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Start-up vouchers for high-tech start-ups

Most company founders in the high-tech sector have excellent knowledge of their field. However, they usually lack the commercial know-how, business experience or knowledge of regulatory frameworks. Together with bwcon and in cooperation with other network partners, we offer EXI High-tech Start-up Vouchers that provide technology-oriented company founders with the opportunity to participate in two-tier consultations.

Who is the EXI High-tech Start-up Voucher aimed at?

People with innovative business ideas from all high-tech areas, in particular the following:

  • Life sciences, biotech, pharma, medical technology, diagnostics
  • Bioeconomy (bioenergy, environmental biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, bioplastics)
  • Industrial technology
  • Electronics, telecommunication, mechatronics, automotive, cleantech, photonics
  • IT (SW/HW/Internet) and the creative industries

The EXI High-tech Start-Up Voucher is intended for those planning a commercial venture or freelance employment in the high-tech sector in Baden-Württemberg. Newly founded companies, people starting a freelance career, company takeovers, equity stakes in existing companies and franchise holders are considered start-up businesses.

As a central point of contact for the healthcare industry, bioeconomy and the life sciences in Baden-Württemberg, we provide advice to company founders in these and related fields. Our partner, bwcon GmbH, deals with organisational and all other matters.

The two consultation levels

Compact consultation: Getting things right from the outset

Compact consultation helps entrepreneurial teams accurately assess the viability of their project right from the outset. It focuses on an initial evaluation of the project as well as information on funding opportunities and funding programmes. Compact consultation includes an individual interview to evaluate the start-up project and a four-hour introduction to venture development. Participation in this consultation is free of charge.

Intensive consultation: comprehensive support in venture development

Following compact consultation, founder teams with a promising business idea are offered intensive coaching, which provides future entrepreneurs with the opportunity to learn relevant business skills for developing and implementing their growth-oriented start-up. With the help of coaches, prospective company founders will have the opportunity to discuss their business model/product and develop a resilient business plan. Support in matters relating to financing is also available. The intensity of the consultation depends on individual requirements.

Topics covered in the consultation

All aspects of business development – from the initial idea to the finished business plan – can be addressed:

  • Product
  • Customer needs
  • Market
  • Competition
  • Unique selling proposition
  • Market entry strategy 
  • Management team
  • Organisation
  • Financial planning
  • Risk analysis

Duration and cost of consultation

Level 1 - Compact consultation: at least 8 hours (evaluation discussion and introduction to venture development) – free of charge

Level 2 - Intensive consultation: individual founders: 5 days; teams of founders:  up to 10 days run by external consultants and accredited coaches including days with bwcon consultants. Daily rate: 218.96 euros, inc. VAT.

The EXI High-tech Start-up Vouchers are sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing with funding from the state and the European Social Fund.

Who are the consultants?

Compact consultation is provided by staff from bwcon and BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg along with certified partners. Intensive consultations are carried out by accredited consultants from the bwcon Coaching Group consisting of current and former managers and entrepreneurs from all technology sectors, who combine industrial know-how with management experience. In addition, coaching will also be provided by specialist consultant pools and internal bwcon GmbH consultants.

How can I participate?

Please contact our start-up specialists and register your venture in the venture development system which is suplied by bwcon GmbH. Fill out an ESF master sheet for each person in the founding team. The EXI High-tech Start-up Voucher is managed by our venture development system. In addition, company founders will have a specifically dedicated room available in order to systematically develop a business plan from their start-up project with their co-founders and coaches. Regular introduction sessions to venture development are offered. You can find the seminar dates here.

* We guarantee that all personal and business data will remain confidential and is covered by data protection. Only those authorised by the founders, or consultants who have signed a secrecy clause will have access to the business planning activities. All data are exclusively stored on servers in Germany.

Website address: https://www.biofabnet.de/en/projects/exi/