Advice and Coaching
This is the right place if you have ideas for a new product or commercially viable research results. The ECM is a project run by Justus Liebig University Giessen. Here you will find a range of advice offers about running a business, business plans and funding a start-up. Contact Prof. Dr. Monika C. Schuhmacher (Management of ECM) and Tristan Herbold (Managing Director and Foundation Consultant).
As the founder of a new business, you can find support from MAFEX, the Marburg institute for innovation research and start-up funding at Philipps-Universität Marburg. Apart from questions of finance, you can find out about knowledge transfer and innovation management. Contact the MAFEX team to make an appointment for a personal consultation.
For comprehensive information on business start-ups and support for your business project, please contact Dr. Joachim Bille
- TransMIT GmbH (a company for technology transfer; website in German)
can support you in converting your scientific competence into a successful venture from the conception of your idea to observing the market and sounding out the right sector and finally to launching your business. TransMIT GmbH was founded in 1996 as a joint project of the universities in Central Hessen, thefinancial institutions Volksbank and savings institution Sparkasse alongside the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Giessen-Friedberg. TransMIT offers you advice on technology-oriented start-ups and innovations.
- You’re interested in creating a sustainable measures for your commercial transfer activities or in taking initial steps towards setting up your own business?
Establishing a TransMIT Centre or Project Area (website in German) is the perfect opportunity as they serve to market innovative technologies and services created at the RCCH universities.
- You want to apply for a federal government programme to start up your business? TransMIT GmbH is at the interface between research and business and offers coaching on EXIST funding scholarships and EXIST research transfer by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. For further information, please consult the TransMIT website (in German).
- Technologie- und Innovationszentrum (TIG) (Technology and Innovation Centre Giessen; website in German)
Once a month, you have the opportunity to attend a consultation day for entrepreneurs at TIG. An experienced team of experts can give you advice free of charge on such topics as setting up a business, business plans, financing and funding opportunities. For more information, please consult the website.
The Chambers of Industry and Commerce in the region can advise you on the most important questions about setting up a business. For further information and a list of contact persons, please consult the following websites:
This portal run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy provides important information and tips on setting up a business, including a public authority guide.
This portal offers advice on becoming self-employed, an overview on the different forms of start-ups and funding programmes as well as information on who to contact.
The National Agency for Women Start-Ups Activities and Services offers the political, business, academic and public sectors a platform for information and services related to women entrepreneurship in all areas and phases of company foundation, consolidation and succession.
Workshop with investment opportunities
Can you go from an idea for a business model to the chance to find an investor in just 54 hours? With the Central Hessen Start-Up-Weekend you can. This three-day intensive workshop offers coaching by experienced mentors from the start-up scene and brings you in contact with successful business founders who share their experiences. In addition, the best concepts presented receive an award and participants have to chance to secure an initial investment. Interested? For further information and the dates for the next workshop, please consult the Start-Up Weekend website (in German).