Additional funding opportunities and support for start-ups

beyourpilot is an extensive community made up of academic organisations as well as start-up teams, experts and partners. It has a comprehensive databank and diverse tools to help you determine the right path.

EXIST is a funding programme administered by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Its goal is to enhance conditions for start-ups at universities and non-university research institutions. It also aims to increase the number and the success of technology-oriented and knowledge-based start-ups.


InnoFounder supports exceptionally innovative start-ups and companies (especially media- and content-oriented start-ups) from Hamburg during the pre-founding and founding phases.

InnoRampUp is directed at technologically innovative Hamburg start-ups and companies that are younger than two years.

stellenwerk - 'Founder looking for co-founder'.  If you still need someone with special skills to help get your start-up idea off the ground, stellenwerk offers a special solution: post a free ad as a 'private person' and select the job type 'Founder looking for co-founder?'

IFB Hamburg. You can find the IFB Hamburg's (Hamburg Investment and Development Bank) funding programme on the bank website.

HEI Hamburg provides a who's who of the start-up network. Here you can find countless contact people, institutions, etc. related to the topic of start-ups.

At Fabulous St. Pauli  you can use computer-controlled machines such as 3d printers or laser cutters. The Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) is a place where you can do almost everything yourself.

Nordstarter – Crowdfunding for Hamburg. Nordstarter enables artists, creatives and inventors to finance their projects with the help of numerous individuals – via crowdfunding.

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce offers comprehensive support for start-ups. Hamburger Wirtschaft, the Chamber of Commerce magazine, also provides related news.

The German federal government's online funding databank provides an extensive and up-to-date overview of funding programmes run by the federal government, the German states and the European Union.

The cross-border exchange programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other participating countries.

The High-Tech Start-Up Fund is a joint initiative of the federal government and German companies which aims to support technology start-ups as an early investor.


At the KfW you can find products to support your company's start-up and expansion phases.