The EXIST Business Start-up Grant is a funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).

The EXIST Business Start-up Grant scholarship supports founders from universities who want to implement a knowledge-based start-up idea. Half of the studies should have already been completed and the graduation of graduates and former research assistants may not be more than five years ago. Teams of founders may consist of three persons and are only supported in exceptional cases if the majority consists of students.

The start-up project should be innovative and technology-oriented. EXIST supports ideas from the manufacturing industry and services that are based on scientific findings. The maximum funding period is one year.


is being promoted:

  • Securing personal livelihoods through a scholarship
    material expenses