Founders’ Competitions

There are a lot of competitions in Germany. In addition to the prize money, they also offer founders professional support. Moreover, young companies can benefit from the media attention. You can find an overview of some selected regional and national competitions here:

  • Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan 
    Competition Free offers, contacts, advice and events for founders, start-ups and company successors


  • Vielfalt unternimmt 
    Prize offered by the Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe Entrepreneurs with a migrant background and company headquarters in the Federal State of Berlin can apply.

Vielfalt unternimmt

  • Innovation Prize Berlin Brandenburg 
    Funding, presentation and appreciation for developments that are viable for the future and on the market by start-ups or spin-offs, founders, established companies or networked research institutes

Innovationspreis Berlin Brandenburg


National Competitions


  • Deutscher Gründerpreis 
    Award for exemplary performance in developing innovative and viable business ideas and establishing new companies

Deutscher Gründerpreis

  • Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis 
    National award for top performance in sustainability in business, local government and research

Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis

  • KfW Award Gründen 
    Award for especially innovative ideas or ways of working that successfully establish themselves on the market

KfW Award Gründen

  • Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland 
    Award for founders and self-employed people in the cultural and creative sector

Kultur- und Kreativpiloten Deutschland

  • Gründerwettbewerb – Digitale Innovationen 
    For founders in the field of information and communications technology

Gründerwettbewerb – Digitale Innovationen

  • Science4Life 
    From the business idea to business success in the field of life sciences, chemistry and energy


  • startsocial 
    “Help for Helpers” with four-month advice scholarships for social initiatives