Starter Kit

Additional points of contact & service centres

Starter KIT

Any other questions?

The information and services listed in the Starter Kit have been compiled in collaboration and in consultation with our municipal partners and members of the Startup Arbeitsgruppe Hamburg. Should you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the startup support of nextMedia.Hamburg.



Relevant points of contact for digital entrepreneurs & start-ups in Hamburg

IFB Förderlotsen
This institution is a promotional bank in Hamburg. It’s the point of single contact for public funding for economy, innovation and environment
Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank

Innovationsstarter GmbH
Targeted support of innovative business ideas and young technology-orientated start-ups (The website only exists in German)

hei. (Hamburger Existenzgründungs-Initiative)
Consultation and a broad coaching programme for founders. The Free and Hanseatic city of Hamburg is supporting the coaching with a voucher worth 500 € (This website only exists in German)

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Extensive information, service and support for entrepreneurs and business start-ups

Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
Extensive offer and guidance for start-ups and self-employed in the creative industries



Points of contact specific to target groups

In addition to general services for start-ups, there are also a number of services targeted specifically at higher education students, unemployed persons and freelancers.



Setting up a business as a student

In response to recent queries by students, some of Hamburg’s higher education institutions have set up points of contact specifically for students.

HAW – GründungsService
Accompaniment of foundation activities and services that focus on training, advice and start-up workshops (This website only exists in German).

FH Wedel
Promotion of business start-ups through information, advise, contacts and infrastructure (This website only exists in German).
FH Wedel

Gründungsservice Universität Hamburg
The offer includes start-up consultation in the area of knowledge and technology transfer, individual counselling and an extensive repertoire of events, workshops and lectures (This website only exists in German).
Universität Hamburg

Startup Dock
The Startup Dock provides knowledge on entrepreneurship through lectures and events. It also promotes and accompanies innovative, technology-oriented start-ups.

TuTech Innovation GmbH
The central contact point for all questions of technology and knowledge transfer in the Hamburg metropolitan region. Special focus are on cooperation projects between universities and companies, which it initiates and manages.

Hamburg Innovation GmbH
Consultation and promotion of business start- ups with a knowledge-based focus. (The organization is owned by all universities in Hamburg and works closely together with the transfer agents of the Hamburg universities as well as institutions – such as Startup Dock TUHH, the Gründerwerkstatt of the HAW Hamburg or facilities of the University of Hamburg etc.).
Hamburg Innovation

EXIST Business Start-up Grant
State-sponsored programme for the implementation of business ideas from students, graduates and scientists from universities and other research institutions.



Setting up a business as an unemployed person

Federal Employment Agency
Unemployed persons, who are interested in setting up a start-up, can request counseling and financial support.



Setting up a business as a self-employed person or freelancer

Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft
Extensive offer and guidance for start-ups and self-employed in the creative industries.

Counselling for entrepreneurs in the creative sector in small groups with different entrepreneurial scope.

Student legal advice on the internet
In cooperation with the Cyber Law Clinic of the Faculty of Law (University of Hamburg ), this service issues free advice on questions that concern the Internet. (This website only exists in German)

Coaching offer for the promotion of businesses with a focus on the following areas: development, consolidation, growth and innovation potential (for self-employed, entrepreneurs and small-scale enterprises - after the foundation; financially up to 90 per cent subsidy possible). (This website only exists in German)

Frequently organised workshops on various entrepreneurial topics and competencies, specifically tailored to the needs of creatives and artists (for all phases of professional activity).

Consulting Service
Individual consultation on various topics of business development for entrepre-neurs/founders (this website exists in German only)
Johann Daniel Lawaetz-Stiftung



Other chapters: