For Non-EU-Citizens

Found a Business in Germany

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A package designed for Non-EU-Citizens

All-In-One-Package for your business need

  • For Non-EU-Citizens
  • Interested in founding a company in Germany or investing in Germany by founding a company
  • Becoming the CEO of that company

How it works

Pricing & Timetable

Non-EU-Founder Package*

  • Feasibility Check (2 weeks)
  • Visa Support, Residence & Work Permit (2-3 months)
  • Development of your Business Plan (3 weeks)
  • Company formation (GmbH) (1 month)

Meet the team

Our Business Consultants

Konstantin Speck
Konstantin Speck
Specialized on Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Business Planning
Eleni Klaliotou
Eleni Klaliotou
Specialized on Business Planning, Internal Processes and HR
Lukas Koch
Lukas Koch
Specialized on Finance, Business Development and Business Planning

Legal Support

Steffen Hartmann
Steffen HartmannLawyer

Steffen Hartmann is our lawyer based in Berlin, Germany. He is specialized on company foundations for Non-EU-citizens. His services inlude visa support, residence permit, work permit and all legal issues related to company foundations (e.g. notary meetings, commercial registration at local court, business registration at the German Trade Office etc.).

With over 7 years of experience in this field, Steffen Hartmann, helped a numerous amount of international founders in Germany.

Germany – A land of opportunities

Germany is one of the world’s largest and most stable trading economies while still being well diversified and supported by a highly skilled workforce, a long track record of development and qualitatively high research, a positive social climate as well as a stable legal environment and a well-functioning infrastructure.

Also, the political and economic framework offer high security and the legal system protects the interests of investors when it comes to industrial and intellectual property. At the same time, Germany belongs to the top ten of most innovative countries worldwide while being strong in transferring research into practical applications. The country is also well-known for its strong start-up economy, again ranging within the top ten and cities like Berlin or Munich offering a big range of experts and connections.

Furthermore, the German government offers different special programs that can help companies by offsetting some of the upfront costs of investment, such as grants for hiring, so-called GRW grants as well as interest-reduction loans to name only a few.

Germany is the largest consumer market in the European Union with a population of 82.4 million. It is the second-largest importer and third-largest exporter of consumer-oriented agricultural products worldwide and by far the most important European market for foreign producers. Combined with its geographical location in the middle of Europe, Germany is a powerful economy and bears great possibilities for entrepreneurship of any kind.

Complex bureaucratic procedures, tax structures & legal environment

Despite the above-mentioned great advantages Germany presents some significant challenges when it comes to launching a new business. New businesses must register with the local tax and trade offices as well as the local chamber of commerce and the commercial register, to just mention some of the necessary steps.

For a non-EU citizen one significant detail is that if you want to act as managing director in your company in Germany, you must be able to permanently live in the country. That is why non-EU citizens face even further challenges and need to go through an even larger process including visa formalities in order to be able to not only become a shareholder but also the representative body of your own company.

The decisive law to follow is Law of Foreigners (§21 et seq.) as well as the Visa for Self-Employment. In order to run your own company, become a CEO of that company and therefore live and work from Germany, the following documents will be required:

  1. Specific Visa
  2. Residence Permit
  3. Work Permit
  4. Business Plan
  5. The Company Registration

Help & guidance for a faster & successful completion

With German bureaucracy being as complex as it is and the long list of things to be considered it can be hard and even overwhelming for foreigners to navigate through the process of building up their own company and receiving all needed permissions and registrations.

Our experts are specialized in going through the entire process needed and have the necessary network of specialists to help with specific topics. Our goal is to get you settled and your company up and running as fast and as smoothly as possible without losing any time with unnecessary steps.

Get in touch with us and let us show you which services we can provide you with and get your company started successfully.

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    *Fees are not refundable. All prices are subject to change without notice and do not include: statutory VAT, assistance in dealing with authorities in Germany, translation costs (if necessary), translation costs of CVs, certifications, notary and district courtcosts, bank charges and, in the case of companies subject to authorization, any licenses, official and/or chamber fees, the share capital for the GmbH.

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