Acquiring an existing company can be an interesting alternative to starting from scratch. Besides the fact that the company already exists and is in business, another advantage is that it also has a workforce and client base. ILB's promotional programmes are also available for company acquisitions or succession schemes.

Our promotional programmes for start-ups in conjunction with acquisitions/succession schemes:

(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 Supports types
Brandenburg-Kredit Gründung
(based on ERP-Förderkredit KMU or KfW-Förderkredit großer Mittelstand)
  • Investments, working capital, stock of goods
  • Start-up (within 5 years after foundation)
  • Company acquisition and participation
- up to 25 million euros per project
- Application via the principal bank
Mikrokredit Brandenburg
  • Start-ups, acquisitions or active participation
  • Starting up in a secondary occupation
  • Consolidation measures during the first 10 years after establishment
  • Working capital and investment
€2,000 to €25,000
Brandenburg-Kredit Innovativ
with liability release
  • Investments for growth and capital widening, acquisitions (maximum term of 10 years)
  • Working capital (maximum term of 5 years)
€100,000 to €3.0 million
(with up to 80% liability release)
Gründung innovativ(expired on 31.12.2021)
  • Investment in tangible fixed assets
  • Personnel costs (new jobs)
  • External consultancy services
€25,000 to €100,000
(support rate of up to 50%)
Meistergründungsprämie Brandenburg
  • New establishment of a company, company takeover or active participation as managing director by a master craftsman/ master craftswomen
  • Newly created job or apprecticeship place for at least 12 months, connected with a new establishment or acquisition of a company (within the first 3 years of self-employment)
Basic support: €12.000
Job: €5.000 or €7000 when the position is filled with a woman
  • 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
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 20% to 45%)
ProFIT Brandenburg(Expires on 31.12.2022) 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
  • feasibilty studies (Grant), max. implementation period: 6 months
Loan: fo preparation and market launch up to EUR 300,000 per project partner

Grant: for Industrial research up to EUR 400,000 per project partner
(support rate for the overall project: up to 80%)
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