Innovation/research and development

Innovation means growth and progress. But no matter whether new products or new processes, the development and introduction of innovation mean time, costs and risk. ILB offers various innovation support programmes to support start-ups and their new technologies.

Our promotional programmes for innovation as well as research and development:

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

Core programmes

Programme Support subjects Support types
ProFIT Brandenburg 2023 Individual and collaboration projects involving technologically new products, services and processes during the following phases:
  • Industrial research (grant)
  • Experimental development (loan)
  • Market preparation and market launch (loan), max. implementation period: 3 years
  • Process and organizational innovations (grant), max. implementation period: 3 years
  • feasibilty studies (Grant), max. implementation period: 6 months
-Funding through grants is limited to a total of EUR 3 million per application. (Funding rate for total project up to 80%)
-Funding through loans is limited to a total of EUR 3 million per application.
Gründung innovativ 2022
  • Investment in tangible fixed assets
  • Personnel costs for managing directors in an employment relationship
  • Personnel costs for newly created positions
  • Technical development services not provided by the company itself
  • Consulting services of external consultants
€25,000 to €150,000
(support rate of up to 50%)
Brandenburger Innovationsfachkräfte 2022 Employment of:
  • Working students
  • Innovation assistants (university graduates)
- Working students: up to EUR 620 per month
- Innovation assistants: up to EUR 1.650 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.;
BIG-R&D: €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%)
  • Company establishment and development
  • Investment and operating equipment for the development and market launch of products, services and processes
Equity financing
Participations/junior loans for small enterprises in Brandenburg and during the seed and start-up phases
(€1.2 million max.)
  • Company development and growth
  • Investment in fixed and intangible assets as well as operating equipment
Equity financing
Active investments and/or participation-like investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Brandenburg during the growth and expansion phase within the scope of co-investments with private investors
(€7,6 million max.)

Other suitable programmes

Programme Support subjects Support types
Brandenburg-Kredit Gründung
(based on ERP-Förderkredit KMU or KfW-Förderkredit großer Mittelstand)
  • within 5 years after foundation:
  • Investments, working capital, stock of goods
  • Start-up
  • Company acquisition and participation
- up to 25 million euros per project
- Application via the principal bank
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