Various associations and partners of Munich’s startup support services help entrepreneurs in the city. Services range from information and useful contacts to workshops, courses, competitions, and events.
AKTIVSENIOREN BAYERN – advice and coaching
Voluntary services for founders and companies offered by retired entrepreneurs, self-employed persons and managers. Also a competent authority for issuing certificates of approval for new business ideas, when applying for the start-up grant from the Federal Employment Agency.
BayStartUP – The startup network
Support for founders with innovative and above all technology-based business ideas, experts for startup financing and business growth, Munich Business Plan competition, workshops, Startup Demo Night, investors’ conference VentureCon, industry cooperation.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria – advice and information
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria (Industrie- und Handelskammer für München und Oberbayern, IHK) supports its current and future members in all areas of business. IHK helps companies at all phases of their development, from starting out, financing, and consolidation, to internationalization and company succession. The IHK Akademie München und Oberbayern gGmbH offers courses and seminars that provide knowledge for everyday working life.
Chamber of Skilled Crafts – advice and information
The Chamber of Skilled Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria (Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern, HWK) supports its members in all areas of business.
Federal startup portal – information
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s portal for entrepreneurs offers information in various languages and in simple language, as well as an expert forum, help with making plans, brochures, and checklists.
Gründerland Bayern – information and networking
This initiative of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy is aimed at founders in all industries and at every stage of starting a business.
GründerRegio M – support for university-related startups
guide – advice and support for women entrepreneurs
Institut für Freie Berufe – advice and information for liberal professions
Focusing mainly on liberal professions the Institut für Freie Berufe (IFB) serves as a first contact point for freelancers in a liberal profession, who are seeking expert advice and support before and after starting their business. In addition to their individual start-up counselling, IFB offers specialized workshops and seminars, funded coaching for professionals and a wide range of start-up information. Furthermore, their research department publishes statistics and papers.
Munich Adult Education Center – courses and seminars
The Munich Adult Education Center (Münchner Volkshochschule, VHS) is the municipal further education center of the city of Munich. Munich VHS offers a large variety of courses on starting and running a business.
Munich Startup – The official startup portal for Munich
News, startup stories, Munich based startups from A to Z, Data und Insights-Dashboard of the Munich startup ecosystem, event calendar, job offers, information on premises in Munich and co-founders, incubators and accelerators in Munich.
Munich Urban Colab – One Space. Many Minds. Infinite Ideas
UnternehmerTUM, the leading center for innovation and business creation in Europe, and the City of Munich are offering this place for new forms of cross-sector and interdisciplinary collaboration. At Munich Urban Colab, start-ups, established companies, voices from science, fresh talent and the City of Munich are developing and testing innovative concepts together with citizens.
Social Entrepreneurship Akademie – information and courses for social entrepreneurs
The Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA) was established as a joint initiative by the entrepreneurship centers of the Munich universities. SEA are a central point of contact for all those who seek to reconcile entrepreneurial action with social thinking. SEA aims to equip others to create impact through their educational programs on a local, national and international level and through supporting students and entrepreneurs to start and scale their own projects and social enterprises.
Social Impact Lab – support for migrant entrepreneurs
Team of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries
This municipal service is the first point of contact for all creative and cultural practitioners in Munich. The team of #kreativmuenchen offers individual, free advice on all aspects of work in the creative sector, workshops, networking and internationalization, help finding premises as well as work spaces for limited periods.
UnternehmerTUM – seminars in English
Founded in 2002 as an affiliated institute of the Technical University of Munich, UnternehmerTUM is now the largest center for innovation and start-ups in Europe. Many of their seminars are held in English, such as HACK’N’TALK, a community event for entrepreneurs and innovators. www.unternehmertum.de/en
Werk 1 – Munich’s most startup-friendly space
WERK1 is backed by the City of Munich and supports digital startups with offices, individual coaching and coworking while bringing together Munich’s most active startup community. Curated programs for start-ups in gaming, insuretech and digital health are available. WERK1 has set up the initiative ONE MISSION for female founders and is partner of STARTUP TEENS, a program for highschool students. Starting in 2023, WERK1 offers fully equipped coliving apartments for employees and guests of startups.