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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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  • BVK – German Private Equity and Business Capital Association

    BVK is an association of private equity and venture capital companies operating in Germany. BVK’s objective is to create the best possible conditions for private equity and venture capital in Germany and to promote public understanding for the role of private equity companies. BVK members work in specialist groups, such as venture capital, small- and medium-sized enterprises, SME private equity and venture capital companies. BVK cooperates closely with the media, policymakers, universities, and associations, both nationally and internationally, and promotes collaboration among its members. Website in German only.

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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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  • Gründungsnetz Brandenburg

    The website of the Brandenburg entrepreneurs’ network (Gründungsnetz Brandenburg) offers official information on all elements of entrepreneurship in Brandenburg, including a comprehensive network of partners. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 MV

    Invest in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is the economic development agency for the German State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. As a one stop agency, it acts as a partner for all companies that want to establish operations in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Invest in MV provides assistance with the procurement of suitable locations in the state, representation of interests in administrations and institutions, support in the search for qualified experts, acquisition of funds from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and establishing contacts to business partners and networks.

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  • NBANK – Investitions- und Förderbank Niedersachsen

    NBank is the bank for investment and business development in Niedersachsen. It is fully owned by the federal state. All federal subsidy schemes aiming to back the regional economy, labor market and education, as well as grants for housing and urban development, are processed centrally in the NBank. NBank also gives advice on EU–support programs and programs offered by the German government and collaborating regional partners in order to implement synergy effects and improve the overall business development programs. Website in German only.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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