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  • KBG NRW Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaft Nordrhein-Westfalen

    The KBG NRW is a financing institution that works with entrepreneurs from the initial idea to optimize and finance their project. They focus on growth-oriented industry, technology-focused start-ups, and entrepreneurs. Their website offers detailed information on specialized funding and advisory programs. Website in German only.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.BANK

    In its capacity as the development bank for North Rhine-Westphalia, NRW.BANK assists the state in its structural and economic tasks. The bank acts on behalf of the state, operates in a competition-neutral manner and offers the full range of banking products required in the field of development and promotion – from traditional loans to customized advice. The Bank’s three fields of development and promotion are "Housing & Living,” “Development & Protection,” as well as "Start-ups & Growth."

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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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