Helmholtz Enterprise (HE) is the internal program for spin-offs from the Helmholtz Association. The overall purpose of the program is to support scientists to work entrepreneurial and start a well-thought-out business.
HE consists of two independent modules. Applications for each module are independent of each other.
The Field Study Fellowship finances a budget for personnel and material costs for the Helmholtz Centers or their institutes in order to identify customer needs through interviews and market research. The Spin-off Program finances the establishment of start-up teams working at the Center and the implementation of start-up projects. The Spin-off Program also finances externally found team members if required and the expansion of start-up competencies of the internal team, e.g. by participating in entrepreneurship training.
Since the foundation of Helmholtz Enterprise in 2005, 194 start-up projects (incl. HE Plus and FSF) have benefited from the initiative. Of these, more than 100 projects were set up successfully and 84 per cent of them were still actively involved in business three years later (Examples).