ILB offers promotional funding in the form of grants especially for projects with high capital and cost demands, such as investment or research and development as well as human resources and market development measures.

Grant (support) rates can total up to 100% of the eligible costs of a project and do not have to be repaid subject to certain conditions.

Our grant programmes for start-ups:

(If you are interested in more detailed information regarding the programmes and the application process, please click the respective links in the table.)

Programme Support subjects Support types
Gründung innovativ
  • Investment in tangible fixed assets
  • Personnel costs (new jobs)
  • External consultancy services
€25,000 to €100,000
(support rate of up to 50%)
GRW-G Wachstumsprogramm für kleine Unternehmen
  • Investment in tangible fixed assets
  • Wage costs for 2 years (new high-quality jobs)
  • Intangible assets (limited)
(Support rate of 30% to 40%)
Meistergründungsprämie Brandenburg
  • New establishment of a company by a master craftsman (up to 3 years after the master craftsman's examination)
  • Newly created job or apprecticeship place for at least 12 months, connected with a new establishment or acquisition of a company
  • Time limits are not in place for master craftswomen or for acquisitions of a company
Basic support: €12.000
Job: €5.000 or €7000 when the position is filled with a woman
Markterschließung im Ausland und Messen (M2)
  • Participation in international trade shows in Germany and abroad
  • Measures for opening up of foreign markets
Trade show support: €15,000
Market development:
€50,000 max. for 3 years
(support rate of 50%)
Brandenburger Innovationsfachkräfte Employment of:
  • Student trainees
  • Innovation assistants
Student trainees: Support of up to €705 per month
Innovation assistant: Support of up to €1,560 per month
Brandenburger Innovationsgutschein (BIG)
  • Measures to support the knowledge and technology transfer from research institutes to SMEs (BIG-Transfer)
  • Smaller R&D projects (BIG-R&D)
  • Preparation and implementation of digitalisation measures (BIG-Digital)
  • Consultancy services in conjunction with applications for EU funding and support measures (BIG EU)
Small BIG-Transfer: €5,000 max. (support rate: up to 100%)
Big BIG-Transfer: €15,000 max.;
€100,000 max.;
Consultancy module: €50,000 max.
Implementation module: €500,000 max.
Training module:
€ 50.000 max.
BIG-EU: €8.000 max. or €16,000 max. for the lead partner (support rate: up to 50%)
Förderung der beruflichen Weiterbildung External vocational training, including examination fees, for employees of companies based in the federal state of Brandenburg Grant
Support rate: up to 50% of total eligible expenditure (€ 3,000 max. per participant and application)
ProFIT Brandenburg Individual and collaboration projects involving technologically new products, services and processes during the following phases:
  • Industrial research (grant)
  • Experimental development (loan)
  • Production establishment, market preparation and market launch (loan)
  • feasibility studies (Grant)
  • process and organisational innovation (competition procedure) (Grant)
Loan: up to €3.0 million per project

Grant: up to €3,0 million per project partner
(support rate for the overall project: up to 80%)

NESUR-KMU (Sustainable development of cities and surrounding areas) - Investment in buildings and fixed assets
- Establishment and relocation of companies
€3,000 to €200,000
(Support rate of up to 50%)