Good advice can help make your start-up a success. In any case, take advantage of the opportunity to be supported by an expert.
There are many public advice centers in Germany that can help you set up a business. You can also find a general list of contact persons on the start-up portal. The official guide also gives you information about which advice centers are in your area.
You can also hire a private consulting company to help you prepare and take your first entrepreneurial steps. Some federal states offer a subsidy to cover the costs of this consultation. It is important that your place of residence and business is in Germany. You can find out where you can apply for this grant on the start-up portal.

Note: It is common practice to prepare thoroughly for counseling sessions. Do not be afraid to address business issues directly, concrete questions are better received in Germany than long small talk.

Advice for founders with a migration background

You can find the addresses of the regional and nationwide advice centers specifically for founders with a migration background on the start-up portal under “Advice and addresses”.

The IQ Network’s Migrant Economics Unit also provides information and support to people from abroad when setting up a business.

Support for female founders

Women who want to start a business can find information on funding and networking on the portal for female entrepreneurs.

Further Education

As a self-employed person, you need commercial knowledge. Do you lack the expertise in this area? Or would you like to refresh your knowledge? Then we advise you to take part in further training. In seminars, for example, you can learn the basics of bookkeeping and accounting.

There are training opportunities nationwide from many different organizations. Above all, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK) and the Chambers of Crafts (HWK) offer seminars on setting up a business in your area.

You can also find a large selection on the KURSNET page. The adult education centers are also good contact points.

Who will help you after the start

Even after the actual company formation, there are many advice options. An expert can help you to optimize business processes and improve your business planning. You can find an initial overview of the various offers on the company portal of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The public-law banking group KfW also offers numerous programs to promote young entrepreneurs.

Information for investors and companies who want to enter the German market

Germany offers great prospects for international companies that are planning to expand to Germany by founding a subsidiary or branch. You can find detailed information and support on this on the Germany Trade & Invest website.

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