Start-up support

We support you from your idea to your business formation.

We offer our services to students, young employees and employees of the universities and research institutions in Göttingen. The start-up team of the department Business Contacts and Knowledge Transfer is supported by the faculties' start-up commissaries.

We offer workshops and special events for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-to-be. You can find upcomming events in the semester overview or on facebook.
Many questions around the setup of your own business can be solved during a personal and private conversation. Meet with us! We inform you about possibilities for grants and supporting offers along the path from your idea to the realization.

› Register for a meeting
The Pre-Incubator offers entrepreneurs and future ones the possibility to work on the realization of their idea. You receive the necessary infrastructure and a widespread consulting offering for free so that you can focus on your business formation and exchange thoughts with people within your interest group.

› E-Mail to person in charge Viva Marie

The Pre-Incubator is an offer of the SNIC (SüdniedersachsenInnovationsCampus [SouthLowerSaxonyInnovationCampus]) and is financially and personnell-wise supported by the University of Göttingen.
The SNIC-Accelerator offers intensive support for start-ups and spin-offs in their foundation phase for about six months. Entrepreneurs and scientists support the teams as sparring partners, mentors accompany the process and a coordinator supervises the teams. Offices and consulting services are provided for free.

Further information about the SNIC-Accelerator, the enrollment and start-up teams that are already in the accelerator can be found on

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to write an E-Mail to the person in charge Dr. Dirk Kautz.
› EXIST-Business Start-up Grant

› GO-Bio

› ERASMUS for Young Entrepreneurs

› Fund Database of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Do you have questions regarding public funds for entrepreneurial acitivites? We are glad to answer them for you!
LIFT-OFF starts into a new round! All information in the link below!

The Competition's goal is to strengthen the academic entrepreneurial culture in the region South-Lower-Saxony. Therefore the Competition aims for entrepreneurs-to-be as well as active entrepreneurs.
All information about the LIFT-OFF-Start-up Competition 2018.

Press release for the LIFT-OFF Final 2017
Here you can find a variety of competitions that take place regularly, chronically ordered by application deadline. The list only includes competitions that also aim at non-German speakers. A full list can be found in the German version of this site.
Do you miss any competition in the list? Just write us an E-Mail!
Target Group:
Startups with an idea, solution or product facilitating personal mobility that operates or is used collectively or on a sharing basis

1. Place: 10.000€ and a stand at the next Transports Publics

Here you can find all information about the Smart Move Challenge.

Target Group:
Anybody who wants to found a Med-Tech-Startup


Here you can find all information about the MedTech Startup School.

Target Group:
Students from Germany, Switzerland and the yearly changing partner country (2018: Uganda) with ideas to fight the "hidden hunger"

1. Place: 10.000€ funding for the idea realization in the partner country of the year

Here you can find all information about the Students4Kids competition.

Target Group:
Europe-based start-ups with an idea to tackle the global waste challenge

The winner reveices:
prize money: 25.000€

Here you can find all information about the Green Alley Award.

Target Group:
Women who already founded an innovative company and furthermore profited from private or public sector research or innovation funds.

1. Place: 100.000€
2. Place: 50.000€
3. Place: 30.000€
Rising Innovator: 20.000€

Here you can find all information about the EU Prize for Women Innovators.

Target Group:
Talents like programmers, user-experience experts, designer, business developer, project manager and everybody with entrepreneurial thinking


Here you can find all information about the AR/VR Hackathon.

Target Group:
Innovative Start-ups with a finished product or prototype in growing branches (2017: Digital Health, IoT, Travel & Tourism)

5.000€ for every winner

Here you can find all information about the Innovator's Pitch.

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Do you have a Göttingen-based start-up and are you alumni or still student at the University of Göttingen? Then we support you on your way to find new employees over our online job portal Stellenwerk with a special offer: The first premium inseration in Stellenwerk Göttingen is free and you receive a 50% discount on all further inserats for a whole year. For further information please contact Claudia Kohrell.