Berliner Startup Stipendium – New Round for Health Startups!


Are you a researcher, student, alumni, PhD candidate or post-doc from the health sector? You have an idea, maybe already the idea for a product or service in the fields of diagnostics, therapy, nursing, rehabilitation, health care, and quality of life in case of illness and injury? Apply by September 26 for our new Health startup batch starting on December 1st, to receive funding and coaching to startup your solution.

Our startup support units help teams come together and startup their idea. They advise about funding and networking opportunities and assist you in applying for the Berliner Startup Stipendium scholarship.

The funding program

  • What: Technology-based ideas that have not yet been founded
  • Who: Teams consisting of 2-4 members
  • How much: 2,000 euros per person per month
  • How long: For up to 15 months, depending on subject and progress

What the Science & Startups network offers you on top of that

  • Incubation at one of the startup support units at FU, HU, TU, or Charité
  • Intensive coaching and training based on your needs
  • Workshops, events and networking platforms at all four institutions
  • Mentoring provided by leaders in science and business
  • Contact to potential clients and investors
  • On-campus coworking spaces and work stations

Which requirements do you need to fulfill to apply?

The idea, product or service for your startup must be:

  • Tech-based (in case of the Health batch, it must also be health-related)
  • Clearly innovative or represent an improvement on competitor projects and/or the status quo (for example, in terms of customer benefits or sustainable unique features)

Requirements for teams and team members:

  • Graduates with specialist technical knowledge and who are resident in Berlin (resident address is a non-negiotiable requirements)
  • Teams have to consist of two to four members
  • Startup team members must demonstrate commitment to the realization of their idea (at least 24 hours per week) and be present at the work station assigned to them
  • Teams may not have already submitted their idea to another university
  • Parallel funding from other programs, whether currently or in the past, is not possible (EXIST business startup grants or in combination with startup grants provided by employment agencies)
  • The project may not already be functioning as a business and may not be commercially active
  • A professional recommendation, such as from an industry expert or academic mentor, is required for application.

The application procedure

Please note that while the application process is essentially identical at all universities, the timing may vary slightly.
The deadline for applications is September 26th, 2021. The funding period commences December 1st, 2021.

  1. Initial advising session
    Once the basic funding conditions are fulfilled, an initial discussion or orientation discussion will then be held at the university where the application is to be submitted. Please arrange an appointment with the specified contact person ahead of the deadline.
  2. Written application
    You will be provided with the application papers once you have successfully completed the initial discussion. Once preselection has been completed, you will either be invited to present your project to our jury or receive a letter informing you that your application has not been successful.
  3. Jury pitch
    You and your team will then pitch your project to our jury. The jury consists of representatives of the universities as well as experts from the Berlin and national startup scenes. The jury decides on the suitability of your project for funding.
  4. Funding of successful teams
    Yay, off we go!
  5. Interim presentation
    Teams regularly will be invited to make an interim presentation. A jury will feedback on the basis of the progress made and additional funding requirements.