Information: Entrepreneurship and Start-ups

The path to self-employment is another career option that is open to scientists and researchers of all disciplines and can be an interesting alternative for postdocs. One possibility are the so-called science spin-offs; this refers to the establishment of companies in which research results - sometimes even tangible products - are commercially marketed.

However, start-up ideas that are located in the service sector can also lead to the establishment of a company.


JGU's Research and Technology Transfer unit (Stabstelle Forschung und Technologietransfer) offers advice to members of the JGU who wish to pursue a start-up project based on results or ideas generated within the framework of research activities (e.g. master's thesis, doctoral thesis). Advice and support for Exist applications is also offered via JGU Startup Center.

JGU and the Mainz University of Applied Sciences offer researchers advice and information in a cross-university ‘founding office’, the Gründungsbüro Mainz. In addition, there are various regional and supra-regional contact points and support programmes which provide both content-related and financial support to those wishing to set up their own business in.

Further information on the topics of entrepreneurship: freelance and commercial activities; founding, spin-off, as well as start-up can be found in the following sample of websites and addresses:

Existenzgrü business start-ups, for an introduction to the topic and a first overview, as well as literature and internet offers,

Existenzgründungsportal des BMWi introduction from the Federal ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy,

Mach-deins-in-Mainz an initial overview of numerous contact points for information, advice or financing. Start-up scene's social stream,

Gründerwoche Deutschland annual, week-long conference in November in numerous cities. The events mainly focus on the topic "entrepreneurship"; events are predominantly free of charge,

Gründermesse Ignition annually on an autumn Saturday, free lectures on the topic of entrepreneurship and trade expo contacts with relevant partners from the regional establishment scene, organized by the economic ‘juniors’ from Mainz/Rheinhessen

A new Crowdfunding-Plattform für RLP und das Saarland

Förderdatenbank Overview of funding programmes and financial assistance from the Federal Government, the Länder and the EU


EXIST – Existenzgründungen aus der Wissenschaft:

Exist applications via the JGU Research and Technology Transfer Office, advice and support
* Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy support programme
* Improving the entrepreneurship climate at research institutions
* Increase of technology-oriented and knowledge-based business start-ups

Gründungsoffensive Biotechnologie (GO Bio) Federal Ministry of Education and Research funding programme. For researchers with innovative ideas who are willing to start their own business (early project phase: "from the laboratory to the industry")


Chambers of Commerce and Industry, associations, financial institutions, research institutions, local authorities, ministries involved in science and business and independent sponsors (such as the IFB, who offer start-up counselling for "liberal profession"), and associations and foundations occasionally offer free professional advice and events.