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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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  • 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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  • Central Service Points in Hamburg

    The Central Service Points in Hamburg offer advisory and consulting services for all elements pertaining to setting up a business in Hamburg, which are applicable for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises. Their point of single contact is designed to be the first step for those interested in starting a business in Hamburg.

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  • European Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi)

    KoWi offers a "one-stop-shop" service to scientists, administrators and institutions nationwide, covering all steps of scientific careers, instruments of the Framework Programme and phases of any EU research project. KoWi’s mandate includes: information, consulting, and training on European research funding for researchers and administrators at universities and research organizations; development of interdisciplinary consulting expertise for the purpose of coaching emerging forms of co-operation between science and business in Germany and Europe; assistance to the members of the association supporting KoWi with a range of services adjusted to their needs.

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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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  • HEI Hamburger Existenzgründerinitiative

    HEI offers individual consulting for young businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to start in Hamburg. Its goals are to connect businesses and entrepreneurs in the region, to secure quality and effective training for entrepreneurs, to facilitate information and exchange, and to connect entrepreneurs with important funding sources in Hamburg. Website in German only.

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  • HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation

    The HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation is a central point of contact and service partner for any company planning to expand, restructure or relocate in the Hamburg region. The website offers links to information resources that can make working and living in Hamburg easier. HWF is a private-enterprise consultancy company that also contributes to the development of future-oriented industries: logistics, aviation, renewable energy, maritime industry and media, IT, and telecommunication.

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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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  • IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

    IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH provides venture capital for Berlin-based technology-oriented companies and companies from the creative industries. Investment professionals provide support to assist companies in preparing products for market and launch.

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  • IMG RlP Innovationsmanagement Rheinland-Pfalz

    IMG Innovation Management Rheinland-Pfalz offers information and advice to entrepreneurs on technology transfer and innovation marketing in Rheinland-Pfalz. It also serves as a point of contact to many scientific research institutions and foundations in the region.

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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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  • 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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  • LGH NRW – Landes-Gewerbeförderungsstelle des nordrhein-westfälischen Handwerks e.V.

    The Landes-Gewerbeförderungsstelle des nordrhein-westfälischen Handwerks (LGH) is a joint service institution set up both by the chambers and the confederations of skilled trades (“Handwerk”) in the German federal state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). We support these organizations as well as the SMEs in this important economic sector. LGH works closely with the EU and NRW governments to assist them in efforts to promote SMEs.

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  • NRW.International

    The foreign trade portal of NRW.International is a central platform for small- and medium-sized enterprises in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW.International acts as a first point of contact and provides service and advising, and coordinates and connects entrepreneurs and business developers. They also offer a range of funding programs. 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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  • 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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  • WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH

    WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH is responsible, on behalf of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, for developing, strengthening and marketing Bremen as a location for business, trade fairs, and events. Its services and products are primarily aimed at helping to secure and create jobs in Bremen and at providing businesses in Bremen with an optimal environment for entrepreneurial success.

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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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