The FSIWS supports you with cost-effective access to production and storage facilities, network and knowledge. In addition, there are various other costs during a start-up, be it for the means of production, personnel, consulting, technology or premises. Fortunately, there is a large variety of financing options for founders.

We have compiled information on various financing options so that you can find the one that suits you best: starting with government funding programs such as EXIST and FLÜGGE, to options for favorable loans and information on potential investors.

INFO on FSIWS' own offering, the Innovations Campus Food accelerator program can be found HERE!

or on our own ICA Food website HERE

EXIST Founder Scholarship

Key data

For WHOM? For students, graduates and scientists interested in founding a company
WHAT is supported?
  • Innovative technology-oriented start-up projects.
  • Innovative knowledge-based services that are based on scientific findings
HOW is funding provided?
  • Securing personal living expenses via a scholarship:
    • PhD founders 3,000 euros/month
    • Graduates with university degree 2,500 euros/month
    • Technical employee 2,000 Euro/month
    • Students 1.000 Euro/month
    • Child supplement: 150 euros/month per child
  • Material expenses: up to 10,000 euros for individual start-ups (max. 30,000 euros for teams)
  • Coaching: 5.000 Euro
  • The maximum funding period is one year.


EXIST-funded start-up teams receive a start-up grant for 12 months. The aim is to develop a business plan and to prepare for their start-up with the support of their university or research institution.

The most important prerequisite is that the planned business idea must be an innovative technology-oriented or knowledge-based product with significant unique selling points and good prospects of economic success.

You can find comprehensive information about the EXIST-Gründerstipendium HERE!

Here you can directly view the guidelines for awarding scholarships.
We will be happy to advise you on a planned application and support you in the process.

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Key data

WHO can apply for the grant?
Submission is possible via the technology transfer offices or technology transfer officers of any state university in Bavaria.

The Bavarian University:

  • Must be integrated into a start-up support network
  • Appoints a person for the mentoring
  • Provides the necessary resources (laboratories, workshops, rooms, computer centers and other infrastructures) free of charge to those wishing to set up their own business.
  • manages the grants

Startup Prospects:

  • Must be a member of the applicant university
  • if they are employed by the university, this employment may not exceed 50 percent of their time
  • if they still belong to the group of students and do not yet have a bachelor's degree, at least half of the standard period of study and, if applicable, the obligatory practical/abroad semester must have been completed
  • Teams composed of a majority of students without a bachelor's degree can only be supported in exceptional cases
  • at least one person willing to establish the company must be one of the holders or co-holders of the rights of use/protection
  • are responsible for their own social security and other charges
WHAT can be promoted? The phase before and at the beginning of an innovative start-up, in particular the development of marketable innovative products and business models as well as the start-up readiness.

Specifically, this includes supporting those who want to start a business,

  • in securing their innovative, also digital business model, which could lead to a sustainable business start-up
  • who have not been able to complete their start-up project within the framework of Exist funding due to special technological challenges and have not yet been able to establish a company
  • whose technologically innovative, demanding and high-risk project was denied funding in the "Exist-Gründerstipendium" program
HOW is funding provided?
  • Scholarship for start-ups: €2,500 per month plus €150 per dependent child
  • Assumption of material expenses for the project in the amount of up to 50% of the awarded grants
HOW to apply? Participation in the competition procedure


With the FLÜGGE program, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts supports graduates and university employees with innovative start-up ideas for a maximum of 12 months. The funding includes a stipend as well as the shared use of university resources (e.g. offices, laboratories) and material resources. A call for proposals is issued once or twice a year via a competitive procedure, in which thematic priorities are set if necessary. Within the respective funding calls, it is possible to submit project proposals by the stated deadlines.

Please inform yourself about the current calls and deadlines. We will be happy to put you in contact with the technology transfer office or the HSWT's technology transfer officers for joint applications.

Der nächste Förderaufruf ist voraussichtlich ab 30.03.2023 geöffnet.

HERE you can find further information from the Bavarian State Ministry about the FLÜGGE program.



For each startup an individual financing is necessary. It can be necessary to build up own productions, then a lot of capital is needed or the way over the suitable partners is taken at the right time. We support you in all phases!

The table below gives you an overview of possible funding or credit programs and provides further links.

LfA Development Bank Bavaria The LfA promotes the establishment of commercial and freelance businesses, including business takeovers and active participations.

You can find more information HERE!

KfW Bank KfW supports companies that go one step further and make their own company fit for the future. Funding is provided for both innovative projects and the financing needs of innovative companies, such as with the ERP Start-up Loan.

You can find more information HERE!

BMWK On July 27, 2022, the Undeskabinett approved the first comprehensive Start-up-Strategy of a federal government. Here it is to be expected that there are always continuing programs and federations. Keep an eye on this!

You can find more information HERE!


INVEST - Grant for venture capital

INVEST brings together startups and private investors who believe in bold ideas. The support program mobilizes more private venture capital from business angels and thus helps startups find an investor more easily.

You can find more information HERE!

Funding database of the federal and state governments The federal funding database gives you an overview of the funding programs of the federal government, the states and the European Union: With the search function you can browse through the current funding offers and find the right one for you.

You can find more information HERE!