Startup Support

Access the joint programmes and resources of Berlin's universities – for your startup success!

Science & Startups provides a gateway and access to the joint programmes and resources of Berlin's universities to successfully start and develop your company. This includes innovative research, infrastructure, incubator space, scientific mentors, access to co-founders, grants, or coaching. Our services are free and aimed at academics, researchers, staff, students and graduates. More info here.

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Facts & Figures


Corporations founded since 2010


Potential fellow founders for your startup

60,000,000 €

Funding for startups granted since 2010

500,000,000 €

Research funds per year


Our startup support units at Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, along with Charité Universitätsmedizin provide science entrepreneurs with everything they need to start their own business - including your personal funding so you can concentrate on starting up. We primarily offer Berliner Startup Stipendium (BSS) and federal EXIST Startup Grant. Beginning in 2021, we also focus on artificial intelligence in another deep dive. Learn more about our portfolio.

For further information and an advising appointment, please get in touch with the respective startup support unit.

Science & Startups Academy

Science & Startups offers a variety of practice-oriented workshops for founders with the goal of acquiring new skills and expanding their capabilities.

Find topics, dates, experts and detailed information to our module- and clusterspecific workshops here

Science & Startups Academy

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Events & Competitions

Events - We support you in developing your skills and your network, as well as cultivating your entrepreneurial spirit. We offer a range of events across all four member institutions of the Berlin University Alliance, including workshops, networking events, or startup competitions.

Find all our events here.

Competitions - Try out your idea, show your research, develop your product to make it ready for market entry - and win a prize for it! Enter one of our idea competitions & show your talent to the world. From early stage idea competition for students and competitions for research-based product and business ideas to practice-oriented ideas stemming from innovative rese - we've got it all.

Which one is the right fit for you? Learn more about our competitions here.

Our Events

Science & Startups meets Industry

Let's invent the future together! Are you looking for new solutions, new energy and new connections? Meet our startups who are working on innovative solutions in your field and want to get to know you! Meet established companies who want to cooperate with you.

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Science & Startups: Funding Days

How and where do I get the money to continue my startup after the startup grant runs out? What options are there for follow-up financing? Which ones are best suited to my business concept? What do I have to do to gain the interest and trust of investors? Learn all about these questions and more!

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Pitching for Competences

You are about to graduate or you already hold your diploma in your hand, but not sure how to put your skills to good use? Well, here is an offer you might not be able to refuse: Join one of our university startups and get ready to change the world (or some industries, at least).

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Science & Startups Portfolio Day

Connecting the best academic startups from Berlin universities with venture capital. Our Science & Startups Portfolio Day brings together the most exciting academic startups from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin with partners from our venture capital network.

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Master Class "Perfect your Pitch"

Next session: 2022 tbc Secrets of a Winning Pitch: Getting the Investor to YES! – Master Class Perfecting Your Pitch with Beth Susanne, Silicon Valley Pitch Coach Meet Beth Susanne and transform your pitch in a collaborative environment! International pitch coach Beth has coached over 3,000 teams and will help you bring your A game […]

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Find Your Mentor

Science & Startups is supported by the scientific staff at the four Alliance institutions. Each team is mentored by an academic and benefits from their expertise.

Search for your mentor here.

Find Your Coaches

Our Science & Startup coaches can help you further develop your personal and entrepreneurial skills you need for your startup journey.

Search for your coach here.

Find Your Co-Founder

Assembling your startup team is key when starting your own business. Our matching platform helps you find co-founders.

Search for your new co-founder or team to start up with here.

One Network
Four Partners

Please click on the startup support you want to connect with and send an e-mail. If you are not sure who to talk to yet, feel free to contact the office of Science & Startups via e-mail. Thank you!

Science & Startups

Die Errichtung und der Betrieb der Geschäftsstelle wird durch die Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe im Rahmen der Umsetzung des Masterplans Industriestadt Berlin 2018-2021 gefördert.

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