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  • Bayern International GmbH

    Bayern International GmbH offers Bavarian SMEs the opportunity to present themselves abroad and to establish business relations with foreign companies. Many Bavarian entrepreneurs take their first international steps with Bayern International by taking part in trade fairs worldwide or a delegation trip to promising foreign markets accompanied by the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs. The projects are funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology; and organization is taken care of by the Bayern International team.

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  • Berlin Senate Chancellery Cultural Affairs Grants

    This website provides a detailed overview of the funding that the cultural affairs department of the Senate Chancellery offers for programs in Berlin's cultural sector.

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  • Berlin Senate for Business, Technology, and Research – Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie, und Forschung

    The Berlin State Senate for Business, Technology, and Research supports the general framework for entrepreneurial activity in Berlin. The Senate works to strengthen innovation and export in the region. Concrete information regarding this and many other topics pertinent to business are available on their website. Website in German only.

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  • Bremerhaven Economic Development Company Ltd. – BIS Bremerhaven Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung

    The BIS, which is supported by both the city of Bremerhaven and the State of Bremen, offers detailed information for every phase of investing or establishing a business in Bremen. The four divisions within BIS include business development, infrastructural development, urban development, and tourism development.

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  • GFAW – Gesellschaft für Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsförderung Thüringen

    The GFAW (Gesellschaft für Arbeits- und Wirtschaftsförderung des Freistaats Thüringen mbH) promotes vocational training and job creation schemes for companies, people setting up new businesses, educational institutes, public institutions, chambers, associations and organizations. GFAW advises on and coordinates EU-level funding programs. Website in German only.

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  • gsub

    gsub is a business consultancy for social projects whose activities involve: advising and supporting public institutions, businesses and non-profit organizations, offering solutions that are designed to foster employment and integrate people into working life, implementing programs and projects that create and retain jobs, developing new ideas and products, shaping the transfer of European policy to strategies for regional and local action, actively supporting the principles of tolerance, democracy, social cohesion and lifelong learning.
    gsub-Projektegesellschaft mbH is a non-profit organization and official recipient of appropriations. It develops and realizes innovative projects to implement both new and tried-and-tested ideas in the fields of economic, employment and labor market policy. Of key importance to its efforts are partnerships with local bodies and municipal governments and the support of SMEs. gsub-Projektegesellschaft mbH is also active at the international level, for example in the EU and OECD. In addition, it is a founding member of Metropolis.Net, a European network of local development partnerships in metropolitan areas with partners from eight different countries.

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  • IB Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein

    Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB), the development bank of the Land (state) Schleswig-Holstein, plays a key role in providing financial support to foster regional development and growth in Schleswig-Holstein. IB offers advice on funding and financing. It provides tailor-made solutions for corporate, real estate and public infrastructure financing as well as for city development, environmental, and energy projects. Furthermore, grants are provided to support labor market development and training. Financial assistance is given to public and private investment projects in Schleswig-Holstein.

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  • Innovation Foundation Hamburg (Innovationsstiftung Hamburg)

    The Innovation Foundation Hamburg offers support for technology-oriented entrepreneurs who seek to implement their idea in Hamburg. It offers funding for projects as well as advising and networking services for entrepreneurs. Website in German only.

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  • LFI Landesförderinstitut MV

    The State Funding Institute MV (LFI, Landesförderinstitut MV) is appointed by the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania to act as the point of reference for all questions regarding funding in the state. LFI also coordinates the allocation of European Funds for regional Development (EFRE) in Mecklenberg-West Pomerania. Its website also offers a portal for entrepreneurs. Website in German only.

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  • Mecklenburg-West Pomerania Ministry for Business, Construction, and Tourism

    The website of the Mecklenburg-West Pomerania State Ministry for Business, Construction, and Tourism offers government and legal information pertinent to these sectors. The site also offers advice for entrepreneurs.

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  • NRW Ministry for Business, Energy, Industry, Enterprise and Trade

    The website of the Ministry for Business, Energy, Industry, Enterprise and Trade provides information pertinent to these sectors and includes a section focusing on resources for entrepreneurs. Website in German only.

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  • NRW.INVEST GmbH

    The state-owned economic development agency NRW.INVEST supports companies with investment projects or business locations in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW.INVEST advises on tax and legal issues as well as details regarding economic structure and industry clusters. It analyzes investment plans and offers commercial and industrial sites in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW.INVEST moderates and accompanies investment projects confidentially from the first step to the conclusion. And even after the settlement, NRW.INVEST is still on hand with help and advice for foreign companies. This applies in particular to expansions, start-ups and spin-offs. Its services are free of charge.

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  • Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Innovation

    The Rheinland-Pfalz Foundation for Innovation supports projects from basic research to applied research, as well as the development of new technologies and technology transfer. Eligible applicants are scientists, entrepreneurs, and research institutions within and outside of universities. The foundation works closely with the Ministry for Business, Climate, Energy, and Land Planning. Website in German only.

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  • TBI Technologie-Beratungs-Institut GmbH

    TBI is a project-funding institute that works in partnership with the State Ministry for Business, Infrastructure, and Tourism to facilitate technology-oriented projects in the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Their website offers comprehensive information on technology transfer, patent information, and knowledge transfer. Website in German only.

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  • Thüringer Aufbaubank

    The Thüringer Aufbaubank (TAB) was established in 1992 as a public law institution. Since that time, the bank has undertaken numerous assignments in business and rural development and the promotion of housing construction for the Free State of Thuringia, and has thus played its part in the further development of Thuringia as a business location. TAB works closely with Thuringia’s government, banks and savings banks and the KfW (reconstruction loan) banking group. The Free State of Thuringia provides a 100% guarantee for the Thüringer Aufbaubank. Legal supervision of the bank rests with the Thuringian Ministry of Finance. Website in German only.

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  • Thuringia Ministry of Economics, Science, and Digital Society

    The website of Thuringia’s Ministry of Economics, Science, and Digital Society offers comprehensive information pertinent to those sectors in the state of Thuringia. The site also features information targeted to entrepreneurs on state funding options. Website in German only.

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  • ZAB Brandenburg Economic Development Board – ZAB ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg

    The ZAB offers advising and consulting services to entrepreneurs and businesses in Brandenburg, with a particular focus on technology-oriented entrepreneurs and energy consultancy. Their website also offers comprehensive information on state, federal and European project funding. In addition, contact information for multilingual advisors is available at this link.

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  • ZPT – Center for Productivity and Technology Saar e.V.

    The Center for Productivity and Technology Saar e.V. (ZPT) offers a wide range of services to support enterprises from the Saarland in promoting their competitiveness and innovation as well as tapping new sales market. ZPT also comprises the enterprise Europe Network and a Patent Information Centre. The comprehensive services the ZPT provides for the Saarland Industry in terms of advice, training, transfer of technology and promotion of innovation, are targeted to small- and medium-sized enterprises to help them improve their competitiveness and develop new products and processes. Website in German. English summary is available at this link.

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