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  • BAB Bremer Aufbau-Bank

    The BAB is a bank focused on supporting the financing needs of individuals and start-up companies within Bremen. It offers competitive financing options and a detailed list of funding programs on its website. Website in German only.

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  • BayBG – Bavarian Investment Company (Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH)

    BayBG provides investment capital for small- and medium-sized enterprises in Bavaria. It also offers support and advice for financing needs.

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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 Partner GmbH

    Berlin Partner GmbH is intended to be the first point of contact for establishing a business in Berlin. They offer a range of customized services, from finding a location, financing, contact with authorities and obtaining permits, and recruiting personnel, to internationalization and trade fair participation. They provide information about areas of growth and industries with potential for the future. Activities are aimed at investors, decision makers, and facilitators in business, science, politics, culture, and the media. More than 200 companies and scientific institutes are currently part of their network.

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  • BG Bürgschaftsbank Hesse

    The BG Bürgschaftsbank Hesse is a contact for financing for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises in Hesse. It offers support for entrepreneurs involved in trade, industry, transportation, tourism, the service industry, landscaping and construction, and independent employees. Website in German only.

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  • bm-t beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh

    bm-t beteiligungsmanagement thüringen gmbh provides business start-ups and companies in Thuringia with risk and venture capital. It invests in young technology ventures developing new products and in fast-growing industrial enterprises.

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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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  • Bürgschaftsbank Baden-Württemberg GmbH

    The Bürgschaftsbank Baden-Württemberg GmbH is the largest guarantee bank in Germany. Shareholders include over 80 different chambers of small businesses, industry and commerce, business associations, banks and insurance companies.
    The maximum amount available for a guarantee loan is € 1.25 million. The longest term is 23 years, and runs, on average, approximately 10 years. Business activity is limited to the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Bayern

    The Bavarian Bürgschaftsbank GmbH is a commercial business, and focuses primarily on funding for medium-sized enterprises. Website in German.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Bremen GmbH

    The Bürgschaftsbank Bremen GmbH is a guarantee bank that offers financing to self-employed individuals and small- and medium-sized enterprises located in Bremen. Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank MV GmbH

    The Bürgschaftsbank Mecklenburg-West Pomerania offers short-, mid-, and long-term credits of all types for small- and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Saarland

    The Bürgschaftsbank Saarland is a guarantee bank for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises in the state of Saarland. Its website offers detailed information on specific financing options. Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen

    The Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen GmbH (BBS) is a publicly funded specialist financial institution. As a self-help institution for companies in the trade and industry sector, BBS provides financial support, alongside company banks, for promising projects at small- and medium-sized commercial enterprises, as well as from independent professionals in Saxony in the form of indemnity guarantees (bank guarantees). Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Saxony-Anhalt

    The Bürgschaftsbank Saxony-Anhalt is a publicly funded bank that provides financing options for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Its website offers detailed options that cater to a variety of business needs. Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Schleswig-Holstein

    The Bürgschaftsbank Schleswig-Holstein is a publicly-supported financing institution that specializes in financing and advising for small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs. Full financing information is available on the website. Website in German only.

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  • Bürgschaftsbank Thüringen GmbH

    The Bürgschaftsbank Thuringia, co-founded by chambers of commerce, banks, and insurance companies, offers multiple financing options for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprise in the state of Thuringia. Website in German.

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  • Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein – WTSH

    The Business Development and Technology Transfer Corporation of Schleswig-Holstein (WTSH) serves as a first point of contact for all matters related to business development in Schleswig-Holstein. If you’re an entrepreneur or investor or simply interested in Schleswig-Holstein’s economy, this website provides information about the state as well as WTSH’s services. WTSH assists in finding business sites, completing the innovation process, connecting entrepreneurs with appropriate contacts, and answering any questions. WTSH focuses primarily on business development and technology transfer. Website in German only.

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  • General Information: Investing in Berlin

    This site is an overview of investment in Berlin, where a large number of economic development funding and financing instruments are available. It addresses the availability of funding, service packages which are tailored to the individual needs of businesses and which include customized economic development concepts, and support with the search for real estate and qualified professional staff. Further, the Business Immigration Service also provides practical assistance, for example for foreign businesses in regard to visa matters.

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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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  • HA Hessen Agentur

    Hessen Agentur is a state-supported agency that provides comprehensive information for research and business opportunities in Hesse. It offers advising services, information on technology, innovation, and education and research in the region, as well as information on business and regional development and funding opportunities. Website in German only, however English resources are available at its affiliate organization in the U.S., the U.S. Office for Economic Investment.

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  • IB Investitionsbank Sachsen-Anhalt

    The IB Investitionsbank Saxony-Anhalt facilitates funding, advice, and promotion for entrepreneurs, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and public and private institutions. IB works with state, national, and EU-wide funding programs to assist new enterprises’ market entry. Website in German only.

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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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  • ILB Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg

    ILB's core business is to promote public and private investment projects in business, infrastructure and housing. In the business sector, ILB supports commercial companies and founders, as well as agricultural and media companies. In the infrastructure sector, we finance projects by municipalities, municipal special-purpose associations, municipal enterprises as well as social, scientific, educational and cultural institutions.

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  • Invest in Bavaria

    Invest in Bavaria is the Business Promotion Agency of the State of Bavaria. The Invest in Bavaria international team offers confidential assistance with setting up a new business or expanding present facilities in Bavaria. Invest in Bavaria provides information, help finding a suitable site and arranges contacts with government agencies as well as local partners and networks. Services are free of charge.

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  • Invest in Hessen

    Invest in Hessen offers free and confidential support to North American companies that are interested in establishing a subsidiary in Hessen. Invest in Hessen seeks to foster the success of locally based companies and foreign investors. For information and contact details for its North American liaison office, U.S. Office for Economic Development, click here.

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  • Invest in Thuringia LEG – State Economic Development Agency of Thuringia

    As a one-stop agency, LEG Thüringen – the State Development Corporation of Thuringia responds to all questions concerning relocation and investment promotion. LEG offers advice on suitable industrial sites, manages contacts to local authorities, supports companies in recruiting skilled personnel, informs companies about available incentive and financing concepts, fosters Thuringia’s international relations and promotes the transfer of technology and innovation in our region.

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  • Investitionsbank Berlin

    Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the development bank of the Federal Land of Berlin. With its newly orientated economic support and subsidy policy, it actively contributes towards developing Berlin for business and industry.

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  • Investment and Economic Development Bank of Rheinland-Pfalz – Innovations und Struktur-Bank Rheinland Pfalz (ISB RlP)

    As the central development office ISB, the state-owned development bank is the initial contact for those interested in financing for business opportunities in Rheinland-Pfalz. In this effort it is joined by the State Ministry for Economics, the Finance Ministry, the local Chambers of Industry and Commerce, the regional Manual Crafts Chambers and regional development agencies. The ISB is a central contact for development, offering individualized programs and financing plans, assistance with applications, and support in establishing companies, finding locations, selecting project sites. Their site offers detailed information for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

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  • L-Bank Baden-Württemberg

    L-Bank Baden-Württemberg is the state bank of Baden-Württemberg and offers comprehensive financing options for entrepreneurs and medium-sized enterprises. Website in German.

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  • MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg GmbH

    The MBG enters into silent partnerships with small- and medium-sized businesses as well as businesses that are in the process of being founded. As a publicly supported capital investment company, MBG works closely with the Bürgschaftsbank Baden-Württemberg GmbH and receives support from the federal and the state government. It is a not-for-profit organization that currently provides venture capital funding for 1,060 Baden-Württemberg companies totaling 307.2 million euros. Website in German.

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  • MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Schleswig-Holstein

    The MBG Schleswig-Holstein provides support and financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. Website in German only.

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  • MBG Saxony-Anhalt (Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt)

    MBG Saxony-Anhalt offers financing for small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs seeking to start a business in Saxony-Anhalt. It offers silent investment at reasonable rates to encourage growth and economic development in the state. Full details on financing options can be found on the website. 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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  • Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg – Financing Programs

    The primary financing programs available from the State of Baden-Württemberg are listed on this page, as well as advisory support for entrepreneurs. Website in German.

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  • Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft MBG

    The MBG Rheinland-Pfalz offers financial support in the form of loans for small- and medium-sized enterprises in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. It is publicly funded and offers competitive rates. Website in German only.

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  • Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Niedersachsen

    The Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (MBG) mbH is an organization that supports the economy of Lower Saxony. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Lower Saxony are eligible for silent investments to strengthen their capital base and thereby finance growth and innovation. MBG provides both investment and advice. Website in German only.

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  • Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Thüringen GmbH

    The MBG Thuringia offers financial support for small- and medium-sized enterprises in the state of Thuringia. Its website details various financing options available for diverse businesses. Website in German only.

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  • Mittelständische Bürgschaftsbank Sachsen

    The Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Sachsen mbH (MBG) is a privately held investment company with public funding. Its task is to improve the financing structures of medium-sized companies with the goal of stable corporate development. MBG acquires both silent capital and direct stakes in industrial companies.

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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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  • Rheinland-Pfalz Ministry for Business, Climate, Energy, and Land Planning

    The website of the Rheinland-Pfalz Ministry for Business, Climate, Energy, and Land Planning offers detailed information pertinent to these sectors in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Website in German only.

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  • Saarland Ministry for Business, Labor, Energy, and Transportation

    The website of the Saarland Ministry for Business, Labor, Energy, and Transportation offers information pertinent to these sectors in Saarland. The site also features a specific page related to entrepreneurship in Saarland, with multiple external links to firms and organizations dealing with regional start-ups. Website in German only.

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  • SAB Sächsische AufbauBank

    SAB is the central development agency, acting on behalf of the state of Saxony. SAB allocates and distributes development funding to businesses, technology companies and investors, housing developers and homeowners, as well as other social groups in Saxony. Funding takes the form of grants, subsidies, loans and guarantees. As a financial facilitator SAB offers a wide range of products and services, including low-interest loans and loan guarantees, direct investment, grants and financial consulting. In addition to acting on behalf of various tiers of government, SAB offers packages developed by the bank itself, based on its experience of meeting local needs and helping local businesses.

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  • Sachsen Ministry for Business, Labor, and Transportation

    The website of the Sachsen Ministry for Business, Labor, and Transportation offers information pertinent to these sectors in the state of Saxony. They also offer direct information for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region, as well as information pertaining to innovation in the state. Website in German only.

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  • Saxony-Anhalt Ministry for Economics and Infrastructure, Science-Business Cooperation

    Saxony-Anhalt’s innovative business community is rooted in its differentiated system of state universities and universities of applied sciences and other research institutions, as well as in a dynamic, committed body of entrepreneurs collaborating with the world of science. The establishment of research institutions and intensification of cooperation between business and science has meant that individual industries have access to enormous research and development potential. This website offers information on Saxony-Anhalt’s Business-Oriented Research Centers, Research Centers, Innovation Networks, and Technology and Start-up Centers.

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  • Saxony-Anhalt Ministry for the Economy and Infrastructure

    The website of the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry for the Economy and Infrastructure offers comprehensive information on doing business in Saxony-Anhalt, and provides links to the websites of organizations pertinent to starting a business in the state. Interested individuals can contact the Ministry directly about investment projects, about financial support for their specific investment project, about employment and the economy in Saxony-Anhalt, or about transport and infrastructure in Saxony-Anhalt.

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  • Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport, and Technology

    The website of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Technology offers information pertinent to these sectors in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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  • Support Service GmbH (FSIB – Förder-Service GmbH)

    The FSIB works closely with Saxony-Anhalt’s investment bank (IB) to connect and facilitate community and regional business investment in the state. It focuses on providing financing, information about current support programs at the state and EU level, planning, supervision, and tax advising, and the evaluation of programs and projects. Website in German.

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  • ThürInG

    ThürInG, the Thuringia network for innovative entrepreneurs, offers particularly intensive advice and support for business and finance plans, navigating legal issues and insurance plans, identifying cooperating partners, approaching investors. Detailed information on ThürInG’s partners and services can be found on its website. 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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  • WFS – Saxony Economic Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen GmbH)

    WFS, on behalf of the state of Saxony, facilitates the establishment of new business enterprises in the state. They consult and advise entrepreneurs and foreign firms seeking to locate in Saxony, and provide networked connections to other foundations, banks and state institutions that are useful for start-ups in the region.

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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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