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Funding programmes for Bremen

Funding in Bremen for your business

Small and medium-sized businesses are a key focus for business support in Bremen, which helps to secure existing jobs and create new ones. Bremeninvest and Bremen's development bank (Bremer Aufbau-Bank) are driving this trend by providing access to attractive funding programmes for start-ups, existing companies and businesses that are new to Bremen.

No matter what challenges you face in your business, we will work together to find the right programme or combination of programmes to suit your needs. As well as providing access to the funding programmes of Bremeninvest and Bremen's development bank, we can put you in touch with other funding institutions in the Bremen region, including the B.E.G.IN start-up network, and to EU and German federal programmes.

Our services

  • Putting you in touch with partners in business and research
  • Providing support from the analysis and application stages to implementation
  • Detailed advice and training for your application
  • Help with project accounting after receiving the grant

An extensive range of funding options are available to businesses in Bremen – contact us to arrange an individual consultation.

The following section will give you an initial overview of what is available. These programmes and consultation services are just a small part of a much wider offering. We will meet with you in person to find the right option for your needs.

Consultation services

Unternehmensservice Bremen

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The Unternehmensservice Bremen agency is a one-stop shop offering advice on all aspects of business start-ups and funding programmes as well as imports and exports. It works as a kind of customer centre, providing initial assistance and support with official processes and formalities. For more information about Unternehmensservice Bremen visit www.unternehmensservice-bremen.en.

The advice can be provided in German, English, Turkish or Russian.

Agnes Knelangen

Unternehmensservice Bremen, Single Point of Contact

P +49 (0) 421 163 399-473

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Single point of contact

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We act as a central contact point and service centre for companies in Bremen and Bremerhaven and from all over Europe. Our German name Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner means single point of contact and is often abbreviated to EP or EAP.

Agnes Knelangen

Unternehmensservice Bremen, Single Point of Contact

P +49 (0) 421 163 399-473

!ed.nemerb-bfw[AT]negnalenk.senga

Support for start-up businesses

Every start-up business needs something different. Which is why the organisations in Bremen that support them need to work closely together. Bremeninvest offers entrepreneurs and start-ups office space and professional advice.

Collaboration with the B.E.G.IN start-up network

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  • Advice on starting a business, training courses, information and events
  • Supporting people who are starting their own business in Bremen and Bremerhaven at every stage of their journey
  • Confidential, independent, free

The B.E.G.IN start-up network

Bremen funding programme for business start-ups (BRUT)

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Bremen's development bank (Bremer Aufbau-Bank) offers a training programme for entrepreneurs with university degrees or who have trade or vocational experience and qualifications. The programme lasts for twelve months and offers coaching and intensive support for people looking to start their own business.

Please contact Bremer Aufbau-Bank for more information. (the website exists only in German)

BRIDGE – helping Bremen graduates start their own businesses

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BRIDGE (website only in German) is the first port of call for Bremen graduates who are looking to start their own business. Its services are aimed at students, alumni and associates of Bremen University, Bremen University of Applied Sciences and Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences as well as associated organisations and research institutes.

For more information please contact BRIDGE

Technology and start-up centres in Bremen

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The technology and start-up centres in Bremen provide key services and many other facilities for start-ups and young technology companies. The BITZ (Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre), the associated Fahrenheit Houses and Design House and the start-up centre in the Bremen World Trade Centre provide the best possible environment for start-up companies to innovate and succeed.

Brigitte Klesse

Technology and start-up centres

Centre management

P +49 (0) 421 2208-112

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Unternehmensservice Bremen

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The Unternehmensservice Bremen agency offers advice on all aspects of business start-ups and funding programmes as well as imports and exports. It works as a kind of customer centre, providing initial assistance and support with official processes and formalities. For more information about Unternehmensservice Bremen visit www.unternehmensservice-bremen.en.

Agnes Knelangen

Unternehmensservice Bremen, Single Point of Contact

P +49 (0) 421 163 399-473

!ed.nemerb-bfw[AT]negnalenk.senga

Single point of contact

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A central contact point and service centre for companies in Bremen and Bremerhaven and from all over Europe. The German name of the service, Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner, means single point of contact and is often abbreviated to EP or EAP.

Agnes Knelangen

Unternehmensservice Bremen, Single Point of Contact

P +49 (0) 421 163 399-473

!ed.nemerb-bfw[AT]negnalenk.senga

Investment subsidies

LIP Bremen regional investment programme

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The LIP Bremen regional investment programme is available to all companies that are investing in Bremen because they are expanding their operations or would like to base themselves in the area:

  • Financial support for every stage of starting a new business
  • Grant (7.5 per cent – 30 per cent of the eligible costs) or subsidised loan of at least €50,000 (50 per cent of the eligible costs)
  • Ten-year term (the first two years are interest-only)
  • Offered by the EU, the German government and the federal state of Bremen

Innovation support programmes

Funding for research, development and innovation (FEI)

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The capacity of a company to innovate has never been more important. This funding programme will help you to minimise risk in the development of products, processes and services. We can also help you to find Bremen-based partners in business and research. We will provide advice and support in all phases of the project in order to keep your costs down and make your innovation project a success.

The idea is to secure and strengthen the competitiveness of Bremen companies and their capacity to innovate

  • Support is provided for innovative products, processes and services that have a positive impact on the economy
  • Grants for collaboration projects up to a maximum of €200,000 (max. €100,000 per partner)
  • Subsidised loan up to a maximum of €200,000 (no collateral required, 100 per cent of the eligible costs)
  • Six-year term (the first three years are interest-only, option to repay loan completely after three years)

Dr.-Ing. Norbert Möllerbernd

BAB Bremer Aufbau-Bank

Innovation manager, innovative materials

P +49 (0) 421 9600-345

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Innovation consultancy services and innovation support services

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  • Support for small and medium-sized businesses in the commercialisation and marketing of innovative products, processes and services
  • Up to 50 per cent of the costs incurred can be subsidised (up to a maximum of €20,000)
  • Only costs for third-party services are eligible for funding

Dr.-Ing. Norbert Möllerbernd

BAB Bremer Aufbau-Bank

Innovation manager, innovative materials

P +49 (0) 421 9600-345

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Funding for film projects

Funding for films through nordmedia

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Bremeninvest provides support to film-makers in the Bremen region together with nordmedia, the film and media company for Lower Saxony and Bremen.

Financial assistance is available for productions, scripts, story development and the renting of equipment. Bremeninvest is a member of the awards committee of nordmedia. The first port of call for funding applications is nordmedia's Bremen representative, Jan Asmus. Once eligibility for funding has been established, our representative, Kai Stührenberg, can be contacted to begin the process of issuing a letter of intent.

Kai Stührenberg

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports

Cluster manager Automotive, Industry 4.0

P +49 (0) 421 361-32173

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Environmental subsidies

PFAU programme for the funding of applied environmental technology

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Environmental protection and efficiency go hand in hand. The PFAU programme offers a range of funding options to suit the varying needs of Bremen companies.

  • Support is provided for new products, processes and services that have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Collaborative projects: funding up to a maximum of €200,000 (50 per cent of the eligible costs, 100 per cent for the research partner, no more than 75 per cent of the costs of the collaborative project can be covered by the funding)
  • Pilot projects: support up to a maximum of €150,000 (50 per cent of the eligible costs)

Dr. Detlef Pukrop

BAB Bremer Aufbau-Bank

Innvation manager

P +49 (0) 421 9600-346

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Funding for trade fairs

Funding programme to enable young innovative companies to exhibit at international trade fairs in Germany

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The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched this programme to enable German companies to exhibit at international trade fairs in Germany at discounted rates.

The events that are eligible for the programme are selected by the ministry in accordance with the following criteria:

  • German trade fairs with a high number of international exhibitors and visitors
  • Certification from the Society for the Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics (FKM)

A list of trade fairs can be downloaded from www.auma.de and www.bafa.de.

Detailed information on the specifications of the trade fair stand, the funding criteria, the funding amounts and the application process can be downloaded here, or obtained from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

International programmes

National and EU funding programmes

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The team at Bremeninvest will happily provide you with advice on a suitable EU or German federal funding programme for your project.

Ellen Horstmann

National and EU funding programmes

P +49 (0) 421 361-32290

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Ole Bast

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports

P +49 (0) 421 361-32177

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Advice and assistance for international trade

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The Bremeninvest-Team supports all kind of companies in their efforts by providing information and services and running related initiatives. Please visit our site Advice and assistance for international trade for more information.

Andreas Gerber

Team Bremeninvest

Team leader and project manager

P +49 (0) 421 9600-123

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Brigitte Thieser

Project manager international investment and trade promotion

P +49 (0) 421 9600-248

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Enterprise Europe Network

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The Enterprise Europe Network was set up by the European Commission in order to provide a comprehensive set of services at local level for issues related to the EU and to the internationalisation of business and research.

Support in Bremen
In Bremen and Bremerhaven the Enterprise Europe Network Bremen will help you to access new markets and find suitable business partners in countries outside Germany. We will gladly provide you with information and advice on European funding programmes and EU regulations and can help you to market your innovative product ideas across Europe. We will also happily pass on your suggestions for how EU regulations might be improved.

A common objective
For small and medium-sized businesses in particular, Europe is opening up new opportunities in new markets. By working with our 600 or so partners in over 40 countries, we can help you capitalise on these opportunities.
You will find further information on the Enterprise Europe Network Bremen website.

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Ellen Horstmann

National and EU funding programmes

P +49 (0) 421 361-32290

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Ole Bast

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports

P +49 (0) 421 361-32177

!ed.nemerb.haw[AT]tsab.elo

Financing your business

Bremen development bank

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Funding programmes and networks are not the only means of support for businesses in Bremen. The city's development bank (Bremer Aufbau-Bank) offers a wide choice of finance options – from micro-loans for business start-ups to venture capital funds for incorporated entities. Get in touch and our colleagues will help you to find the right option for your needs.

Crowdfunding

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Bremeninvest and Bremen's development bank (Bremer Aufbau-Bank) operate the crowdfunding platform Schotterweg in conjunction with Startnext.

Crowdfunding is a relatively new term, although the underlying concept has been around for a long time. It describes a method of obtaining money for projects, products and business ideas. The capital is raised by asking large numbers of people for a small amount of money. Once enough 'crowdfunders' have been found, the project can be realised. The money that these people pledge has to be used for the purposes stated in the original outline.

Funding for events

Culture and sport in Bremen

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We provide support for cultural and sporting events in Bremen and Bremerhaven that have the potential to be of nationwide importance. Bremeninvest provides the support on behalf of – and using funds provided by – Bremen's Senator for the Economy, Labour and Ports. Further information, applications and a list of events can be found in the funding for events section.

Jens Joost-Krüger

Marketing

Project manager funding for events

P +49 (0) 421 9600-524

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