The Prototyping Scholarship

Berliner Startup Scholarship

The Berlin Startup Scholarship supports founders who have an initial startup concept and are in the process of preparing to launch. The aim of the scholarship is the foundation and launch of the company.

The Program

The scholarships are awarded at the Beuth University of Applied Science in cooperation with the partner universities Berlin School of Economics and Law and HTW Berlin. The scholarship is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) as well as the State of Berlin.

In addition to financial support, each scholarship includes the use of university laboratories and working spaces as well as intensive support through mentoring and coaching. Scholarship application documents will be accepted only in German.

  • The Funding focus is on technology-based startup projects with a knowledge-based or creative orientation in the planning and market launch phase.

  • The foundation is a team foundation and supports at least two but no more than three people on a team.

  • The potential scholarship holders are as essential competence bearers, significantly involved in the development of the business model, the development of the product or service, and the subsequent management of the business.

  • The business model is foreseeably aligned towards sustainable economic success.

  • The company may be not yet founded or not yet economically active on the market.

  • The company is mentored by a professor.

  • The founders have a university degree, i.e. Bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • The founders work full-time towards their startup project, of which a minimum of 60 hours a month are spent at the provided working space.

  • If possible, at least one founding member has a connection to the Beuth University of Applied Science, the Berlin School of Economics and Law, or to HTW Berlin.

  • The founder’s place of residents (registration address) is in Berlin.

  • Founders who have already received a startup grant from another university or the EXIST start-up grant are excluded from participation.

  • A maximum of three founders receive €2,000 a month for six months with the option to extend a further six months.

  • The universities provide working spaces and laboratories if needed during the founding period.

  • In addition, the teams are supported through extensive mentoring and coaching.

  • NEW: External specialist coaching worth €1000 will be provided.

From A to Z

Your way to a scholarship

The scholarships are awarded in a multi-phase application process.

Before applying, a personal meeting with the startup service of one of the participating universities is absolutely necessary. Please make an appointment ahead of time using the contact details below. Proof of the meeting must be added to the application.

First, submit your complete application documents. After completion of the pre-selection process, you will receive an invitation to a pitch event if you have been pre-selected.

At the pitch event, you and your team will present your idea to a jury consisting of members of the individual universities and entrepreneurs from Berlin’s startup scene.

If your team is selected for a scholarship, we will then draw up the scholarship contracts for you covering the six month scholarship period.

Hints: Ideally, the idea paper should have eight pages, a maximum of ten is allowed. Submit a maximum of two pages for the CV, no certificates.


Questions and Answers

Yes, but only if the company is not economically active on the market yet. If the company has not been founded yet, it may also be accepted.

The scholarship requires a university degree. So if you already have your first degree (e.g. Bachelor’s) and are now studying for a Master’s degree, you are welcome to apply. Your application will not be accepted if you do not yet have a Bachelor’s degree.

You are welcome to contact your (former) lecturers directly and ask them to become mentors for your project. Alternatively, you can scroll through the mentors section on our website or contact the university’s startup service to help you find a mentor.

No. For the Berliner Startup Scholarship, it doesn’t matter how long ago you graduated.

No. All documents must be submitted in German. The pitch will also be in German.

It is the scholarship holder’s responsibility to fulfill any legal obligations (taxes, social security contributions, health insurance, etc.) that may arise as a result of the scholarship. The legal obligations are not subtracted in advance.

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