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.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Olga Mergenthaler.


  • 19.04.2021, 3-5pm: Science & Startups meets Business Angels
  • 20.04.2021, 3-5pm: Science & Startups meets Venture Capital
  • 21.04.2021, 3-5pm: Science & Startups meets Public Funding
  • 22.04.2021, 9-11am: Science & Startups meets Social Impact Finance

Please note that all sessions are held in German. You can find detailed info for every session further down on this page!


You can register for as many Science & Startups Funding Days sessions as you like!

Please use this link to register.

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
  • The access link will be sent to you via e-mail, so make sure to type in your e-mail address without any typos

The sessions in more detail

Please note that all sessions are held in German.

Science & Startups meets Business Angels - April 19, 2021, 3-5pm

The first session will focus 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 - April 20, 2021, 3-5pm

The second session is about venture capital: choosing the right investors and do's and don'ts 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 - April 21, 2021, 3-5pm

The third session is 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 - April 22, 2021, 9-11am

The fourth session will focus 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 project is supported by funding from the European Social Fund and the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business.