Helmholtz Enterprise

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, 167 start-up projects (incl. HE Plus and FSF) have benefited from the initiative. Of these, more than 95 projects were set up successfully and 83 per cent of them are still actively involved in business today (Examples).

The deadlines for submitting applications are March 31, 2021 and October 4, 2021.

Applications should be submitted via the transfer offices at the Helmholtz Association’s Research Centers. Interested founders should first get in touch with the respective contact person in the transfer units (Overview).

Download the call and proposals.



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