The centerpiece of the initiative is the website of the same name. The portal offers tips on how to become self-employed and provides information on all important topics relating to start-ups. The website provides information on business start-ups and successions, contacts and support services that help to ensure that the path to professional independence succeeds and remains successful.
In individual steps the way to the business startup is explained. Among other things, you will find information on the business idea, the business plan, the legal form, financial planning, start-up formalities, the choice of location and personal and company security.
Furthermore, the most important networks and contact points for founders are presented, such as the Chambers of Industry and Commerce, the Chambers of Trade and BayStartUP. In addition, you will learn more about the various business incubators in Bavaria. Through the program for the promotion of incubators, networking activities and start-ups in the field of digitization, the initiative supports, among others, 19 digital incubators at 28 locations throughout Bavaria. You can also find contacts of technology-oriented and general business incubators.
Another information focus includes the topics of consulting and coaching. In Bavaria, there are initial contact points for all types of start-ups, where experts can help you launch your start-up project. The services on offer range from information and advice to support in dealing with start-up formalities, such as registering a business. They are generally available free of charge. In addition, the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and the European Social Fund support those interested in founding a company and potential company successors with a coaching program, the pre-founding coaching. BayStartUP's business plan competitions offer innovative founders the chance to receive qualified feedback, combined with cash prizes and public attention. In addition, the foreign trade department supports Bavarian companies in opening up new markets abroad.
In addition, you will find useful information on financing options and subsidies. You will find information on loans, guarantees, indemnities, venture capital and equity capital. For example, the Free State of Bavaria grants start-ups particularly low-interest loans (start-up loans) via the LfA Förderbank Bayern. If bank collateral is insufficient, a pro-rata release from liability or guarantee can be applied for. With venture capital, Bayern Kapital, for example, finances Bavarian start-up teams and young technology companies, in the seed and start-up phase as well as in the later scale-up phase. Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft (BayBG) also offers venture capital to start-up companies in the form of open and silent partnerships.
In addition, there are various grant funding options for founders. In addition to the "Start?Zuschuss!" program, which supports innovative technology-oriented start-ups in the field of digitization in the start-up phase, these include the funding program to facilitate the transition to a start-up existence (FLÜGGE) for graduates of Bavarian universities as well as technology and innovation funding programs.
Success stories of already existing companies, event information and exciting news from the startup state round off the offer.