exist - Business start-ups from science

Projektträger Jülich | Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Zimmerstraße 26-27 | 10969 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 201 994 11


The aim of the EXIST funding programme is to improve the start-up climate and spread entrepreneurial spirit at universities and non-university research institutions in Germany and to increase the number of technology-oriented and knowledge-based start-ups.

EXIST stands on three pillars:

  • EXIST start-up culture supports universities in formulating an integrated university-wide strategy for start-up culture and entrepreneurial spirit and in implementing it in a sustainable and visible way.
  • EXIST start-up scholarship supports the preparation of innovative technology-oriented and knowledge-based start-up projects by students, graduates and scientists.
  • EXIST research transfer promotes both the necessary development work to prove the technical feasibility of research-based start-up ideas and the necessary preparations for the company launch.

EXIST is a funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and part of the "High-Tech Strategy for Germany" of the Federal Government. EXIST is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).