The Start Up Grant („Gründungszuschuss“) is a financial aid from the Arbeitsagentur (employment agency), which you can receive, while you start your own business in Germany. Entrepreneurs who receive unemployment benefits (ALG1) before going self-employed are entitled to apply for the Start Up Grant from the Federal Employment Agency (“Gründungszuschuss der Agentur für Arbeit”).

It is not limited to German speakers. Whether you intend to be a freelancer (Freiberufler) or self-employed (selbstständig) in a trade type of activity (Gewerbe), you can still apply. It is also possible to apply if you are forming a partnership under certain circumstances.

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Monthly Amount: Your unemployment benefit (ALG1) + 300 EUR
  • Possibility of extension for another 9 months (300 EUR monthly)
The following requirements needs to be fulfilled to apply for receiving the Start Up Grant:

  • You must been registered as unemployed for at least 1 day (ALG1)
  • At least 150 days remaining entitlement to ALG1
  • Self-employment must be carried out as a full-time job (at least 15 hours/week)
  • Your business must be registered in Germany
  • No application for the start-up grant within the last 24 months

In order to apply for the Start Up Grant you will need the following documents:

  1. Main application form (from the Arbeitsagentur)
  2. A business plan in German
  3. „Tragfähigkeitsbescheinigung“ – issued by a certified company (“Fachkundige Stelle”), confirming that your business plan is feasible
  4. Your CV
  5. A Business registration

As “Fachkundige Stelle”, we will support you with the following steps without additonal costs

  • Review of the business model
  • Creation of the business plan (incl. figures part) in German
  • Supporting you with completing all necessary documents

Contact us today and get your Start Up Grant!

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    About us

    Konstantin Speck
    Eleni Klaliotou
    Lukas Koch

    We are a German consulting company that is accredited and certified by German authorities. This means: we are allowed to conduct start-up coaching nationwide and help our clients to receive the Start Up Grant:

    • Experienced and trained consultants
    • 85% higher chance to receive the Start Up Grant after our coaching
    • No costs for you due to governmental support
    • Flexible timing – coaching will be done via video call
    • Access to investors and other stakeholders in Germany

    Contact us today to receive further information about the next steps. We are looking forward to hear from you!

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