Founder bonus Berlin

The call was aimed at founders whose business model is based on the development and production of new products or are not yet on the market established applications, products, services, methods or processes. Founders must submit a coherent business plan and thus have the chance to receive a grant of 50 % of their start-up costs!

Eligible to apply:

  • Legally independent, for-profit founders
  • startups and
  • micro-enterprise

The foundation must not date back more than 12 months!

Eligible Costs


  • running costs.
  • investment costs
  • Personnel costs (up to max. €2000/month and max. 50 % of the total funding)
  • Consulting costs and third-party services
  • patent application
  • Maximum funding amount: €50,000.00
  • Maximum funding quota: 50 %


  • Headquarters in Berlin for at least 3 years
  • Business plan with financial planning over 3 years
    • The company brings with it a positive development for the Berlin location.
    • Positive market potential
    • Corporate financing is presented conclusively.
    • The founders have sufficient entrepreneurial potential.
  • Company age < 12 months


If you want to know more about the topic, feel free to contact me.


Why work with a grant advisor?

Most companies do not have the time to deal with the funding programs and their guidelines. Comparing the guidelines with the project ideas is usually not part of the planning. Later in the implementation phase, no project manager will normally be happy to compare every adjustment to the project with the submitted applications and report them accordingly. Conversely, however, every entrepreneur would like to win the non-repayable grants for themselves!

It is therefore the task of a funding advisor:

  • Identify funding programs
  • Assess eligibility
  • to create applications
  • Responsible for administrative management throughout the project
  • Notify the sponsor of any adjustments
  • Ensuring that all formal conditions are met and the grants are paid

legal entitlement to funding

There is almost no legal entitlement to any funding that is applied for. An exception here is the Innovation Promotion Act of the Federal Republic of Germany. There is a legal entitlement to a subsidy of up to €1 million per year. Funding is primarily provided for personnel costs that have been pursued in an activity that can be defined as innovative.

Link to the call for funding

You have read "Start-up Bonus Berlin".