Contacts and sources of funding
Companies have an extensive and effective network of service providers available to them in Berlin. These providers intensively accompany a company in setting up operations in Berlin or expanding a location. Berlin Partner for Business and Technology is a consultant as the central point of contact for companies in all questions regarding funding:
The Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the most important contact for questions about financing and offers a range of support for start-up funding.
Germany offers various funding options for international investors based on the differing needs along the individual steps in the development of an investment or innovative project.
In the framework of this funding, the state of Berlin supports commercial business, whereas the focus of funding is on the availability of direct grants. Companies will receive support if the capital need is particularly high for the establishment or expansion of a site or for innovative processes. Loans and guarantees from public banks are available as alternatives or supplements.
For most programs, company size is the key criterion for determining the level of support. In many of them small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) receive the highest subsidy rates.
The European Commission developed a guide to defining SMEs to help you classify your business.