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

  • 27 april 2023, 4-5:30 pm: Starting a business for stundets and academics from Non-EU-Countries +++ online, event held in english language! +++
    Information and registration


  • 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.


  • Digital Autonomy Award 2023
    The Digital Autonomy Award honors digitally usable solutions that contribute to enabling people to deal with their data, devices and applications in a reflective and self-determined manner. You can submit your "digital solution" until 08 January 2023.
    Information and submission


  • Start-up competition – Digital innovations: The summer round will start again in January 2023. All that is required for the application is an idea sketch, which will be treated strictly confidentially. Application deadline: March 31, 2023. Information and application


  • start-up scholarship: The start-up scholarship will be continued in 2023. Application period expected to be from Feb. 1 - March 31, 2023.
    More information coming soon on our website or here.


  • Numerous online workshops and webinars: e.g. "From Phd to Innovator" or "Your research Canvas" for PhD students and postdcos of all disciplines and without prior knowledge! Workshop language is always English. Information about the current dates 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


  • The Startup Center is a partner of the Rhine-Main Lecture Series: from the idea to the foundation.
    The lecture series of the Gründungsfabrik Rheingau takes place every Wednesday from 04.30 p.m. Different experts deal online with versatile topics around founding.
    Information and registration


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


Upcoming events

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

  • February 28, 2023, 4-6 p.m.: "Rhine meets Ruhr - The digital startup scene meeting" (Online). (language: german)
    Information and registration


  • 27 april 2023, 4-5:30 pm: Starting a business for stundets and academics from Non-EU-Countries (online, event held in english language)
    Information and registration


Current newsletter of the Startup Center in german language

February 22, 2023

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)