Are you looking for fresh money to finance your project or company? Berlin provides many funding possibilities and services to support your settlement, business development, expanding and creative work. With a wide network of funders and consultancies, Berlin offers a solid foundation for your success.
Project funding (Berlin)
Innovative Audiovisual Content
The New Media Funding of the Medienboard supports the development and production of innovative audiovisual content. The programme aims to support creative companies in the digital sector to invest in self-development of interactive formats such as games, virtual and augmented reality.
Transfer Bonus Technology or Design
The 'Transfer BONUS' programme helps to finance innovative projects between companies and research institutions or design companies from Berlin and Brandenburg in the field of technology, knowledge transfer and design services(e. g. interface- and interaction design). (This link is in German only.)
Pro FIT - early stage or project financing
The 'Pro FIT – early stage or project financing' helps you to establish your business infrastructure and expand the needed HR capacities for an innovation project. The practical online financing from the IBB to implement technical developments will help you to realize your ideas during all phases of the innovation process.
IBB provides grants to cover up to 50% of wage costs (EUR 20,000 max.) for one year for qualified university and college graduates. The hiring has to have the aim of implementing of innovations into your company.
Under the 'Berlin Innovativ' programme, loans of up to EUR 2m are granted with a 70% exemption from liability via the applicant's bank in order to finance investment and working capital.
Establish, settlement and expanding
The 'GründungsBONUS' provides a grant to cover the costs incurred in the first one to two years of your company.
GRW programme to 'improve regional business structures'
Grants to cover investment or wage costs facilitated by the IBB in order to support investment projects to create and secure permanent jobs.
VC Fond Berlin
IBB Ventures invests venture capital in growth companies in Berlin's digital economy and creative industry to strengthen their equity basis. The funds are provided in order to finance development, launch of innovative, scalable products or to achieve quick company growth.
Project funding (national / EU)
Computerspieleförderung des Bundes (in German)
The national funding program systematically supports game developments in Germany with loans up to several million Euro.
Creative Europe MEDIA (in German)
EU-Funding for the development of games and game concepts.
IBB Investitionsbank Berlin // IBB Ventures // IBB Business Team (only German)
IBB is the business development bank of the Federal Land of Berlin. Its business development activities are geared primarily towards loan-based and investment-orientated forms of finance, which are offered as revolving support funds. IBB Ventures invest public funds as venture capital. Their focus is on innovative Berlin based start-ups with a focus on: Creative Industries, Life Sciences, Industrial Technologies, ICT (Information & Communication Technologies). The IBB Business Team GmbH implements Berlin funding instruments on behalf of the State of Berlin. The company is a 100% subsidiary of the Investitionsbank Berlin.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg is the main institution for the film and audio-visual media industry in the German capital region. The New Media department funds media-related projects, serial formats as well as the development of content in the categories games, web, mobile and VR.
Projekt Zukunft develops strategies for Berlin as a location and ecosystem for the digital and creative economy. The guiding principle is for Berlin to be a creative, innovative and economically successful metropolis with an international presence. As a link between economy, science and politics Projekt Zukunft builds platforms, initiates networks and organizes exchanges, develops new support instruments, compiles studies and implements innovative projects for the ecosytem.
For more information on funding, please contact:
Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Berlin Partner offers business and technology support for companies and investors in Berlin. Regarding funding we act as a single point of contact for companies, helping to find the right financing solution and giving support in the application scheme. In addition Berlin Partner supports with other services such as location search, HR and Visa topics.
Your contact for the gaming industry:
Senior Manager Media / Creative Industries
Tel.: +49 30 46302-338
IBB Investitionsbank Berlin
The IBB Investitionsbank Berlin offers loan-based and investment-oriented forms of financing along with grant programmes. Their monetary services and comprehensive coaching are specifically designed to support small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and founders in Berlin.
Do you have questions about funding? Use this helpful FAQ by Creative City Berlin with many answers to the most common questions.