Thematic programs

Programs with a thematic focus support researchers, innovators and start-ups in specific specialist areas such as AI or quantum technology. The programs provide support, for example, by enabling access to premises, networks, partners, financial resources or advice. In this way, innovations are driven forward in Berlin. The following programs are initiated by Science & Startups.

K.I.E.Z. - Artificial Intelligence Center

K.I.E.Z. is an initiative dedicated to helping entrepreneurs in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with scientific expertise and access to capital, industry partners and talent. From the initial idea to a successful company, the initiative offers science-based AI start-ups everything they need for rapid and sustainable growth.

Doris Pololi

   Website K.I.E.Z.

K.I.E.Z Programm zur Förderung von KI-basierter Forschung und Gründung

Leap Berlin - Innovation hub for quantum technology

Leap is Berlin's first coworking and event space for quantum technology innovators. At Leap, we want to bring together startups, researchers, companies, investors and policy makers to support the growing ecosystem in the region and promote quantum science in society.

André Nikolski
Tel: +49 30 2093 70761
Website Leap Berlin

Leap Berlin Innovation Hub für Quantentechnologien

China Competence Training Center

The China Competence Training Center (CCTC) was established in 2023 by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin as associated partners, with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and as part of the Guideline to Promote the Regional Expansion of China Competence in Science (Regio-China). It offers a training program to employees in the fields of knowledge and technology transfer, and international affairs, specifically tailored to their needs, enabling them to realistically assess the opportunities and risks of (research) cooperation and transfer projects in and with China. During the training, they develop strategies for dealing with legal, political, and social challenges, and learn to identify the opportunities that China offers in the field of research and transfer. Participants also learn to implement these strategies for their internal target groups. In addition, the training program provides comprehensive basic knowledge about China.

Dr. Isabelle Harbrecht 
Tel: +49 30 2093-70751
more about the program

Startup Programm

Humboldt Startup-Program

All information about the admission criteria, the process and the support services!


Humboldt Founders Club

The Humboldt Founders Club is the network for founders from the environment of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Entrepreneur traineeship

Our startup courses for Bachelor's, Master's and researchers provide the tools for entering the startup world— including credit points.

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.


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.


Startup Incubator

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


Startup Portfolio

Over 170 companies have already been founded with the support of Humboldt-Innovation.