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In addition to the ones you see here, there are a variety of other funding opportunities/scholarships that are not always equally accessible and/or suitable for all startup teams. A good overview of the various possibilities can be found here in the start-up portal of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

Hessen Ideen Stipend

The state of Hessen supports university employees or graduates of Hessian universities who are interested in founding a company and who are in the early stages of developing an innovative, knowledge-based entrepreneurial business idea.

The Hessen Ideen Stipendium provides funding for up to three people per start-up team (2,000 euros per month for six months each) as well as a coaching and qualification program.

Further information at: hessen-ideen.de/stipendium

Hessian Start-up Award

Young Hessian companies and start-ups that have been on the market for less than five years can apply annually for the Hessian Start-up Award. It honors successful start-ups, and it is not just a question of turnover or profit. However, only start-ups that are active in the market and whose founders are not dependent on state funds for their livelihood are awarded prizes.

Further information at: hessischer-gruenderpreis.de

EXIST Research Transfer

EXIST Research Transfer supports outstanding research-based start-up projects that involve complex and high-risk development work and consists of two funding phases:

In the first funding phase, research results with start-up potential are to be further developed. The aim is to clarify questions relating to the implementation of scientific results in technical products and processes, to develop the business idea based on these results into a business plan and to prepare the planned company foundation.

In the second funding phase, the focus is on further development work, the start of business operations and preparations for external company financing.

Further information at: EXISIT Forschungstransfer

EXISIT start-up stipend

EXISIT start-up stipend support students, graduates and scientists from universities and non-university research institutions who are interested in starting a business.
The start-up teams receive an EXIST start-up grant at attractive conditions for a period of 12 months to develop a business plan and prepare for their start-up with the support of their university or research institution.

Further information at: EXISIT Gründerstipendium

Distr@l Strengthen digitization - live transfer

With Distr@l, the state of Hesse funds projects in 4 funding lines that significantly increase the state of digital technology. Distr@l is explicitly open to all topics and focuses on digital application-related projects.

Further information: https://digitales.hessen.de/foerderprogramme/distrl

push! The stipend for your start-up in Hesse

push! - the startup stipend from the state of Hesse helps you develop your idea into a viable business model. With a one-time grant of up to €40,000 within one year, you gain time in which you can devote your full attention to your startup - to take your company a good step forward.

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ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC)

The ESA Business Incubation Center (BIC) in Hesse/Darmstadt offers you a number of unique advantages to get your (space) company off the ground. In addition to practical and individual support from our team, you will benefit from further advantages.

For more information, please visit: https://cesah.com/index.php/benefits

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