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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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  • Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA)

    The AUMA trade fair database provides information on approximately 5,000 trade fairs, including: dates, distribution data, statistics, and contact information. This site provides contacts and links to AUMA members as well as other event organizers, service providers, public authorities, trade fair organizations, and auditing companies in Germany and abroad.

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  • Federal "Research and Innovation“ Funding Advisory Service

    The Federal "Research and Innovation" Funding Advisory Service is the central point of contact for any questions concerning research and innovation funding. The center informs potential applicants about the federal research structures, funding programs and responsible contact persons, and about current funding priorities and initiatives. Website in German.

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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 Education and Research (BMBF)

    The Federal Ministry for Education and Research’s website offers information on research funding in Germany, including information on recent announcements and funding programs, Germany’s High-Tech Strategy, and financing for education and research.

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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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  • Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)

    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees’ website contains information on moving to Germany, establishing residency, and working in Germany, for both EU citizens and third country citizens. The BAMF is a “competence centre for issues concerning integration and migration.”

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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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  • 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 Technologiezentrum

    VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH is a part of the VDI-Group, and works to support research and development, with the goal of supporting and increasing the technological and innovative capacities between business, science, and research. The VDI Technologiezentrum focuses on the solution to ecological, economic, and social problems. Website in German.

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  • VDI VDE IT

    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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