Startup Center of Johannes Gutenberg University

At the Startup Center at JGU, people interested in founding a company receive initial information about starting a business, are advised on their individual questions, and are referred to external agencies if necessary.

We advise you on everything from the development of your business model to funding opportunities for founders and startups and assist you with funding applications (e.g. for the EXIST programs "Gründerstipendium" and "Forschungstransfer" as well as other funding programs). The advisory service is aimed at all JGU members (students, graduates, scientists) who are pursuing a knowledge- or technology-based start-up project. Prior to an initial consultation, we ask you to send us a completed questionnaire (german) about your project, which will serve as the basis for the interview.


Dates and Calls

For all our events (mostly held in german language) and information please consult
the German page of the Startup Center


  • First startup help for creative ideas! For the first time, JGU's Startup Center is a partner of the RLP Ideas Competition:
    Anyone with creative ideas for innovative products, novel services and processes, and research projects can apply. Submission until February 28, 2023.
    Information and application.


  • Entrepreneurship courses of JGU and Unimedizin in cooperation with UnternehmerTUM: In the winter semester 2022/23 with focus on Health Care, LifeScience and BioTech. Guest students are welcome and can also register for individual courses during the semester.
    Information and registration


  • JGU is a partner university of Makers of Tomorrow (MoT):
    New courses for the winter semester 2022/23 online from October 11, 2022: In a total of 10 online modules, well-known founders will tell their stories, deal with one Lean Start-up topic each, and give participants practical tips and tasks. The courses are aimed at participants from all degree programs. More information. An access code is required. JGU participants will receive the code from the Startup Center. Simply send an email to


  • December 01, 2022, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Workshop "Rethink your Research":
    Contents: among others, Your innovation skills, Ideation. Target group: PhD students and postdocs of all disciplines. No previous knowledge required.
    Information and registration (also for other workshops).




  • Co-working rooms for JGU start-up teams. If you are interested, please contact



Current newsletter of the Startup Center in german language

November 25, 2022

Cooperation partners

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau RLP (German)
Management consulting by students of Johannes Gutenberg University (German)
The Industrie- und Handelskammer Rheinhessen consults and supports on starting your own business
Crowdfunding by the startup centers of the universities of Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland (German)
Provides free Workshops all around startups (German)
Technologiezentrum Mainz
Non-profit business development agency for Mainz (German)
Gutenberg Digital Hub
Co-working space and events in Mainz (German)
E.U.L.E e.V.
Consulting before and during founding (German)