Services for Start-UpsThilo Vogel
In the last 25 years, around 1,000 high-tech businesses have been founded in the Aachen region, half of them spin-offs from RWTH Aachen University. These companies succeeded in creating new services and products using new research results and technologies. RWTH provides you with comprehensive support when it comes to realizing your entrepreneurial goals.
News and Announcements
We are your first contact for any questions about realizing your ideas for a start-up business. For many technology-oriented start-ups, the protection of intellectual property is a central concern. Our InnovationScouts will be please to offer their know-how and give you advice on how to develop an appropriate intellectual property protection strategy.
In order to assist young entrepreneurs with creating business plans and developing project sketches, e.g. in the context of applications for an EXIST entrepreneurship scholarship, we closely collaborate with the RWTH Aachen Entrepreneurship Center (de). This cooperation makes it possible for us to support RWTH researchers by providing comprehensive advice, individual coachings, and continuing education opportunities such as funding seminars.
Furthermore, through our close contacts with GründerRegion Aachen (de) ("Aachen Entrepreneurship Region"), we can put you in touch with partners who are able to give you advice on topics such as coaching, finance, legal matters, etc.
One of the greatest challenges for anyone starting up or trying to grow a business is to find sources of funding.
Funding and Support Opportunities for Start-Ups
Young entrepreneurs have the chance to get support for their projects through funding programs and other initiatives. In what follows we introduce you to some funding initiatives providing support for entrepreneurs who seek to realize their start-up ideas.
Business Plan Competitions for Start Ups
Business plan competitions support the entrepreneurial spirit of students and graduates, in that they review start up ideas and concepts for their practicability and support successful participants with attractive prizes and the experts' know-how.
On our webpage for business plan competitions, we introduce a few of these initiatives for young start ups.
Everything at a Glance
For further information about start-ups, take a look at the Handbook for Spin-Offs from RWTH Aachen.
EXIST- Entrepreneurship Scholarship
The EXIST Entrepreneuer Scholarship is nationwide funding program, which supports innovative business formations from universities and research institutions in the early phase. The development of the product/service idea and the creation of a business plan till the formation of the business are supported by the EXIST Entrepreneuer Scholarship.
EXIST- Research Transfer
EXIST Research Transfer is a nationwide funding program that aims at increasing the number of particularly ambitious technology oriented start up from universites and non-university research institutions.
GründerStart-Initiative, GSI for short, offers a possiblity specific to Aachen. With GSI, IHK Aachen and RWTH Aachen support promising technology oriented business in the Aachen region. GSI is operatively managed through a limited liability company, whose chief executives are Mr. Nettekoven (Chancellor of RWTH Aachen) and Mr. Bayer (Chief Executive of IHK Aachen).
High-Tech Entrepreneurship Fund
The High-Tech Entrepreneurship Fund stems from an association that financially supports technology businesses in the foundation phase. Additionally, successful business founders and entrepreneurs, established advisors and coaches, and industry inventors from the High-Tech Entrepreneurship Fund are all available as advisors to the young entreprenuers.
SUBG (Sparkassen Unternehmensbeteiligungsgesellschaft)
S-UBG AG has developed participation models since 1988, for small and medium sized business implements them with its partners. The SUBG offers businesses equity to realize their plans and ventures in the Aachen, Krefeld, and Mönchengladbach technology and economic regions.
RWTH Aachen Entrepreneurship Start Up Center (de)
The Start Up Center offers a series of advising services for founding a start up. From the discussion of your idea to providing contacts to the search for suitable office spaces, the team is there to advise and assist young entrepreneuers.
Gründerregion Aachen / Startcenter NRW
Five regional Startcenter NRW function as the central contact point for entrepreneurs from the Aachen city region and the districts of Düren, Euskirchen, Heinsberg. The Startcenter NRW's information and advising services offer practice oriented help along the way to entreprenuerial independence.