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Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Developing sustainable solutions for the social challenges of the present and future: This is the goal of HAW Hamburg - Northern Germany's leading university when it comes to reflected practice. The focus is on the excellent quality of study and teaching. At the same time, HAW Hamburg is further developing its profile as a research university. People from more than 100 nations help to shape HAW Hamburg. Its diversity is its particular strength.
This is where the start-up service is at home. With 4 faculties, 17 departments and more than 70 courses of study, HAW Hamburg offers a wide variety of subjects that enable interdisciplinary and creative work on innovative ideas.


The foundation service of HAW Hamburg offers, among other things, a basic initial consultation for individual founders and teams of founders in the pre-foundation, foundation and post-foundation phases. A team member must be a student or graduate (up to 5 years after graduation) of HAW Hamburg.


In the course of the year we also offer various workshops, information events and a summer school for students and graduates (free of charge up to 2 years after graduation) of HAW Hamburg, which can always be found on this page. This portfolio is supplemented by the annual lecture series "Entrepreneurship", which is organized by professors of nearly all faculties together with entrepreneurs.
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In principle, we advise on the support offers of the BMWi "EXIST Start-up Scholarship" and "EXIST Research Transfer", and of course on the portfolio of the IFB subsidiary Innovationsstarter GmbH "InnoFounder" and "InnoRampUp" as well as on the current IFB programmes "Hamburg-Kredit Innovation", "Hamburg-Kredit Gründung und Nachfolge" and "Programme for Innovation (PROFI)". We are happy to provide initial advice on all IFB offers and then put you in touch with colleagues at IFB or Innovationsstarter GmbH.
In addition, we creatively reflect with our clients which other financing options are possible - especially for non-technical ideas.


The foundation service of HAW Hamburg offers foundation rooms for up to 7 teams, which are allocated for a maximum of 12 months for the further development of the foundation idea. The following prerequisites must be fulfilled for the use of a room:
  • Matriculation at HAW Hamburg or registered alumna or registered alumnus (at least one team member),
  • Initial consultation in the foundation service of HAW Hamburg has taken place,
  • A brief description of the founding idea (maximum two pages DIN A4) is available,
  • Project or milestone plan for 12 months (planned activities) exists,
  • Professor or research assistant has been recruited as a mentor,
  • a foundation (UG, GmbH or other corporation) and/or an entry in the commercial register has not yet taken place.

Your contact

Angela Borchert

Angela Borchert


Coordination Startup Service/ Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Barbara von Sturm

Barbara von Sturm



Director Zentrum für Karriereplanung / Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Lisa Jessen

Lisa Jessen

+49 40 76629-3137


Startup Consultant