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Consulting & Coaching

We advise and coach founders!

With our individual consulting, we seek to increase the number of start-ups from the university sector in general, but also wish to promote start-ups from the research sector in particular. Therefore, we provide extensive consulting and support for the EXIST start-up scholarship (Gründerstipendium) and research transfer (Forschungstransfer)

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EXIST Start-up Scholarship (Gründungsstipendium)

With this program, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports innovative technology-oriented or knowledge-based projects with a unique selling point. Students, graduates and scientists from universities and non-university research institutions are eligible for funding for a period of 12 months.

The funds are used to cover personal living expenses, initial investments and start-up coaching. The aim is to help young entrepreneurs go full steam ahead with their project, work out the business plan and help them set up a viable business.

For detailed information and to find out if your project is suitable, please make an appointment. 

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EXIST Research Transfer (Forschungstransfer)

Research results with start-up potential are supported with two funding phases to answer questions how to translate scientific results into technical products and processes, and to turn the business idea based thereof into a business plan and lay the foundation to set up the business.

If you have an idea, you are welcome to contact us: 

Hessen Ideen Scholarship

Your chance to receive six months of funding to put your start-up idea into action!

You want to turn your business idea into reality and participate in an accelerator program? Experienced experts will support you from the first idea to market maturity with the Hessen Ideen Scholarship.

Graduates (Bachelor and Master students) from Hessen state universities can apply and the most innovative start-up ideas receive a 6-month grant and a qualifying accelerator program with workshops that strengthen your entrepreneurial skills and give you the chance to network with other start-ups. 

Become part of this unique program, which provides competent support for start-ups in their early stages. The Hessen Ideen Scholarship is a great start for further funding programs, such as the EXIST Start-up Scholarship of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The Deadline for the new round is am 25.01.2022

Would you like to apply with your idea? Then send an email to

You can find more information at .

Hessen Ideen Competition

With this competition, the State of Hesse together with universities and companies aim to provide a stage for students to present their innovative

ideas, and to encourage and support them. The competition is all about exciting ideas, which do not have to be worked out in detail yet. It takes place twice a year. 

You would like to compete with your idea? Then send an email to 

You can find more information at

Funding and financing

There are many financing options for the start-up phase, such as loans, support from business angels, application for start-up grants or support from a suitable accelerator program. But what kind of support is the perfect fit four your project? Which conditions have to be met in order to apply? To answer these questions, simply make an appointment and we will discuss the next steps with you.

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Referring you to other experts

Founding has a lot to do with venturing onto new territory and raises a lot of questions. No matter how hard the team of Gründungsfabrik Rheingau tries to stay up to date, we cannot know everything. Therefore, we bring together founders with experts from science and practice, the Germany-wide EXIST start-up network, regional and national partners, business angels, investors, other founding accelerators and many more. Our network of experts includes various specialist lawyers, marketing agencies, tax consultants, insurance experts,

specialized coaches and trainers, successful founders from different industries, banks, various service providers, etc… Just contact us and we will discuss what kind of support you need for your specific project.


You want to become part of our community or have further questions? We are looking forward to your message!

WHERE: Winkeler Straße 100b, 65366 Geisenheim

WHEN: from 9am, Monday-Friday

Phone: 0672 24024052