The Prototyping Scholarship

Berliner Startup Scholarship

The Berlin Startup Scholarship supports founders who have an initial startup concept, a prototype and are in the process of preparing to launch. The aim of the scholarship is the establishment and launch of the company. As lean Incubator we are looking for founders that are striving for continuous improvement and are user centric oriented.

The Program

The scholarships are awarded at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR 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 the infrastructure of the Startup Incubator Berlin (See Navigation: “Location”) and the HWR Berlin. The scholarship furthermore includes support through our internal coaching team, our pool of external advisors, our scientific mentors from the HWR Berlin and from our business network.

Even before potentially receiving the scholarship, joining our Startup Now program can offer a high level of added value.

Scholarship application documents will be accepted in German and English.

  • A maximum of three founders receive €2,000 a month for six months.

  • The Startup Incubator Berlin provides you with the full infrastructure needed. Including  workplaces, a prototyping lab, a design thinking lab and a lot more (see navigation: “Location“).

  • Included is the intensive coaching by our internal SIB coaching-team, our pool of experts from the industry, scientific mentors from the  HWR-Berlin and representatives from our business-network.

  • Only @ SIB: Additionally to the BSS-scholarship we grant every Startup-team an extra coaching budget for technical experts in value of € 1000,-.

  • 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 Berlin School of Economics and Law.

  • 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.

From A to Z

Your way to a scholarship

The application process for the Berliner Startup Stipendium is open starting July 18 2022.

For the scholarship starting December 1st 2022, all important dates are shown in the following timeline.

Application process



Questions and Answers

Yes, but only, if the registered trading licence, which is linked to the business activity is not older than 3 months at the date of application. Nevertheless it is the easiest, if the company hasn’t been registered yet.

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.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, finding a mentor from the HWR-Berlin is a requirement. Please get in contact with a mentor from the HWR and pitch your project after your initial meeting with the SIB.  The HWR mentor does not need to be your only mentor. At the latest after the preliminary selection, you should have a confirmation from your HWR-mentor.

No. For the Berlin Startup Scholarship it doesn’t matter in which year you have finished your degree.

It is up to you, whether you fill in the documents in English or German. Nevertheless the language of the application documents is German. The pitch in front of the BSS-Jury can be given in English or 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.

Until October 16th, 2022

Apply now

In order to finalize your application, please download the attached documents, fill them in and upload them, with potential additional attachements. Use the upload interface to your right. The deadline is October 16th, 2022. 

The documents are in German, but you can choose either German or English when filling in the form.

Also please create a pitch deck of max 10 slides to upload.

In case the upload doesn’t work, you can also send your complete documents to

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