Several successful spin-offs have already come from various institutes of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.. Some have won several awards, including the Leibniz Start-Up Prize.

Previous start-up projects have come from the following institutes:

  • Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)
  • Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung (IKZ)
  • Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)
  • Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics (PDI)
  • Weierstrass Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics (WIAS)

Advisory and support services

The Leibniz Transfer Department provides advice and support to Leibniz Association employees wishing to establish a start-up.

In 1998, the German government launched EXIST – University-Based Business Start-Ups. Since then, this program has funded measures to improve the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutions. The EXIST program is part of the “High-Tech Strategy” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and includes three program lines: “EXIST Culture of Entrepreneurship”, “EXIST Transfer of Research” and “EXIST Business Start-Up Grant”.

The Adlershof Founder’s Lab provides support to graduates as well as to scientists from universities, non-university research institutions and companies seeking to bring to life their startup idea and prepare a business plan. Technical and technology-focused team start-ups are eligible for support. Business founders are supported with funds appropriated by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and the European Social Fund.