Review your business idea


Prepare a business plan


Financing & public support


Business or liberal profession


Legal structure


Taxes & Accounting


Company insurance


Social insurance


Networks & contacts


Various associations and partners of Munich’s start-up support services help entrepreneurs in the city. Services range from information and useful contacts to workshops, courses, competitions, and events.

Munich Startup | The official start-up portal for Munich

News, start-up portraits, start-up map, events calender, data & insights dashboard on Munich’s start-up ecosystem, market place

BayStartUP | The start-up network

Support for founders with innovative and above all technology-based business ideas, experts for start-up financing and business growth, Munich Business Plan competition, workshops, Startup Demo Night, investors’ conference VentureCon, industry cooperation.

Kompetenzteam Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft | Team of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries

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

guide | Advice and support for founders

Individual start-up advice, workshops, courses, networking, group coaching, guide contest

Startup München | Events with networking component

Support, networking, and practical tips from successful young entrepreneurs, pitching opportunities

Munich Network | International network for start-ups and industry

Connecting innovative and technology-oriented start-ups with international members and partners from the worlds of business and research and development, as well as pitching opportunities

Werk 1 | Munich’s most start-up-friendly space

Support for digital start-ups with office space, coaching and co-working, events, café, job portal, freelancer portal, programs for start-ups in gaming, insuretech, digital health, initiative ONE MISSION for founders, partner of the initiative STARTUP TEENS for school pupils

Munich Urban Colab | One Space. Many Minds. Infinite Ideas

Services for start-ups with business ideas relating to smart cities: co-working, office space, networking, high-tech prototype workshop, events, café

GründerRegio M | Support for university-related start-ups

Competent authority for issuing certificate of approval for new business ideas (“Tragfähigkeitsbescheinigung”, important when applying for grants), backer of various projects

Münchner Volkshochschule (VHS) [Munich Adult Education Center] Courses and seminars

The largest Adult Education Center (VHS) in Germany offers many courses on starting a business and self-employment

IHK for Munich and Upper Bavaria & IHK Academy for Munich and Upper Bavaria

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria supports its members in all areas of business. It helps people to develop their capacities by informing them about all business-relevant topics, from initial and continuing training to taxation and funding programs. The IHK helps companies at all phases of their development, from starting out, financing, and consolidation, to internationalization and company succession. www.ihk-muenchen.de

The IHK Academy for Munich and Upper Bavaria offers courses and seminars on everyday business life. https://akademie.muenchen.ihk.de

Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern | Chamber of Skilled Crafts (HWK)

The Chamber of Skilled Crafts (HWK) is the contact point for founders and businesses in the skilled crafts sector. It offers information, advice, and initial and continuing training for (future) members in the areas of business management, employment and social law, public law, civil and economic law, tax law, innovation, technology, the environment, and doing business abroad.

Institut für Freie Berufe (IFB) | Institute for Liberal Professions (IFB)

The experts for start-ups in the liberal professions: Expert advice and information on starting a business in the liberal professions.

BMWi start-up portal | Information

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s (BMWi) 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, 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.

AKTIVSENIOREN BAYERN e.V. | 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 (“Tragfähigkeitsbescheinigung”, important when applying for grants).

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie | Social Entrepreneurship

Workshops, seminars, Global Entrepreneurship Summer School, advice, hackathon and contests for founders of a social business, social/impact start-ups