How to finance my startup business?

One of the most important questions regarding the establishment of a business venture is the financing of the start-up activities and the expansion phases. Idea and prototypes need to be further developed for the market, the business concept has to be defined and developed, resources have to be structured, and the first steps towards business operation have to be taken. There exist several different financing sources for such steps in the pre-Seed, the seed, the start-up and the expansion phases. This seminar will introduce the different forms, the impacts and the unique features of available financing opportunities.

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December 2nd, 10:00h – 18:00h


Software-Cluster-Koordinierungsstelle (Room 4.3.01)
Mornewegstrasse 32
64293 Darmstadt, Germany

The complete training is a free service of the organizers.




The following themes will be addressed

  • Nature and characteristics of corporate financing
  • Public programs for the advancement of entrepreneurship
  • Unique characteristics of financing in the different life cycle stages of new business ventures
  • Nature, characteristics and „killer criteria“ of VC financing

Your benefit from the seminar

In this seminar, methods for the successful financing of entrepreneurial activities will be presented. Each individual financing option will be discussed and consequently the various alternative actions an entrepreneur may take will be addressed. You will not only learn about the different forms of financing, but also obtain insight into the perspectives of potential investors (Business Angels, VCs, Banks).


10.00 Welcome and Introduction

Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kniejski (EIT ICT Labs BDA)

10:15 Overview on financing models and financing mechanisms

Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kniejski (EIT ICT Labs BDA)

11:30 Public Funds Support of Banks

Business Angels Jörg Püschel (NUK Neues Unternehmertum Rheinland e.V.) 

12.30 Lunch

13.30 VC Investments – How investors think (“the business developer’s view”)

Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kniejski (EIT ICT Labs BDA)

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 VC Investments – How investors think (“the investor’s view”)

Dr. Bernd Geiger (Managing General Partner of Triangle Venture Capital Group) 

17:00 Start-up Pitches Pitch Session of 5 pre-selected high tech start-up companies 

18:00 Buffet dinner and “Get together” Networking

20.00 End




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