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 – at the Science & Startups Funding Days!

In order for you to get first-hand answers to these questions, we at Science & Startups, in cooperation with our network partners Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, are organising our Funding Days in April. Our guests will share with you their insights on the respective type of financing from the perspective of the financier. There will also be the opportunity to ask your own questions and exchange ideas with the start-up teams that have already completed their first round of financing.

Find out about what kind of funding is the right fit for your business model, how to meet business angels, what venture capitalists are looking for, or why social businesses are a special case for funding. Maybe continued public funding is the right path for you? We will explore all these topics (and so much more) in sessions with our experts and startup role models who will share their experiences.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.


You can register for Science & Startups Funding Days sessions soon. The next event will be held in 2022, further information will be published here – stay tuned!

What do you need

  • You can attend if you are a startup currently associated with the Science & Startups network partners, i.e. the startup services of Technische Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin or Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • You will need a laptop/personal computer with a functioning camera and microphone in case the event is held online.
    • The access link will be sent to you via e-mail, so make sure to type in your e-mail address without any typos

Let's take a look back: The sessions from 2021 in more detail

Science & Startups meets Business Angels

The first session focussed on the topic of angel financing: expectations and motivation of business angels, tips and tricks for the search for angels, processes for an angel investment.

Impulse lectures:

  • Tim Weiss, Fundraising Expert
  • Bettine Schmitz, Business Angel, Auxxo Investments
  • David Rhotert, Managing Director, Companisto Angel Club
  • Startup – Best Practice: Benjamin Gareis, reachtag

Science & Startups meets Venture Capital

The second session was all about venture capital: choosing the right investors and do’s and dont’s for VC acquisition in the early stages.

Impulse lectures:

  • Clemens Kabel, IBB Ventures
  • Louis Heinz, High-Tech Gründerfonds
  • Startup – Best Practice: Patrick Bunk, Ubermetrics Technologies

Science & Startups meets Public Funding

In the third session of our Funding Days we talked about the possibilities of financing through public funding: state-specific and nationwide funding programmes such as GründungsBONUS (startup grants for technological, digital, creative or particularly sustainable startups) or Pro FIT (grants and loans for technologically highly innovative startups) as well as many others.

Impulse lectures:

  • Manuel Akhtar, Funding & Financing at Berlin Partner für Wirtschaft und Technologie
  • Ines Adametz, IBB Business Team
  • Artsiom Zhavarankau, Investitionsbank Berlin
  • Startup – Best Practice: Dr. Marcel Quennet, QoD Technologies

Science & Startups meets Social Impact Finance

The fourth session focussed especially on financing options for social enterprises.

Impulse lectures:

  • Thorsten Jahnke, Social Impact
  • Christoph Rohde, FASE – Finanzierungsagentur für Social Entrepreneurship
  • Tino Kreßner, Startnext
  • Startup – Best Practice: Alica Paeske, sPERANTO ResPeaceAbility

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The event is being supported by funding from the European Social Fund and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business.

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