You've got a business idea, you've built up your start-up team, you've already put your vision to paper?
Funding programmes, such as EXIST Start-Up Scholarship, EXIST Research Transfer, "Start-up Transfer", etc., will provide funding for your first steps. We will support you with your application or provide contacts to banks, to national and international investors, or business angels.

Funding Measure "Gründungen: Innovative Start-ups für Mensch-Technik-Interaktion" (Foundations: Innovative Start-ups for Human-Technology Interaction)

Funding Measure "Gründungen: Innovative Start-ups für Mensch-Technik-Interaktion" (Foundations: Innovative Start-ups for Human-Technology Interaction)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) wants to strengthen the innovation potential of start-ups in the field of cutting-edge research on human-technology interaction (HTI). To this end, two approaches are being pursued. On the one hand, the opportunities for founding start-ups are to be improved by targeted funding of suitable research teams at universities and research institutions (Module 1). On the other hand, young start-ups that have already been set up are to be supported in a tailored manner in high-risk pre-competitive research and development (R&D) (Module 2). The objective is to provide tailor-made foundation and start-up funding for the HTI sector.

Further information on the announcement on the BMBF website [Click to be redirected]!

EXIST-Gründerstipendium (Business Start-up Grant)

EXIST-Gründerstipendium (Business Start-up Grant)

The EXIST-Gründerstipendium (Start-up Grant) supports students, graduates and scientists from universities and non-university research institutions who wish to turn their start-up ideas into a business plan. This should involve innovative, technology-oriented or knowledge-based start-up projects with good prospects of economic success. The new EXIST programme is to give additional impetus to start-up activities in Germany in the field of innovative and knowledge-based business start-ups. For the first time since 2007, the EXIST-Gründerstipendium which provides a means of securing a livelihood during the pre- and immediate start-up phase, has been increased by approx. 25 percent. The materials and investment funds for projects in this programme line are almost doubled for team start-ups.

  •     Students who have completed at least half of their studies: 1,000 € per month
  •     Technical staff with qualified vocational training: 2,000 € per month
  •     Graduates with at least one university degree: 2,500 € per month
  •     Founders with a doctorate: 3,000 € per month
  •     For team start-ups, up to 30,000 Euros can be applied for

One of the up to three team members can be supported with qualified professional training as a technical employee or the academic degree of a team member can date back more than five years. However, the majority of the team must continue to consist of academically trained founders and be based on scientific preliminary work.

Further Information

EXIST Homepage

EXIST-News digital
What's new at EXIST? What's going on in the start-up scene? How do universities support "their" founders? What experiences do EXIST start-ups gain? Every two months, EXIST-News informs you about the current start-up situation. Click here to sign up!

Your contact at FH Aachen: Niklas Hunsdiek; Business Start-Up Coach

Phone: +49 241 6009 51928
(Mondays and Tuesdays)

Faculty of Business Studies | Entrepreneurship
Building E, Room E267
FH Aachen  
Eupenerstr. 70
52066 Aachen

"Start-up Transfer" - Funding Competition Enters the Next Round



For innovative ideas | 1,000 Euro per month | For one year!

The Gründerstipendium.NRW offers you the opportunity to get your innovative business idea off the ground and enter the business start-up scene in your region.
Iin order to facilitate the start into the world of entrepreneurs, the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia supports every founder who is about to start a business with a monthly grant of 1,000 Euros for a maximum of one year.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas in start-up networks and be supported through individual coaching. The so-called start-up networks play a key role in this programme. Accredited networks are entitled and obliged to:

Accept idea papers from interested parties,
Convene a jury to carry out a specialist assessment.
Write written recommendations for the approval of applications
Provide scholarship holders with accompanying coaching
Evaluate the progress of the project and, in case of a negative tendency,
recommend discontinuing a scholarship.

The decision to approve or reject an application is made by the project sponsor Jülich (PtJ).
Freelancers not eligible. Application can be submitted one year in advance.

Further details on the funding programme and the framework conditions known to date can be found in the guidelines and FAQs:

Once accreditation has been successfully completed, the branch office of the GründerRegion and the digitalHUB Aachen take over the coordination so that applications from founders in the digital sector can be processed and supported without delay.

Submitted idea papers are accepted and collected, resp. After preparation has been completed, the idea paper is forwarded to the jury via the branch office of the GründerRegion.
If the jury's vote is positive, the application is submitted to the project sponsor Jülich for the final decision. After the PtJ has approved the funding, further consultation and support will be provided by the respective supporting institution (see above).

GründerRegion Aachen
Pia Koenigs
Phone: +49 241 4460-350

GründerRegion Aachen
Theaterstraße 6-10
52062 Aachen

Financing Business Start-Ups for Women

Financing Business Start-Ups for Women

Here, you can find a guide on financing business start-ups for women providing information on the various options for starting your own business: [in German]

Funding Call DIN-Connect