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, 142 start-up projects have benefited from the initiative. Of these, more than 90 projects were set up successfully and over 80 per cent of them are still actively involved in business today (Examples).

Spin-off Programm

Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur? Or would you rather stay at the Center and put your idea in the hands of a suitable founder team? The paths to a spin-off are just as individual as the people behind the ideas. Turning an idea into a company requires a lot of energy and commitment. And above all, a great team. The Spin-off Program supports the employees at Helmholtz Centres on their manifold ways to found a well-thought-out business.

The Spin-off Program supports you with

  • Advice by external expert panel consisting of spin-off experts such as investors and technology transfer managers
  • Kick-off telephone call pre project start to develop a plan to master your individual challenges
  • Close 1:1-support by external spin-off experts for individual challenges (team, business model, etc.)
  • Participation in external support programs, such as accelerators
  • Expert review in month seven with decision about further funding

Process of the program, two phases

8 months: 100.000 €

  • Kick-off telephone call before the project begins
  • Close 1:1-support by external spin-off experts for individual challenges (team, business model, etc.)
  • Participation in external support programs, such as accelerators
  • Expert review in month seven with decision about further funding
  • Complete founding team as prerequisite for further funding after month eight

6 months: 100.000 € (success-oriented)

  • Working in a complete founding team with CEO competence preparing the foundation of the spin-off
  • Fundiung for externally recruited team members available
  • Portrayal of the spin-off on our website

Prerequisites

  • Alone or in a team, at least 100% personnel capacity in the first phase
  • Direct supervisor and technology transfer at the Center support the application
  •  „Job to get done“ of potential customers is understood
  • In-person presentation in front of expert panel on 29.04.20 or 29.10.20
  • 1:1 support: 10,000 € are reserved in the application for a coach/spin-off expert who is centrally organized by the program
  • The Center funds 25% of the project costs

Application

  • In-depth description of the business idea
  • Funding decision: Mid May or mid November
  • Project starts flexibly

Go to the call and application documents.

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Selection of our partners

Accelerators:

Ahead by Fraunhofer

upCat by KIT

Merck Accelerator

EiT Health Accelerator

STEP USA Startup & Entrepreneur Program

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Contacts

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