
	 - First-time investment in new business activities:
	 	 > Investment in the establishment of a new facility
	 	 > Investment in the diversification of the activities of a
facility under certain conditions
	 	 > Acquisition of assets of a facility under certain conditions and further on condition that another activity is
being pursued at the facility
	 - First-time investment in the diversification of an existing
facility by adding new products or process innovations (in
class-C support regions and under certain conditions)
	 Investment projects are only eligible for support if their volume totals at least EUR 10,000 and if the investment sum, related to one year, exceeds the average depreciation accrued
over the past three years – disregarding special depreciation

– by at least 50%, or if the number of permanent jobs at the facility to be supported at the time the investment project starts
is increased by at least 15%. Each newly created training position is counted as a permanent job.
	 The following maximum support and funding rates are
available in Berlin’s class-C support regions (refer to www.
businesslocationcenter.de/foerdergebietskarte): small enterprises: 30%, medium-sized enterprises: 20%, other facilities: 10%. Some areas of Berlin are classified as class-D support regions where 20% can be granted to small enterprises,
10% to medium-sized enterprises, and 7.5% to other companies, limited to a sum of EUR 200,000 within three years.
	 If newly created, highly qualified permanent jobs are given
to women, special support of EUR 5,000 can be granted. The
maximum support rate may not be exceeded as a result of
this.
	 The basis is part II - commercial sector - of the co-ordination
framework of the common task “improvement of regional
economic structure” from 10 June 2015 onwards (published
on 1 July 2015) as well as Berlin’s rules for support and funding measures from 1 July 2014 to 31 December 2020 (published on 2 October 2015).

How

	 Applications must be submitted to Investitionsbank Berlin.
	 Formal applications must be submitted before the investment project is underway. as a precondition for commencing
the project.
	 We urgently recommend contacting Investitionsbank Berlin
at an early point in time, especially in cases where real property is to be acquired as part of the investment project.
	 Retroactive support is not permitted.
	 There is no legal obligation to grant investment support
hereunder. The same is applicable to the support rate
amounts.

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your application and all the relevant documents for this
programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication
procedure, please visit: www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Handwerker-Sofortkredit / Immediate loan for crafts
Aim

Quick loan decisions for financing projects of Berlin-based
crafts businesses in order to provide loans at short notice for
operating equipment or investment purposes with support
from the Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in
Berlin when it comes to compiling the documents necessary
for the meeting with the bank.

Who

	 Crafts business based in the district of the Berlin Chamber of
Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin.
	 The company must be an SME according to the EU‘s definition, i.e., less than 250 employees, maximum annual sales of
EUR 50m or a maximum annual balance-sheet sum of EUR
43m.

What

	 Indemnity bonds are granted for a maximum of 80% of a
bank loan.
	 The company is planning a future-orientated project with a
sound concept.
	 Maximum loan sum of EUR 100,000.

How

	 Applications must be submitted to a bank, BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH or the Berlin
Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin
(Handwerkskammer Berlin).
	 The business consultants of the Berlin Chamber of Skilled
Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin provide support when
it comes to compiling the necessary documents and check
the project.

	 The project must be supported by a positive statement from
the Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in
Berlin.
	 Applications must be supported by full, relevant documentation concerning the project/concept and shareholders/
management (including proposed collateral).
	 The applicant‘s bank and BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH perform a parallel check. A decision
is typically made within one week after submission of the
complete documents.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Thomas Schwiem
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-32
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Mr Rüdiger Grübler
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-4 66
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-2 35
E-mail: 	
info@hwk-berlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de

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IBB-Wachstumsprogramm / IBB growth programme
Co-operation loan for medium-sized companies
Aim

To finance investment in the growth of commercial and industrial enterprises with a commercial bank (consortium leader)
in order to strengthen Berlin as a business location

Who

Applications can be submitted by companies from the commercial and industrial sector with a private majority shareholding and a facility or registered office in Berlin. The company should usually have been established three years prior to
the date of submitting the application.

What

	 Financing of investment in fixed assets requiring the me	 dium and long-term provision of funds as well as financing 	
	 of investment in operating equipment in this context
	 Re-financing and follow-up financing of existing loans
	 Base financing for operating equipment with a fixed term
	 Pre-financing of receivables, inventories or orders
	 Rescue financing is not eligible
	 Redemption loans, guaranteed loans and, in the case of
loans for operating equipment, fixed loans with an IBB share
of EUR 500,000 up to typically EUR 15m, or up to EUR 5m in
the case of loans for operating equipment

	 IBB finances a maximum of 50% of the total volume.
	 The loan is paid out in full (100%) and subject to market
rates as agreed to with the applicant’s bank.
	 Term: generally ten years maximum. The loan is redeemed
in equal instalments. Premature repayment in part or in full
is generally not foreseen. Final details are subject to agreement with the applicant’s bank.
	 The loan must be secured with the customary collateral to
be agreed to with the applicant’s bank.
	 Market rates/fees as agreed to with the applicant’s bank

How

Following examination of the specific case, the loan is granted
jointly by the applicant’s bank and IBB.

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de

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INVEST – Zuschuss für Wagniskapital / INVEST - Venture capital grant
Aim

	 To improve financing conditions for young, innovative businesses
	 To reduce investment risks in order to create incentives for
private investors, in particular, for business angels, to provide young, innovative enterprises with private venture            
capital

Who

	 Support is provided for private investors (individuals) who
acquire shares in young, innovative companies.
	 Preconditions for support for the enterprise:
•	Small, innovative and independent enterprise younger
than ten years
•	Fewer than 50 employees (full-time equivalents)
•	Annual sales or annual balance sheet sum not exceeding
EUR 10m
•	Corporation entered in the commercial register and having
its registered office in the EU and at least one branch establishment or office in Germany
•	According to the extract from the commercial register, the
company must belong to an innovative industry or
•	the company holds a patent (not older than 15 years) which
is directly related to the purpose of the business or
•	the company has received support from a public-law institution for a research or innovation project during the last
two years.
	 Preconditions for support for the investor:
•	Individual having his or her main place of residence in the
EU and not connected to the enterprise
•	The investor may also acquire shares in the enterprise via
a German GmbH (so-called Business Angel GmbH) having
a maximum of four shareholders (only individuals of legal
age), one of whom must hold at least 50% of the shares.
The sole purpose of the GmbH must be to subscribe and
hold shares (other permitted purposes being asset management and consultancy services).
•	The shares acquired must be the first participation in the
enterprise (no increase in shareholding, no conversion of
loans).
	 The shares must participate fully in risks and opportunities.

What

	 The private investor is refunded 20% of the price of the      
shares acquired. The investor remains the owner of all        
shares. The grant does not have to be repaid if the investor
sells the shares after expiration of a minimum holding term
of three years.
	 The investor must contribute a minimum of EUR 10,000 to
the enterprise.

	 If payment of the purchase price is conditional upon the enterprise reaching certain milestones, every single payment
by the investor must total at least EUR 10,000.
	 Each investor can receive grants for share purchases of up to
EUR 250,000 per annum.
	 Shares worth up to EUR 1m are eligible for grants per annum
for each enterprise.

How

	 The enterprise submits an online application by the standard procedure to the Federal Office of Economics and Export
Control (BAFA). The support and funding rules underlying
this programme as well as the electronic application forms
can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA): www.bafa.de/bafa/de/
wirtschaftsfoerderung/invest
BAFA issues a certificate of eligibility to the enterprise. This
certificate can be used to solicit investors in order to boost
the enterprise‘s chances of obtaining venture capital for financing.
	 The investor then also submits an online application to
BAFA. BAFA performs a formal check of this application and
issues a notice to the investor. After the investor has paid the
shares, he or she then requests the 20% refund of the investment sum from BAFA. As a precondition for this, the partnership agreement must, amongst other things, be submitted
showing the participation.
	 An investor joining a start-up project first submits his or her
application. The enterprise then files its application for eligibility after it has been established and entered in the commercial register.
	 Enterprises which have already received official confirmation of eligibility and which are in search of investors can be
registered in the list of eligible enterprises which is maintained by Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland e. V.
(BAND). This list is available at: www.band-ivz-verzeichnis.de.
The valid eligibility notice must be uploaded as a precondition for registration.

Where

Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)
(Federal Office of Economics and Export Control - BAFA)
Referat 416
Frankfurter Straße 29-35, 65760 Eschborn
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 61 96 / 9 08-19 64
Fax:	
+49 (0) 61 96 / 9 08-14 42
E-mail: 	
invest@bafa.bund.de
Internet: 	 www.bafa.bund.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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KapitalPLUS
Aim

To finance projects in the form of a variable combination of
guaranteed loans and investment from a single source. A guarantee serves to secure financing, whilst the dormant partnership strengthens the equity base. This generates positive effects for the company‘s balance sheet, creditworthiness and
rating, as well as an improved position in negotiations with
the com-  pany‘s bank.

Who

The company must be an SME according to the EU‘s definition,
i.e., less than 250 employees, maximum annual sales of EUR
50m or a maximum annual balance-sheet sum of EUR 43m.

What

	 In addition to an indemnity bond issued by BBB
BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH in favour of a bank, Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH provides investment serving to
strength a company‘s equity.
	 Any financing demand for projects of SMEs KMU in Berlin;
precondition: a future-orientated project and a sound concept.  

How

Applications should be submitted either to BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH or Mittelständische
Beteiligungsgesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Berlin office, Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
berlin@mbg-bb.de  
Internet: 	 www.mbg-bb.de

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KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – Energieeffizient Bauen und Sanieren/
KfW energy efficiency programme - energy-efficient building and refurbishment
Aim

Financing for new buildings, first-time acquisition and refurbishment of commercially used non-residential buildings in
order to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Who

	G
 erman and foreign, privately owned companies in the
commercial industries
	 Freelance professionals, such as physicians, tax advisors, architects
	 Companies performing (energy-related) services for third
parties within the scope of a contracting agreement

What

	 Energy-saving refurbishment of commercial used non-re	 sidential buildings to one of the following standards:
	 KfW efficiency house 70, 100 or listed building
	 Individual measures to improve energy efficiency, for instance,
• thermal insulation,
• windows, curtain facade, exterior doors and gates, loading
bays,
• summer heat protection,
• ventilation and air-conditioning, including heat and cold
recovery, utilisation of waste heat,
• heat and cold generation, distribution and storage, CHP or
CHCP systems,
• lighting,
• control and instrumentation systems, building services.
	 Construction of new energy-efficient commercially used
buildings according to the KfW efficiency house 55 or 70
standard
	 Measures for preparation, implementation and commissioning, e.g. ancillary work, planning costs and energy management systems
	 Typical maximum sum of EUR 25m per project for energy   
efficiency measures.

	R
 edemption grant. The better the energy efficiency level, the
higher the grant.
	 Up to 100% of the investment costs eligible for support can
be financed.

	 The interest rate is determined by the applicant‘s bank in a
risk-related manner on the basis of the debtor‘s economic
situation (credit-worthiness) and the value of the collateral
provided for the loan.
	 The loans must be secured with customary collateral.

	 Support is subject to subsidy regulations which must be  
adhered to by KfW and the applicant.
	 Particularly low interest rates are available for small and
medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

How

	A
 pplications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.

	 This programme can be combined with other public funding within the scope of the EU’s limits for grants. For single
measures, it is not possible to combine a KfW loan and a
grant by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
(BAFA) for the same measure.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/276
	 	
Programme variant for new buildings
	 	
www.kfw.de/277  
	 	
Programme variant for refurbishment
	 	
www.kfw.de/278  
	 	
Programme variant for single measures

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KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – Produktionsanlagen/-prozesse/
KfW energy efficiency programme - production systems/processes
Aim

Financing of energy efficiency measures in conjunction with
production systems and processes at  commercial companies
in Germany and abroad.

Who

	G
 erman and foreign, privately owned companies in the
commercial industries
	 Freelance professionals, such as physicians, tax advisors, architects
	 Companies performing (energy-related) services for third
parties within the scope of a contracting agreement

What

	 I nvestment measures that achieve energy savings of at least
10% (basic standard). In the case of 30% savings, this is supported as a premium standard. Some examples of measures:
• Machines, systems and process equipment
• Compressed air, vacuum and suction equipment
• Electric drives and pumps
• Process cold and heat
• Heat recovery and utilisation of waste heat for production
processes
• Control and instrumentation systems
• Information and communication technology
• CHP systems
	 Investment in modernisation that leads to specific energy
savings of at least 10% (basic standard) measured on the
basis of average consumption of the past three years. In the
case of 30% savings, this is supported as a premium standard.

	 I n the case of new investments, energy savings are based on
average consumption in the industry.
	 Typical maximum sum of EUR 25m per project for energy   
efficiency measures.
	 Up to 100% of the investment costs eligible for support can
be financed.

	 The interest rate is determined by the applicant‘s bank in a
risk-related manner on the basis of the debtor‘s economic
situation (credit-worthiness) and the value of the collateral
provided for the loan.
	 The loans must be secured with customary collateral.

	 Support is subject to subsidy regulations which must be  
adhered to by KfW and the applicant.

How

	A
 pplications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.

	 This programme can be combined with other public funding within the scope of the EU’s limits for grants.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/292
	 	
Programme variant for the basic standard
	 	
www.kfw.de/293  
	 	
Programme variant for the premium standard

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KfW-Programm Erneuerbare Energien / KfW “renewable energies” programme
“Standard” and “Premium”
Aim

	 To promote the use of renewable energies for electricity
and/or electricity and heat in cogeneration in cogeneration
plants (standard)
	 To support larger renewable plants in the heat market (premium) deserving special support. Eligible applications are
solar panel installations, biomass plants incinerating solid
biomass for thermal use, strictly heat-controlled CHP biomass plants, heat grids, large thermal storages, large efficient heat pumps, biogas pipes for untreated biogas, plants
for exploring and plants based on the dry hot rock principles
for thermal use.

Who

Eligible applicants with the standard variants:
	 German and foreign companies in the commercial industries with a private majority shareholding
	 Freelance professionals

	 Companies in which municipal administrations, churches or
charitable organisations have a participating interest.
	 Individuals and charitable organisations feeding the electricity generated into the public grid and/or selling the heat
generated
Eligible applicants with the premium variants:
	 Small and medium-sized enterprises in the private commercial sector which qualify as SMEs

	 Freelance professionals

	 Individuals using the electricity and/or the heat generated
solely for their own purposes

	 Not-for-profit organisations
	 Companies in which municipalities hold more than 25% of
shares and which remain below the SME threshold values
for turnover and number of employees
	 Large enterprises in the support areas of solar thermal en	 ergy, deep geothermal energy, heat storages and heat grids
	 Other (large) enterprises acting as energy service providers

	 Municipalities, basic municipal government units, legally dependent municipal enterprises and municipal special-purpose associations on condition that they effectively
present the project to the general public including a reference to the support received

What

	 Standard bank loan with collateral of up to 100% of the net
investment costs eligible for support

	 Redemption grants are additionally made available from
government funds in the “premium” programme part
	 Maximum loan amount for the standard programme part:
EUR 50m max. per project

	 Maximum loan under the “premium” programme part: typically EUR 10m max. per project

How

	 Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.

	 Co-financing of the subsidised plant under other KfW or ERP
programmes is not possible.
	 Aggregation of loans with other support funds from public
budgets is generally possible.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/270
	
Programme variant for renewable energies 	
standard
	
www.kfw.de/274  
	
Programme variant for renewable energies 	
standard (photovoltaics)
	
www.kfw.de/271  
	
Programme variant for renewable energies 	
premium
	
www.kfw.de/281  
	
Programme variant for renewable energies 	
premium for small enterprises
	
www.kfw.de/272
	
Programme variant for renewable energies - 	
	
premium - deep geothermal energy
	
www.kfw.de/282
	
Programme variant for renewable energies - 	
	
premium - deep geothermal energy for small 	
	
enterprises

	

	
	

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KfW-Umweltprogramm / KfW environmental programme
Aim

To support environmental protection measures by enterprises
in the commercial sector in Germany with a private majority
shareholding

Who

	 German and foreign companies in the commercial industries.

	 Freelance professionals, such as physicians, tax advisors, architects
	 Companies performing services for third parties within the
scope of a contracting agreement
	 Co-operation and operator models for government and public administration tasks
	 Projects outside Germany:
•	 Subsidiaries of German companies based outside Germany
•	 Joint ventures with a significant German share outside
Germany

What

	 All investment projects in Germany contributing towards a
major improvement of the environmental situation. This includes measures in the fields of resource efficiency/material
savings, avoidance/reduction of air pollution, odour emissions and noise (such as electromobility), waste avoidance,
treatment and recycling, waste water treatment, avoidance
and reduction, soil and groundwater protection as well as
rehabilitation of historical pollution and contaminated sites.
In conjunction with the measures described above, the costs
for planning and implementation support can also be funded.
	 Maximum sum typically of EUR 10m per project (or higher
subject to approval by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety)
	 Up to 100% of the investment costs eligible for support can
be financed.


	 The interest rate is determined by the applicant‘s bank in a
risk-related manner on the basis of the debtor‘s economic
situation (credit-worthiness) and the value of the collateral
provided for the loan.
	 The loans must be secured with customary collateral.

	 Support is subject to subsidy regulations which must be adhered to by KfW and the applicant.
	 Particularly low interest rates are available for small enterprises.

How

	 Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.

	 A loan under the KfW environmental programme can be
generally combined with other support instruments (loans
or grants/allowances) up to the maximum sums of the relevant EU subsidy limits on condition that the total sum consisting of loans, allowances or grants does not exceed the
total expenditure sum.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/240
	 	
Programme variant for small and medium-sized	
	 	
enterprises
              	
www.kfw.de/241   
	 	
Programme variant for small enterprises

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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KfW-Unternehmerkredit / KfW corporate loan
Subordinate and external capital
Aim

To finance investment and equipment for medium-sized enterprises

Who

	 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as German and foreign companies in the commercial industries
with a private majority shareholding who have been in business for at least five years and whose annual turnover (including affiliated companies) does not exceed EUR 500m
	 Freelance professionals, such as physicians, tax advisors, and
architects who have been active in business for at least three
years
	 Individuals renting or leasing commercial property

What

	 Investment and equipment up to 100%
	 For investment financing: loan of up to EUR 25m max. with
customary collateral
	 50% liability exemption is granted for investment costs if the
applicant has been in operation and/or active on the market
for at least two years.

	 For operating equipment financing: loan of up to EUR 5m
max. with customary collateral
	 50% liability exemption for equipment financing is granted
for SMEs only if these have been active on the market for at
least three years,
	 Customer-specific interest rate due to risk-compliant interest rate system and creditworthiness classes
	 SME window with favourable interest terms

How

	 Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.

	 This programme can be combined with other support programmes.

Where

Please submit your application via your bank to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/037
	 	
Programme variant for larger medium-sized 	 	
	 	
enterprises
	 	
www.kfw.de/047
	 	
Programme variant for small and medium-sized	
	 	
enterprises

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KMU-Fonds / SME fund
Aim

	 The SME fund serves as long-term financing for investments
and related operating equipment through founder and
growth loans of up to EUR 10m.
	 Founder and growth loans are generally granted together
	 with a commercial bank (“applicant’s bank”) or another
	 co-financing party.
	 If financing in co-operation with the applicant’s bank is not
possible, the latter’s participation can be waived in individ	 ual cases if the loan sum does not exceed EUR 250,000.
	 Micro-loans up to EUR 25,000 in a simplified procedure at
IBB (refer to page 52).

Who

Small and medium-sized commercial enterprises and freelance professionals as well as founders having a facility in Berlin are eligible. The project to be financed must be carried out
in Berlin.

What

	 Co-financing of investment in fixed assets (requiring the
long-term provision of funds within the scope of company
acquisitions, new establishments, as well as relocation, expansion, rationalisation and reinvestment measures) and in
operating equipment in conjunction with such investments
	 Financing of operating equipment for the expansion and/
or growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (for example, for pre-financing orders and for the development and
launch of new products)
	 Founder and early-phase financing during the first three
years up to EUR 250,000
	 Debt rescheduling and/or follow-up financing of projects already underway or completed, as well as financing for business rescue projects are generally ruled out.

How

	 Applications for loans without participation of the applicant’s bank are submitted directly to the SME fund via Investitionsbank Berlin who will then also grant the loan. Applications for loans with participation of the applicant’s bank are
submitted to the applicant’s bank which will then also grant
the loan.
	 The granting of the loan is contingent upon a sound business concept which promises the sustainable achieval and/
or consolidation or improvement of the company’s competitiveness as well as interest payments and redemption of the
loan according to the loan schedule.
	 Another major key criterion for the granting of a loan is the
guarantee of sufficient business expertise. This can also be
supplemented by coaching.
	 There is no obligation to provide financing.
	 The loan must be secured with the customary collateral, if
necessary, subject to agreement with the applicant’s bank.

This can be waived in the case of micro-loans of up to EUR
25,000 (refer to page 52).
	 In the case of partnerships and corporations, the shareholders and/or managing directors of the borrower company
who, due to their position have a major influence on the
company, must issue an absolute guarantee. This may also
be demanded of limited partners in the case of limited partnerships.
	 Loan of up to EUR 10m with joint financing by the applicant’s
bank, for instance, in the form of syndicated loans, plus at
least the same sum to be provided by the applicant’s bank or
another private financing party
	 Financing of newly founded companies is limited to EUR
250,000.
	 Redemption periods of up to 20 years (up to five years for
micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000). Redemption-free periods
can be agreed upon.
	 Interest rate is payable at market rates.
	 The loan is redeemed in instalments. Premature repayment
in part or in full is generally not foreseen. In the event of
premature repayment of the loan, the final borrower can be
charged a prepayment penalty. Final redemption terms for
syndicated loans are agreed to via the applicant’s bank.
	 Commitment interest is payable at a rate of 0.25% per month
(including incomplete months), beginning one month after
the commitment date, for any loan sums not yet paid out
(not applicable to micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000).
	 It is possible to combine a loan from the SME fund with business development measures by the federal government, the
federal state and the European Union.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your application and all the relevant documents for this
programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication
procedure, please visit: www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

European Regional Development Fund

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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KMU-Fonds – Mikrokredite bis 25 TEUR / SME fund - micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000
Loans of more than EUR 25,000 from the SME fund are granted
in a different procedure (refer to SME fund, page 51).

Aim

To finance expenditure for establishment, acquisition and expansion by founders as well as small and medium-sized commercial firms or freelance professionals in a simplified procedure in the form of micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000.

Who

Founders as well as small and medium-sized commercial enterprises and freelance professionals having their place of
business or a facility in Berlin are eligible.

What

	To finance:
•	Start-ups and consolidation projects
•	Acquisitions
•	Relocations
•	Expansion projects
•	New projects and concrete orders
	Debt rescheduling and/or follow-up financing of projects already underway or completed, as well as financing for business rescue projects are generally ruled out.

How

	The granting of a loan is contingent upon submission
of complete application documents prior to commencing
the project and, under certain conditions, a convincing
oral presentation of the project during an interview at
Investitionsbank Berlin.
	The project to be financed must be carried out in Berlin. Presentation of a business plan is usually not required.
	A key criterion for the granting of a loan is the guarantee of
sufficient business expertise. This can also be supplemented
by coaching.

	There is no obligation to provide financing.
	In the case of partnerships/corporations, the shareholders
and/or managing directors of the borrower company who,
due to their position have a major influence on the company, must issue an absolute guarantee. This may also be
demanded of limited partners in the case of limited partnerships. Other forms of collateral are not required.
	Typical term of six years. Redemption-free periods can be
agreed upon (typically one year).
	Interest rate is payable at market rates.
	The loan is usually redeemed in quarterly instalments. Premature repayment in part or in full is generally not foreseen.
In the event of premature repayment of the loan in exceptional cases, the borrower can be charged a prepayment
penalty.
	It is possible to combine a loan from the SME fund with business development measures by the federal government, the
federal state and the European Union.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (see page 126).

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your application and all the relevant documents for this
program. For a detailed description of the eApplication procedure, please visit www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

European Regional Development Fund

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Liquiditätshilfen BERLIN / BERLIN liquidity assistance
Aim

Support for commercial companies in difficulty (even within
the scope of insolvency proceedings) who need liquidity and
are planning to restructure. Jobs are to be secured, especially
through restructuring.  

Who

	 Commercial businesses with a branch or office in Berlin
which fulfil the SME criteria (a maximum workforce of 250
and maximum annual sales of EUR 50m or a maximum balance-sheet sum of EUR 43m).
	 The company‘s start-up phase (three years max.) has been
completed.

The following sectors are not eligible for support:
	 Companies in the coal mining and steel industries
	 Companies subject to specific rules for banks
	 Companies in agriculture, forestry and fisheries
	 Companies working in hospitality
	 Retail companies
	 Businesses in the construction and related industries
	 Residential building companies and developers
	 Consumption-orientated service companies (excluding
trades) and similar companies.

What

	 Loans typically of up to EUR 1m max. with a typical term of
five years with up to two years redemption free
	 Financing of non-cash expenses within the scope of reorganisation
	 Co-financing is a mandatory requirement
	 Interest rates adapted to the market situation
	 Provision of customary collateral

How

	 Applications are submitted using the electronic application procedure or IBB’s application form (checklist for the
required documents, application and other forms can be
found in the download centre on the website: www.ibb.de).
	 Tenable restructuring concept required

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747

Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your application and all the relevant documents for this
programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication
procedure, please visit: www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx
Further information:
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Mr Mario Pflücke
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-84 69

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Mikromezzaninfonds Deutschland / Micro-mezzanine funds Germany
Investment by Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBG) for small
and micro-enterprises from the ERP special funds of
the European Social Fund (ESF)
Aim

	 To strengthen the equity basis
	 To boost the risk-bearing capacity of the company
	 To improve the rating and hence borrowing options and   
lower interest rates
	 To finance capital investment and working capital (no debt
rescheduling, no rescue financing)

Who

	 Small and young companies as well as start-ups (SMEs)
	 Special target groups:
•	 Companies who provide vocational training
•	 Start-ups by previously unemployed people
•	 Companies managed by women or people with a migration background
•	 Commercially orientated social and environmental companies

What

	 Silent partnership by MBG (no voting rights and no control)
	 Investments amounting to EUR 10,000 to EUR 50,000
	 Term: up to ten years
	 Fixed handling fee of 8.0% p.a. plus
	 variable share in profits of 1.5% p.a.
	 Once-off handling fee of 3.5% of the investment amount
	 No physical collateral

How

	 Investment applications must be supported by a description
of the investment concept.
	 Investment can be combined with other programmes.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126)

Where

Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Berlin office
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55
E-mail: 	
berlin@mbg-bb.de
Internet: 	 www.mbg-bb.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business startups and young companies.

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Programm für Internationalisierung / Internationalisation programme
Programme parts: SME projects, joint projects,
networking

SME projects

Aim

SMEs in the manufacturing sector, production-related service
companies and commercial firms as well as SMEs from the
clusters having their registered office and/or a facility in Berlin.

	 To strengthen the international competitiveness of Berlin‘s
business sector and to support, in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises in developing new markets abroad.
The programme is specifically designed to drive internationalisation and the initiation of supra-regional and cross-border co-operation projects in order to boost the companies‘
growth potential and generate strong employment effects.
	 The individual programme elements, i. e. SME projects, joint
projects and networking projects, add up to modular and
co-ordinated support, for instance, for trade show and conference participation abroad, participation in shared trade
show booths, delegation visits and development of international networks.
	 Each support programme must be applied for separately.

Who

What

Support is provided for the following modules:
	 Participation in trade shows, exhibitions, exchanges, fashion
shows and showrooms abroad of a mostly international and
professional/technical nature unless such events primarily
serve as direct sales tools.
•	Grant of up to 50% of the eligible total expenditure, maximum of EUR 12,000 per individual measure and a minimum total expenditure level of EUR 6,000.
•	Support is provided for a maximum of three measures per
calendar year.

How

	 Applications must be submitted to Investitionsbank Berlin.
	 The application form must be submitted to IBB no later than
six weeks before the measure begins.
	 Measures may not be started, at the applicant‘s own risk, until IBB has received the application.
	 Retroactive support is not permitted.

This programme element is subject to de-minimis rules (refer
to page 126)

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax:	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail:	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet:	 www.ibb.de

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Joint projects
Who

Business-near institutions based in Berlin. These include, first
and foremost, chambers, associations and industry networks.

What

Support is available for the following modules with a grant for
up to 100% of total eligible expenditure and/or up to a maximum of EUR 150,000:
	 Joint and industry information booths at fairs and exhibitions of trans-regional relevance in Germany and abroad,
primarily such fairs and exhibitions that are recorded in the
Berlin-Brandenburg trade fair schedule. The Berlin-Brandenburg trade fair schedule is adopted by the senate department in charge of economic affairs following consultation
with the “internationalisation programme” advisory board.
	 Location presentations as well as contact and co-operation
exchanges, conferences, workshops and information events
in Germany and abroad that particularly serve the economic
interests of the Federal Land of Berlin.
	 Trips by company delegations that particularly serve the economic interests of the Federal Land of Berlin.

How

	 Applications must be submitted to Investitionsbank Berlin.
	 Applications must be submitted to IBB before the measure
begins.
	 In this context,
•	applications for support for joint projects and industry
information booths at trade fairs and exhibitions should
be submitted no later than twelve weeks after the federal
land trade fair schedule has been issued and
•	applications for the other modules must be submitted to
IBB at least six weeks before the measure begins.
	 Measures may not be started at the applicant‘s own risk until IBB has received the application.
	 Retroactive support is not permitted.

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail:	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet:	 www.ibb.de

European Regional Development Fund

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Networking
Who

Business-near institutions and industry networks with an international orientation and their own legal personality, with
economic aims and a registered office and/or facility in Berlin

What

The following modules are supported with a grant for up to
80% of the expenditure eligible for support over a period of
one to three years:
	 Networking projects of business players and science institutions in the region and beyond which specifically support
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Berlin in
overcoming internationalisation barriers and which thereby
support the establishment and development of sustainable
international co-operation projects.
	 The network projects must particularly serve the economic
interests of the Federal Land of Berlin.

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How

	 Two-stage application process (support request, support application) before Investitionsbank Berlin
	 Applications must be submitted to IBB no later than six
weeks before the measure begins.
	 IBB checks the application and forwards it to the senate department in charge of economic affairs for its comments, for
identifying the economic interest and for assessing the application from a subsidy law perspective.
	 Measures may not be started at the applicant‘s own risk until IBB has received the application.
	 Retroactive support is not permitted.

Where

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail:	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet:	 www.ibb.de

European Regional Development Fund

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Sofortkredit für Kaufleute / Immediate loan for trading businesses
Aim

Quick loan decisions for financing projects of Berlin-based
trade businesses in order to provide loans at short notice for
operating equipment or investment purposes with support
from Handelsverband Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. (HBB) when it
comes to compiling the documents necessary for the meeting
with the bank.

Who

	 Trading businesses based in the Berlin trading board district.

	 The company must be an SME according to the EU‘s definition, i.e., less than 250 employees, maximum annual sales of
EUR 50m or a maximum annual balance-sheet sum of EUR
43m.

What

	 Indemnity bonds are granted for a maximum of 80% of a
bank loan.
	 The company is planning a future-orientated project with a
sound concept.

	 Maximum loan sum of EUR 100,000.

How

	 Applications must be submitted to a bank, BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH or Handelsverband Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.

	 A business consultant commissioned by HBB and to be paid
by the applicant provides support when it comes to compiling the required documents (allowances for up to 50% are
possible).

	 The project must be supported by a positive statement from
the business consultant acting on behalf of HBB.

	 Applications must be supported by full, relevant documentation concerning the project/concept and shareholders/
management (including proposed collateral).
	 The applicant‘s bank and BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH perform a parallel check. A decision
is typically made within one week after submission of the
complete documents.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Ms Stefanie Tonn
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-35

Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-55

E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Handelsverband Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
Mehringdamm 48, 10961 Berlin
Mr Klaus Fischer
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 8 81 77 38
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 8 81 18 65
E-mail: 	
info@hbb-ev.de  
Internet: 	 www.hbb-ev.de

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VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin / VC Fund Creative Industries Berlin
Investment capital for Berlin-based businesses in the
creative sector
Aim

With the VC Fund Creative Industries Berlin, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft invests venture capital in growth companies in
different sectors of the creative industry, thereby strengthening their equity basis. The funds are primarily provided in order
to finance the development and launch of innovative, scalable
products or services in order to achieve quick company growth.

Who

VC Fund Creative Industries Berlin invests in companies which
fulfil the following investment criteria:
	 Innovative business models
	 High scaling and value increase potential
	 Part of the focal areas of the creative industry
	 Companies with innovative unique selling propositions
	 Founder and management teams with high levels of personal and professional competence
	 Companies that are still in the early phase; financing for
growth is only possible in subsequent financing rounds.
	 Good medium-term exit prospects
The company should be owned primarily by shareholders who
are actively involved, it should have its place of business in
Berlin and fulfil the EU’s criteria for small and medium-sized
enterprises, and it must be a corporation. Furthermore, pursuant to the Community guidelines for state aid for rescuing
and restructuring firms, the company in question may not be
in difficulty.

What

	 Minority shares in equity
	 Initial investments: typically between EUR 200,000 and     
EUR 1m
	 In subsequent rounds with existing and/or new investors,
the commitment can be increased to a total investment of
up to EUR 4m, depending on the equity demand.

How

	 Applicants should contact IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
directly.
	 A brief description and/or a presentation form the basis for a
first meeting. Strictly confidential handling is warranted.
	 Participation by VC Fund Creative Industries Berlin is generally contingent upon other partners, such as venture capital
companies, industrial enterprises or Business Angels, participating in the company to at least the same degree as VC
Fund Creative Industries Berlin.

Where

IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-3201
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-3202
E-mail: 	
venture@IBB-Bet.de
Internet: 	 www.IBB-Bet.de

European Regional Development Fund

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Business start-ups
Pages 17 to 26
Investment and working capital
Pages 27 to 60
Technology, research and development
Pages 61 to 82
Subsidies within the scope
of labour-market policy
Pages 83 to 94
Consultancy and in-house training
Pages 95 to 114
Commercial property and space,
founder and innovation centres
Pages 115 to 122

Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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Berlin Innovativ / Berlin Innovation
Aim

	 Berlin Innovation is a low-interest financing offer for innovative medium-sized enterprises with 70% risk relief for the
banks transmitting the loans.
	 Financing is made possible via the InnovFin SME guarantee,
a facility backed under the Horizon 2020 Programme of the
European Union (Framework Programme for Research and
Innovation, refer to page 70) as well as the European Fund
for Strategic Investments (“EFSI”) set up under the Investment Plan for Europe. The EFSI aims to secure the financing
and implementation of productive investments in the European Union and to improve access to financing.

Who

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as larger
medium-sized companies with fewer than 500 employees
fulfilling at least one innovation criterion of the InnovFin SME
loan guarantee facility at the time of application:
	 Production or development or innovative products, processes or services where a technology or marketed-related risk of
failure exists.
	 The company has been on the market for less than 12 years
and has grown (turnover or workforce) by an average of
more than 20% p.a., with at least ten full-time employees
employed at the beginning of the period under observation.
	 The share of the company's expenditure for research, development and innovation reaches at least one of the threshold
values specified (refer to IBB's website).
	 At least 80% of the loan sum is used to finance expenditure
for research, development and innovation activities.
	 During the past three years, the company was supported
under a public innovation programme (for instance, Pro FIT,
Coaching BONUS).
	 During the past two years, the company has received funds
from a VC investor or business angel or these are still partners/shareholders of the company at the time of application.
	 During the past two years, the company has received an innovation award from an EU institution.
	 During the past two years, an intellectual property right (for
instance, a patent) was registered for the company and the
loan is intended to enable the exploitation of this right.
	 The company needs financing in order to enter a new market (in terms of products or geographical location); financing must total more than 50% of the company's average
annual turnover of the past five years.

What

	 Loans for:
•	Investment
•	Operating equipment
•	Research and innovation projects
	 Subject to the following terms and conditions:
•	Loan amount: typically EUR 100,000 to EUR 2m
•	Paid out in full
•	70% redemption from liability through IBB
•	Flexible terms ranging from three to ten years
•	Favourable, risk-differentiated interest rate
•	Payments are effected each quarter and in arrears.
	 T he current terms and conditions can be found at: 	
www.ibb.de/berlininnovativ.

How

	 Please submit your application via your bank before commencing with the project.
	 The documents can be downloaded from the IBB website.
	 The decision as to whether the loan is to be granted is made
by the applicant's bank on the basis of a credit assessment
and collateral check. If this check is positive, the bank approves the loan on the application form and passes the documents on to IBB. Due to the redemption from liability for
the applicant's bank, IBB also performs a credit assessment.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Applications must be submitted via your bank.
Consultancy services are also available from
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
At the time the 2016/2017 Business Support Guide went to
press, some framework conditions for the Berlin Innovation
programme had not yet been finally determined. For up-todate information, please visit IBB's website.

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Design Transfer Bonus
Aim

	 Small and medium-sized enterprises are to be given better
access to design services in order to strengthen the competitiveness of their products and services.
	 The aim is the early and application-orientated involvement
of the professional competence of the design industry and/
or universities in the innovation process of SMEs. Co-operation between the design industry and SMEs is to strengthen
regional competence and to initiate and support efforts to
access international markets.

Who

	 Support is offered to small and medium-sized enterprises
having their registered office or a facility in Berlin and pursuing activities eligible for support according to the up-todate requirements of the “Improvement of the regional economic structure (GRW)” common task programme (fulfilling
the requirements of the primary effect) and whose project or
service is highly innovation-related.
	 Eligible applicants are technology-orientated, legally independent, profit-orientated small and medium-sized enterprises wishing to or actually developing and introducing
their own products, processes or services on the market.

What

	 Design know-how transfer projects from design firms and
universities to SMEs are supported.

	 Support is available exclusively for design projects and
measures related to the development of new products and
services and/or to improving the quality of existing products
and services. The design projects and measures must be related to applied research and development.
	 Support is only available for services by design firms which
are legally independent of the applicant enterprise or for
universities.

	 The service provider must have proven design competence
and his registered office in Berlin or Brandenburg. The companies commissioned, including individual companies, must
be experienced and competent. This must be proven by at
least one credential from a comparable field.

	 Expenditure on external measures and activities related to
planning, development and implementation is subsidised
when such activities are geared towards designing new or
modified products, services and production processes to
market or production maturity. This includes interface and
interaction design for new software-based products and
processes as well as service design.

How

	 Aid is granted in the form of project support as a non-repayable subsidy. Support is available in the form of pro-rata financing of 70% of expenditure eligible for support, however,
up to a maximum of EUR 15,000.
	 The allowance cannot be combined with other federal or  
federal-state programmes is not possible.

	 The term of a project should not exceed six months.
	 Support can be approved several times, however, generally
for a maximum of three, clearly distinct projects (which can
be based on each other). Exceptions are subject to approval
by the senate department in charge of business.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Advice can be obtained regarding the formalities and application procedure from:
B.&S.U. mbH Beratungs- und
Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH
Saarbrücker Straße 38 a, 10405 Berlin
Ms Jenny Dittner
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 90 42-72

Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 3 90 42-31

E-mail: 	
info@designtransferbonus.de  
Internet: 	 www.designtransferbonus.de

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ERP-Innovationsprogramm / ERP innovation programme
Aim

Long-term financing of market-near research and development of new products, production processes or  services

Who

	 Established, small and medium-sized enterprises and freelance professionals who have been active on the market for
more than two years and who pursue an innovative project
or who essentially contribute towards such a project by an
innovative concept.
	 With consolidated turnover of up to and including EUR 125m,
the project must be new for the company receiving support.
	 With consolidated turnover of between EUR 125m and EUR
500m, the project must be particularly worth supporting.
	 The company's annual sales may not exceed EUR 500m.

What

	 A financing package comprising outside capital and a junior
loan, the ratio between the financing components depends
on the group's turnover.
	 Up to EUR 5m for each project during the R&D phase (for instance personnel costs, overheads, investment costs for R&D
projects, quality assurance measures).

How

	 Applications must be submitted prior to commencing the
project.
	 This programme can be combined with other subsidy programmes.
	 When applying for an integrated finance package consisting
of investment capital and a junior loan, the investment capital part cannot be secured by guarantees issued by guarantee banks.
	 Customary collateral is required for the outside capital share,
no collateral is required for the junior component.

Where

Please submit your application via your bank directly to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/180   
	 	
Programme variant for the outside capital
	 	
www.kfw.de/181   
	 	
Programme variant for the junior loan
	 	
www.kfw.de/184
	 	
Programme variant for purely outside
	 	
capital financing
	 	
www.kfw.de/190   
	 	
Programme variant for the outside capital
	 	
instalment for small companies
	 	
www.kfw.de/191   
	 	
Programme variant for the junior loan
	 	
instalment for small companies
	 	
www.kfw.de/194   
	 	
Programme variant for purely outside capital
	 	
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ERP-Startfonds / ERP start fund
Aim

	 To finance the capital requirements of young innovative
technology companies
	 The company develops new or essentially enhanced products, processes and services and/or introduces these to the
market.

Who

Small technology companies in the commercial sector (corporations) with their place of business in Germany and which
meet with the EU's definition for small enterprises, i.e.
	 companies employing a staff of less than 50 and either
	 record annual sales of no more than EUR 10m or
	 a balance sheet of no more than EUR 10m and
	 which have not been in business for more than ten years.
The involvement of another investor (lead investor) is a precondition for financing under the ERP start fund.

What

	 Investment capital
	 Maximum amount: EUR 5m max. per company, EUR 2.5m
max. in the first and ervery further possible round of financing
	 KfW invests up to 50% of the total financing required, however, no more than the amount invested by the lead investor.
	 KfW and the lead investor will invest without requiring collateral.
	 Investment is only subject to the de-minimis rule if co-financing is provided by public lead investors or by investors
whose investment has a grant nature.

How

KfW invests subject to the same terms and conditions as the
respective lead investor (“pari passu”).

Where

Technology companies and the lead investors should forward
their applications for investment to KfW.
KfW Bankengruppe
Ludwig-Erhard-Platz 1-3, 53179 Bonn
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de/136
Editorial note:
Please note that the ERP start fund will in future limit its
activities to follow-up investment in its portfolio companies and discontinued its new business in mid-March 2016.
It was replaced with the 'coparion' fund. This new venture
capital instrument is also designed for companies in the
start-up and early growth phases and upholds the principle
to invest in a company always together with a private lead
investor who provides at least the same amount of capital
subject to the same economic terms. Further information
can be found at: www.coparion.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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EXIST-Forschungstransfer / EXIST research transfer
Aim

With the EXIST research transfer programme, the Federal
Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provides support in
two phases for outstanding research-based start-up projects
which require complex and high-risk development work.

Who

	During the first phase, support is provided to researcher
teams at universities and non-university research institutions (maximum of three scientists and technical assistants)
and one team member with business expertise.
	During the second phase, support is provided for technology-orientated companies which were established as a result of the first support phase.

What

	During the first support phase, research results which have
the potential to become the basis for establishing a company are to be developed further. The aim is to perform development work in order to demonstrate technical feasibility,
develop prototypes and a business plan and finally to establish the company.
	During the second development phase, further development work can be performed to achieve market maturity.
The aim is to start business activities and to secure external
follow-up financing for the company.

How

	During the first support phase, expenditure for a maximum
of four jobs as well as material expenditure of up to EUR
250,000 can be supported. This includes, for instance, commodities, consumables, capital goods, property rights, market research as well as the awarding of contracts and coaching measures.
	The eligible project-related expenses serve as the calculation
basis. Support can be provided for up to 100%. The Federal
Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy finances up to 90%
of start-up projects by non-university research institutes.
The first support phase has a term of up to 18 months. In individual cases, a term of up to 36 months can be applied for
in the case of highly innovative development projects which
can be demonstrated to be particularly time-consuming.

	During the second support phase, a non-redeemable grant
of up to EUR 180,000, however, for no more than 75% of the
specific costs of the project, can be granted. This support is
relevant in terms of de-minimis rules.
	As a precondition for support, the company must contribute
its own funds and, if applicable, venture capital at a ratio of
1:3 (EUR 60,000). The second support phase has a term of up
to 18 months.
	Two stage support process: During the first phase, project
briefs for support phase I from 1 to 31 January and from 1 to
31 July of a calendar year must be submitted to Projektträger
Jülich (PtJ). Six months before the end of support phase I, the
application for support during phase II can be submitted if
the company establishment is to be pursued further.
Part of the support funds under this programme is subject to
de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Projektträger Jülich (PtJ), Berlin office
Zimmerstraße 26-27, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 01 99-31 27
ptj-exist-forschungstransfer@fz-juelich.de
E-mail: 	
Internet: 	 www.exist.de
Editorial note:
The EXIST research transfer project of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is co-financed by the
European Social Fund. Amendments to be considered in
conjunction with support can be found in the new attachments to the support notice and on the websites of the European Social Fund.

This offer is particularly suitable for business start-ups and young
companies.

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EXIST-Gründerstipendium / EXIST founder grant
Aim

With the EXIST founder grant, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports preparations by university students, graduates and scientists from universities and
non-university institutions wishing to transpose their start-up
concept to a business plan. The start-up project should be an
innovative, technology-orientated or science-based (service)
project with good economic prospects.

Who

	 Scientists at public, non-profit
•	 u
 niversities
•	 n
 on-university research institutes
	 University graduates and former scientific staff (up to five
years after graduation or leaving)
	 University students who have completed at least half of the
term of their studies at the time the application is submitted
	 Founder teams with up to three members where the majority of members are university students are supported in
exceptional cases only.
	 One of the up to three team members can also be supported
on condition that this member has completed qualified vocational training as a technical employee.
	 The final examination of one team member may be more
than five years ago.

What

How

	 The university or non-university research institute
•	submits the application,
•	appoints a mentor,
•	is a member of a founder network,
•	provides a mentor and a workplace for the founder and
warrants the free use of its infrastructure
•	manages the support funds.
	 The founder
•	receives coaching services from the founder network
•	visits a one-day “founder personality” seminar
•	presents first results for the business plan after five months
•	submits the business plan after ten months
•	is responsible for paying taxes and social insurance contributions.
	 Applications can be submitted at any time by the university
or non-university research institute.
	 The company can be founded during the support phase,
however, not before support commences.

Where

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Projektträger Jülich (PtJ), Berlin office
Zimmerstraße 26-27, 10969 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 01 99-4 61
E-mail: 	
ptj-exist-gruenderstipendium@fz-juelich.de
Internet: 	 www.exist.de

Support is provided for innovative, technology-orientated
start-up projects and innovative, science-based services based
on scientific results for the following purposes:
	 Securing personal subsistence through a grant:
•	founders with a doctoral degree: EUR 3,000 per month
•	university graduates: EUR 2,500 per month
•	university students: EUR 1,000 per month
•	children's allowance: EUR 100 per month per child
	 Material expenditure: up to EUR 30,000 (EUR 10,000 for       
individuals)
	 Coaching: EUR 5,000
Support is granted for a maximum term of one year.

This offer is particularly suitable for business start-ups and young
companies.

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Förderinitiative KMU-innovativ des BMBF / SME innovative support
initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Aim

	 Since 2007, the SME innovative support initiative by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been
opening up access to research funding specifically for top
research projects by small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs). It also especially addresses young enterprises with
limited experience in the field of research support so that
they can implement demanding research projects faster.
	 The criteria for financing are excellence and innovation level
of the project as well as good exploitation prospects.
	 Financing is available for industrial research and pre-competition development projects in order to strengthen the
innovative capabilities of SMEs in Germany in the following
fields:
•	 Biotechnology
•	 Material research
•	 Information and communication technologies
•	 Production technology
•	 Technologies for resource and energy efficiency
•	 Medical technology
•	 Civil security research
•	 Photonics

Who

	 Research-intensive enterprises and enterprise-near service
providers fulfilling the criteria of SMEs defined by the European Commission
	 Research facilities and large enterprises co-operating with
the companies

What

Financing is available for high-risk, technology-spanning and
application-orientated industrial research and pre-competition development projects. Support details are laid down in
the respective public support notification.

How

	 The financing procedure is divided into two phases. During
the first phase, project outlines can be submitted at any
time.
	 Project proposals submitted compete with each other.
	 Uniform deadlines for evaluating the project outlines submitted: 15 April and 15 October.
	 On the basis of the evaluation, applications are then submitted on the project ideas selected for financing.

Where

The enterprise pilot service of the ”research and innovation“
support advisory service unit advises on all aspects of the research projects and establishes contacts with the appropriate
office to which applications are to be sent:
Förderberatung “Forschung und Innovation” des Bundes
(“Research and innovation” subsidy consultancy by the
federal government)
Enterprise guidance service
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Project sponsor Jülich (PtJ)
Zimmerstraße 26-27, 10969 Berlin
Telephone: 	08 00 / 2 62 30 09 (free of charge in Germany only)
E-mail: 	
lotse@kmu-innovativ.de  
Internet: 	 www.kmu-innovativ.de

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High-Tech Gründerfonds / High-tech founder fund
Aim

The high-tech founder fund invests venture capital in young,
promising technology companies which commercially implement research results with very good prospects. With the
help of seed finance, the start-ups are to develop the technology-based innovation up to the provision of a prototype or
”proof of concept“  or up to market introduction. The high-tech
founder fund provides seed financing of EUR 500,000 max.
and can invest up to EUR 2m per company in subsequent financing rounds. It also supports the company management
through coaching and networking when necessary. The investors involved in these public-private partnership projects
are the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, KfW
Bankengruppe as well as 18 commercial enterprises: ALTANA,
BASF, Bayer, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE, Daimler, Deutsche
Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more
venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. The high-tech founder
fund has a volume of around EUR 576m (Fund I with EUR 272m
and Fund II with EUR 304m).

Who

	 Small enterprises within the meaning of the EU definition
(less than 50 employees, annual sales or an annual balance
sheet total of a maximum of EUR 10m) with a registered office and a facility or independent branch in Germany.
	 Operative business must have started no more than one
year previous.
	 Activities must focus on an R&D project.
	 The technological know-how must be tied up in the company.
	 Industrial and intellectual property rights should be available and/or contributed to the company on an unlimited
and exclusive basis.

What

	 Combination of open shareholding and junior loan of up to
initially EUR 500,000 and a total of EUR 2m

	 Applicants based in Berlin and the east German Federal    
Laender must contribute at least 10% (20% in the rest of  
Germany).
	 Half of the applicant's own contribution can be made available by a so-called side investor.
	 The high-tech founder fund acquires 15% of the company’s
share at nominal value (without company rating) and grants
to the company a subordinated shareholder's loan with a
conversion option.
	 Term of the loan agreement: seven years
	 Interest (10% per annum) respite is available during the first
four participation years, and also includes a conversion option.
	 It is welcomed when side investors (seed funds, business
angels, institutional investors) invest financially in the company.
	 In exceptional cases, if private investors contribute at least
the same amount as the high-tech founder fund, the fund
can accept the participation terms in a market-conforming
manner.
	 The high-tech founder fund supports the company’s management through coaching and dedicated networks.

How

	 More detailed information can be found on the website of
the high-tech founder fund.
	 Presentation of the business plan or of a pitch deck
	 A qualified statement and recommendation should be submitted by a coach or reference partner of the fund. However,
this is not a precondition (refer to website).
	 Can be combined with other support measures.

Where

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Schlegelstraße 2, 53113 Bonn
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 2 28 / 82 30 01-00
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 2 28 / 82 30 01-50
E-mail: 	
info@htgf.de
Internet: 	 www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Horizont 2020 / Horizon 2020
EU framework programme for research and innovation
Aim

Horizon 2020 is the central instrument implementing the Innovation Union and is geared to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy. The programme promotes research and innovation activities along the entire value chain: from the idea
right through to the development of prototypes.
The aim is to close the gap that exists between research and
market launch. This is why the previous programmes, i.e. the
7th framework research programme (FP7), the competitiveness and innovation framework programme (CIP) and the     
European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) have
now been brought together under Horizon 2020. Fast market
establishment of new technologies and non-technological developments, services and processes is aimed at securing Europe’s competitiveness.

Who

	 Companies, universities, public and private research institutes, municipalities, associations in co-operation with   
partners.
	 A minimum of three independent institutions from three
different countries (member states or associated countries)
must participate in a project.
	 This newly developed SME instrument expressly addresses
small and medium-sized enterprises. They do not necessarily
need a consortium partner for successful application as long
as “added value for Europe” can be demonstrated and justified.
	 Partners from third countries can take part in the application process as additional partners.

What

	 Horizon 2020 is based on three key pillars: “Societal challenges”, “Industrial leadership” and “Excellent science”. Each of
these priorities will have funding of EUR 27bn, EUR 16bn and
EUR 26bn, respectively, up to 2020.
	 The remaining amount of EUR 2bn from the overall budget
of EUR 70bn will flow into research and administrative
measures by Euratom.
	 The three basic pillars are broken down into topic areas
(challenges).
	 The challenges reflect the structure of the work programme.
The “Energy” challenge, for instance, contains the corresponding “Energy” work programme.
	 The work programmes will be published on a two-year basis
and contain the specific calls, arranged according to focus
areas.
	 The “Energy” work programme, for instance, contains the focus areas of “energy efficiency” and “competitive energy with
a low carbon share”.  
	 The individual calls are listed according to the focus areas.
	 The so-called participants portal (http://ec.europa.eu/
research/participants/portal/desktop/en) can be used to
search for the respective call using topic-relevant search
words.

Societal challenges
	 Health, demographic change and wellbeing
	 Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime
research and the bioeconomy
	 Secure, clean and efficient energy
	 Smart, green and integrated transport
	 Climate protection, environment, resource efficiency and
raw materials
	 Europe in a changing world
	 Secure societies
Industrial leadership
	 Leadership in industry and key technologies
	 Information and communication technologies
	 Nanotechnologies
	 Materials
	 Biotechnology
	 Manufacturing and processing
	 Space
	 Access to risk finance
	 Innovation in SMEs
Excellent science
	 Future and emerging technologies (FETs)
	 Marie Sklodowska Curie measures
	 European research infrastructures

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How

	 Formal application as part of regular calls for proposals which
are published in the EU's Official Journal C as well as at:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en
	 Other details can be found in these calls.

Where

	 Applications within the scope of Horizon 2020 can only be
submitted in electronic form via the Internet-based SEP
(Submission & Evaluation in the Participant Portal). Applicants require an ECAS account (European Commission Authentification Service) with a validated e-mail address. This
account is easy to set up.
	 Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie supports
companies and research institutes during the application
process within the framework of Horizon 2000 via the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) with a total of ten experts in
Berlin and Brussels. The Brussels office forwards the requests
to the relevant EU organisations and offices.
	 The EEN informs companies and research institutes about
innovation-orientated developments, initiatives and programmes of the European Union and supports them in their
search for business and technology partners. It serves as a
local guide by providing comprehensive information from
Brussels. Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie is the
co-ordinator of the Berlin-Brandenburg EEN in the capital
city region.

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	 Via the EEN, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie
offers companies and research institutes focused, industry-specific information about Horizon 2020 with an H2020
e-mail service. The H2020 e-mail service provides up-to-date
information about calls for tenders, contents and participation offerings as well as events and workshops in Brussels
or in the region. Subscribers can subscribe to the service according to their specific industries and focal areas. Customers can also receive e-alerts for news on relevant events. Free
subscription to the H2020 e-mail service is possible via the
website of EEN Berlin-Brandenburg at:
www.eu-service-bb.de.
We also recommend regularly tracking news from the EEN
at: www.eu-service-bb.de.
Information and advice:
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Ms Anke Wiegand
Project manager, EU and International Services
Co-ordinator, EEN Berlin-Brandenburg I Brussels office
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 91
E-mail: 	
anke.wiegand@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de and
	 	
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INNO-KOM-Ost/Innovationskompetenz Ost / Innovation Competence East
R&D support for external, non-profit industry research
facilities in east Germany
Aim

To support industrial research in order to maintain and
strengthen its innovation competence and to develop new,
market-orientated products and processes

Who

Support is available to legally independent, non-profit research facilities which are based in Berlin and the new Federal Laender and which do not receive institutional support.

What

	 VF module: Preparatory research projects	
	
Precondition: scientific approach and a wide range of potential applications
	 MF module: Market-orientated R&D projects	 	
Precondition: prospects for technological and economic
success
	 IZ module: Investment grant	
	
	
Precondition: performance of projects under the VF or MF
module

How

	 VF module: Preparatory research projects
•	 Financing rate of 90% max.
•	 Maximum financing sum of EUR 500,000
•	 Max. share of 10% of R&D personnel eligible for financing
	 MF module: Market-orientated R&D projects
•	 Financing rate of 70% max.
•	 Maximum financing sum of EUR 375,000
•	 Max. share of 50% of R&D personnel eligible for financing

The following items are eligible for financing:
	 Personnel expenditure
	 General expenditure
	 Expenditure on material and small equipment
	 Expenditure on individual devices
	 Expenditure for other purposes (for instance, project-related research orders to third parties, expenditure on patents,
licenses)
	 IZ module: Investment grant
•	 Financing rate of 90% max.
•	 Maximum financing sum: per facility and budget year
< 50 employees: EUR 250,000 max.
< 250 employees: EUR 500,000 max.
The following items are eligible for financing:
	 Expenditure on new machines, devices, instruments, equipment, intangible assets and
	 Expenditure on construction measures to put the above
into operation

Where

EuroNorm Gesellschaft für Qualitätssicherung
und Innovationsmanagement mbH
Stralauer Platz 34, 10243 Berlin
Ms Antje Fuchs, CEO EuroNorm GmbH
Mr Marcus Netzel, Head of the project sponsor organisation
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 70 03-0 43
E-mail: 	
inno-kom-ost@euronorm.de
Internet: 	 www.innovation-beratung-foerderung.de

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Pro FIT-Frühphasenfinanzierung / Pro FIT early phase financing
Programme to promote research, innovation
and technologies
Aim

	 The aim of Pro FIT early phase financing is to improve financing possibilities for technology companies in the early phase
of their establishment.
	 Pro FIT early phase financing will make it easier for technology-orientated founders to set up their business infrastructure and personnel capacities and to make use of the necessary services.

Who

	 Applications will be accepted from newly established technology-oriented small firms with their place of business in
Berlin who are attempting to perform an innovation project
(anchor project).
	 The companies should be no older than six months in order
to receive financing from early phase 1, and no older than 18
months if applying for financing from early phase 2.
	 In order to receive Pro FIT early phase financing, a mentor
(motivator, networker, sparring partner) is also required
who is committed to the newly established company, has
the necessary entrepreneurial experience and has at least a
small stake in the company's financing.

What

	 During both early phases, financing is available for all of the
newly established company’s necessary expenses (personnel expenses, investment, as well as ongoing operating expenditure) which are neither directly linked to the “anchor
project” nor incurred in conjunction with sales-related customer orders.
	 Financing is provided, depending on the respective early
phase, in the form of non-repayable grants and/or low-interest loans. In both early phases, financing is available to cover
100% of expenses eligible for support.
	 Early phase 1:
• 	Up to 50% of expenses in early phase 1 are financed with a
non-repayable grant and a loan.
• 	Early phase 1 can last for up to one year.
• 	The innovation project (anchor project) must begin during
this time and no later than at the end of early phase 1.
	 Early phase 2:
• 	Expenses in early phase 2 are financed with a loan.
• 	Early phase 2 ends at the latest when then anchor project
ends.
	 Total financing for both phases can amount to a maximum
sum of EUR 500,000 with financing in early phase 1 limited
to EUR 200,000.
	 Loans in early phase 1 are usually granted as interest-free
loans.
	 Loans in early phase 2 are low-interest loans.
	 The loans have a term of up to ten years.
	 It is possible to agree to final-maturity payment and a declaration of subordination.
	 The loans are granted without the need to provide collateral.

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How

The project is usually examined in two stages:
1st stage: Project proposal
	In the first stage of the application proposal, applications
must be submitted not just on a form but also along with
a detailed business plan (with text and figures) as well
as a description of the “anchor project”. Submissions must
be sent to Investitionsbank Berlin using the secure new
“eAntrag” procedure or as an electronically secured upload.
	If prototypes are already available, the technological innovation content and the USPs of the planned product must also
be presented.
	The figures in the business plan must show, separate from
other company expenses, the expenditure expected for the
“anchor project”, for other planned financed projects as well
as for business included in the profit and loss account.
	The key budget items must be explained.
	Based on the documents submitted and a personal presentation by the founders, an external expert will assess the matter on the basis of the following aspects: technology, market
environment, market launch strategy, budget consistency
and team, in order to determine whether the planned business concept is generally suitable for and worth financing.
	If the result of this assessment is positive, IBB will inform the
applicant of the early phase financing possible under Pro FIT
(type and amount of financing) which was determined on
the basis of the expenditure found to be eligible for financing and will then recommend that the application be submitted.

2nd stage: Application
	In the second stage of application, the expenditure and plan
adopted as part of the application recommendation must
be supplemented by commercial documents regarding the
applicant's economic situation.
	The major shareholders must submit suitable information
(individuals, for instance, must submit a voluntary disclosure statement).
	Based on this, IBB then performs an overall economic assessment.
	Only when the application has been received by IBB can the
early phase project begin at the applicant's own financial
risk.

Where

The interactive, user-friendly forms and brochures, as well as
legal information can be downloaded from IBB’s website.
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747

Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your project proposal and all the relevant documents for
this programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication procedure, please visit www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Pro FIT-Projektfinanzierung / Pro FIT project financing
Programme to promote research, innovation 	
and technologies
Aim

Pro FIT can be used to finance technology-orientated projects
during all phases of the innovation process, from research to
market introduction.

Who

Applications can be submitted by businesses and research institutes with their place of business or an independently organised facility in Berlin:
	 Companies
•	 SMEs: alone or together with companies or research institutes
•	 Non-SMEs: only in conjunction with SMEs and research institutes
	 Research facilities:
•	 only in conjunction with at least one company

What

	 Support is available for single and combined projects in the
phases of industrial research, experimental development as
well as production development, market preparation and
market launch.
	 Support is available for project-related personnel expenditure, external costs, capital investment, non-personnel expenditure, registration of intellectual property rights, costs
in conjunction with plant and equipment use, as well as expenditure related to market launch and market preparation.
	 Support is granted, depending on the innovation phase, in
the form of non-repayable grants and/or low-interest loans.
	 Non-repayable grants of up to EUR 400,000 (per project or,
in the case of collaboration projects, per project partner) can
be made available for research and development projects
by businesses and research institutions. Maximum support
percentages for project expenditure eligible for support total up to:

•	 Industrial research phase:
-	 80% (including the SME and collaboration bonus)
•	 Experimental development phase:
-	 40% only in the case of research institutes collaborating
with other parties
-	 25% only in the case of large enterprises collaborating
with other parties
	 In the case of allowance-free financing and support programmes for research and development projects by research
institutes, the support rate totals up to 75% or up to 100%,
respectively, of the project-related expenditure in as far as
financing from public basic financing resources can be obtained.
	 In order to finance projects during the phase of experimental development as well as production development, market preparation and market launch undertaken by small
and medium-sized enterprises, support is granted in the
form of low-interest loans of up to EUR 1m or a maximum
of 80% of the costs eligible for support per project. The following terms and conditions apply to low-interest loans:
•	 The loans have a term of up to eight years.
•	 The interest rates on loans are below market conditions.
Small enterprises additionally benefit from an interest   
bonus of 0.25%.
•	 The loan is normally secured by pro-rata absolute guarantees by the relevant shareholders. Guarantees can be
waived if the shareholders contribute a reasonable share
towards project and/or company financing.
	
• Loans for establishing production, market preparation
and market launch are granted as de-minimis assistance. This may result in a limit to the loan amount.

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How

The application procedure consists of two stages as follows.
1st stage: Project proposal
	 First of all, the proposed project must be clearly described on
the interactive “Project proposal” form and submitted to Investitionsbank Berlin's Pro FIT finance planner using the secure new “eAntrag” procedure or the electronically protected
update procedure.
	 In the case of group projects, separate forms must be completed by each project partner and then submitted by the
group co-ordinator.
	 Two external experts analyse the proposed project in technical terms and assess its market relevance shortly after submission.
	 Given a positive outcome of the examination, the possible
form (type and amount of subsidy) is determined, and the
applicant is advised to file an official application.

Where

The interactive, user-friendly forms and brochures, as well as
legal information can be downloaded from IBB’s Website.
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your project proposal and all the relevant documents for
this programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication procedure, please visit www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

2nd stage: Project application
	 After the formal application documents have been submitted to Investitionsbank Berlin, applicants can start the      
project at their own risk.
	 During the application phase, the examination focuses
on whether the financial and economic preconditions for
granting financial support are fulfilled.
	 The subsidy committee decides at monthly meetings
whether to grant allowances, as well as on the terms and
conditions to which such allowances are subject from case
to case.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules if support is
granted in the form of a loan (refer to page 126).

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Programm Innovationsassistent/-in / Innovation assistant programme
Aim

	 To protect and strengthen the competitiveness of small and
medium-sized enterprises, especially in the clusters defined
within the scope of the joint Berlin-Brandenburg innovation
strategy which are of paramount importance for structural
change in the region.
	 To facilitate access to scientific results for newly established
and existing businesses and hence to accelerate the commercial exploitation of these results.
	 To create permanent jobs and to promote a high level of employment and economic growth in Berlin.
	 These goals will be achieved by the new scientific insights
and methods contributed by the innovation assistant to the
company which enable the in-house innovation process on a
project basis with a view to both technology and economics.

Who

	 Eligible applicants are technology-orientated small and medium-sized enterprises wishing to or actually developing
and introducing own products, processes or services on the
market. The relevant development steps are performed by
the company.
	 SMEs other than technology-orientated businesses are eligible if the project in which the innovation assistant is to be
involved and his or her activities have major technology links
and also involve an in-house development component to a
significant extent.
	 Applicants must have at least one facility in Berlin.

What

	 Support is available for innovative projects which are implemented within the scope of qualified, new employment
contracts to be entered into with graduates from universities, universities of applied sciences or institutions offering
similar, state-recognised degrees.
	 At the time the employment contract is signed, the prospective employee may not have graduated more than 24
months ago.
	 The employee to be financed should not replace any other
	 employee in the company. The job created must be for a
	 newly created position or in a new sphere of responsibility.

	 The jobs to be financed for graduates with project/task-    
specific qualifications must:
•	 focus on the development, production and/or marketing
of technologically innovative products, methods or services with good market prospects, or
•	 involve activities which are based on in-house innovative
technical and/or commercial tasks.
	 Support will be granted as a project-related contribution to
up to 50% of the innovation assistant’s gross taxable salary
for a period of twelve months.
	 Since maximum salary costs of EUR 40,000 are considered,
support is limited to EUR 20,000.
	 No more than two innovation assistants can be supported at
the same time.

How

	 Formal applications for support must be submitted to IBB.
	 Information and forms can be found on the IBB website.
	 Please note that applications must be received by IBB before
the employment contract is signed.
	 Combination with personnel-cost grants under other
job-centre programmes and measures is not permitted.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

More information about this programme, as well as advice
and support during the application process are available from:
Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de
You can use the eApplication procedure in order to submit
your project proposal and all the relevant documents for
this programme. For a detailed description of the eApplication procedure, please visit www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx

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Service für Technologietransfer und Cross-Innovation /
Service for technology transfer and cross innovation
Service for technology transfer and cross innovation
Aim

To increase the innovative strength and competitiveness of
companies, in particular, of SMEs of the cluster and industry
sectors in Berlin through sector-spanning support for the initiation of technology transfer and group projects in co-operation with universities and science institutes in the capital city
region.

Who

The services supported are available to SMEs, universities and
science institutes. One of the project partners must be based
in Berlin.

How

Informal application

Where

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Mr Siegfried Helling
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 79
E-mail: 	
siegfried.helling@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de
	
www.transfer-allianz.de
	
www.marktreif.berlin

What

The free services include:
	 Information regarding formats and instruments for knowledge and technology transfer as well as innovation management
	 Establishment of contact with experts from science and
business
	 Examination of co-operation possibilities for product and
process developments
	 Information related to protection strategies and licensing
	 Pilotage for initiating co-operation and transfer projects
	 Information related to financing and support offerings
	 Organisation and implementation of technology-orientated
co-operation forums

European Regional Development Fund

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Transfer BONUS
Aim

	 The aim of this programme is to support the transfer of technology and knowledge from scientific institutions to very
small companies and SMEs in order to boost their innovative
strength and their ability to master the challenges of digital
change.
	 By involving external research and development institutions
in the innovation process in SMEs, new products and services
are to be primarily developed, from the idea to market maturity, and the quality of existing products and processes is to
be improved. Further development and adaptation of technological processes, forms of work organisation as well as
business models of companies using digitisation solutions
are also supported.

Who

	 Applications can be submitted by very small, small and medium-sized technology-orientated enterprises or non-technology orientated companies whose project has a strong
technological orientation. Applicants must have their registered office or at least one facility in Berlin.
	 The applicant company must also belong to the commercial
industries and pursue an activity which, according to the
current rules of the common task “improvement of the regional economic structure” (GRW), is eligible for support.

What

The Transfer BONUS subsidises the use of services by scientific
institutes in Berlin and Brandenburg to implement small projects in applied research and development.

How

Aid is granted in the form of project support as a non-repayable subsidy. Two variants are offered:
	 First-time variant: Contract volume supported to 100%,
however, no more than EUR 3,000. In the first-time variant,
expenditure on external scientific activities is subsidised
prior to the development of a new or modified product, a
new or modified service or a process innovation in as far as
this expenditure is incurred in conjunction with the first
concrete co-operation of the applicant with a science institute.

	 Standard variant: Financing rate of 70% of the order volume,
however, maximum of EUR 15,000 or a once-off sum of EUR
45,000 in the field of digitisation. In the standard variant, expenditure on external research and development activities
related to planning, development and implementation is
funded when such activities are geared towards designing
new or modified products, services and production processes
to reach market or production maturity or towards developing products (suppliers) in the field of digitisation and/or to
implement such products internally (users).
	 Aid is generally only available for services that are related
to the specific expertise of scientific institutes in Berlin and
Brandenburg and which cannot be generally performed by
commercial service providers and consultancy firms.
	 Within a defined project, the Transfer BONUS cannot be combined with other project-related R&D support by the federal
government or the Federal Land. If projects are clearly distinguishable, several support measures can be used parallel.
	 Electronic applications for the Transfer BONUS must be submitted to IBB Business Team GmbH. Further details and information regarding the electronic application and preconditions for support can be found at www.transferbonus.de.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Advice can be obtained regarding the formalities and application procedure from:
IBB Business Team GmbH
Transfer BONUS
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4665
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4680
E-mail: 	
info@transferbonus.de
Internet: 	 www.transferbonus.de
Information regarding issues related to technology transfer
and the initiation of co-operation projects between scientific
institutions and business:
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Mr Siegfried Helling
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 79
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 44
E-mail: 	
siegfried.helling@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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VC Fonds Technologie Berlin / VC Fund Technology Berlin
Investment capital for Berlin-based technology
companies
Aim

With the VC Fund Technology Berlin, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft invests venture capital in growth companies in
different technology sectors, thereby strengthening their equity basis. The funds are primarily provided in order to finance
the development and launch of innovative, scalable products
or services in order to achieve quick company growth.

Who

VC fund technology Berlin invests in companies which fulfil
the following investment criteria:
	 Technological innovation or innovative business models
	 High scaling and value increase potential
	 In one of the following industries: life science, industrial
technologies or ICT
	 Companies with a technological unique selling proposition
of a development lead of several years
	 Founder and management teams with high levels of personal and professional competence
	 Companies that are still in the early phase; financing for
growth is only possible in subsequent financing rounds.
	 Good medium-term exit possibility
The company should be owned primarily by shareholders who
are actively involved, it should have its place of business in
Berlin and fulfil the EU's criteria for small and medium-sized
enterprises, and it must be a corporation. Furthermore, the
company may not be in difficulty within the meaning of the
guideline of the European Community for state aid for company rescue and restructuring measures.

What

	 Minority shares in equity
	 Initial investments: typically between EUR 200,000 and EUR
1m, or higher in the case of a significantly higher capital demand
	 In subsequent rounds with existing and/or new investors,
the commitment can be increased to a total investment of
up to EUR 4m, depending on the equity demand.

How

	 Applicants should contact IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
directly.
	 A brief description and/or a presentation form the basis for a
first meeting. Strictly confidential handling is warranted.
	 Participation by VC Fund Technology Berlin is generally contingent upon other partners, such as venture capital companies, industrial companies or business angels, participating
in the company to at least the same degree as VC Fund Technology Berlin.

Where

IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-3201
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-3202
E-mail: 	
venture@IBB-Bet.de
Internet: 	 www.IBB-Bet.de

European Regional Development Fund

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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WIPANO – Förderung von Patentierung und Verwertung /
WIPANO - Patenting and exploitation promotion
Part of the WIPANO programme - Knowledge and
technology transfer via patents and standards with
a focus on companies - supported by the Federal
Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Aim

The “patenting and exploitation promotion” functionality
under the WIPANO programme is a continuation of the previous “SME sponsor campaign” of the SIGNO programme sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
(BMWi).
Small and medium-sized enterprises, skilled crafts businesses
and engineering firms are supported in obtaining initial protection for their research and development results through
intellectual property rights and their exploitation and guided
when it comes to striving for additional options in the field of
development and application of norms and standards.

Who

	 “Patenting and exploitation promotion” is specifically designed for new players who have not yet filed a patent application or whose last patent application is older than five
years.
	 Applications can be filed by businesses, including skilled
crafts and engineering firms which have their place of business and a production facility in Germany, with up to 250
employees and either a maximum annual turnover of EUR
50m or a maximum annual balance-sheet sum of EUR 43m,
and which have not filed a patent or utility model application during the past five years.

How

Applications for participation in the “patenting and exploitation promotion” programme as part of WIPANO are submitted
to the project sponsor yet to be specified. Official application
forms are available via the electronic “easy-online” template
portal.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Since no decision regarding project sponsorship was made at
the time this Business Support Guide went to press, please
visit the website www.foerderinfo.bund.de for information
regarding the project sponsor for the support measure by the
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
For further information, refer also to
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Mr Michael Schwedtke
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 36
E-mail: 	
michael.schwedtke@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de

What

“Patenting and exploitation promotion” is split up into five
packages (P) with grants of up to 50%:
	 P 1 First general examination of the invention: EUR 375 max.
	 P 2 Detailed examination of the invention: EUR 1,200 max.
	 P 3 (Strategy) advice and co-ordination of the patent application: EUR 2,000 max.
	 P 4 Patent application (official and patent attorney's fees):
EUR 10,000 max.
	 P 5 Patent exploitation activities: EUR 3,000 max.
	 The maximum grant per company totals EUR 16,575,000.
	 The support term totals 24 months.

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) /
Central innovation programme for medium-sized enterprises
Aim

	 ZIM is a national technology support programme for medium-size enterprises from all industries as well as for industry-near research institutes working with such SMEs.
	 The programme aims to boost the innovative strength and
competitiveness of enterprises, including the skilled crafts
and freelance professionals, and hence to contribute towards company growth whilst at the same time creating
and securing jobs.
	 With the ZIM programme, the technology support measures
of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy are designed to:
•	motivate medium-sized enterprises to increase their efforts in the fields of market-orientated research, development and technological innovation,
•	reduce the technical and commercial risks of R&D projects,
•	quickly translate R&D results into marketable innovation,
•	promote collaboration between companies and research
institutes, to expand the transfer of technology and to
boost commitment to R&D collaboration and involvement
in innovation networks,
•	improve innovation, co-operation and network management at small and medium-sized enterprises.

Who

	 Small and medium-sized enterprises with a business in Germany, fewer than 250 employees, maximum annual turnover of EUR 50m or a maximum annual balance sheet total
of EUR 43m (SME)
	 Other medium-sized enterprises with a business in Germany, fewer than 500 employees and annual turnover of less
than EUR 50m or an annual balance total of EUR 43m max.
	 Public and private, non-commercial German research facilities co-operating with one of the companies receiving support

What

Promotional funds are available for:
	 Individual projects: R&D activities by a single company to
develop innovative products, processes or technical services
without any restriction to certain technologies or industries.
Funding is also available for innovation-supporting and consultancy services in order to support the exploitation of results.
	 Co-operation projects: R&D co-operation projects by companies or companies and research institutes to develop innovative products, processes or technical services without
any restriction to certain technologies or industries. They
should be carried out in a balanced partnership in which
all of the partners contribute innovative services. Funding
is also available for innovation-supporting and consultancy
services in order to support the exploitation of results.

	 Co-operation networks: Management and organisation
services for innovative networks as well as the development
projects initiated by the network. Networks comprise at
least six SMEs. Research facilities, universities, other companies and institutes, such as associations and basic municipal government units may also be involved.
	 Funding is granted as a non-repayable grant in the form of
partial financing based on the costs eligible for funding.
	 In the case of single and co-operation ZIM projects, costs
eligible for funding of up to EUR 380,000 can be financed
for a company with support rates of between 25% and 55%
depending on the type of project, company size and place of
business.
	 Financing is available to research institutes to cover 100% of
the costs eligible for funding. In the case of R&D projects, a
maximum grant of EUR 190,000 is available. In the case of
co-operation networks, financing for network management
is reduced from year to year, beginning with 90% in the first
year to 30% in the fourth year.
	 The maximum support totals EUR 380,000. However, the
share for phase 1 (concept development and network establishment) is limited to EUR 160,000.
	 The financing rate for innovation-facilitating consultancy
and other services totals 50% of the costs eligible for support
which are limited to EUR 50,000.

How

	 Applications must be submitted before the project starts
and before contracts are signed by the project partners involved.
	 Formal applications should be submitted to the local project
sponsor.
	 The decisions regarding the applications are made on the
basis of the quality and completeness of the documentation
as well as subsidy priorities which are assigned under competitive aspects.
	 Applications can be submitted at any time.

Where

Internet: 	 www.zim-bmwi.de
Please visit the above-mentioned website with regard to
support terms and conditions for the Central Innovation
Programme for Medium-sized Enterprises by the Federal
Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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Business start-ups
Pages 17 to 26
Investment and working capital
Pages 27 to 60
Technology, research and development
Pages 61 to 82
Subsidies within the scope
of labour-market policy
Pages 83 to 94
Consultancy and in-house training
Pages 95 to 114
Commercial property and space,
founder and innovation centres
Pages 115 to 122

Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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AFBG/Meister-BAföG / Career development act/master craftsmen grant
Career development act (AFBG) as amended and announced on 8 October 2012 (Federal Gazette I p. 2126)
Aim

Government funding for career development beyond the
level of examination as a skilled worker, journeyman or specialist employee, or beyond the leaving certificate of a technical college.

Who

Participants in vocational training programmes who:
	require qualifications acknowledged pursuant to the German vocational training act or by the trade board, or an
equivalent examination pursuant to Federal or Federal
Land laws,
	in the same general line of profession, serve as preparation
for further training examinations pursuant to Federal or
Federal Land or chamber laws and rules for qualifications
beyond that of a skilled worker, specialist employee or
technical college graduate. This includes further training
in health care professions on the basis of regulations of
the Federal Laender or pursuant to the vocational training
regulations of Deutsche Krankenhausgesellschaft (German
Hospital Society) or training on the basis of state-approved
examination regulations at recognised supplementary
schools.
All sectors are included: agriculture, industry, trades, commerce, freelance professionals, the services industry, medical
and social professions. One vocational training course will be
subsidised, not just the first one.

What

Government subsidies and loans by KfW Bankengruppe for
full-time and part-time programmes, training courses and
examination fees, child-care costs.
	Maintenance: Singles without children receive up to EUR
697 a month (EUR 760 from 1 August 2016). This amount
consists of a subsidy up to EUR 238 and the rest as a low-interest loan. The loan is increased to currently EUR 215 for
married participants, and by another EUR 210 for each child
(half of this sum is paid as a subsidy). Maintenance funding
is dependent upon the applicant’s income and property as
well as his/her spouse’s income. Parallel to funding, single
parents additionally receive monthly children’s care allowance for children up to the age of ten amounting to EUR
113. The earnings disregard also increases under this programme after 1 August 2016 (e.g. from EUR 255 to EUR 290
for participants).
	Contribution to programmes: In the case of full-time and
part-time measures, a contribution payment for financing
tuition and examination fees is foreseen, irrespective of the
applicant’s income or property, to the amount of the fees
actually incurred, but in no case more than EUR 10,226. This
comprises a grant of 30.5% and a low-interest bank loan.
	Examination piece: The costs for producing the examination piece (so-called craftsman’s masterpiece or a similar
examination work) will be financed by a loan of up to 50%,
however, by no more than a total sum of EUR 1,534. There is
no possibility for loan release.
	Exam preparation phase: For the time between the end of
the measure and the last day of examination, eligible applicants who have demonstrably registered immediately
to sit their exam can apply to have maintenance support,
including the increase amounts and the contribution to
childcare, extended in the form of a loan beyond the end of
the measure until the end of the month in which the final
examination takes place, however, for no longer than three
months.
	Interest rate and redemption: Loans are interest free and redemption free for applicants during the training term and
a subsequent redemption-free period of up to two years
(six years maximum), and subsequently become low-interest loans through refinancing by KfW Bankengruppe.
Following the interest-free period, a minimum monthly
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	General loan release: When the further training exam is
passed successfully, 25% exemption from the training and
examination fees not yet payable at this point in time
	Loan release for start-ups: If a company is founded or taken
over, or if freelance activities are commended within three
years after passing the exam, release from the training and
examination fees as follows:
a) 33%, if an additional trainee/apprentice was hired or if
their trainee/apprenticeship term is twelve months or
longer,
b) 33% for an additional employee whose regular and permanent employment was at least six months old at the
time of application,
c) 66% for one additional trainee/apprentice and one additional employee or for two additional employees as
long as their employment meets with the employment
requirements laid down in a) and b) above. It is crucial for
the company to be in operation for at least one year and
that the new jobs or apprenticeship/trainee positions
are permanent and have not been terminated. The employment contracts must also still be in effect when the
application for loan exemption is submitted.

How

	Formal application.
	Application forms are available from the district authority
offices for vocational training listed below, or can be downloaded at: www.meister-bafoeg.info/, the website of the
Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
	You can complete your application online at: www.berlin.
de/sen/arbeit/berlinarbeit-ziel-3/meister-bafoeg/. The
plausibility of the application is automatically checked and
you can then save and print it. The application and the related documents will be electronically retrieved by the respective office for vocational training. The forms come with
a special so-called “telenumber” for this purpose so that
they can be clearly assigned. However, since the preconditions for use of a digital signature are still not yet in place,
you will have to print out and sign the application and its
appendices. At the office for vocational training, however,
you will not have to enter the details in the system. This
new procedure will hence speed up processing significantly.
	Education institutes other than public organisations or institutes supervised by the government are obliged to prove
that they are applying a quality assurance system.

Where

Further information and application forms are available
from the district authority offices for vocational training in
the district where you live:
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf von Berlin district authorities
Abteilung Soziales und Gesundheit
(Dept. of Social Affairs and Health)
Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
(Office for vocational training)
Otto-Suhr-Allee 100, 10585 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 91-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 91-34 60
Responsible for the following districts: Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Spandau,
Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Schöneberg-Tempelhof, Reinickendorf
Lichtenberg von Berlin district authorities
Amt für Ausbildungsförderung
(Office for vocational training)
Alt-Friedrichsfelde 60, Haus 2, 10315 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 96-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 96-39 09
Responsible for the following districts: Pankow, TreptowKöpenick, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Lichtenberg, Neukölln
Comprehensive information can be found on the Internet at:
www.meister-bafoeg.info

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Arbeits- und Ausbildungsplätze für Schwerbehinderte /
Jobs and training positions for the severely handicapped
Investment support for creating new jobs and training
positions for the severely handicapped
Aim

To create new jobs on the general labour market, in particular,
for the long-term unemployed and particularly affected, severely handicapped persons

Who

	Employers creating a new job or training position for a severely handicapped person in the Federal Land of Berlin
	For detailed information, please call the telephone number
below (refer also to section 15 of the Ordinance on Compensation Payments for Employers of Severely Handicapped Persons [Schwerbehinderten-Ausgleichsabgabeverordnung]).

What

	Maximum grant of EUR 15,000 for each newly created job or
training position with an employer contribution of at least
20% related to the disability-independent capital investment for this particular job or training position
	An interest-free loan of up to EUR 10,000 can be granted in
individual cases.
	Furthermore, the costs for any additional measures which
may be necessary due to the employee’s disability are also
usually paid in full by the rehab sponsor in charge.

How

The jobs or training positions to be supported must be reserved for severely handicapped persons over an extended
period of time depending on the conditions of the specific
case.

Where

	Informal written applications should be submitted, prior to
hiring the severely handicapped employee or trainee, to:
Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales 

(Federal-Land Agency for Health and Social Affairs)
Integrationsamt (Integration office)
Turmstraße 21, 10559 Berlin
	For information regarding this and other support offerings
by the Berlin Integration Office for the participation of severely handicapped persons in working life, please contact:
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 29-33 04
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 29-33 99
E-mail: 	
integrationsamt@lageso.berlin.de*
Internet: 	 www.integrationsaemter.de
	
www.lageso.berlin.de

* Please do not use this e-mail address for electronically signed
documents.

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Ausbildungszuschuss / Training allowance
Aim

To increase the number of training positions and to boost
training quality

Who

Berlin-based businesses creating training positions
	Support is available for every training contract signed if the
company is unable to provide all training contents from the
curriculum, so that the training contract includes a clause
under which such contents can be provided in co-operation
with other companies, free organisers, schools or universities located in Berlin.
	Support is available for every training contract signed with a
first-time trainee if:
•	companies provide training in a marginal occupation
which is included in the list of recognised vocational training occupations for which vocational education is offered
in curricula attended by students from several federal
states
•	young people who have not finished school or who have
only completed intermediate education or who were
found to require special education at the time they left
school are hired as vocational trainees and who do not receive benefits under the German Social Security Code,
•	young women are hired as trainees in a profession which is
so far not typical for women,
•	training is offered for single parents with at least one child
aged seven or younger,
•	trainees are given the opportunity to continue training
after losing their training position because the company
went bankrupt/became insolvent or because the organisation or company based in the Federal Land of Berlin was
closed down.

What

	Allowances for integrated group training in marginal occupations and support for vocational training of certain target
groups
	Support for integrated training for each demonstrated day
of training at the integration partner totals EUR 37.50 for
each training contract, up to EUR 6,500 max. for a three-year
training period or EUR 7,500 for a 3.5-year training period, up
to EUR 2,500 max. for a two-year training period (exception).
	Support for vocational training in marginal occupations totals EUR 12 for every demonstrated day of vocational school
training.
	Support for disadvantaged young people totals:
•	30% of the trainee’s pay during the first year of training,
•	30% of the trainee’s pay during the second year of training,
•	70% of the trainee’s pay during the third year of training
up to EUR 10,000 max.

	Support for women in a profession not typical for women
totals 75% of the trainee’s pay, however, no more than EUR
7,500.
	Support for single parents with at least one child seven or
under totals 75% of the trainee’s pay, however, no more than
EUR 7,500.
	Support for trainees from bankrupt companies/closed-down
companies totals 75% of the trainee’s pay, however, no more
than EUR 5,000.

How

Formal applications to be submitted to Handwerkskammer
Berlin (Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in
Berlin).

Where

Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Förderung der Berufsausbildung im Land Berlin (FBB)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Mr Norman Popp

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 81
Mr Olav Maszull
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 82, Fax: -3 80
Ms Kerstin Hanning
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 83, Fax: -3 80
E-mail: 	
fbb@hwk-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de/fbb
The programme is managed by
Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen
(Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women)
Oranienstraße 106, 10969 Berlin
Subject to these administrative regulations, the Federal
Land of Berlin grants allowances for integrated training
and - as part of first-time vocational training - for training
in marginal occupations, for disadvantaged young people,
for female trainees in occupations that are not typical for
women, for single parents and for hiring trainees from
bankrupt companies.
Support is not available if a third party is obliged by law
or collective agreement to pay. The subsidies are granted
on the basis of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 651/2014
in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the
European Union. These administrative regulations of 28
May 2013, which were last amended by the administrative
regulations of 28 July 2015 (Federal Gazette, p. 1714), came
into effect on the day of their publication and will expire
on 31 March 2018. The administrative regulations and application forms can be downloaded at: www.berlin.de/sen/
arbeit or www.hwk-berlin.de/fbb.

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Berliner Jobcoaching bei Unternehmen / Berlin Job Coaching at companies
Coaching programme for Berlin-based companies and
for long-term unemployed people living in Berlin
Berlin Job Coaching at companies is a co-operation project
of Goldnetz gGmbH and Die Wille gGmbH. It is backed by the
Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women with
funds from the European Social Fund and the Federal Land of
Berlin and supported by all job centres in Berlin and the Federal Labour Office.

Aim

	To re-integrate unemployed persons in Berlin into the regular labour market
	To help companies in Berlin (including start-ups) to create a
job for an unemployed person in Berlin
	To consolidate the new job in the interest of sustainable integration of unemployed persons in Berlin into the labour
market

Who

Berlin-based companies
	who hire recipients of unemployment pay II or non-recipients of benefits living in Berlin in a regular job and who pay
the customary or collectively agreed wage,
	who hire long-term unemployed persons receiving unemployment pay II and having multiple job-finding difficulties
in a job for which social insurance contributions are paid
(except for unemployment insurance contributions) and for
which gross pay of generally EUR 8.50 per hour is paid.

What

	Advisors accompany the new job, usually for six months.
During this time, they are there to support both employees
and employers with advice on all matters and issues related
to the new job.
	In order to provide optimum support for the process of integration into the new job, employees can make use of additional individual coaching.
	Furthermore, depending on individual demand, financial
support of up to EUR 1,440 is available for job stabilising
training (including qualification advice and the choice of
suitable education providers). Companies with a workforce
of more than 50 bear at least 50% of the costs of training.
	When it comes to creating new jobs, support for wage costs
is often a decisive criterion for small and medium-sized enterprises. This is where Berlin Job Coaching is a useful contact when it comes to selecting the most suitable support,
submitting applications and the administration of applications in conjunction with the following instruments:
a)	The job centre pays an integration allowance pursuant
to sections 16 (1) in conjunction with sections 88 and following of Volume III of the German Social Security Code
or Section 131 of Volume III of the German Social Security

Code, respectively, (§16 [1] SGB i. V. m. §§ 88 ff. SGB III bzw.
§ 131 SGB III [EGZ]), the amount of which varies from case to
case. The maximum support term can total up to twelve
months, the subsidy amount can total up to 50% of the
gross wage paid by the employer. This financial support is
granted to integrate recipients of unemployment pay into
the new workplace.
b)	The “Gute Arbeit” wage allowance granted by the Federal Land of Berlin for SMEs differs in terms of amount and
term according to wage and contract term from EUR 2,500
to EUR 12,000 for twelve to 30 months. The job supported
must be for at least 35 hours a week and employees must
receive a gross wage of at least EUR 1,300.
c)	In the case of non-recipients of unemployment pay, the
Federal Land of Berlin can grant financial support of up to
EUR 5,600 over a support period of six months.

How

	The number of coaching sessions is adapted to actual demand, i.e. ten coaching hours are planned at the company as
a general framework. Furthermore, both the employer and
employee can contact the coach by e-mail or phone for advice and to make appointments for joint or individual advice
meetings.
	Berlin Job Coaching also offers a job pool for all sectors. This
is free of charge, up to date and available online. Companies looking to hire can publish their vacancies here and
people searching for jobs can apply for these jobs via Berlin
Job Coaching. In a pre-selection process, Berlin Job Coaching
brings suitable candidates and com-panies together.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 133).

Where

Goldnetz gGmbH
Am Köllnischen Park 1, 10179 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 28 88 37-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 28 88 37-35
E-mail: 	
berlinerjobcoaching@goldnetz-berlin.de
Die Wille gGmbH
Müllerstraße 56-58
13349 Berlin, Germany
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 26 47 62-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 26 47 62-99
E-mail: 	
jobcoaching@diewille.de
Internet: 	 www.berliner-jobcoaching-unternehmen.de

European Social Fund

This offer is particularly suitable for business start-ups and
young companies.

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Eingliederungszuschuss nach §§ 88 ff. SGB III / Integration allowance pursuant to
Sections 88 and following of the German Social Security Code, Volume Three (SGB III)
Aim

Financial compensation for employers if an employee does not
(yet) meet the respective requirements of the job when employment commences.

Who

	Companies offering regular jobs to workers in need of help.
Workers in need of help are all persons who:
•	find it particularly difficult to find a new job for personal
reasons and
•	underperform in the job to be filled, or
•	are recognised as being severely handicapped, or who have
an equivalent status, and who are particularly affected
within the scope of section 104 (1), Nos. 3 a-d of the Volume
IX of the Social Security Code (§ 104 Abs. 1 Nr. 3 a-d SGB IX).

What

	A subsidy is granted for the regular wage/salary paid.
	The scope and sum of integration allowances are subject to
the discretion of the job centre (Agentur für Arbeit) in each
case and are orientated towards the scope of the employee‘s reduced performance and the respective integration
requirements.
	An allowance equal to up to 50% of the employee‘s wage
can be paid for up to twelve months (or up to 36 months for
people aged 50 or older).
	The wage to be taken into consideration is calculated on the
basis of the collectively agreed or customary pay at the place
of work, as well as the employer‘s flat contribution to total
social insurance payments.
	Support totalling up to 70% of the eligible work income are
available for a maximum term of 24 months for severely
handicapped people or handicapped people in general.

	The integration allowance must be paid back if employment
is terminated during a subsidy term or during the subsequent term of employment (this does not apply to particularly seriously affected people with a severe handicap).
	The subsequent term of employment corresponds to the relevant subsidy term, but does not exceed twelve months in
any case.
	An integration allowance of 70% of pay for particularly affected, severely handicapped persons can be granted for up
to 60 months.
	The integration allowance for particularly affected, severely
handicapped persons aged 55 or older can be granted for up
to 96 months.
	A reduction (degression) of at least 10% must be carried out
after twelve months or 24 months, respectively, in the case of
particularly affected, severely handicapped older persons.

How

	Applications should be submitted to the job centre (Agentur
für Arbeit) responsible for the district where the employer
has his registered place of business.
	Applications must be submitted by the employer prior to
signing the employment contract, and in any case prior to
the employee commencing work.
	There is no legal obligation to grant relief hereunder. Allowances can only be granted within the scope of the budgeted
volume.

Where

Further information is available from the job centres (Agentur
für Arbeit, refer to page 129) and on the Internet at:
www.arbeitsagentur.de.

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Einstiegsqualifizierung nach § 54 a SGB III / Entrance qualification pursuant
to section 54 a of Volume III of the German Social Security Code (§ 54 a SGB III)
Aim

	Preparation and first steps towards vocational training
	Introduction to and deepening of fundamentals for acquiring working skills
	Acquisition of a chamber certificate for successful participation
	If applicable, introduction to vocational training modules for
recognised vocational professions (in as far as such modules
have been developed by BiBB)

Who

	Employers who provide entrance qualification are eligible
for subsidies for their remuneration.
	Subsidies are available to:
•	applicants for training jobs registered with the job centre (Agentur für Arbeit) whose recruitment prospects are
impaired due to personal reasons and who also failed to
find vocational training despite additional nation-wide
job-finding efforts;
•	people looking for training who are not yet fully qualified
for training;
•	trainees with learning difficulties and socially disadvantaged people in search of training.

What

	Introduction to and deepening of fundamentals for acquiring working skills
	Support term: minimum of six to twelve months max.
	Support for registered applicants for training jobs whose recruitment prospects are impaired due to personal reasons
and who also failed to find a training job despite additional
nation-wide job-finding efforts, as per 1 October at the earliest, 1 August in other cases and 1 March at the latest.

	This support usually ends at the time the training year
starts.
	Support amount: A monthly wage allowance of up to EUR
216 plus a flat-rate share of the trainee’s average total contribution to social insurance amounting to EUR 107.
	In addition, assistance during training can also be granted
to socially disadvantaged youths and youths with impaired
learning capabilities.

How

	Applications should be submitted to the job centre (Agentur für Arbeit) responsible for the district where the future
trainee has his/her place of residence, before the entrance
qualification measure begins.
	Conclusion of a qualification contract; this must be submitted to the office in charge.
	A certificate must be issued after completion of the entrance
qualification measure.
	The company must be able to qualify the youth, however, the
company does not have to be qualified as a training company.
	The trainee is required to attend a vocational school unless
the school board has issued a release.

Where

Further information is available from the job centres (Agentur
für Arbeit, refer to page 129) and on the Internet at:
www.arbeitsagentur.de

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Landeszuschuss des Landes Berlin für KMU /
Allowance by the Federal Land of Berlin for SMEs
The Federal Land of Berlin is promoting new jobs in
SMEs
Aim

Small and medium-size enterprises in Berlin can apply for job
allowances when they hire people who:
	are employed in mini-jobs or self-employed and additionally
receive unemployment pay II,
	are taking part in employment promotion measures such as
the federal government‘s “Citizens‘ Work” programme, promotion of work (FAV) according to section 16e of the German
Social Security Code (§ 16e SGB II) or other working issues
according to section 16e of the German Social Security Code
(§ 16e SGB II),
	have been out of work for at least six months, and
	are taking part in a subsidised vocational training measure.

Who

Non-affiliated small and medium-sized businesses based in
Berlin with up to 250 employees.

What

A maximum allowance of up to EUR 12,000 max. for the gross
wage costs per full-time employee per year on condition that a
minimum wage of EUR 8.50 per hour is paid

How

	Formal application.
	To be commenced at the applicant‘s own risk as soon as the
application is submitted.
	The minimum support term totals 12 months.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Further information can be found at:
www.landeszuschuss-kmu.de
zgs consult GmbH
Kronenstraße 6, 10117 Berlin
Mr Volker Hiller
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 84 09-5 28
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 10 / 2 84 09-2 30
E-mail: 	
v.hiller@zgs-consult.de
Internet: 	 www.zgs-consult.de

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Lehrgangskosten der beruflichen Weiterbildung /
Training costs for vocational training programmes
Aim

	To promote vocational training in order to improve the professional skills of young unemployed Berliners with or without a school leaving examination in order to improve their
employment prospects and opportunities for integration
into the first labour market.
	To promote international vocational training measures for
unemployed Berliners in industry-specific or industry-independent focal areas in order to develop and consolidate
professional knowledge and skills for international intra-company co-operation and intercultural competence.
The projects have a term of six to twelve months with three
to six months of practical training. Practical training involves
mandatory qualification internships at companies in the
business sector.

Who

	For national projects: all accredited training centres
	For international projects: accredited training centres with
international ties offering international further training

What

	The subsidy amount covers up to 100% of the costs of this
type of measure.
	Subsidies are available for: training costs (personnel and material costs)
	Subsidies are not granted for investment costs.
	The measures rank below measures by the Federal Labour
Office (BA), the federal government and special programmes
by the European Union. Co-financing must be possible for
all training measures on the basis of the operational programmes by the European Social Fund (ESF).

How

Qualified training centres can submit formal applications to
the service companies in charge at the Senate Department for
Labour, Integration and Women.

Where

For adult participants in national qualification projects:
zgs consult GmbH
Kronenstraße 6, 10117 Berlin
Ms Iris Kramp
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 84 09-5 11
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2 84 09-2 10
E-mail: 	
i.kramp@zgs-consult.de
For young participants up to the age of 25 and
for international projects:
zgs consult GmbH
Bernburger Straße 27, 10963 Berlin
Mr Jens Ramlow
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 69 00 85-31
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 69 00 85-85
E-mail: 	
j.ramlow@zgs-consult.de
Internet: 	 www.zgs-consult.de

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WeGebAU nach §§ 81 ff. und § 131 a SGB III / WeGebAU - Further qualification of people with
limited skills and older employees at companies pursuant to Sections 81 and following as
well as Sections 131 a and following of the German Social Security Code III (SGB III)
Further qualification of people with limited skills and
older employees at companies
Aim

To secure and improve the competitiveness of companies by
supporting vocational qualification of employees with limited
skills or of older employees

Who

	Support is provided for employers employing or planning to
employ people from the above-mentioned groups.
	Support is available for:
•	People with limited skills who have not completed vocational training or who have been working at helper level
for at least four years in a job other than the one in which
they were originally trained
•	Older employees (45 years and older) at companies with
fewer than 250 employees if the employer pays at least
25% of the costs of the training course
•	Employees (45 years and younger) at companies with fewer than 250 employees if the employer pays at least 50% of
the costs of the training course

What

	Employers can receive wage cost allowances plus a flat share
of social insurance contributions for people with limited
skills. Employees can receive the further training costs.
	Wage cost allowances can be refunded on a pro-rata basis
corresponding to the working time lost as a result of further
training.
	Support for further training costs is contingent upon approval of the sponsor and measure by a qualified body within the
meaning of the accreditation and licensing regulations for
labour promotion (Akkreditierungs- und Zulassungsverordnung Arbeitsförderung [AZAV]).

How

	Applications for wage cost allowances and further training
cost refunds should be submitted to the job centre (Agentur
für Arbeit) responsible for the district where the employer
has his registered place of business.
	Applications must be submitted prior to commencement of
the training measure.
	There is no legal obligation to grant support or allowances
which can only be paid in as far as the budget permits.

Where

Further information is available from the job centres (Agentur
für Arbeit, refer to page 129) and on the Internet at:
www.arbeitsagentur.de.

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Business start-ups
Pages 17 to 26
Investment and working capital
Pages 27 to 60
Technology, research and development
Pages 61 to 82
Subsidies within the scope
of labour-market policy
Pages 83 to 94
Consultancy and in-house training
Pages 95 to 114
Commercial property and space,
founder and innovation centres
Pages 115 to 122

Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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Beratungsförderung / Consultancy allowance
Framework directive of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for the promotion of entrepreneurial expertise
The new promotional programme by the Federal Ministry
for Economic Affairs and Energy combines the former programmes “Promotion of entrepreneurial expertise through
business consultancy”, “Founder coaching Germany”, “Turnaround advisory services” and “Round table”. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) is responsible for
programme execution.

Aim

A cost allowance for consultancy fees is to entice enterprises
and freelance professionals to avail themselves of external
expertise in order to increase their performance and competitiveness and to assist them in adapting to changed economic conditions.

Who

	The support programme for entrepreneurial expertise is
designed for
• young companies which have not been on the market for
more than two years
• existing companies from the third year of existence
• companies in economic difficulty - irrespective of company age
	The companies must have their registered office and place
of operation or a branch office in the Federal Republic of
Germany and, during the last financial year before consultancy services were used, may not have employed more
than 250 people or recorded annual turnover of more than
EUR 50m or an annual balance sheet sum of more than EUR
43m.
	The company, together with a partner or affiliated company, may not exceed the limits for staff and annual turnover
or balance sheet sum.

What

Consultancy and advisory services for young and existing companies can be supported within the scope of the following focal areas:
	General consultancy services regarding all commercial, financial, personnel-related and organisational issues concerning company management
	Special consultancy services: In order to counter structural
imbalances, further consultancy services can be supported
in addition to general issues.
	Enterprise rescue: Consultancy services are supported for
companies in difficulty regarding all questions regarding
the restoration of performance and competiveness. Additional general consultancy services can be supported in order
to reinforce the measures to restore performance and competiveness.
Existing companies are not entitled to more than five days per
focal area. The consultancy days do not have to be consecutive.
The time for preparing the report as well as travel times can
be outside this time window. This limitation does not apply to
young companies or companies in difficulty; here, the measure can be extended and billed over the entire support period
(maximum of six months).
Until the maximum relevant consultancy costs are exhaused
in each case (eligible costs), all companies can submit several
applications for support per focal area.
The respective support measure must be carried out as an individual consultancy services seminars or workshops are not
considered. The consultancy services must be documented by
the consultant in a written report.

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The support amount is orientated towards the maximum
relevant consultancy costs (eligible costs) and the company’s
location.
	
Eligible costs	
		
Young companies up to	 4,000 EUR	
2 years on the market		
		
Existing companies up	
3,000 EUR	
to 2 years on the market		
		
Companies in difficulty 	 3,000 EUR	

Support	
rate1	
80%	
60%	
50%	
80%	
60%	
50%	
90%	

Maximum 	
support
3,200 EUR
2,400 EUR
2,000 EUR
2,400 EUR
1,800 EUR
1,500 EUR
2,700 EUR

1) Support rate: 80% new federal Laender (without Berlin and without the
Leipzig region); 60% Lüneburg region, otherwise 50%; 90% companies in
difficulty independent of age and location

How

	Applications are submitted online via the BAFA application
platform. One of the liaison offices involved examines the
application and communicates the result to the applicant
before the consultancy agreement can be signed and/or
consultancy services commenced. Retroactive support is
not possible.
	Prior to submitting their application, young companies
and companies in difficulty wishing to apply for support
for business consultancy services are obliged to attend a
free information meeting with a regional contact partner
of their choice. No more than three months may expire between the meeting and submission of the application. Existing companies can hold such a meeting.

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	After the consultancy services have been provided, accounts
must be rendered within six months and submitted online
via BAFA’s application platform. The liason office performs
an initial check of the documents submitted (accounting
form, de-minimis and EU SME statement form, confirmation letter issued by the regional contact partner for young
companies and companies in difficulty regarding the information meeting, meeting report, bill issued by the consultancy firm, applicant’s account statement) and forwards
these to BAFA for its decision. The grant is approved and
paid following final examination by BAFA.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)
(Federal Office of Economics and Export Control)
Referat 413
Frankfurter Straße 29-35, 65760 Eschborn
The application and accounting procedures, the consultant
registration form as well as further information are available
at:
www.bafa.de/bafa/de/wirtschaftsfoerderung/foerderung_
unternehmerischen_know_hows/index.html
Support will be provided from funds of the federal government and the European Social Fund (ESF) according to the
framework directive of the Federal Ministry for Economic
Affairs and Energy. The allowances are approved and paid
by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control
(Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)).

European Structural & Investment Funds

This offer is particularly suitable for business start-ups and young
companies.

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BMWi-Innovationsgutscheine (go-Inno) / BMWi innovation vouchers (go-Inno)
BMWi innovation vouchers (go-Inno) with the “innovation management” module
Aim

To increase the innovative strength and competitiveness of
the companies advised by professionalising innovation management

Who

Companies from the commercial and industrial sector including skilled crafts with fewer than 100 employees, annual
turnover or an annual balance sheet sum of EUR 20m max.
and a facility or branch office in Germany

What

	Support is available for external consultancy services by
authorised consultancy firms in order to prepare and implement product and technical process innovation projects
at companies with technological potential in order to minimise technical and commercial risks, create or improve the
internal preconditions necessary for the successful implementation of innovation projects and reduce transaction
costs in technology co-operation ventures.
	Consultancy services are offered in two phases: potential
analysis (including profile of strengths and weaknesses,
marketability, time needed, financing plan) and in-depth
consultancy in the form of an implementation concept
and/or external project management.

How

	Only consultancy firms authorised by the Federal Ministry
for Economic Affairs and Energy are authorised to provide
services under the BMWi innovation voucher (go-Inno)
programme. If you are interested, enter into a consultancy
agreement with an authorised consultancy firm. You can
then redeem the BMWi innovation voucher and receive
consultancy and management services. The consultancy
firm renders accounts with the project sponsor for you by
submitting the innovation voucher.
	Support is provided in the form of vouchers covering 50% of
the (net) expenditure on consultancy services. The vouchers
are thus equivalent to monetary support. The company advised only pays its own share.
	Consultancy services and external management for product and technical process innovation projects; for details
and support levels, refer to:
	 www.bmwi-innovations gutscheine.de

Where

A list of consultancy firms authorised by BMWi can be found
here: www.bmwi-innovationsgutscheine.de
Contact:
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.
Project sponsor
Heinrich-Konen-Straße 1, 53227 Bonn
Hotline: 	 +49 (0) 0228 / 38 21-15 18
E-mail: 	
go-inno@dlr.de
Internet: 	 www.bmwi-innovationsgutscheine.de

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Coaching BONUS
Aim

	The Coaching BONUS offers targeted coaching projects in
order to enable enterprises and founders to master entrepreneurial challenges without external assistance. The contents can range from business idea elaboration to company
organization as well as internationalization aspects.
	The selected coaches‘ concrete knowledge, experience and
networks provide the necessary “self-aid” during the coaching process. The concrete solution must be developed by the
enterprise or the founders themselves.
	The purpose of coaching is to enable applicants to master
a concrete task or challenge with a view to a given aim. The
support provided during the coaching process and the resultant qualification is designed to give a sustainable boost
to the enterprise‘s competitiveness.

Who

	The Coaching BONUS supports young and established small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as founders in particular, those with a distinct technology orientation
and/or from the creative sector - in commercial matters.
	Furthermore, SMEs already active on the market can avail
themselves of customized support when it comes to going
international in their field of business or organising the succession process. Applicant SMEs must have their registered
office or a legally independent branch in Berlin.

What

	Support is available for coaching projects with concrete contents regarding the further qualification of the recipients, i.e.
individuals and/or organizations, with a view to the successful handling of commercial tasks and issues.
	IBB Business Team GmbH proposes a qualified coach to the
applicant company or founder in order to provide customized coaching services on the basis of a consultancy agreement to be entered into by the coach and the enterprise or
founder.

	Support funds are available for the coach‘s fee up to a maximum daily rate of EUR 1,000.00. The funds are made available as a project-specific grant of 80% or, in the case of enterprises which have been in business for more than five
years, 50% of the daily rate eligible for support. First-time
recipients of the Coaching BONUS receive a 100% grant for
the first two days to the amount of the eligible daily rate. The
term of a project should generally not exceed four months.
	As a general rule, a maximum aggregate sum of 20 coaching
days can be funded for an enterprise or founder.
	In addition to the Coaching BONUS, IBB Business Team GmbH
offers further qualification schemes from a comprehensive
portfolio of seminars and workshops in various areas including, for instance, business administration, organization and
soft skills.

How

	Electronic applications for the Coaching BONUS must be
submitted to IBB Business Team GmbH. Further details and
information regarding the electronic application process
can be found at www.coachingbonus.de.
	Preference must be given to financing options offered by
programmes by the Federal Government. Project-related
combination with funding under such programmes is not
possible.
	Please note that support is only available for fees of selected
coaches assigned by IBB Business Team GmbH to coaching
projects on the basis of professional criteria.

This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

IBB Business Team GmbH
Coaching BONUS
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Ms Ines Kretschmar
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-2352
E-mail: 	
info@coachingbonus.de
Internet: 	 www.coachingbonus.de

This offer is particularly suitable for business
start-ups and young companies.

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Energieberatung Mittelstand / Energy consulting services for medium-sized enterprises
Energy efficiency in medium-sized enterprises initiative
Aim

Qualified and independent energy efficiency consultancy services aim to reduce information deficits, identify energy saving potential and implement energy savings at small and medium-sized enterprises.

Who

Small and medium-sized enterprises (within the meaning of
Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC of 6 May 2003)
in the commercial, industrial and other services sectors as
well as freelance professionals having their registered office
and business in Germany

What

Support can be provided for one energy consultancy measure
including subsequent implementation support for each applicant. Only one energy consultancy measure per applicant
can be supported within 24 months.
The following consultancy services are not eligible for support:
	services concerning buildings which were originally designed and built as residential buildings or where currently more than 50% of the (useful) building space is used for
residential purposes and which are owned by companies
belonging to the property and housing sector;
	services focusing primarily on expert opinions and with no
direct influence on energy consumption;
	services exclusively concerning the company and performed by an employee of this company;
	services that are financed with other public funds.
Allowance amount:
	Companies spending more than EUR 10,000 on energy: An
allowance amounting to 80% of consultancy costs qualifying for support (net consultant‘s fee) is made available. The
maximum allowance totals EUR 8,000 including the costs
of any implementation consultancy services used.
	Companies spending up to EUR 10,000 on energy: An allowance amounting to 80% of consultancy costs qualifying for support (net consultant‘s fee) is made available. The
maximum allowance totals EUR 1,200 including the costs
of any implementation consultancy services used.

How

Select a BAFA-licensed consultant. Licensed consultants can
be found on the energy efficiency expert list of Deutsche
Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena):
www.energie-effizienz-experten.de.
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

Please enter the application data online via the BAFA website:
www.bafa.de/bafa/de/energie/energieberatung_	
mittelstand/e_formulare/index.html
If you have granted power of attorney to your energy consultant authorising him or her to pass on data for the application
process to BAFA, the energy consultant can handle the application process on your behalf.
Contact
Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)
(Federal Office of Economics and Export Control)
Referat (Department) 526 - Energieberatung Mittelstand, Energieaudit - (Energy consultancy services for medium-sized
enterprises, energy audit)
Frankfurter Straße 29-35, 65760 Eschborn
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 61 96 / 90 82 40
E-mail: 	
EBM@bafa.bund.de
Internet:	 www.bafa.de/bafa/de/energie/
	
energieberatung_mittelstand/index.html

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Potenzialberatung / Potential development advice
Aim

To advise companies with regard to improving their competitiveness and prospects for the future

Who

Small and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing
sector and product-near services sector, skilled crafts businesses and companies in the digital economy

What

	Allowance for external consultancy services (basic and advanced consultancy)
	The allowance for companies totals 50% of the consultancy
costs charged (excluding VAT, travel/ancillary costs), however, limited to a maximum of EUR 8,000 per measure, i.e.
maximum of EUR 16,000 per applicant for basic and advanced consultancy services.

How

The application must be submitted jointly by management
and the employees’ representative. Applications must be
submitted to the IG Metall union or Verband der Metall- und
der Elektroindustrie in Berlin und Brandenburg e. V. (association of the metal and electrical engineering industry in Berlin
und Brandenburg) prior to commencing consultancy. Skilled
crafts businesses must always submit their applications to
the Chamber of Skilled Crafts.
Applications are checked there and subsequently passed
on to Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und
Forschung (Senate Department for Economics, Technology
and Research).
This programme is subject to de-minimis rules (refer to page 126).

Where

IG Metall, Verwaltungsstelle Berlin
(Berlin administration office)
Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 53 87-1 01
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2 53 87-27 20
E-mail: 	
anke.paul@igmetall.de
Internet: 	 www. igmetall-berlin.de
Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie
in Berlin und Brandenburg e. V.

Am Schillertheater 2, 10625 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 10 05-1 27
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 3 10 05-2 40
E-mail: 	
jeske@uvb-online.de
Internet: 	 www.vme-net.de
Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Telephone:	+49 (0) 30 / 25 90 34 74
E-mail:	
klasmann@hwk-berlin.de
Internet:	 www.hwk-berlin.de
For further information, please contact
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und
Forschung (Senate Department for Economics, Technology
and Research)
Referat (Division) IV D, 10820 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-84 44
E-mail: 	
ursula.mukhtar@senwtf.berlin.de

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Qualifizierungsberatung in Unternehmen / Enterprise qualification guidance service
for Berlin-based enterprises and their staff
The enterprise qualification guidance service is available to
companies based in the territory of “Arbeitsagentur Süd” to
enhance their staff’s qualifications. The service is supported by
the Federal Land of Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen (Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women).

Aim

Qualification guidance in enterprises and support for the further professional development of staff

Who

	Berlin-based enterprises and their staff
	Employees with qualification needs in enterprises

What

	Companies are offered free on-site consultancy services related to further professional qualification issues independent of specific providers.
	Support for Berlin-based enterprises in analysing their demand

	Support in the search for suitable training providers
	Support in applying for funding
	Contacts with relevant counterparties in other enterprise-specific matters
	Raising awareness among enterprises with regard to staff
with further qualification needs

How

Applications for participation in the “Enterprise qualification
guidance service” can be submitted by telephone or on the Internet.

Where

gsub mbH
Kronenstraße 6, 10117 Berlin
Ms Susann Zibulski
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 39-33 66
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 39-32 73
E-mail: 	
susann.zibulski@gsub.de
Internet:	 www.gsub.de

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Beratungsangebote der Bezirksämter / Consultancy services by the district authorities
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf von Berlin district authorities
The District Mayor
- Wirtschaftsförderung / Business development -

Otto-Suhr-Allee 100, 10585 Berlin

Mr K. Albat, Ms J. Saleh Zaki

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 29-1 31 05 / -1 31 10, fax: -1 31 07
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@charlottenburg-wilmersdorf.de
Internet: 	 www.wirtschaftsfoerderung.charlottenburg	
wilmersdorf.de
Berlin Partner - business service for the
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district
Mr J. Berewinkel
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 90 29-1 31 11
E-mail: 	
jan.berewinkel@berlin-partner.de

General orientation advice service for founders as well
as consultancy and pilot services for existing SMEs in
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg von Berlin district authorities
Abt. Wirtschaft, Ordnung, Schule und Sport

- Wirtschaftsförderung / Business development Frankfurter Allee 35-37, 10247 Berlin

Ms M. Nowak, Ms K. Klisch, Ms K. Newy

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 98-22 73 / -40 14 / -24 90, fax: -42 22
E-mail: 	
wifoe@ba-fk.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-friedrichshain-kreuzberg.de

Central contact and co-ordination unit of the district
administration for existing companies and founders

Berlin Partner GmbH - business service for the
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district
Mr J. Lauterbach
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 98-41 17
E-mail: 	
jens.lauterbach@berlin-partner.de

Regular meetings of entrepreneurs from the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district

Lichtenberg von Berlin district authorities
Abt. Wirtschaft, Personal und Finanzen

- Büro für Wirtschaftsförderung -

Möllendorffstraße 6, 10367 Berlin

Ms M. Nüske, Ms A. Rothe, Ms P. Bock

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 96-43 38 / -43 32 / -43 36, fax: -43 19
E-mail: 	
anja.rothe@lichtenberg.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-lichtenberg/wirtschaft
Berlin Partner - business service for the Lichtenberg district
Mr T. Pawlowski
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 96-43 34
E-mail: 	
tomasz.pawlowski@berlin-partner.de

General advice for founders and companies interested in
moving to the district

Marzahn-Hellersdorf von Berlin district authorities
Abt. Wirtschaft und Stadtentwicklung
- Leitstelle für Wirtschaftsförderung - ZAK

Wolfener Straße 32-34, Haus K, 12591 Berlin

Ms K. Rüdiger, Mr A. Tesch, Ms I. Kreie
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 93-26 11 / -26 12 / -26 16, fax: -26 15
E-mail: 	
kathrin.ruediger@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de	
	
ansgar.tesch@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de	
	
ines.kreie@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de
Ms E. Weigel
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 93-26 17, fax: -26 15

E-mail: 	
eleonore.weigel@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-mh.de,
	
www.berlin-eastside.de
Berlin Partner - business service for the
Marzahn-Hellersdorf district

Ms J. Tristram
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 93-26 20
E-mail: 	
janine.tristram@berlin-partner.de

Central contact and co-ordination unit of the district
administration for investors, existing companies and
start-ups

Monday to Friday by
appointment only

Business start-up consultancy
Regional partner: Business start-up coaching services in
Germany
Events, networks and round tables (including, for instance,
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf medium-sized business talks
and umbrella work groups of owners of businesses located
in shopping streets)
Network support (including, for instance, City West
regional management)
For more offers, information and dates, please visit:
www. wirtschaftsfoerderung.charlottenburg-wilmersdorf.de
By appointment
only

Consultancy service for companies, investors and
companies interested in moving to the district
Business start-up consultancy
Regional partner: Business start-up coaching services in
Germany for the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district

Once a month

Initiation and implementation of EU projects
Further information and opening hours can be found at:
www.berlin.de/ba-friedrichshain-kreuzberg/politik-undverwaltung/service-und-organisationseinheiten/wirtschaftsfoerderung
By appointment
only

Advice for businesses and investors, commercial property
offers
Regional partner: Business start-up coaching services in
Germany for the Lichtenberg district
Further offers, information and opening hours can be
found at: www.berlin.de/ba-lichtenberg/wirtschaft

Regional partner: Business start-up coaching services in
Germany for the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district

Tourism issues

By appointment
only

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Mitte von Berlin district authorities
Abt. Wirtschaft, Immobilien, Ordnungsamt
- Wirtschaftsförderung/-beratung 13341 Berlin (postal address)
Mitte business service
Ms B. Brüning
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 18-3 43 72
E-mail: 	
beate.bruening@ba-mitte.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-mitte/wirtschaftsfoerderung
Berlin Partner - business service for the Mitte district

Mr S. Schulze 

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 92 12-28 28

E-mail: 	
stefan.schulze@berlin-partner.de


General and accompanying advice for start-ups and
companies interested in moving to this district

Neukölln von Berlin district authorities
- Business promotion / Business consulting unit Karl-Marx-Straße 83, 12040 Berlin

Mr C. Mücke, Mr J.-M. Zwitters

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 39-23 90 / -34 49, fax: -32 73
E-mail: 	
clemens.muecke@bezirksamt-neukoelln.de
	
jan-martin.zwitters@bezirksamt-neukoelln.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-neukoelln/politik-und-verwaltung/
	
service-und-organisationseinheiten/
	
wirtschaftsfoerderung/
Berlin Partner - business service for the Neukölln district

Ms K. Cebulla

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 39-34 38
E-mail: 	
karla.cebulla@berlin-partner.de

General consultancy services for enterprises and investors,
consultancy services for start-ups, qualification advice for
enterprises, support of projects in the district with relevance for the economy

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
by appointment
only

Pankow von Berlin district authorities
- Büro für Wirtschaftsförderung - Business development office
Fröbelstraße 17, 10405 Berlin, Haus 6

Mr A. Hansen - office manager

(Consultancy services for the Prenzlauer Berg district)

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 95-56 65, room 248

E-mail: 	
axel.hansen@ba-pankow.berlin.de

Ms S. Stephan
(Consultancy services for the Weißensee district, street
communitiess, funding)
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 95-56 94, room 247
E-mail: 	
sandra.stephan@ba-pankow.berlin.de
Mr J. Kleiber
 (consultancy services for the Pankow district,
online-service business)
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 95-64 04, room 246
E-mail: 	
juergen.kleiber@ba-pankow.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/pankow, www.pankow-wirtschaft.de
Berlin Partner - business service for the Pankow district

Ms N. Holbe
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 95-56 64, room 250
E-mail: 	
nadia.holbe@berlin-partner.de

Issues related to commercial business and the business
location, detailed questions concerning starting up in
business and management, commercial law, business
relocation, analyses, subsidy guidelines and programmes,
addresses and contacts in other public agencies, etc.

By appointment
only

Bezirksamt Reinickendorf von Berlin district authorities
- Wirtschaftsförderung -
Business development
Eichborndamm 215-239, 13437 Berlin

Ms C. Münzberg
Health sector management and department
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 94-50 66, fax: -21 44
E-mail: 	
christine.muenzberg@reinickendorf.berlin.de
Mr C. George, Ms C. Kretlow
Business promotion and tourism department

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 94-56 70 / -22 82, fax: -21 44
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsberater@reinickendorf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-reinickendorf/service/
	
wirtschaft/wirtschaftsfoerderung
Berlin Partner - business service for the Reinickendorf district

Ms N. Busse

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 94-22 73

E-mail: 	
nina.busse@berlin-partner.de


Zentrale Anlauf- und Koordinierungsstelle
(Central Contact and Co-ordination Office for
Companies at district level)
- ZAK - on district level

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
by appointment

Business-near project initiation, project management

Tuesday 9 am to
12 am,
Thursday 3 pm to
6 pm

Advice for businesses and investors

General advice and support for: founders, existing
companies and investors
Support for all company-related projects in the district

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Spandau von Berlin district authorities
Abt. Bauen, Planen, Umweltschutz und Wirtschaftsförderung
- Wirtschaftsförderung / Business development Carl-Schurz-Straße 2/6, 13578 Berlin

Mr Jahn, Ms Hille
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 79-22 72 / -31 01, fax: -22 21
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@ba-spandau.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.spandauer-wirtschaft.de
Berlin Partner - business service for the Spandau district

Ms M. Illmer
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 79-33 21
E-mail: 	
michaela.illmer@berlin-partner.de


Contact and service office for businesses, investors and
start-ups

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday
by appointment
only

Steglitz-Zehlendorf von Berlin district authorities
- Wirtschaftsförderung / Business development 14160 Berlin (postal address)

Martin-Buber-Straße 2, 14163 Berlin (office)

Mr M. Pawlik, Mr H. Wiesmann
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 99-52 57 / -53 50, fax: -33 85

E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@steglitz-zehlendorf.de
Internet: 	 www.steglitz-zehlendorf.de/wirtschaftsfoerderung
Berlin Partner - business service for the
Steglitz-Zehlendorf district

Mr M. Pappert

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 99-53 90

E-mail: 	
marc.pappert@berlin-partner.de


General orientation advice service for founders as well
as consultancy and pilot services for existing SMEs in
Steglitz-Zehlendorf

Opening hours:
Monday to
Friday, call for
appointment

Tempelhof-Schöneberg von Berlin district authorities
Wirtschaftsberatung und Europaangelegenheiten
Business consultancy and European affairs
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, 10825 Berlin

Ms M. Marijnissen, Ms A. Kraatz, Ms G. Gut, Ms H. Marfilius,

Ms A. Sulewska, Ms N. Stahl, Ms M. Schuster
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 77-42 42 / -28 35 /-36 44 / -42 51 / -42 31 /
	
-30 19 / -27 81
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 77-42 00
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsberatung@ba-ts.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhof-schoeneberg/
	
wirtschaftsfoerderung
Berlin Partner - business service for the
Tempelhof-Schöneberg district

Ms N. Kontos
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 77-66 09

E-mail: 	
natalia.kontos@berlin-partner.de


Central contact and co-ordination unit of the district
administration for existing companies, investors and
start-ups as well as for matters related to Europe, city
partnerships and tourism

Treptow-Köpenick von Berlin district authorities
Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftsförderung,
Business development Organizational Unit
Office building: Alt-Köpenick 21, 12555 Berlin
Postal address: Postfach 91 02 40, 12414 Berlin
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@ba-tk.berlin.de
Head: Ms A. Engel: Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 01
E-mail: 	
andrea.engel@ba-tk.berlin.de
Office: Ms C. Blei: Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 00, fax: -25 25
E-mail: 	
cornelia.blei@ba-tk.berlin.de
Staff:

Ms U. Reimann:
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 03
E-mail: 	
ursula.reimann@ba-tk.berlin.de
Mr J. Steinhilb:
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 28

E-mail: 	
joerg.steinhilb@ba-tk.berlin.de
Ms C. Körner: Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 12

E-mail: 	
christel.koerner@ba-tk.berlin.de
Mr S. Schmohl
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 36
E-mail: 	
sven.schmohl@ba-tk.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/wifoe-tk
Berlin Partner - business service for the Treptow-Köpenick district

Mr A. von Reden

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-25 32
E-mail: 	
alexander.vonreden@berlin-partner.de

Zentrale bezirkliche Anlauf- und Koordinierungsstelle (ZAK)
für Unternehmen und Investoren (Central Contact and
Co-ordination office for companies and investors)

Business-near project initiation, project management,
support of projects in the district with relevance for the
economy Network support, business talks for the southwestern part of Berlin

105

Tourism development and promotion
Project implementation
Enterprise service: Support for local companies, for
instance, in expansion and relocation projects
By appointment
only

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Further information and opening hours can be found at:
www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhofschoeneberg/wirtschaftsfoerderung
and
www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhofschoeneberg/beauftragte/europa

Tourism development and promotion
Orientation advice and support for start-ups, businesses
and investors
Business service, crisis intervention, advice on relocation of
companies
Support in the search for commercial space and commercial facilities
Initiation and implementation of EU projects (business
support measures, WDM)
Implementation of the Berlin Schöneweide regional
management project (GRW) as well as other common-task
(GRW) projects
Events: Business card meetings, training day south-east
start-up day, business forums, other network meetings

Monday to Friday
by appointment
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Beratungsangebote der IBB sowie ihrer Einrichtungen und Initiativen /
Consultancy offers by IBB along with its facilities and initiatives
Investitionsbank Berlin
Business Customer Centre
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Hotline:
 	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4329
E-mail:
 	 wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de

Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development and promotion bank of the
Federal Land of Berlin. It supports, in particular, small and medium-sized enterprises
in all cycles of their lifetime. Companies of the Berlin-based clusters are another focus.
At its Business Customer Centre, IBB offers programme-independent and institute-independent finance consultancy and information related to the full range of business
promotion in Berlin. These include the established seminar “We finance your start-up
project” on the first Thursday of the month.
In addition to finance consultancy, IBB offers, through its subsidiary (IBB-Business
Team GmbH), assistance when it comes to preparing a sound business plan, coaching,
workshops and seminars.
The financing offers by IBB comprising allowances, low-interest loans and investments,
support start-up and investment projects; they promote modern technologies and offer
liquidity assistance.
With the eApplication procedure, IBB has been offering since early 2015 a customer
portal for electronic application processing with the following options: encrypted
access to your customer portal secured by 2-factor authentication, legally binding
communication between you and your contact at IBB, filing of documents for each
application with secure data transmission. For a detailed description of the eApplication procedure, please visit: www.ibb.de/eAntrag.aspx. Products which you can apply for
using the eApplication procedure are marked accordingly on the programme pages.
As a network partner, IBB‘s Business Customer Centre helps you to find just the right
point of contact, institute and initiative, and is also available when it comes to establishing contact with the respective general or specific advisory centres.
IBBnews Wirtschaft: The IBBnews Wirtschaft newsletter is distributed four times a
year. Subscribe to our e-mail service and receive relevant information about economic
developments in the online PDF edition with the latest business news.
InnoNews by IBB: InnoNews brings transparency to Berlin‘s high-tech landscape. Keep
up to date with the latest information and subscribe to our complimentary InnoNews
newsletter at: www.ibb.de.

Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. (BACB)
Alt-Moabit 91 d, 10559 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 39 49 18 85
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 39 49 18 88
E-mail: 	
berlin@bacb.de
Internet: 	 www.bacb.de

Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. brings together young companies from
the Berlin-Brandenburg region and seasoned business angels who help them to establish and secure a sound entrepreneurial basis. Business Angels are specialists in different technological fields, product groups and industries. They are independent, maintain
good - even international - contacts and invest in new and scalable business ideas.
BACB matching meetings are held almost every month in order to give as many as
four selected founders and young companies the opportunity to personally present
their projects to a larger group of Business Angels and the club’s network partners. If a
project is accepted, a project group comprising several Business Angels will support the
company and, if necessary, prepare and implement financial investment. Furthermore,
the club has formed working groups who can offer assistance in critical situations and
for successor schemes.
Relevant information from the business plan is required at the time of contacting the
club. The document should not be longer than four DIN A4 pages.

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IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-3201
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-3202
E-mail:
 	 venture@ibb-bet.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb-bet.de

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Adequate equity levels, in particular, in the form of venture capital, have become a
decisive factor for the success of innovative companies. Since it was set up in 1997, IBB
Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH has become one of the leading sources of venture capital
for innovative companies in Berlin.
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH and its VC funds have extended syndicated loans of
so far more than EUR 1.1bn, including EUR 157m provided by IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
mbH itself as a lead, co-lead or co-investor. Investments were made in more than 185
companies defined within the scope of the joint Berlin-Brandenburg innovation strategy in the fields of life science, industrial technologies, ICT and creative industries.
In addition to a plausible business concept and a unique selling proposition, high
growth and value increase potential as well as a good medium-term exit perspective
are preconditions for investment.
The support concept of IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft includes active consultancy and
support for its portfolio companies. Seasoned investment professionals are there to
support companies in all operative and strategic matters.

IBB Business Team GmbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-2351
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4680
E-mail:
 	 info@ibb-business-team.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb-business-team.de

IBB Business Team GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Investitionsbank Berlin. Under
one roof, it bundles the Coaching BONUS and Transfer BONUS business development
programmes as well as the Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition (BPW), the
Messe Deutsche Gründer- und Unternehmertage (deGUT) (German Founders‘ and
Entrepreneurs‘ Days) and the ENEO project.
Grants for business administration coaching services by selected external, highly
qualified coaches are available under the Coaching BONUS programme (see page 98)
for young and established SMEs in Berlin as well as founders, especially for those with a
strong technology orientation and/or from the creative sector. Furthermore, Berlinbased SMEs already active on the market can avail themselves of customised support
when it comes to going international in their field of business or organising the succession process.
In addition to its coaching programmes, IBB Business Team GmbH offers a range of
seminars and workshops as a basis for further professional qualification in business
administration.
The Transfer BONUS business promotion programme (refer to page 80) offers Berlinbased SMEs grants and support for co-operation projects between science and business
in applied research and development.
BPW (see page 20) is Germany‘s largest regional founder competition, offering people
interested in starting up in business a host of free support measures in order to develop
a sound business concept. BPW is organised jointly by Investitionsbank des Landes
Brandenburg (ILB) and Vereinigung der Unternehmensverbände in Berlin und Brandenburg e.V.
deGUT is the leading trade fair for start-ups and entrepreneurs in Germany and takes
place every year in Berlin. It offers information, consultancy services and inspiration for
people taking the leap into self-employment and managing their own business.

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Erste Anlaufstellen für Unternehmen und Existenzgründungen /
First points of contact for companies and start-ups
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Martin-Luther-Straße 105, 10825 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 13-0

E-mail: 	
poststelle@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/wirtschaft

The Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research together with the
business development organisations in the city is shaping structural change, improving the parameters for entrepreneurial endeavours and strengthening the innovative
capability and export strength of Berlin-based companies. Together with the partners
of Berlin‘s Founder Network, it operates the Berlin Internet portal for regional start-up
information: www.gruenden-in-berlin.de.

Central contact partner Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 9013-75 55, fax: -81 13
E-mail: 	
ea@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.ea.berlin.de

For start-ups and commercial businesses, the Senate Department has set up a general point of contact which provides information regarding formal procedures and
requirements for commencing and exercising commercial or freelance activities as
well as information regarding public authorities in charge. It also provides information
within the scope of procedures for the recognition of professional qualifications for EU
citizens.
Companies and freelance professionals can use the portal of “Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner Berlin” www.ea.berlin.de (general point of contact) in order to handle administrative commercial procedures, such as company registration and changes in
registration details online and without having to switch between different media. Applications for recognition of foreign professional qualifications can also be submitted
via the portal.

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Mr Michael Wowra
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-21, fax: -55
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de

BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH supports business start-ups,
growth businesses as well as freelance professionals in order to make their ideas come
true.
BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK supports companies searching for financing but which do
not have sufficient customary collateral. The principle is that no profitable project
should fail due to a lack of collateral. In addition to assessing the profitability of a
project, the focus is also on entrepreneurial competence. Once all the documents have
been submitted, BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK can approve guarantees within five days
(BBB-Express!).
BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK issues guarantees to secure investment and working capital
loans, guaranteed loans, leasing loans or also business takeovers. BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK also operates in Berlin as a service provider for Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBG) and hence as a point of contact for
companies wishing to make use of an investment by MBG. BBB additionally manages
business for employee investments guaranteed by the Federal Land of Berlin.
With BBB-Start!, a coaching programme for founders, BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK, along
with IHK and HWK, accompanies those founders whose financing is secured by a BBB
guarantee during the first twelve months.

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus

Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin

Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 00
E-mail: 	
info@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de
	
www.businesslocationcenter.de
	
www.eu-service-bb.de

Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH offers business and technology
support for companies, investors and scientific institutions in Berlin. With tailored
services and an excellent network with the world of science, the many experts working
here have created an optimum offering that allows them to successfully accompany
innovation, relocation, expansion and site-securing projects.
As a unique public-private-partnership, Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie
GmbH is backed by the Senate of the Federal Land of Berlin as well as more than 270
companies who are all committed to their city. Berlin Partner is also responsible for the
global marketing of Germany’s capital city, for instance, with the successful “be Berlin”
campaign.
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH is a central and cross-sector
contact partner when it comes to consultancy, the provision of networks, networking
stakeholders in business, science and the administration, right through to searching
for locations. The company communicates growth fields and future-orientated industries, positioning Berlin as an attractive location for business, technology and science,
a creative capital, a culture and sports city as well as a good place to live. Its activities
are designed for investors as well as decision makers and facilitators in the fields of
business, science, politics, culture and media.

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Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-01
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-2 35
E-mail:
 	
info@hwk-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de
Bildungs- und Innovationszentrum der
Handwerkskammer Berlin (BIZWA)
Wandlitzer Chaussee 41, 16321 Bernau
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 33 38 / 3 94 40

E-mail: 	
bizwa@hwk-berlin.de
Bildungs- und Technologiezentrum der
Handwerkskammer Berlin (BTZ)
Mehringdamm 14, 10961 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-4 13 / -4 05
E-mail: 	
btz@hwk-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de

Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Berlin
(Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 3 15 10-6 00
E-mail: 	
starter-center@berlin.ihk.de
Internet: 	 www.ihk-berlin.de

KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 69 / 74 31-0

Internet: 	 www.kfw.de
For information and advice related to the financing
programmes offered by KfW, call 08 00 / 5 39-90 01 (free
of charge for calls from Germany) or send an e-mail to:
info@kfw.de.

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The business advice service of the Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts provides advice
services for business start-ups and for existing companies in the skilled crafts sector.
These services focus on commercial, technical, ecological and innovation-based matters. Advice services are provided free of charge and by appointment only by calling:
+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-4 67.
The trainee advice service of the Berlin Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses
offers companies employing trainees and trainees themselves information related to
all training matters. Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 47
Information on support for vocational training is available from FBB - Förderung der
Berufsausbildung im Land Berlin, telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 81.
Information on further training in the crafts, telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 43,
and on support possibilities for further training in the crafts sector by calling:
+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-3 56.
Besides preparatory courses for master craftsmen and women, numerous seminars,
training courses, consultancy services and information events are offered on all matters related to starting up in business and management.
More detailed information on the courses currently on offer is available directly from
the training centres.
Berlin’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) offers a host of advisory services,
publications and seminars for entrepreneurs related to all matters relevant for starting
up in business.
An overview of the many different information and service offers can also be found on
the IHK website along with the contact details of your contact partner.
Furthermore, is committed to becoming the hub & navigator for start-ups as a network of Berlin’s business community. IHK provides support in the form of information
specific for different target groups and shorter processes and additionally provides
information regarding contact persons. This results in close co-operation with all stakeholders in the start-up ecosystem. Founders and young companies, for instance, can
search online for possible financing and support offerings: www.ihk-berlin.de/finfin
KfW is Germany’s largest provider of financing for medium-sized enterprises. It provides companies with long-term investment loans as well as loans to finance working
capital.

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Erste Anlaufstellen für technologieorientierte Unternehmen /
First points of contact for technology-orientated companies
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus, Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 00
E-mail: 	
info@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for technology services, support and financing
Mr Siegfried Helling
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 79
E-mail: 	
siegfried.helling@berlin-partner.de
Contact partners for the enterprise service in the 12 districts:
Dr. Philip Steden
Telephone: 	030 / 4 63 02-4 86
E-mail: 	
philip.steden@berlin-partner.de

Is your company in technology? Then there is an important contact for you in
Berlin: Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Numerous experts offer bespoke services and excellent networking with academia in order to provide an optimum offering that will contribute towards
the success of innovation, relocation, expansion and location consolidation
projects.
For detailed information about Berlin Partner, please visit:
www.berlin-partner.de.

Contact partner for the services sector
Ms Justina Siegmund-Born
Telephone:	 030 / 4 63 02-3 98
E-mail: 	
justina.siegmund-born@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for the health sector
Mr Volker Erb
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 15
E-mail: 	
volker.erb@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for energy and environmental technologies
Mr Wolfgang Korek
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 77
E-mail: 	
wolfgang.korek@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for information and
communication technology
Mr Michael Stamm
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 14
E-mail: 	
michael.stamm@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for optics and microsystems
Mr Gerrit Rössler
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 56
E-mail: 	
gerrit.roessler@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for transport and mobility
Mr Sascha Tiede
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 08
E-mail: 	
sascha.tiede@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for industrial production
Mr David Hampel
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 22
E-mail: 	
david.hampel@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for Smart Cities
Mr Alexander Möller
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-3 83
E-mail: 	
alexander.moeller@berlin-partner.de
Contact partner for the Berlin Startup Unit
Mr Carl-Philipp Wackernagel
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-4 50
E-mail: 	
carl-philipp.wackernagel@berlin-partner.de
IBB Business Team GmbH and further IBB offices (see pages 106/107) are available as first points of contact.

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Weitere Beratungsangebote für technologieorientierte Unternehmen /
Other consultancy services for technology-orientated businesses
Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
- Technology transfer Luxemburger Straße 10, 13353 Berlin
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 45 04-24 83 / -41 22 / -27 57
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 45 04-22 42
E-mail:
 	
ttrans@beuth-hochschule.de
Internet: 	 www.beuth-hochschule.de

•	Orientation support for university students
•	Regular consultancy hours for start-ups
•	Elementary and advanced courses for start-ups and young entrepreneurs
•	Interdisciplinary lectures and information events, information and advice
concerning founder scholarships of the founders‘ workshop (Gründerwerkstatt) 

•	Co-ordination, advice and applications concerning EXIST projects

Existenzgründerzentrum Technische Dienstleistungen
(Founder centre for technical services)
at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Hönower Straße 35, 10318 Berlin

HTW contact: Dr Angela Höhle
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 50 19-27 42
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 50 19-27 44
E-mail:
 	
angela.hoehle@htw-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.htw-berlin.de/karriere/existenzgruendung/ and
	
www.htw-berlin.de/campus/raumvermietung/
	
existenzgruenderzentrum-egz/

•	Low-cost office space (plus conference rooms) for founders and young companies (not only those founded at HTW), provision of laboratory infrastructure for shared use, project-related co-operation possibilities
•	Orientation support for university students and graduates by the start-up
competence centre
•	Information events, start-up summer university
•	Support for the Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition
•	Co-ordination, consultancy and application services for EXIST projects by the
start-up competence centre

Förderberatung “Forschung und Innovation” des Bundes
(“Research and innovation” subsidy consultancy by the
federal government)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Jülich project sponsor
Zimmerstraße 26-27, 10969 Berlin
Toll-free hotlines:
Research promotion: 08 00 / 26 23 008
Enterprise guidance service: 08 00 / 26 23 009
Electric mobility guidance service: 08 00 / 26 23 008
E-mail: 	
beratung@foerderinfo.bund.de
Internet: 	 www.foerderinfo.bund.de

•	First point of contact for all issues related to research and innovation support
by the federal government
•	Free advice service for research institutes, universities, especially for SMEs
interested in finding out about support
•	Information about ways to obtain funding as well as the terms and conditions of subsidy programmes
•	Information about other support offered by the Federal Laender an the EU
•	Support during the initiation of co-operation between industry and research
institutes

Freie Universität Berlin
Wissens- und Technologietransfer
Profund Innovation
Haderslebener Straße 9, 12163 Berlin
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 83 87 36-30
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 83 87 36-66
E-mail:
 	
profund@fu-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.transfer.fu-berlin.de

	
www.profund.fu-berlin.de

Profund Innovation is the central service facility for knowledge and technology transfer at Freie Universität Berlin. Staff support students, scientists
and alumni in exploiting research results and in implementing innovation.
The Profund Innovation offering includes the following:
•	Seminars and competitions with a focus on hands-on and practically
orientated entrepreneurship education
•	Consultancy services for exploitation of research results and for patent
and license issues
•	Advisory services and support for applications for external funding from
market-orientated support programmes (VIP+, EXIST, ZIM, etc.) and for
finding private investors
•	Network events
•	Establishing contacts with scientists and entrepreneurs as mentors for
founders; establishing contacts with coaches and experts for founder
teams
•	Free office space during the early phase
•	12-month intensive support in the “Profund Innovation XL” incubator for
selected start-up projects

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Technische Universität Berlin
Centre for Entrepreneurship - Sekr. V A
Hardenbergstraße 38, 10623 Berlin
Telephone:
 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 14-2 14 56
Fax:
 	
+49 (0) 30 / 3 14-2 40 87
E-mail: 	
agnes.matuschka@tu-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de
	
www.facebook.com/Startup.TUB
	
https://twitter.com/startup_tub

•	Information, advice and support for university students, alumni as well as
scientific assistants during each phase of their start-up project
•	Advice and support during applications for funding, e.g. for the EXIST founder
scholarship and EXIST research transfer
•	StarTUp incubation process: 12 to 18 months of intensive support in the 	
StarTUp Incubator for selected teams
•	StarTUp School: Workshops on entrepreneurial key qualifications and 	
commercial topics.
•	eSchool for university students: “Entrepreneurship” interdisciplinary seminar
(3 ECTS), VENTURE CAMPUS (6 ECTS) business plan seminar, Master in 	
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
•	Team exchange to find start-up partners
•	Use of space and equipment for founders and companies: free use of space in
the two StarTUP incubators at TU Berlin, the prototype workshop of TU Berlin
(TUB Prototypenwerkstatt) or, subject to payment, use of university facilities
and resources for start-ups
•	Professional access-to-finance support: e.g. pitch coaching, access to business
angels (TU Berlin Investors Club) and venture capital companies
•	Inclusion in the international start-up network of the TU Berlin founder
university
•	“StarTUp Monday” and “StarTUp Day” networking and workshop formats
The latest offers can be found on our website at:
www.entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de.

The technology-orientated founder centres (see pages 116 and following) also specialise in advisory services for technology-orientated companies.

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Beratungsangebote für Unternehmerinnen und Gründerinnen /
Consultancy services for female entrepreneurs and founders
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Berliner Unternehmerinnentag
Ms B. Leverenz
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-82 04

E-mail: 	
birgit.leverenz@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berliner-unternehmerinnentag.de

“Berliner Unternehmerinnentag”, a one-day information, further training
and network event for female entrepreneurs and women interested in
starting up in business, is held every two years. The “Berliner Unternehmerinnenpreis” award for female entrepreneurs is awarded during this event.

Akelei e. V.
Berufswegplanung mit Frauen
(Career planning with women)

Rhinstraße 84, 12681 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 54 70-30 48, fax: -19 98
E-mail: 	
info@akelei-online.de

Internet: 	 www.akelei-online.de

Further training for female founders and entrepreneurs in start-up courses
and special seminars

The 8th “Berliner Unternehmerinnentag” is to take place on Saturday, 2 July
2016. More details will be published on the corresponding websites before the
event.

Consultancy and advisory services for women on fundamental questions
related to starting up in business, as well as support for female entrepreneurs
in securing and developing their businesses
“Akelei e. V. bei Unternehmerinnen vor Ort” (Akelei e. V. at femal entrepreneurs
on site), “Akelei e.V. Netzwerken für selbständige Frauen aus anderen Kulturen” (Akelei e. V. networking for self-employed women from other cultures) as
well as female entrepreneur breakfast meetings.
Further information as well as dates and times can be found on the website.

economista e. V.
Frauenbetriebe selber schaffen
(Course for women starting up in business)

Wartburgstraße 6, 10823 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 6 92 92 39
E-mail: 	
info@economista.de

Internet: 	 www.economista.de

Consultancy and support service for women starting up in business.
Seminars and start-up courses for women “Frauenbetriebe selber schaffen
- weiblich wirtschaften” (women starting up in business - female management)

Gründerinnenzentrale in der WeiberWirtschaft
Navigation in die Selbstständigkeit (The way to self-employment)
Anklamer Straße 39/40, 10115 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 44 02 23-45, fax: -66
E-mail: 	
info@gruenderinnenzentrale.de
Internet: 	 www.gruenderinnenzentrale.de

First point of contact for women planning to start up in business at the Weiberwirtschaft eG founder centre;

The female lecturers are themselves entrepreneurs who contribute their skills
and practical experience to their courses.

Information for women planning to start up in business through a hotline,
special-topic evenings and free materials to take away,
Orientation support for founders in face-to-face meetings and recommendations
by consultancy offices and experts specifically for women,
Networking of female founders and entrepreneurs in different event formats,
such as success teams, network meetings, regular meetings and breakfasts.
Further information as well as dates and times can be found on the website.

ISI e. V. Initiative Selbständiger Immigrantinnen
EfI education project -
Business start-ups for female immigrants
Kurfürstenstraße 126, 10785 Berlin

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 6 11 33 36, fax: +49 (0) 30 / 6 12 12 56
E-mail: 	
info@isi-ev.de
Internet: 	 www.isi-ev.de

Six-month course on “Preparing for starting up in business” including a
practical term as well as courses in commercial knowledge and social skills,
finding the business idea and preparing a start-up concept;
Six-month course on “Business on the web”, including a practical term;
Compact seminars for entering the world of work

An overview of all points of contact relevant for “starting up in business” can also be found at: www.gruenden-in-berlin.de.
You can search here directly for offers for women.
The services by Akelei e. V., economista e. V., Gründerinnenzentrale and ISI e. V. are supported by the Senate Department for Labour,
Integration and Women as well as the European Social Fund (ESF); Berliner Unternehmerinnentag is organised by Senatsverwaltung
für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung (Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research) and co-financed with
funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The centres for women starting up in business (see page 120) also specialise in consultancy services for female founders.

These offers (pages 103-113) are particularly suitable
for business start-ups and young companies.

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The Business Support Programmes

Business start-ups
Pages 17 to 26
Investment and working capital
Pages 27 to 60
Technology, research and development
Pages 61 to 82
Subsidies within the scope
of labour-market policy
Pages 83 to 94
Consultancy and in-house training
Pages 95 to 114
Commercial property and space,
founder and innovation centres
Pages 115 to 122

Important technical terms are explained in the glossary (refer to page 126 and following)

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Gründer- und Innovationszentren / Founder and innovation centres
Aim

	 The provision of requirement-orientated, purpose-centred
and favourably priced business facilities should enable the
formation of operating location communities for those
starting up in business or young entrepreneurs in the trades,
services and in the production sectors as well as in tech-      
nology-orientated industries.
	 The advisory and other services on offer in some centres
mean that companies can develop in line with their direct
aims.

Who

	 Individuals or legal entities whose main business activities
are based in Berlin and who are suitable both in terms of
person and qualifications.
	 Subsidiaries of large corporations are not eligible.
	 Preconditions for this include a tenable business concept,
ecologically compatible services or products as well as prospects for economic success and growth.
	 The company should not have been established more than
three years previous.

What

	 The centre management of the “founder centres” (GZ) offers
adequate facilities for start-ups with corresponding service
and advice offers. This includes, for instance, central services
offers, such as reception, post and telephone services, including typing pool, conference and beverage services. Tenants
can use community facilities, such as conference rooms and
a copy centre.
	 The technology-orientated founder centres additionally offer communication and co-operation on site, in particular,
with universities and/or application-orientated research
institutes, as well as community activities. The centre management offers support in economic and technical matters,
in general PR work and when it comes to establishing co-operation relations with national and international partners.
	 These offerings are bundled at the innovation centres/parks
which were established primarily for the development of   
future-orientated technology bases.

How

	 The rent terms are always determined on the basis of the
location in question.
	 The subsidies result from favourable rents (particularly with
a view to the development standard and the infrastructure
provided) as well as the specifically designed environment.
	 The occupation period in a founder centre is usually unlimited.
	 The regular occupation period in a technology centre is five
or a maximum of eight years if the centre is set up with
funds from the common task “improvement of regional economic structure” (GRW). Just like with the founder centres,
a rent contract for an indefinite term can be entered into at
the overall location.
	 Services can be used individually.
	 The costs of those services that cannot be directly allocated
to individual companies will be included in a general levy or
in the ground rent, respectively.

Where

Queries and applications should be submitted to the centre
operators listed in the following.
For further information, please contact:
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Martin-Luther-Straße 105, 10825 Berlin
Ms Ilona Mallon
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-84 52
E-mail: 	
ilona.mallon@senwtf.berlin.de

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1. I nnovations- und Gründerzentrum des Campus Berlin-Buch
Focus of attention: Biotechnology, biomedicine (development
of molecular diagnostics and therapies, clinical developments,
genetic engineering, bioinformatics), nanobiotechnology,
medical technology
Services: Industry-specific rental space - laboratories, offices
- at favourable terms and conditions with a high degree of
flexibility. Located close to fundamental and clinical research
institutions as well as institutions for special and maximum
clinical care. Comprehensive service, infrastructure and network offers
Operation and rental:
BBB Management GmbH Campus Berlin-Buch
Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin
Dr. Christina Quensel
Dr. Ulrich Scheller
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 94 89-25 11
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 94 89-38 12
E-mail: 	
info@bbb-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.bbb-berlin.de

2. C
 harlottenburger Innovations-Centrum (CHIC)
Focus of attention: The offer is designed primarily for founders
as well as young, innovative and/or creative businesses with a
focus on research activities.
Operation and rental:
WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH
Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin
Local contacts:
Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Straße 1, 10625 Berlin
Mr Lars Hansen
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30/59 00 83-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30/59 00 83-1 10
E-mail: 	
hansen@wista.de
Internet: 	 www.wista.de/chic

3. E uropean Telematics Factory (ETF)
GSG-Hof
Helmholtzstraße 2-9, 10587 Berlin
Focus of attention: Telematics, mobile IT and IT serving mobility, information and communication technology, telemarketing, telemedicine
Operation and rental:
ORCO Vermietungs- und Services GmbH
Franklinstraße 27, 10587 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30/3 90 93-1 14
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30/3 90 93-1 96
E-mail: 	
info@orco-gsg.de
Internet: 	 www.orco-gsg.de

4. Existenzgründerzentrum Technische Dienstleistungen 		
an der HTW Berlin
Focus of attention: Technical services / engineering services,
computer science, Internet services and design, company-near
services, business consultancy / consulting
Operation and rental:
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) Berlin
- EGZ - (c/o Technologietransferstelle)
Hönower Straße 35, 10318 Berlin
Dr Angela Höhle
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 50 19-27 42
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 50 19-48 23 18
E-mail: 	
Angela.Hoehle@HTW-Berlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.htw-berlin.de/egz

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5. Gründerzentrum Marzahn-Hellersdorf
Marzahn-Hellersdorf founder centre
Rhinstraße 84-88, 12681 Berlin
Focus of attention: Crafts, production industry, service firms
Operation and rental:
DOBA Vermietung und Service GmbH
Allee der Kosmonauten 33 e, 12681 Berlin
Ms Beate Schulze
Mr Gerd Scheibe
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 54 98 89-12
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 54 98 89-11
E-mail: 	
schulze_b@doba.de
	 	
scheibe_g@doba.de  
Internet: 	 www.doba.de

6. Gründerzentrum GO Panke GmbH
Holzhauser Straße 177, 13509 Berlin
Focus of attention: Crafts, production trades, technical sector,
trade/distribution, call centre service, services, consulting,
training, contacts with lessors
Operation and rental:
Gründerzentrum GO Panke GmbH
Holzhauser Straße 177, 13509 Berlin
Dr.-Ing. Karl Schmitt
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 74 94-1 00
Fax:	
+49 (0) 30 / 4 74 94-1 99
E-mail: 	
info@gzberlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.gzberlin.de

7. MEDIEN-TECHNOLOGIE-CENTRUM
Focus of attention: Media technology, media equipment,
sound studios, technology companies, business start-ups
Special features: The MTC is already home to several training
facilities. Furthermore, all necessary business-related services
are available (cleaning company, tax advisors, accounting and
payroll firm, temping firm)
Operation and rental:
MCA Immobilien GmbH
Moritz-Seeler-Straße 1, 12489 Berlin-Adlershof
Mr Jörn Ottmann
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 11 69 86 10
E-mail:  	 j.ottmann@mca-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.mca-berlin.de

8. PHÖNIX Gründerzentrum Am Borsigturm
Focus of attention: Information and communication technology, multimedia, environmental technology, logistics, transport technology
Operation and rental:
Gewerbepark Am Borsigturm GmbH
Am Borsigturm 40, 13507 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 43 03-35 19
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 43 03-35 20
E-mail: 	
info@phoenix-gruenderzentrum.de
Internet: 	 www.phoenix-gruenderzentrum.de

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9. Technologie- und GründerZentrum im 			
Innovationspark Wuhlheide (IPW)
Industries of current companies: Materials technology, information and communications technologies, biotechnology /
medical technology, environmental systems and technologies,
optoelectronics / microsystems technology, renewable energies, measuring and precision-instrument technology, construction and rehabilitation technologies
Operation and rental:
IMG Innovationspark Wuhlheide
Managementgesellschaft mbH
Köpenicker Straße 325, 12555 Berlin
Ms Carola Reiblich
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 65 76-24 31
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 65 76-27 99
E-mail: 	
img@ipw-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.ipw-berlin.de

10. Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Spreeknie (TGS)
Focus of attention: Environmental technology, information
and communication technology, automation technology, laser
technology

11. Wissenschafts- und Technologiepark Berlin-Adlershof
(WISTA)
Focus of attention: Photonics and optics, microsystems and
materials, photovoltaics and renewable energy, biotechnology
and environment, IT and media
Comprehensive services for enterprises: Flexible and technically perfectly equipped office/laboratory units, start-up and
support consultancy, special services for foreign companies,
project development, integration into specialist networks,
communication services, internationalisation, trade show participation, job exchange, conference and event service
Operation and rental:
WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH
Bereich Technologiezentren (Technology Centres Unit)
Dr Peer Ambrée
Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 63 92-22 50
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 63 92-22 35
E-mail: 	
ambree@wista.de
Internet: 	 www.adlershof.de

Operation and rental:
SEK Stadtentwicklungsgesellschaft für
Berlin-Köpenick GmbH
Ostendstraße 25, 12459 Berlin
Prof Dr Dietrich Reiblich
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 53 04-10 00
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 53 04-10 10
E-mail: 	
info.tgs@tgs-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.tgs-berlin.de

These offers are particularly suitable for
business start-ups and young companies.

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Gründerinnenzentren / Centres for women starting up in business
1. Gründerinnen- und Unternehmerinnenzentrum WeiberWirtschaft (female founder and entrepreneur centre)
This centre facilitates companies from different sectors as well
as women‘s clubs and associations. This ecologically managed
centre includes a conference area, a cafeteria and a kindergarten and is home to more than 60 businesses owned/managed
by women.
This diversity promotes the development of cross-sector ties
and business relations and provides an opportunity to build
bridges between commercial and non-commercial facilities.
This creates the ideal foundation for improved quality of work
and life.
Owner:
WeiberWirtschaft eG
Anklamer Straße 38, 10115 Berlin
Dr Katja von der Bey
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 44 02 23-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 44 02 23-44
E-mail: 	
infos@weiberwirtschaft.de
Internet: 	 www.weiberwirtschaft.de

2. UCW – Unternehmerinnen- und Gründerinnenzentrum in
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (female founder and entrepreneur centre)
Industry focus: Services, the creative industry, health, associations
Around 40 female entrepreneurs are working in co-operation,
supporting each other across sectors and using shared service
facilities. This mix is supplemented by women‘s initiatives and
associations that support the centre‘s agenda.
A district-level advisory board gives the centre its ideological,
expert and political support. The UCW e. V. friends‘ association
comprises female entrepreneurs from the centre and represents the interests of the people working there.

The centre is centrally located, has a nearby studio building for
international artists and offers approx. 5,000 sqm. of space for
small, medium-size and large offices, along with a conference
room and a gym which are available for rent.
Operation and rental:
UCW - Unternehmerinnen- und Gründerinnenzentrum
in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Sigmaringer Straße 1, 10713 Berlin
Office 4th floor, room 411
Telephone (answering machine) and fax:
	 	
+49 (0) 30 / 86 31 31 83
By appointment only
E-mail: 	
info@ucw-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.ucw-berlin.de

3. Gründerinnen- und Unternehmerinnenzentrum Steglitz	 Zehlendorf (GUZSZ) (female founder and entrepreneur
	 centre)
The main goals of the association are to support women in
business matters and to strengthen the economic capabilities
of women in the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district, as well as to establish a centre for female founders and entrepreneurs.
GUZSZ eG regularly hosts networking events with issue-related content both together with its co-operation partners and
also by itself. Since October 2015, female founders and entrepreneurs have been able to rent office space and shared workplaces.
Gründerinnen- und Unternehmerinnenzentrum
Steglitz-Zehlendorf e.G.
in the “Goerzwerk” commercial complex
Goerzallee 299, 14167 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 80 10 86 64
E-mail: 	
kontakt@guzsz.de
Internet: 	 www.guzsz.de

These offers are particularly suitable for
business start-ups and young companies.

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GSG Berlin
Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH
Aim

To offer high-quality, reasonably priced small office and commercial space including flexible multi-functional space up to
10,000 square metres, throughout Berlin, rounded off by a host
of services for companies. Expansion possible at selected locations.

Who

Space is on offer for:
	 People starting up in business
	 IT firms
	 Creative agencies
	 Online agencies
	 Skilled crafts businesses
	 Classical service companies
	 Trading companies
	 High-tech companies, engineering firms
	 Industrial/producing enterprises

What

The benefits:
	 Reasonably priced, modern office and commercial space
throughout Berlin
	 Factory floors, studios and lofts
	 Flexible production space
	 High-quality multi-functional space
	 Spacious warehouses and halls
	 User-specific room layout possible
	 Sites are quick to reach thanks to good location
	 GSG building supervisor on site
	 No real-estate agent fees
These framework conditions are supplemented by:
	 The optical fibre yard network of GSG, i.e. high-speed Internet, high bandwidth as well as further services at favourable
terms and conditions, even for young companies
	 Rooms for events and conferences
	 Service centre with office services
	 GSG bonus card (key customer discounts and attractive terms
and conditions for services and office supplies)
	 Support and involvement in contact networks
	 Regular information for tenants on business promotion and
financing
	 Free information events for day-to-day business activities
	 Regular information/newsletters for small and medium-sized
enterprises at: www.gsg.de/de/aktuelles/hofkurier

Special services for people starting up in business
	 Special terms and conditions for start-ups
	 econoparks Berlin has selected space for newly established
businesses with basic rent starting at EUR 1 per square meter.
This offer is open to young companies which have just been or
are soon to be established:
To find out more, contact:
Ms Patricia Jaenisch
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 40 12 31 20 or
E-mail: 	
patricia.jaenisch@wertpunkt-berlin.de

How

Contact GSG Berlin by phone or send your queries by e-mail. In
addition to this, the GSG Berlin websites contain the latest offers and permit search requests to be sent to the rentals management department.

Where

Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH (GSG)
Franklinstraße 27, 10587 Berlin
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 3 90 93-0
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 3 90 93-1 99
E-mail: 	
info@gsg.de  
Internet: 	 www.gsg.de
Rental:
Wertpunkt Real Estate Experts GmbH
a GSG company
Franklinstraße 27, 10587 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 40 12 30 22
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 3 90 93-1 96
E-mail: 	
angebote@wertpunkt-berlin.de  
Internet: 	 www.gsg.de
	 	
www.econoparks.de

These offers are particularly suitable for
business start-ups and young companies.

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Landeseigene Gewerbegrundstücke – Verkauf oder Erbbaurecht /
State-owned commercial properties - sale or heritable building rights
Aim

To attract companies and to promote the expansion of companies on state-owned commercial and industrial properties

Who

Companies in the producing and processing industry as well
as production-orientated service companies with demand for
space for investment projects that are of economic relevance

What

Direct allocation of state-owned properties at market value by
BIM Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH or by the respective district administration after examination of the individual case.

How

Informal applications should be submitted to the Senate
Department for Economics, Technology and Research
(Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung)
- IV A 2 - Property Management - along with a short description
of the property and a presentation of the planned investment
project.

Where

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Division IV A - Property Management, Future Locations
Martin-Luther-Straße 105, 10825 Berlin
Ms Monika Kochanski
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-74 97 / -74 85
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-82 53
E-mail: 	
monika.kochanski@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/wtf

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Appendix / Adresses
Support under the European Structural
and Investment Funds in Berlin	

124

Glossary	

126

Adresses	

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Alphabetic list of Business Support Programmes	

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Imprint	

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Support under the European Structural and Investment Funds in Berlin
2014-2020 structural funds

The 2014 to 2020 programming period started on 1 January
2014. In this context, Berlin will receive around EUR 850m,
including EUR 635.213m in funds from the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) as well as EUR 215.089m from the
European Social Fund (ESF). The volume of funds is smaller
than in the last programming period because the economic
and labour market situation in Germany has improved
significantly compared to the rest of Europe.

Areas where support is applied

The ERDF is the most important EU regional financing
instrument. This fund contributes to measures that are
strengthening economic and social cohesion in the European
Community by compensating for regional imbalances.

European Regional Development Fund

The ERDF funds are used in Berlin to a large extent to promote
innovation. Almost 50% of ERDF funds is earmarked for
research, development and the market launch of new products
and solutions and in order to strengthen highly innovative
companies. Investment activities by small and medium-sized
companies as well as founders are also supported. In order to
achieve the ambitious energy and climate policy goals of the
federal land, Berlin-based companies will benefit from support
for investments in energy-saving technologies, the use of
renewable energy and the change in production processes.
The ESF is the most important instrument of the European
Union for promoting employment in Europe. It improves
access to better jobs, offers qualification programmes and
supports social integration.

European Social Fund

The funds from the ESF are largely used to facilitate access to
employment for those looking for jobs and for the unemployed
and to improve the mobility of labour. These funds will be used
in Berlin in order to consolidate and improve the labour market
successes achieved. In light of demographic developments,
the aim here is to fully exploit the potential to attract skilled
people.

Operational programmes 2014-2020

Detailed information concerning the operational programmes
of the ERDF and ESF in Berlin during the 2014 to 2020
programming period as well as the selection criteria for
measures supported by the two funds can be found at: www.
berlin.de/strukturfonds.

European Territorial Co-operation /
INTERREG 2014-2020

Berlin will additionally benefit from support under the
“European Territorial Co-operation” (INTERREG) programme,
i.e. from ERDF-financed co-operation between partners from
different countries of the European Union and from third
countries.
	Cross-border co-operation - INTERREG V A:		
This programme supports cross-border co-operation between neighbouring territories in order to permanently
strengthen neighbouring regions on both economic and
social level. As part of the INTERREG V A, regions near the
German-Polish border in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Saxony are supported as well as the westPolish partner regions. Stakeholders in Berlin cannot generally
participate in cross-border INTERREG V A projects, however,
they can benefit from the so-called 20% flexibility option
of the INTERREG V A Brandenburg-Poland programme. The
20% flexibility rule enables financing for a partner involved
in a project but outside the co-operation area with a total of
up to 20% of the ERDF project budget.Furthermore, project
partners in Berlin can participate through support available
under the “Investment in Growth and Employment” target
as part of the ERDF “Internationalisation Programme” (refer
to page 55) in 2014 to 2020.
	Transnational co-operation - INTERREG V B:		
“Transnational co-operation” is based on the division of the
EU into 14 transnational co-operation regions. These regions
each include several EU countries which have a joint interest
in the implementation of specific future tasks. Berlin (and
Brandenburg) is represented in two of these INTERREG
programme regions of transnational co-operation and is
hence entitled to submit applications in Central Europe
(CENTRAL area) and in the Baltic Sea Region (BSR).
The INTERREG programme for the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) is
based on the following four support priorities:
	Priority 1: Innovation focusing on intelligent specialisation,
co-operation between research and innovation centres,
social innovation.
	Priority 2: Efficient use of natural resources with a focus on
renewable energy, energy efficiency, combating pollution in
the Baltic Sea and resource-efficient “blue growth”.
	Priority 3: Sustainable transport, for instance, focusing on
improved linking of traffic hubs, environmentally friendly,
safe and low-carbon transport systems, expansion of
sustainable urban mobility, combating damage to the
environment caused by shipping.
	Priority 4: Institutional capacities for macro-regional cooperation (especially in the EU-Baltic Sea region) with the
continuation of seed money support for starting up projects
as well as support for the Priority Area Coordinators and
Horizontal Action Coordinator (PAC and HALs).

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Su pport u n de r th e Eu rpean Structu ral an d Investme nt Fu n ds i n Be rli n

ERDF funds amounting to around EUR 263m are earmarked for
Baltic Sea programmes during the 2014 to 2020 programming
period.

Applications for all kinds of INTERREG programmes are
generally approved according to competition principles on the
basis of regular calls for project proposals.

The INTERREG programme for Central Europe (CENTRAL) is
focused on the following priorities:
	Priority 1: Research, technological development and innovation, especially support for company investment in
research and innovation, creation of synergies between
companies, R&D centres and universities
	Priority 2: Low-carbon economy with a focus on energy
efficiency, renewable energy in public infrastructures,
buildings, and the expansion of sustainable urban mobility.
	 Priority 3: Environmental protection and resource efficiency.
This includes the preservation, protection, promotion and
development of cultural and natural heritage, improving the
urban environment, as well as environmental management
in urban areas and air pollution.
	Priority 4: Sustainable transport with support for regional
mobility, environment-friendly and low-carbon transport
systems (including rivers, lakes, ports and multi-modal
connections)

Further information can be found at: http://www.berlin.
de/sen/wirtschaft/wirtschaft-und-technologie/europaund-internationales/europaeische-wirtschaftspolitik-undregionale-zusammenarbeit/europaeische-territorialezusammenarbeit-etz-interreg/artikel.60717.php

ERDF funds amounting to around EUR 246m are earmarked
for the central European programme region during the 2014 to
2020 EU programming period.

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
ERDF fund administration
Ms Helga Abendroth
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 13-81 61
E-mail: 	
helga.abendroth@senwtf.berlin.de

The European INTERREG EUROPE programme (formerly
INTERREG IV C) aims to help improve regional policies in the
following areas:
	research, technological development and innovation,
	SME competitiveness,
	low-carbon economy,
	environment and resource efficiency
through co-operation projects (“Interregional Co-operation
Projects”) and learning platforms (“Policy Learning Platforms”).
This will particularly address the operational programmes
of the “Investment in growth and employment” target as
well as the European territorial co-operation programmes.
Organisations from all EU regions, as well as Norway and
Switzerland, which are involved in shaping and implementing
policies in the four areas referred to above, can benefit from
this programme (national, regional or local authorities, other
public-sector institutes, e.g. universities, agencies for regional
development, stakeholders who support business, etc.).
For the 2014 to 2020 period, the INTERREG EUROPE programme
has an ERDF budget of around EUR 359m.

Further information and contact details can be found at:
www.berlin.de/strukturfonds
www.interreg.de

Contact partners

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Europäische Strukturfondsförderung
(European structural fund financing programme)
Mr Pierre Triantaphyllides
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 13-83 34
E-mail: 	
pierre.triantaphyllides@senwtf.berlin.de

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
ESF fund administration
Dr Klaus-Peter Schmidt
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 13-83 22
E-mail: 	
klaus-peter.schmidt@senwtf.berlin.de
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
European Territorial Co-operation/INTERREG IV C Interregional co-operation
Ms Anja Bork
Telephone: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 90 13-82 12
E-mail: 	
anja.bork@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	

www.berlin.de/strukturfonds

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Glossary
	Beihilfen / Allowances
Allowances are economic benefits paid from public budgets or budgets for which the government is responsible
and which are granted to certain enterprises or groups of
enterprises, for instance, in the form of low-interest loans
or subsidies for financing a project (look at “de-minimis”).
The share of allowances as a percentage of total financing is
usually capped (maximum allowance intensity).
	Beteiligung - Stille Beteiligung /			
Partnership - dormant partnership
An investment company, a company or an individual holds
shares which are recorded in the commercial register. The
investment capital counts as equity. The articles of association determine the extent of profit sharing, as well as voting and control rights. A dormant partnership is based on a
contribution to equity by an investor who, however, waives
all or most voting or control rights. Irrespective of the company‘s success, the investor usually receives a fixed return
to be paid at regular intervals. These investments are often
made for a limited term. The conditions for termination - i.e.
redemption or sale of the investment to third parties - are
laid down in the contract.
	Bürgschaft - Landesbürgschaft /			
Guarantee - Federal-Land guarantee
A guarantee is a contract for a unilateral obligation in which
the guarantor undertakes to the creditor to ensure fulfilment of the debtor‘s obligation. The guarantee programmes
are designed to help founders and companies lacking sufficient collateral to obtain bank loans for their projects. However, the debtor, the founder or the managing shareholder
is usually expected to furnish an absolute guarantee for the
entire loan sum. Guarantee banks usually issue so-called
default guarantees which do not become payable until all
collateral has been realised and, if applicable, until forced
execution of the debtor‘s assets has failed.

	Darlehen - Zinsverbilligte Darlehen /		
Loans - low-interest loans
A loan is a contract for an obligation where the borrower
receives money for the medium to long-tern financing of his
or her projects in one or more instalments and undertakes
to repay interest and pricipal when these fall due. Loans
under the support programmes are usually linked to subsidised interest rates and often include a longer, redemption-free period.
	De-minimis
Government support for companies can distort competition (look at “Allowances”). In the European Union, however,
all competition-distorting state aid/subsidies for certain
businesses or production sectors are basically prohibited
when such aid affects interstate trade within the European
Union. The general de-minimis rule (refer to Regulation (EC)
No. 1407/2013, Official Journal L 352 of 24 December 2013) is
a very common exception to the general ban on subsidies.
Under this exception rule, subsidies are permitted if their
value is below a certain threshold value which, however, is
not just applicable to the applicant company but also to all
of its affiliates. In this context, the European Commission assumes that such subsidies, which are granted in the form of
“de-minimis subsidies”, have no perceivable impact on trade
and competition between the member states. On this basis,
governments and/or government agencies can grant financial support to companies or company groups without an
obligation to notify the European Commission in advance
of this subsidy or without the need to obtain the European Commission’s approval on condition that such subsidies
do not exceed a value of EUR 200,000 within the current
and the two preceding years. This limit is EUR 100,000 for
companies in the commercial road freight transport sector,
however, these companies are not permitted to receive any
de-minimis aid for the acquisition of road-freight vehicles.
In the case of grants, the full amount is counted in calculating the above-stated threshold value. In the case of other
financing instruments (such as low-interest loans, guarantees), the benefit (subsidy value) is determined by calculation. In order to apply for de-minimis support, the company
my not be in insolvency proceedings, nor should it meet the
requirements for opening of insolvency proceedings when
requested by its creditors. If de-minimis funds are granted
as a loan or a guarantee, large companies (look at “SMEs”)
also require a minimum rating of B-.
In addition to these rules for general de-minimis aid, there
are also specific rules for the agricultural sector, the fishing
industry and so-called services of general economic interest
which are, however, of little practical relevance for Berlin.

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	ERP
The European Recovery Program was called the “Marshall
Plan” for reconstruction after World War II. Today, the ERP
special funds are primarily used to re-finance low-interest
loans.
	Freie Berufe / Freelance professionals
Freelance professions are defined as self-employment in
science, the arts and writing, teaching and education. Freelance professions also include higher-level personal services
requiring a higher level of education (college or university
degree). Freelance professionals are not obliged to have
their trades registered. However, certain freelance professionals who provide a personal service, e.g. architects, tax
advisors, must obtain the respective license to practice.
	KMU / SMEs
On 1 January 2005, the European Commission introduced
a new definition for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Compliance with this so-called SME criterion is an important precondition for many subsidy programmes. Micro-enterprises are businesses that employ less than ten employees and which record annual sales or a balance sheet total
of no more than EUR 2m. Small enterprises are businesses
that employ less than 50 employees and which record annual sales or a balance sheet total of no more than EUR 10m.
Medium-sized enterprises are businesses that employ less
than 250 employees and which record annual sales of EUR
50m max. or a balance sheet total of no more than EUR 43m.
The precise approach when determining SME status depends on whether the company is completely independent
or part of a group of companies. In such cases, both participation by the company submitting an application as well as
participation by other companies in the company submitting the application must be considered.

Glossary

	Kombinierbarkeit / Combination with other programmes
Combining funds from different programmes is generally
possible and welcomed. However, the maximum subsidy
sums defined by the EU (“subsidies”) may not be exceeded.
However, certain subsidy programmes cannot be combined
with each other (non-combination rule).
	Mezzanine-Kapital / Mezzanine capital
Mezzanine capital or mezzanine financing instruments are
financing forms which can have a position between equity (so-called equity mezzanine) and external capital (debt
mezzanine). Equity mezzanine can be issued, for example,
in the form of profit participation rights, participation certificates or dormant partnerships. Other conceivable forms
are convertible and warrant bonds. Debt mezzanine must
be usually carried as a liability in the balance sheet. The equity character arises when the loan or dormant partnership
is subject to subordination. However, the form of financing
depends on the design of the agreement from case to case.
It ultimately determines whether the capital is to be treated
as debt or at least as economic equity. In general, however,
mezzanine capital as “hybrid capital” is to contribute towards improving a company‘s financing and balance sheet
structure and hence to expand the classical loan availability
or permit complex project financing. The stronger the equity nature of the mezzanine product or at least the higher
the risk of the mezzanine capital source compared to a real
lender, the higher the interest rate and hence the return
claim of the mezzanine lender. And the more the mezzanine
investor will demand rights equivalent to those of the equity investors (rights of involvement and co-determination
under company law). Although mezzanine capital was initially mostly supplied by private equity companies, special
mezzanine funds or even banks themselves have become
increasingly common today. The requirements for assessing a mezzanine capital recipient are generally comparable
to the requirements which every equity investor expects a
company to fulfil. A business plan, a convincing business
model, above-average growth opportunities and sufficient
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manner with regard to maturities and other terms and
conditions. Anything which is economically sensible and desired can, in principle, be expressed in agreements. The statutory requirements are significantly less restrictive than,
for instance, in the case of open partnerships. On a contract
level, it is primarily termination provisions, interest rates,
profit and loss rules or redemption procedures which decide
whether the capital invested is to be considered as equity or
debt with a view to liability and taxation. In international
accounting according to International Financial Reporting
Standards (IFRS), mezzanine capital is classified as equity or
debt on the basis of the actual agreement. There is, however,
a trend towards treating mezzanine capital as debt. There
is, however, a trend towards treating mezzanine capital
as debt. Furthermore, securities evidenced by certificates
which can be traded on the stock exchange, such as participation certificates, are subject to approval by the Federal
Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).

ing insolvency proceedings are fulfilled or if more than half
the book equity in the case of partnerships or of the capital
stock of corporations has been used up. Special rules apply
to young SMEs for a period of up to three years after starting
out in business, i.e. during the initial period where financial problems cannot be ruled out. In such cases, companies
are hence not classified as being in difficulty unless the preconditions for opening insolvency proceedings are fulfilled.
Furthermore, large enterprises are additionally deemed to
be in difficulty if their indebtedness based on book value
exceeded 7.5 percent during the last two years and if the
EBITDA to interest expenditure ratio is below 1.0. Companies
in difficulty in Berlin can only apply for support under the
BERLIN liquidity assistance programme subject to strict preconditions. As long as a measure granted in this context is
still in effect, the company benefiting from the measure is
considered to be in difficulty so that it cannot receive support under any other programme during this time.

	Subventionswert / Subsidy value
The subsidy value is the monetary sum of all grants and subsidies which a company receives during a defined period on
the basis of different subsidy and grant programmes (look
at “De-minimis”). In the case of a grant, the subsidy value
corresponds to the amount of the grant. If a low-interest
loan is granted, the subsidy value is the difference between
the standard market interest rate (reference rate published
by the European Commission) and the effective rate of the
loan granted.

	Zuschuss, bedingt rückzahlbarer /			
Grant, conditionally repayable
The financing of certain projects particularly worth subsidising can be partly subsidised by a grant that is directly linked to the pro-ject, i.e. to the investment or equipment / labour costs applied for. In contrast to a loan, a
grant is interest-free and does not have to be repaid. This is
conditional upon proof that the funds applied for were used
for the agreed purposes, and that the conditions stated in
conjunction with the pledge of funds were adhered to. A
conditionally repayable grant can be awarded for projects
where an insufficient return is to be expected in the case of
an average or below-average success of the project. If, however, a higher return is achieved, the grant or a respective
share of the grant must be repaid.

	Unternehmen in Schwierigkeiten / Companies in difficulty
Public support (look at “Allowances” for companies in financial difficulty causes considerably greater distortion of
competition that support for healthy businesses. Support
or subsidies for companies in difficulty are hence normally
ruled out. SMEs and large enterprises must always be qualified as “companies in difficulty” if the conditions for open-

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Addresses

Public institutions and district authorities
Agenturen für Arbeit (Job Centres)
Berlin-Mitte, Charlottenstraße 87-90, 10969 Berlin
Berlin-Nord, Königin-Elisabeth-Straße 49, 14059 Berlin
Berlin-Süd, Sonnenallee 282, 12057 Berlin
Telephone: 	0 18 01 / 66 44 66 (employers only, Germany only)
	
0 18 01 / 55 51 11 (employees only, Germany only)
(Calls from the fixed net of Deutsche Telekom cost 3.9 cent per
minute. Different prices apply for calls from mobile networks.)
Internet: 	 www.arbeitsagentur.de
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 00
E-mail: 	
info@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin-partner.de and
	
www.businesslocationcenter.de
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf von Berlin district authorities
Otto-Suhr-Allee 100, 10585 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 91-0
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@charlottenburg	
wilmersdorf.de
Internet: 	 www.wirtschaftsfoerderung.charlottenburg- 		
	
wilmersdorf.de
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg von Berlin district authorities
Frankfurter Allee 35–37, 10247 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 98-0
E-mail: 	
wifoe@ba-fk.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-friedrichshain	
kreuzberg.de
Lichtenberg von Berlin district authorities
Möllendorffstraße 6, 10367 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 96-0
E-mail: 	
wifoe@libg.verwalt-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-lichtenberg/wirtschaft
Marzahn-Hellersdorf von Berlin district authorities
Alice-Salomon-Platz 3, 12591 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 93-0
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-mh.de
	
www.berlin-eastside.de
Mitte von Berlin district authorities
13341 Berlin (postal address)
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 90 18-3 43 72
E-mail: 	
beate.bruening@ba-mitte.verwalt-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-mitte/wirtschaftsfoerderung

Neukölln von Berlin district authorities
Karl-Marx-Straße 83, 12040 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 39-0
E-mail: 	
info@bezirksamt-neukoelln.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-neukoelln/politik-und	
verwaltung/service-und-organisationseinheiten/
	
wirtschaftsfoerderung/
Pankow von Berlin district authorities
Fröbelstraße 17, 10405 Berlin, Haus 6
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 95-0
E-mail: 	
poststelle@ba-pankow.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/pankow and
	
www.pankow-wirtschaft.de
Reinickendorf von Berlin district authorities
Eichborndamm 215-239, 13437 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 94-56 70
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsberater@reinickendorf-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-reinickendorf/service/
	
wirtschaft/wirtschaftsfoerderung
Spandau von Berlin district authorities
Carl-Schurz-Straße 2-6, 13578 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 79-0
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@ba-spandau.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.spandauer-wirtschaft.de
Steglitz-Zehlendorf von Berlin district authorities
14160 Berlin (postal address)
Martin-Buber-Straße 2, 14163 Berlin (office)
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 99-0
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@steglitz-zehlendorf.de
Internet: 	 www.steglitz-zehlendorf.de/wirtschaftsfoerderung
Tempelhof-Schöneberg von Berlin district authorities
John-F.-Kennedy-Platz, 10825 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 9 02 77-0
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsberatung@ba-ts.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/ba-tempelhof-schoeneberg/
	
wirtschaftsfoerderung
Treptow-Köpenick von Berlin district authorities
Rathaus Köpenick, Alt-Köpenick 21, 12555 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 97-0
E-mail: 	
wirtschaftsfoerderung@ba-tk.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/wifoe-tk

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Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
(German Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
Kapelle-Ufer 1, 10117 Berlin, Postal address 11055 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 18 57-0
E-mail: 	
information@bmbf.bund.de
Internet: 	 www.bmbf.de
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)
(German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology)
Scharnhorststraße 34-37, 10115 Berlin
Hotline: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 1 86 15-0
E-mail: 	
info@bmwi.bund.de
Internet: 	 www.bmwi.de
Enterprise Europe Network
in der Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 91
E-mail: 	
eu-beratung@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.eu-service-bb.de and
	
www.berlin-partner.de
Handwerkskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Blücherstraße 68, 10961 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-01
E-mail: 	
info@hwk-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de
Industrie- und Handelskammer Berlin
(Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
IHK Service Center
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 15 10-0
E-mail: 	
service@berlin.ihk.de
Internet: 	 www. ihk-berlin.de
Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales
(Federal-Land Agency for Health and Social Affairs)
Integrationsamt (Integration office)
Turmstraße 21, 10559 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 02 29-00
E-mail: 	
integrationsamt@lageso.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.integrationsaemter.de
	
www.lageso.berlin.de
Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen
(Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women)
Oranienstraße 106, 10969 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 28-0
E-mail: 	
poststelle@senaif.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/aif

Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt
(Senate Department for Urban Development and
the Environment)
Württembergische Straße 6, 10707 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 01 39-30 00
E-mail: 	
post@senstadtum.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.stadtentwicklung.berlin.de
Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung
(Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research)
Martin-Luther-Straße 105, 10825 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-0
E-mail: 	
post@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/wirtschaft
Central contact partner for service companies
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 13-75 55
E-mail: 	
ea@senwtf.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.ea.berlin.de

General advice centres

ABG Arbeit in Berlin GmbH
Rungestraße 19, 10179 Berlin and Kronenstraße 6, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 27 87 33 69
E-mail: 	
info@arbeit-in-berlin.eu
Internet: 	 www.arbeit-in-berlin.eu
BBB BÜRGSCHAFTSBANK zu Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-0
E-mail: 	
info@buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.buergschaftsbank-berlin.de
bbw Bildungswerk der Wirtschaft in
Berlin und Brandenburg e. V.
Am Schillertheater 2, 10625 Berlin
Advice for start-ups
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 10 05-0
E-mail: 	
seminare@bbw-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.bbw-berlin.de
Beratungs- und Service-Gesellschaft Umwelt mbH (B.&S.U.)
Saarbrücker Straße 38 a, 10405 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 90 42-0
E-mail: 	
bsu@bsu-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.bsu-berlin.de
Berliner Beratungsdienst e. V. (bbd)
Retired business experts for Berlin-Brandenburg
Lahnstraße 52, 12055 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 25 20 30
E-mail: 	
info@bbdev.de
Internet: 	 www.bbdev.de

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Berliner Energieagentur GmbH
Französische Straße 23, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 29 33 30-0
E-mail: 	
office@berliner-e-agentur.de
Internet: 	 www.berliner-e-agentur.de
Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
- Technology transfer Luxemburger Straße 10, 13353 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 45 04-24 83 / -41 22
E-mail: 	
trans@beuth-hochschule.de
Internet: 	 www.beuth-hochschule.de
Bildungs- und Innovationszentrum
der Handwerkskammer Berlin (BIZWA)
(Training and Innovation Centre of the Chamber
of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Wandlitzer Chaussee 41, 16321 Bernau
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 33 38 / 3 94 40
E-mail: 	
bizwa@hwk-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de
Bildungs- und Technologiezentrum
der Handwerkskammer Berlin (BTZ)
(Training and Technology Centre of the Chamber
of Skilled Crafts and Small Businesses in Berlin)
Mehringdamm 14, 10961 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 59 03-4 13
E-mail: 	
btz@hwk-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.hwk-berlin.de
Bund der Selbständigen – Deutscher Gewerbeverband
Landesverband Berlin e. V. (BDS/DGV LV Berlin e.V.)
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 34, 10178 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 6 09 88 95 64
E-mail: 	
info@bdsberlin.de
Internet: 	 www.bdsberlin.de
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (BDI)
Breite Straße 29, 10178 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 20 28-0
E-mail: 	
info@bdi.eu
Internet: 	 www.bdi.eu
Bundesverband Deutscher Innovations-, Technologieund Gründerzentren e. V. (BVIZ)
Jägerstraße 67, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 39 20 05 81
E-mail: 	
bviz@innovationszentren.de
Internet: 	 www.innovationszentren.de

Addresses

Bundesverband deutscher
Kapitalbeteiligungs-Gesellschaften e. V. (BVK)
Reinhardtstraße 29 b, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 30 69 82-0
E-mail: 	
bvk@bvkap.de
Internet: 	 www.bvkap.de
Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft,
Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e. V.
Leipziger Platz 15, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 53 32 06-0
E-mail: 	
info@bvmw.de
Internet: 	 www.bvmw.de
Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
Alt-Moabit 91 d, 10559 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 39 49 18 85
E-mail: 	
berlin@bacb.de
Internet: 	 www.bacb.de
Businessplan-Wettbewerb Berlin-Brandenburg (BPW)
(Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition (BPW))
Office at Investitionsbank des Landes Berlin
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
(Entrance on Regensburger Straße)
Hotline: 	 +49 (0) 30 / 2125-2121
E-mail: 	
info@b-p-w.de
Internet: 	 www.b-p-w.de
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V.
Project sponsor for BMWi-Innovationsgutscheine (go-Inno)
Heinrich-Konen-Straße 1, 53227 Bonn
Hotline: 	 +49 (0) 228 / 38 21-15 18
E-mail: 	
info@bmwi-innovationsgutscheine.de
Internet: 	 www.bmwi-innovationsgutscheine.de
Die Wille gGmbH
Müllerstraße 56-58, 13349 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 26 47 62-0, fax: -99
E-mail: 	
jobcoaching@diewille.de
Internet: 	 www.evangelisches-johannesstift.de und
	
www.berliner-jobcoaching-unternehmen.de
enterability Berlin
Integrationsfachdienst Selbstständigkeit
(Integration service for self-employed activities)
social impact GmbH
Glogauer Straße 21, 10999 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 6 11 34 29
E-mail: 	
info@ifd-enterability.de
Internet: 	 www.enterability.de

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EuroNorm GmbH
Stralauer Platz 34, 10234 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 9 70 03-0 43
E-mail: 	
info@euronorm.de
Internet: 	 www.euronorm.de
Existenzgründer-Institut Berlin e. V.
Friends of the APRIL foundation to
promote entrepreneurial ideas
Oranienburger Straße 27, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 40 98 00
E-mail: 	
beate.westphal@aprilstiftung.de
Internet: 	 www.existenzgruender-institut.de
Existenzgründerzentrum Technische Dienstleistungen
(Founder centre for technical services)
at Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Hönower Straße 35, 10318 Berlin
HTW contact: Dr Angela Höhle
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 50 19-27 42
E-mail: 	
angela.hoehle@htw-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.htw-berlin.de/karriere/existenzgruendung/
Förderberatung “Forschung und Innovation” des Bundes
(“Research and innovation” subsidy consultancy by the
federal government)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Zimmerstraße 26-27, 10969 Berlin
Toll-free hotlines:
Research promotion:
Telephone: 08 00 / 26 23-0 08 (Germany only)
Enterprise guidance service:
Telephone: 08 00 / 26 23-0 09 (Germany only)
Electromobility guidance service:
0 8 00 / 26 23-0 08 (Germany only)
E-mail: 	
beratung@foerderinfo.bund.de
Internet: 	 www.foerderinfo.bund.de

Goldnetz gGmbH
Am Köllnischen Park 1, 10179 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 28 88 37-0, fax: 	-35
E-mail: 	
berlinerjobcoaching@goldnetz-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.goldnetz-berlin.de and
	
www.berliner-jobcoaching-unternehmen.de
Gsub mbH
Gesellschaft für soziale Unternehmensberatung mbH
Kronenstraße 6, 10177 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 84 09-0
E-mail: 	
kontakt@gsub.de
Internet: 	 www.gsub.de
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Schlegelstraße 2, 53113 Bonn

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 2 28 / 82 30 01-00
E-mail: 	
info@htgf.de
Internet: 	 www.high-tech-gruenderfonds.de
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-3201
E-mail: 	
venture@ibb-bet.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb-bet.de
IBB Business Team GmbH
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 2125-2354, fax: -4680
E-mail:
 	 info@ibb-business-team.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb-business-team.de
IG Metall Berlin
Alte Jakobstraße 149, 10969 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 53 87-0
E-mail: 	
kontakt@igmetall-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.igmetall-berlin.de

Freie Universität Berlin
Knowledge and technology transfer
Profund Innovation
Haderslebener Straße 9, 12163 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 83 87 36-30
E-mail: 	
profund@fu-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www. profund.fu-berlin.de

Investitionsbank Berlin
Kundenberatung Wirtschaftsförderung
(Business Customer Centre)
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2125-4747
E-mail: 	
wirtschaft@ibb.de
Internet: 	 www.ibb.de

Gewerbesiedlungs-Gesellschaft mbH (GSG)
Franklinstraße 27, 10587 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 90 93-0
E-mail: 	
info@gsg.de
Internet: 	 www.gsg.de

Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
Steinstraße 104-106, 14480 Potsdam
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 3 31 / 6 60-0
E-mail: 	
kundencenter@ilb.de
Internet: 	 www.ilb.de

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Addresses

itw Institut für Aus- und Weiterbildung gGmbH
Geschäftsstelle im Forum Seestraße
Seestraße 64, 13347 Berlin
Telephone:	 +49 (0) 30 / 45 48 26 33
E-mail: 	
info@itw-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.itw-berlin.de

Technische Universität Berlin
Centre for Entrepreneurship
Hardenbergstraße 38, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 14-2 14 56
E-mail: 	
info@gruendung.tu-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.entrepreneurship.tu-berlin.de

KfW Bankengruppe
Palmengartenstraße 5-9, 60325 Frankfurt
Internet: 	 www.kfw.de

Technologiestiftung Berlin
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 00
E-mail: 	
info@technologiestiftung-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.technologiestiftung-berlin.de

Lok.a.Motion
Gesellschaft zur Förderung lokaler
Entwicklungspotentiale mbH
Boppstraße 7, 10967 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 29 77 97-36
E-mail: 	
info@lok-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.lok-berlin.de
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
August-Bebel-Straße 26-53, 14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 331 / 7 43 87-0
E-mail: 	
info@medienboard.de
Internet: 	 www.medienboard.de
Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft
Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
Berlin office
Schillstraße 9, 10785 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 10 04-0
E-mail: 	
berlin@mbg-bb.de
Internet: 	 www.mbg-bb.de
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG
Postfach 12 08 08, 10598 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 26 36-0
Internet: 	 www.pwc.de
Senior Experten Service (SES)
Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft für internationale
Zusammenarbeit GmbH - Berlin office c/o IFG Gertraudenstraße 20, 10178 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 20 64 82 67
E-mail: 	
ses@ses-buero-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.ses-bonn.de
SPI Consult GmbH
Bernburger Straße 27, 10963 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 69 00 85-0
E-mail: 	
info@spiconsult.de
Internet: 	 www.spiconsult.de

TimeKontor AG
Schönhauser Allee 10-11, 10119 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 39 00 87-0
E-mail: 	
info@timekontor.de
Internet: 	 www.timekontor.de
Türkisch-Deutsche Unternehmervereinigung
Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. (TDU)
Kurfürstendamm 175, 10707 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 88 55 00 00
E-mail: 	
info@tdu-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.tdu-berlin.de
Türkische Unternehmer und Handwerker e. V. Berlin (TUH)
(Neukölln headquarters)
Rollbergstraße 70, 12053 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 62 72 12-31
E-mail: 	
info@tuh-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.tuh-berlin.de
Verband der Metall- und Elektroindustrie
In Berlin und Brandenburg e. V. (VME)
Am Schillertheater 2, 10625 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 10 05-0
E-mail: 	
VME@vme-net.de
Internet: 	 www.vme-net.de
Vereinigung der Unternehmensverbände
in Berlin und Brandenburg e. V. (UVB)
Am Schillertheater 2, 10625 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 3 10 05-0
E-mail: 	
UVB@uvb-online.de
Internet: 	 www.uvb-online.de
VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Steinplatz 1, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 00 78-0
E-mail: 	
vdivde-it@vdivde-it.de
Internet: 	 www.vdivde-it.de

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Weiterbildungsdatenbank Berlin
(Berlin further qualification database)
Neue Schönhauser Straße 10, 10178 Berlin
Telephone: +49 (0) 30 / 28 38 42-36
E-mail: 	
info@wdb-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.wdb-berlin.de
zgs consult GmbH
Bernburgerstraße 27, 10963 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 69 00 85-14
Fax: 	
+49 (0) 30 / 69 00 85-15
E-mail: 	
office@zgs-consult.de
Internet: 	 www.zgs-consult.de
zukunft im zentrum GmbH
Rungestraße 19, 10179 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 27 87 33-0
E-mail: 	
office@ziz-berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.ziz-berlin.de
ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg GmbH (ZAB)
Steinstraße 104-106, 14480 Potsdam
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 3 31 / 6 60-30 00
E-mail: 	
info@zab-brandenburg.de
Internet: 	 www.zab-brandenburg.de

Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg
Consortium partners in Berlin:
Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie GmbH
(co-ordinator)
Ludwig Erhard Haus
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 63 02-5 91
E-mail: 	
eu-beratung@berlin-partner.de
Internet: 	 www.eu-service-bb.de and
	
www.berlin-partner.de

BAFA subsidies

Agency in charge of granting allowances and subsidies to promote entrepreneurial know-how:
Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)
(Federal Office of Economics and Export Control - BAFA)
Frankfurter Straße 29-35, 65760 Eschborn
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 61 96 / 9 08-5 70
E-mail: 	
foerderung@bafa.bund.de
Internet: 	 www.bafa.de and
	
www.beratungsfoerderung.net

Co-ordination offices:
DIHK - Service GmbH
Breite Straße 29, 10178 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 03 08-23 54
E-mail: 	
kunze.michael@dihk.de
Internet: 	 www.dihk.de
as the joint office of the Federal Association of the German
Industry (BDI), the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) and the German Conference of Chambers of
Industry and Commerce (DIHK).
Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks
(Central association of German crafts)
Co-ordination unit for consultancy and advisory services for
freelance professionals as well as training events
Mohrenstraße 20-21, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 2 06 19-3 41 /-3 42
E-mail: 	
werner@zdh.de
Internet: 	 www.zdh.de
Leitstelle für Gewerbefördermittel des Bundes
(Co-ordination unit for business subsidies from
the Federal Government)
An Lyskirchen 14, 50676 Köln
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 2 21 / 36 25 17
E-mail: 	
info@leitstelle.org
Internet: 	 www.leitstelle.org
Förderungsgesellschaft des BDS-DGV mbH
für die gewerbliche Wirtschaft und Freie Berufe
(Promotion unit of BDS-DGV mbH for commercial
businesses and freelance professionals)
August-Bier-Straße 18, 53129 Bonn
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 2 28 / 21-00 33 / -00 34
E-mail: 	
info@foerder-bds.de
Internet: 	 www.foerder-bds.de
BBG Bundesbetriebsberatungsstelle GmbH
Am Weidendamm 1 a, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 59 00 99-5 60
E-mail:	
info@betriebsberatungsstelle.de
Internet: 	 www.betriebsberatungsstelle.de
INTERHOGA
Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Deutschen
Hotel- und Gaststättengewerbes mbH
Am Weidendamm 1 a, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 59 00 99-8 60
E-mail: 	
falk@interhoga.de
Internet: 	 www.interhoga.de

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Addresses

Contacts for women

Banks

Bundesverband der Frau in Business und Management e. V.
Berlin regional group
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 36 40 90 90
E-mail: 	
berlin@bfbm.de
Internet: 	 www.bfbm.de

Berliner Sparkasse
KompetenzCenter Gründungen und Unternehmensnachfolge
(Start-ups and successor scheme competence centre)
Badensche Straße 23, 10715 Berlin
Business start-ups:
Dr Christian Segal
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 86 98-55 50
Successor schemes:

Mr Andreas Gruner

Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 86 98-55 51

E-mail: 	
gruendungen@berliner-sparkasse.de and
	
nachfolge@berliner-sparkasse.de
Internet: 	 www.berliner-sparkasse.de/existenz and
	
www.berliner-sparkasse.de/nachfolge

Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen
(Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women)
Oranienstraße 106, 10969 Berlin
Dr Andrea Schirmacher
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 90 28-21 30
E-mail: 	
andrea.schirmacher@senaif.berlin.de
Internet: 	 www.berlin.de/sen/frauen/arbeit/
	
selbststaendigkeit

EWMD Berlin-Brandenburg e. V.
European Women’s Management Development
Anklamer Straße 38, 10115 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 7 82 50-75
E-mail: 	
berlin-brandenburg@ewmd.org
Internet: 	 www.ewmd.org/chapter/119
Goldrausch e. V.
Anklamer Straße 38, 10115 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 28 47 88 80
E-mail: 	
info@goldrausch-ev.de
Internet: 	 www.goldrausch-ev.de
Kompetenzzentrum für Berliner Handwerkerinnen
at bfw - Unternehmen für Bildung
Landsberger Allee 117a, 10407 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 4 20 25 43-51 / -52
E-mail: 	
info@frauenimhandwerk.de
Internet: 	 www.frauenkompetenzzentrum.de and
	
www.frauenimhandwerk.de
Schöne Aussichten – Verband selbständiger Frauen e. V.
Regionalverband Berlin-Brandenburg
Schlüterstraße 64, 10625 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 31 01 86 14
E-mail: 	
berlin@schoene-aussichten.de
Internet: 	 www.schoene-aussichten.de
Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen e. V. (VdU)
Glinkastraße 32, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 20 05 91 90
E-mail: 	
info@vdu.de
Internet: 	 www.vdu.de
More addresses and links can be found at:
www.berlin.de/sen/frauen/arbeit/selbststaendigkeit/.

Berliner Bank AG & Co. KG
Branch of Deutsche Bank Privat- und Geschäftskunden AG
Special consultancy for starting up in business
Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin
Mr Norman Schuster
Telephone: 	+49 (30) 31 09-25 72
E-mail: 	
norman.schuster@berliner-bank.de
Internet: 	 www.berliner-bank.de/existenzgruendung

Berliner Volksbank eG
GründerCenter / Founder centre
Fasanenstraße 85, 10623 Berlin
Mr Guido Wegner
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 30 63-11 50
E-mail: 	
gruendercenter@berliner-volksbank.de
Internet: 	 www.berliner-volksbank.de
Commerzbank AG
Potsdamer Straße 125, 10783 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 26 53-41 34
Internet: 	 www.commerzbank.de
Deutsche Bank AG
Private and business customers
Special advice on financing
Otto-Suhr-Allee 6-16, 10585 Berlin
Telephone: 	+49 (0) 30 / 34 07-0
Internet: 	 www.deutsche-bank.de

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Alphabetic list of Business Support Programmes
A

E

AFBG - Meister-BAföG / Career development 	
act/master craftsmen grant

84

Agrar-Bürgschaft / Agricultural guarantee	

28

Arbeits- und Ausbildungsplätze für Schwerbehinderte / 	
Jobs and training places for the severely handicapped

86

Ausbildungszuschuss / Training allowance 	

87

B
BBB-Express! 	

29

BBB-Start! Coachingprogramm für Existenzgründer /	
BBB-Start! Coaching programme for founders

18

Beratungsangebote der Bezirksämter / 	
Consultancy services by the district authorities

103 ff.

Beratungsangebote der IBB sowie ihrer Einrichtungen	
und Initiativen / Consultancy offers by IBB along with
its facilities and initiatives

106 f.

Beratungsangebote für Unternehmerinnen und Gründerinnen / 1	 13
Consultancy services for female entrepreneurs and founders

Eingliederungszuschuss nach §§ 88 ff. SGB III / Integration 	
allowance pursuant to Sections 88 and following of the
German Social Security Code, Volume Three (SGB III)

89

Einstiegsqualifizierung nach § 54 a SGB III / Entrance 	
qualification pursuant to section 54 a of Volume III
of the German Social Security Code (§ 54 a SGB III)

90

Energieberatung Mittelstand / Energy consulting 	
services for medium-sized enterprises

100

ERP-Beteiligungsprogramm / ERP investment programme 	

36

ERP-Gründerkredit - StartGeld / 	
ERP start-up loan - StartMoney

21

EPR-Gründerkredit - Universell / 	
ERP start-up loan - Universal

22

ERP-Innovationsprogramm / ERP innovation programme 	

64

ERP-Kapital für Gründung / ERP capital for start-ups 	

23

ERP-Regionalförderprogramm / ERP regional 	
development programme

37

ERP-Startfonds / ERP start fund 	

65

Erste Anlaufstellen für technologieorientierte 	
Unternehmen / First points of contact for
technologyorientated companies

110 f.

Beratungsförderung / Consultancy allowance 	

96

Berlin Kapital / Berlin capital 	

30

Berlin Kredit / Berlin loan 	

31

Berlin Innovativ / Berlin Innovation 	

62

Berlin Start 	

19

Berliner Jobcoaching bei Unternehmen / 	
Berlin Job Coaching at companies

88

Beteiligungen der MBG / Investment by MBG 	

32

BMWI-Innovationsgutscheine (go-Inno) / 	
BMWi innovation vouchers (go-Inno)

98

Filmproduktion: Filmförderung und Standortmarketing / 	
Film production: Film financing and location marketing

38

Bürgschaft ohne Bank (BoB) / 	
Guarantee without a bank (BoB)

33

Filmproduktion: Zwischenfinanzierung / 	
Film production: Bridge financing

39

Bürgschaften für Investitions- und Betriebsmittelkredite / 	
Guarantees for investment and working-capital loans

34

68

Bürgschaften für Leasingfinanzierungen / 	
Guarantees for leasing finance projects

35

Förderinitiative KMU-innovativ des BMBF / 	
SME innovative support initiative by the Federal
Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. 	
Businessplan-Wettbewerb Berlin-Brandenburg (BPW) / 	
Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition (BPW)

106
20

C
Coaching BONUS 	

99

D
Design Transfer Bonus 	

63

Erste Anlaufstellen für Unternehmen und Existenzgrün- 	
dungen / First points of contact for companies and start-ups

108

EXIST-Forschungstransfer / EXIST research transfer 	

66

EXIST-Gründerstipendium / EXIST founder grant 	

67

F

G
Garantien für Arbeitnehmerbeteiligungen / 	
Guarantees for employee investment

40

Gewerbegrundstücke/Verkauf oder Erbbaurecht / 	
State-owned commercial properties/sale oder heritable
building rights

122

Gründer- und Innovationszentren / 	
Founder and innovation centres
Gründerinnenzentren / Centres for women 	
starting up in business

116 ff.
120

Gründungszuschuss / Founder allowance 	

24

GRW Gemeinschaftsaufgabe / GRW common task 	

41

GSG Berlin 	

121

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Alphabetic list of Busi n ess Su pport Programmes

H

137

P

Handwerker-Sofortkredit / Immediate loan for crafts	

42	

Potenzialberatung / Potential development advice	

High-Tech Gründerfonds / High-tech founder fund	

69

73

Horizont 2020 / Horizon 2020	

70

Pro FIT-Frühphasenfinanzierung / Pro FIT 	
early phase financing
Pro FIT-Projektfinanzierung / Pro FIT project financing	

75

Programm für Internationalisierung / 	
Internationalisation programme

55

Programm Innovationsassistent/-in / 	
Innovation assistant programme

77

I
IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH 	

107

IBB Business Team GmbH 	

107

IBB-Wachstumsprogramm / IBB growth programme	

43

INNO-KOM-Ost - Innovationskompetenz Ost /	
Innovation Competence East

72

Q

INVEST – Zuschuss für Wagniskapital / 	
INVEST - Venture capital grant

44

Qualifizierungsberatung in Unternehmen / 	
Enterprise qualification guidance service

101

104

S

K

Service für Technologietransfer und Cross-Innovation / 	
Service for technology transfer and cross innovation

78

46

Sofortkredit für Kaufleute / 	
Immediate loan for trading businesses

58

KfW-Programm Erneuerbare Energien / 	
KfW “renewable energies” programme

48

T

KfW-Umweltprogramm / KfW environmental programme 	

49

KfW-Unternehmerkredit / KfW corporate loan 	

50

V

KMU-Fonds / SME fund 	

51

59

KMU-Fonds - Mikrokredite bis 25 TEUR / 	
SME fund - micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000

52

VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin /	
VC Fund Creative Industries Berlin
VC Fonds Technologie Berlin / VC Fund Technology Berlin	

80

KapitalPLUS 	

45

KfW-Energieeffizienzprogramm – Energieeffizient Bauen 	
und Sanieren / KfW energy efficiency programme energy-efficient building and refurbishment

79

W

L
Landeseigene Gewerbegrundstücke/Verkauf oder 	
Erbbaurecht / State-owned commercial properties/
sale or heritable building rights

Transfer BONUS 	

122

Landeszuschuss des Landes Berlin für KMU / 	
Allowance by the Federal Land of Berlin for SMEs

91

Lehrgangskosten der beruflichen Weiterbildung / 	
Training costs for vocational training programmes

92

Liquiditätshilfen BERLIN / BERLIN liquidity assistance 	

53

M
Meister-BAföG / Career development act/master 	
craftsmen grant

84

Meistergründungsprämie / Start-up bonus for 	
master craftsmen and women

25

Mikrokredite bis 25 TEUR / SME fund - 	
micro-loans of up to EUR 25,000

52

Mikromezzaninfonds Deutschland / 	
Micro-mezzanine funds Germany

54

WeGebAU 	
Weitere Beratungsangebote für technologie- 	
orientierte Unternehmen / Other consultancy	
services for technology-orientated businesses
WIPANO – Förderung von Patentierung und Verwertung /	
WIPANO - Patenting and exploitation promotion

93
111 f.

81

Z
Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM) /	
Central innovation programme for medium-sized enterprises

82

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Imprint
Investitionsbank Berlin
Corporate Communications
Bundesallee 210, 10719 Berlin
Postal address: 10702 Berlin, Germany
The 2016/2017 Business Support Guide was developed in
co-operation with Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung (Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research). A printed version is issued in German. It
can also be downloaded as a PDF file in both English and German at: www.ibb.de/foerderfibel.
Free copies of the German version of the 2016/2017 Business
Support Guide are available from Investitionsbank Berlin
and from Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und
Forschung (Senate Department for Economics, Technology and
Research) and the advisory offices of the district authorities.
Berlin, April 2016
        
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