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  • Berlin Business Location Center

    This site provides comprehensive information on funding in Berlin. The German government offers multiple funding options for international investors based on their individual needs throughout various stages in the development of an investment or innovative project. In this framework, the state of Berlin supports commercial business; funding is based on the availability of direct grants. Companies will receive support if the capital need is particularly high for the establishment or expansion of a site or for innovative processes. Loans and guarantees from public banks are available as alternatives or supplements.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • General Information: Investing in Science and Technology in Berlin

    Berlin is among the largest and most diverse regions for science in Europe and has the greatest concentration of university and institutional research facilities in Germany. Colleges and research institutes in Berlin offer businesses optimal conditions for research and development. Among others, the capital offers four universities, seven colleges, four art colleges, as well as numerous technology parks and start-up centers. In Berlin, colleges, research establishments, technology centers and commercial enterprises are closely connected with each other, which ensures an intensive transfer of knowledge and technology.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Technologiestiftung Berlin

    Technologiestiftung Berlin provides services and information for technology transfer, financing and founding a business, IP consulting, European cooperation, and commercial project management. The foundation is committed to transforming new ideas into reality and shifting projects emerging from Berlin's scientific R&D community into action. It focuses on the key topics of:

    Data
    Work
    Life
    Location for Innovation

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