EXIST Business start-up grant

The EXIST programme aims at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and non-university research institutes. It also aims at increasing the number and success of technology and knowledge based business start-ups.

The EXIST Business start-up grant assists this target group in realising their start-up ideas and framing them in a business plan. These start-up projects are innovative technology-oriented or knowledge-based projects with significant unique selling points and good prospects of economic success.

EXIST is the follow-up to the programme of the same name in the 2014-2020 ESF programming period.

Profile of the programme

Target group
  • Start-up entrepreneurs
  • Universities
Implementation period

2023.01.01 - 2027.12.31

  • Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Funding priority

1: Promotion of sustainable and quality work, start-ups and entrepreneurship as well as adaptation to change

Additional Information

web­site of pro­gramme


Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz

Oliver Hunke
Referat VIIC 4

Scharnhorststrasse  34-37
10115 Berlin