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  • AIF e.V.

    The AiF is a national organization that promotes applied research and development benefiting Germany’s small and medium-sized businesses. It builds alliances with partners from industry, science, and government in order to turn ideas into products, processes or services in the market. As an industry-driven organization, the AiF aims at initiating applied research and development (R&D) for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as qualifying the new generation of academics in innovative fields and organizing the distribution of scientific knowledge.

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  • Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

    The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) is recognized as a centre of excellence for vocational research and for the progressive development of vocational education and training (VET) in Germany. BIBB is a federal government institution for policy, research, and practice in the field of vocational education and training. The Institute identifies future challenges in VET, stimulates innovation in national and international vocational systems, and develops new, practice-oriented solutions for both initial and continuing vocational education and training.

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  • Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

    The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs’ website offers information on International Affairs, the German labor market, initial and continuing training, German labor law, occupational safety and health, the participation of disabled persons, pensions, and social security.

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  • Germany Trade and Invest GTAI

    Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. Among other activities, Germany Trade & Invest supports international companies from market entry to business start-up. Expert project teams advise and assist in the business establishment phase. Germany Trade & Invest's range of free services also includes:

    • Legal and tax-related project support
    • Funding and financing advisory services
    • Site visit organization
    • Local partner and network matchmaking
    • Public and private partner coordination

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  • KfW Banking Group

    The KfW Banking Group provides a range of financing options for Small and Medium Enterprises.

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  • PTJ Project Management Jülich

    Project Management Jülich coordinates research and innovation funding programs in the areas of biotechnology, energy, materials technologies, environment and sustainability, marine and polar research, navigation and marine technology, technology transfer and start-up companies, as well as regional technology platforms and clusters.

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  • The Federal Employment Agency (BA)

    The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit - BA) is the largest provider of labor market services in Germany. It has a network of more than 700 agencies and branch offices nationwide. Its central tasks are job and training placement, career counseling and providing benefits that replace employment income, such as unemployment benefit and insolvency payments. The Family Benefits Office (Familienkasse), which provides child benefits, is also part of the Federal Employment Agency.

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    VDI VDE IT consults clients on questions regarding innovation and technology across sectors. They provide assistance and counseling for the analysis, funding and organization of innovation and technology. VDI VDE IT customers in Germany and abroad typically have politics, research, industry, or finance backgrounds.

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  • Verband Deutscher Bürgschaftsbanken (VBD)

    The Association of German Bürgschaftsbanken e.V. (VDB) is a collective representative of the Bürgschaftsbanken throughout Germany. The website provides an overview of Bürgschaftsbanken throughout Germany, which are established to offer financial support to small and medium sized enterprises. Website in German only.

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