One way of ensuring that research outcomes are marketed professionally is to set up a business. The criteria for Leibniz Association spin-offs are: the start-up must be based on science and/or technology, and it must involve at least one member of staff from a Leibniz institution.

Based on this definition, 195 innovative businesses have spun off from 49 Leibniz institutions since 1990, approximately 70 percent of them in the former GDR and Berlin.

Start-Up Advisory Service

The Start-Up Advisory Service in the Leibniz Transfer department acts as a central point of contact, supporting Leibniz researchers who want to set up a new company through every phase of the start-up process. The free advice includes ongoing, customised support throughout the start-up process. Working with the researchers, the advisors will check whether the idea is commercially viable or needs modification. The Start-Up Advisory Service offers support with drawing up a first draft business concept, suggests improvements and puts researchers in touch with relevant contacts. It also helps with detailed business and financial planning and with raising funds. Government funding programmes – including the EXIST Business Start-Up Grant and EXIST Transfer of Research programme – are also covered. Leibniz Transfer is a registered EXIST Entrepreneurial Network.

Leibniz Start-Up Prize

The Leibniz Start-Up Prize comes with 50,000 euros and is awarded to start-up projects that demonstrate outstanding achievements in terms of developing innovative, viable business ideas and setting up a new company.


Angelika Daniel
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