SIBB Deep Tech  Startup Stipendium

Funding for startups early stage tech projects apply now
  • Pre-seed no-equity no-risk funding for early stage tech startups
  • Funding for up to 9 months and 64.800 Euro for your startup
  • Strong network in Berlin: established digital industry and startup ecosystem
  • High profile mentors & experienced coaches support you individually
  • Relevant workshops: team building, product development, marketing & sales and funding
  • Leads to potential pilot customers
  • Support for you next funding round: coaching, network & pitch events with investors

The SIBB accelerator program (Deep Tech Startup Stipendium) has a strong focus on sustainability & tech that helps to improve peoples lives and society in our future smart city. Good ideas and technological innovation (deep tech) trumps a scalable (Unicorn) business model. We especially support female founders and diverse teams.

Application Phase for 2021 is closed. See you later in the year for 2022 applications.

  • Your main residence is in Berlin? (or will be in Q1 2021)
  • You have a university degree? (or professional experience and project-relevant expertise)
  • You have not yet received any start-up support? (e.g. EXIST, start-up bonus, other start-up scholarship)
  • If you've already founded a company for the project, it's business registration has been only recently (max. 3 months ago)?

Please find all information about the SIBB Deep Tech Startup Stipendium on our GERMAN project page or ENGLISH project page 

Questions about the Application Process? Contact us:

Foto Mario

Project Manager
Call: 030 4036 7190 3

Ron Projektleiter Deep Tech Startup Stipendium Berlin

Project Director & Coach
Call: 030 4036 7190 5

Conditions of participation in the SIBB DeepTech Startup Scholarship

SIBB Deep Tech Startup Stipendium Flyerbild

The following participation criteria apply:

  • The start-up project is technology-oriented, innovative and knowledge-based. At least one initially developed prototype or a prototype-like procedure and a business plan draft are available.
  • The participants have their main residence in Berlin. The nationality or age of the participants is not relevant.
  • The founders work full-time (at least 40 hours per week) on their start-up project.
  • Income and activities in terms of start-up development are permitted. The scholarship is to be considered as a full-time employment, it serves to cover the monthly living costs, paid secondary activities are permitted (to a limited extent as long as the full-time project work is not impaired).
  • During the scholarship the participants are allowed to generate sales / profits, which they generate through pilot customers.
  • The teams participating in the start-up scholarship may receive prize money from private and public competitions, regardless of the amount. The acceptance of investments is permitted, these serve only to cover the personnel and material costs, the founders are not allowed to pay a salary (income-expenditure overview).
  • Contracts concluded with investors during the scholarship are harmless as long as the investor does not gain a controlling influence on the company before the end of the scholarship, i.e. significant control and voting rights remain with the scholarship holders.
  • The scholarship holders are permitted to work with external cooperation partners. However, the cooperation partner must not gain a controlling influence on the company so that the scholarship holders are free and independent in their business dealings during the sponsorship.
  • The intellectual property acquired during the scholarship period remains with the scholarship holder, unless applicable legal regulations state otherwise.
  • The employment of personnel for the purpose of building up the company is permitted. Compliance with the minimum wage law (MiLoG) is mandatory.
  • The replacement of team members in case of their resignation is possible.
  • The founders are not allowed to have already been supported with a start-up grant, e.g. the EXIST-Gründerstipendium, Gründungsbonus or Berliner Startup Stipendium or to be currently supported. The Berlin Startup Scholarship can therefore only be awarded once to each participant. The startup grant can only be obtained as a sole funding benefit, purchases from other public subsidies are not permitted.
  • A start-up project is usually not yet founded as a company or economically active on the market. In individual cases the fact that the company has already been founded does not prevent it from receiving funding. However, the date of the business registration may not be more than 3 months in the past at the time of application. If a company has already been founded, it must have its headquarters in Berlin. Exceptions are possible if companies are not yet fully and sustainably active, but must be approved separately. All scholarship holders who have already registered a business prior to entering the project must submit a de minimis declaration upon entering the project.
  • The start-up projects are usually not yet funded. However, support despite existing funding is conceivable in cases where the financial resources are used exclusively for the development of the company but are not used to support the livelihood of the founders (max. 200,000 € in the two previous calendar years).
  • During the project period and beyond, all scholarship holders have information duties regarding their whereabouts and, if applicable, the development of a founded company.

Is our project technologically "deep" enough?

The most important characteristic of your projects is that they contribute to achieving the goal of making Berlin a more sustainable and smarter city where all Berliners* have a future worth living in. Do you have an innovative idea and use technology to realize it? Then you can be part of it. The bigger your technological innovation, the "deeper" your technological approach, the better your chances - but sometimes even the simplest ideas are the best and have the greatest impact.

The following technologies can serve as a guide and rough orientation. This list is only an example and does not exclude other ideas and approaches!

  • Devices, Device Management, Embedded Systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Networks (Low-Power/Short-Range, Low-Power/Wide-Area)
  • Processors and architectures
  • Operating Systems
  • Platforms
  • Analytical tools, algorithms, event stream processing and analysis models
  • Standards und APIs
  • Security technologies for devices, operating systems, platforms and communication channels
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions and technologies
  • Industry 4.0 solutions and technology

Please find all information about the SIBB Deep Tech Startup Stipendium on our GERMAN project page or ENGLISH project page