Funding & Financing

Within the framework of the Humboldt Startup Programme, the Prepare Phase, the Launch Phase including the Berlin Startup Grant and EXIST, offers attractive sponsorships for all start-up phases*.  We also support funded startups in securing follow-up financing.

* The precondition for such support is that, at the beginning of the support, the company has not yet been set up and has not yet started economic activities

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Prepare Programme

Prepare supports the further development of the founding idea and the application for the Berlin Startup Grant and EXIST, including support services such as jobs, consulting and startup ecosystem.

Berliner Startup Stipendium

The Berlin Startup Grant supports innovative, technology-based start-up projects (2-4 persons) in the development of a marketable prototype. Scholarship holders receive a monthly grant of 2,000 euros for six months as well as access to infrastructure and supporting coaching and qualification modules.

EXIST Business Start-up Grant

The EXIST Business Start-up Grant accompanies innovative, technology or knowledge-based startup projects (max. 3 persons) on their way to a business plan. Funded projects are supported for one year with up to approx. 150,000 euros as well as access to infrastructure and supporting coaching and consulting services.

EXIST Transfer of Research

EXIST Transfer of Research supports particularly research-intensive projects in two funding phases of 18 months each on the way to founding and further developing a company. In the first phase, up to 250,000 euros and a maximum of four additional staff positions as well as infrastructure and supporting coaching services are provided.

Follow-up Funding

The Humboldt Startupservice uses its experience and network to support its startups in securing follow-up fundings, both from private (venture capital, business angels) and public investors (grants, banks).


Diana Matz
+49 30 2093 70766
Florian Grüning
+49 30 2093 70765
Startup Programm

Humboldt Startup Programme

In the Prepare, Launch and Grow phases, the Humboldt Startup Programme enables the successful realisation of the start-up idea with the support of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.



Our start-up courses for Bachelor's, Master's and researchers provide the tools for entering the start-up world - including credit points.


Startup Incubators

Our startup incubators in Mitte and Adlershof offer the necessary infrastructure and exchange platform for successful company development.

Coaching & Mentoring

Consulting, Mentoring & Coaching

External expertise and experience are essential for a successful startup.Our startup consultants and our entire network of coaches and academic mentors are available for this purpose.

Alumni Nwetzwerk

Alumni Network


Startup Portfolio

Over 130 companies have already been founded with the support of Humboldt-Innovation.