Funding & Financing

Berlin's Economic Financing

  • What kind of funding provides the "Projekt Zukunft"?
    • Projekt Zukunft ("project future") is the initiative of Berlin´s Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research to support the growth areas of information and communication technology, media and creative economy. 

      Every year, Projekt Zukunft funds infrastructure support projects to the tune of 1.5 million euros, including competitions and industry-related lighthouse events - the digital economy in particular, as a cross-sector that cuts across all submarkets of the creative industries, has received over 20 million euros in funding over the past 5 years. The state of Berlin's Creative Industries Growth Capital Fund (€30 million), which includes €15 million in state funding, has financed over 30 emerging Berlin startups in over 100 rounds of funding, including aupeo, moviepilot, sofatutor, tausendkind and C' est tout. The fund is aimed specifically at companies from the media and creative industries.

  • Where can I get grants?
    • Grants are only available as part of investments and technology subsidies, they are also partially available for company presentation at trade shows and/or abroad. 
      Regarding film funding, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH provides loans, repayments of which is subject to conditions.

  • When can I apply for funding?
    • With most funding schemes the application has to be submitted before establishing your business, i.e. before a tenancy agreement is signed and before you commit to financial obligations. When applying for a start-up grant from unemployment, please note that you must submit the application for the start-up grant to the Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit) before you register your self-employment.

  • Where can I get information regarding promotion in the field of games and web 2.0 in Berlin?
    • Games are part of the ICT and media-related creative industries cluster and therefore subject to the same funding and financing possibilities. Additional funding and financing options are however available specifically for this area: 

      The Investitionsbank Berlin offers a funding program for research, innovation and technology (ProFIT), through which grants, subsidised loans and subsidised silent partnerships are available. You will find further information at: https://www.ibb.de/en/homepage/homepage.html

      Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg offers support for the regional games industry through a project funding for digital media content for games, mobile and web. The funding is intended for the development of game prototypes and pilots as well as innovative formats for mobile and web content. Measures contributing to the professionalisation of the games industry are also supported. Funding in the form  of interest-free loans is available in amounts of up to 100 000 EUR per project.

      As of recently, funding of serial content is also available. 

      Further information at: http://www.medienboard.de/WebObjects/Medienboard.woa/wa/CMSshow/2731336

Start-Up Promotion

  • Are start-up grants available, if I am unemployed?
    • The German Federal Employment Office (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) offers financial support submitted to certain conditions for unemployed persons wishing to establish their own business. Details can be found on the leaflets compiled by the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce at www.ihk-berlin.de. Please be advised that you need to apply for a start up grant before registering your business.

  • Where can I find information sources for founders and start-up projects?
    • Deutschland startet ("Germany is starting") is giving complementary elegibility assessments, how to improve the start-up with federal promotion or existing self-employment. You can also find news, a start-up encyclopaedia and an overview for start-up programs in Berlin.
       

      Infoportal "Gründen in Berlin" ("starting up in Berlin") is the central contact point for start-ups in all branches, as well as a complementary information and consulting offer in all stages of the business from start-up to consultation.
       

      Gründerszene: ("entrepreneurs") is an online magazine for start ups and digital economy in Germany, established in Berlin, with daily news, background information, technical and opinion articles, video contributions, analyses and report updates for start-ups.
       

      Für Gründer ("for start-ups") - here you can find numerous information for start-ups.
       

      www.junge-gruender.de ("young entrepreneurs") is an online platform with basics for start-ups, an encyclopaedia and a lot more of information.


      www.existenzgruender.de ("start-ups") is the portal for start-ups, published by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. 
       

      Broschüre "Gründen in Berlin" is a brochure for start-ups in Berlin.

Berlin's Cultural Funding

Cultural Promotion on a Federal Level

Cultural Promotion on EU Level

Crowdfunding

Foundations

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