1. The programme’s goals:

  • Supporting early stage technology-oriented business start-ups in the field of digitisation
  • Contributing to the establishment of fresh, innovative businesses in the market


Start?Grant! aims to provide uncomplicated support to founders in the initial phase. Therefore, individual feedback from the jurors on the business models is not provided. For close monitoring of the development as well as regular evaluation of your business plan, we recommend that you participate in the Bavarian Business Plan Competitions (External link) externer Link: BayStartUP of BayStartUP (External link) externer Link: BayStartUP.

2. Who receives support?

Business start-ups

  • in the field of digitisation,
  • that were founded no more than two years ago (relevant is the date of the application deadline)
  • with a particularly future-oriented, innovative business model.

3. What is funded?

Expenditures cover

  • Rent and costs for personnel
  • Market launch of the product
  • Research and development

4. How does the funding work?

For a period of one year

  • up to a maximum of 50% of all eligible expenses
  • but maximum 36.000 €.

The funding is provided in the framework of the De-minimis-Regulation.

5. How can you get selected for funding?

For a successful application, please fill in the online application form (only in German).

Step 1: Competition procedure, assessment of the application by an external jury of experts
Step 2: Selected candidates submit their funding request to the authorised government

6. Schedule

Time period 12. Competition
August 16th 2021, 12 pm to
September 13th 2021, 12 pm
Submission of online applications
September 2021
Jury´s decision
until the end of October 2021
Submission of funding request by applicants selected by the jury
November 2021
Beginning of funding stage


Important note: If you would like to apply for the EXIST Business Start-up Grant (External link) externer Link: BMWi EXIST in addition to Start?Grant! please note that your EXIST-application must be submitted  a n d  approved before Start?Grant! because EXIST starts before then. Otherwise, there is a risk that your EXIST application will be rejected.