Key activities

Support for startups and investors


BayStartUP is the Bavarian startup institution for company formation, financing and acceleration.

  • With the Bavarian business plan competitions, a broad coaching and workshop program and Germany's largest investor network, we support start-ups in optimising their strategy, building up their company and searching for start-up or growth capital.
  • For private and institutional investors, BayStartUP ensures a qualified deal flow and offers start-up insights at exclusive business angel meetings and investor conferences.
  • With nationwide startup industry matchings and strategic support, BayStartUP advises established companies on the development of suitable strategies for cooperation with startups.


What we do 

BayStartUP Investor’s Network

BayStartUP runs Germany’s largest investor’s and business angel network for investors interested in fast growing young companies. Through BayStartUP, founders have contact opportunities to around 300 active business angels and over 100 institutional investors. In the past financial year, BayStartUP provided over EUR 62 million in capital to 50 start-ups, with financing rounds between EUR 50,000 and EUR 6 million. Companies supported by BayStartUP are active in the market with over 13,100 employees and generate sales of almost EUR 1.4 billion (as of 2017). These include eight IPOs and success stories such as Flixbus, eGym, Magazino, Voxeljet, numares, Transporeon and va-Q-tec AG.

Get in touch with Dr. Cornelia Kolb, BayStartUP Investors Network: finanzierung@baystartup.de

+++ One of the most famous matchmaking events in Munich’s startup ecosystem is finally opening its doors to international entrepreneurs and investors! Visit the VentureCon Bavaria on May 21 in Munich and get access to great funding and networking opportunities. Startups can apply to pitch their company to 80+ investors. See www.venturecon-bavaria.com for further information. +++ 

Industry Cooperations

BayStartUP brings companies together with founders with consulting services for industry. These include strategy consulting for industry, exploring cooperation opportunities such as between start-ups and medium-sized enterprises, start-up monitoring and innovation workshops. Our services include among others

  • elaborating tasks and topics for cooperations
  • startup scouting
  • training of industry partners in start-up methods
  • workshops in the areas of business plan development and innovation management
  • developing corporate startup strategies and cooperation concepts
  • moderation and coaching in cooperation with startups

Get in touch with Christoph Rommel, Head of Industry Cooperations: rommel@baystartup.de 

Coaching and Workshops

The experienced BayStartUP team supports startup companies to optimize their business strategy and prepare all documents relevant for representing the company especially to investors or strategic partners. BayStartUP is not a business consultancy but provides intense feedback and financial coaching to startup teams. We organize workshops for startups in all business phases - ranging from basic business planning to more in-depth topics like legal issues for entrepreneurs, patent law, business development, financial management and marketing. BayStartUP is not a business consultancy but gives intense feedback and coaching to startup teams. 

Bavarian Business Plan Competitions

BayStartUP hosts business plan competitions in Munich, Northern Bavaria, Bavarian Swabia and south-east Bavaria where startups can present their business plans to juries of entrepreneurs, business managers and investors. An expert jury provides substantial feedback to every participant on their business plans.

Access and Network

BayStartUP works in close collaboration with the players in the Bavarian startup scene. We establish contacts to startups, investors and organizations as well as managers and specialists in a large variety of industry sectors that are relevant for young companies.

Apart from the Bavarian Ministry of Economics and company sponsors, BayStartUP ist supported by the private members of two Bavarian associations (“Förderverein innovatives Unternehmertum Nordbayern e. V.” and “Förderverein innovatives Unternehmertum Südbayern e. V.”). Amongst the association members there are many startups that had been supported before.

BayStartUP was established in 2014, merging the two Bavarian startup organisations netzwerk nordbayern and evobis/Munich Businessplan Competition that had been active since 1996.


Gefördert durch

Gefördert durch Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie und Technologie