Kompass - Compact help for solo self-employed people
Term: 15.10.2022 - 30.04.2026
Self-employed professionals and freelancers can find themselves in existentially jeopardising situations even in non-crisis times. In addition to time and human resources, it is not uncommon for those affected to lack the basic knowledge needed to position themselves in a crisis-proof manner in the long term.
KOMPASS is intended to support full-time solo self-employed persons with a maximum of 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) of employees in increasing the sustainability of their business model. To this end, an unbureaucratic and low-threshold procedure is intended to facilitate access to qualification services in order to create prospects for future-proof solo self-employment.
Through centralised further training measures, the participants are to acquire extended knowledge for company management and be put in a position to make their business model as crisis-proof and future-proof as possible.
All information on the programme can be found on the website of the European Social Fund for Germany
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Unit VIGru EF4 -
European Globalisation Fund
ESF Programme Implementation
Extension of the Gründungsstipendium.NRW
With monthly support of 1,200 euros over 12 months, the NRW state government creates a secure financial foundation for founders during the start-up phase. This financial support can be extended by three months upon the birth of a child and suspended for up to 12 months while receiving parental allowance.
The change in the funding programme compared to the previous programme is intended to promote women and families in particular, in order to increase the current share of 24.5 percent of female start-ups.
With the Gründungsstipendium.NRW, a maximum of three founders of a start-up each receive the funding amount.
Interested parties from Beckum can contact Ms Marianne Koschany-Rohbeck (02521-850517, firstname.lastname@example.org from the Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung im Kreis Warendorf(http://www.gfw-waf.de) for information on the NRW start-up grant.
Climate protection contracts funding programme
The prepared procedure takes two months. During this time, information is collected that is necessary for the effective and needs-based design of the subsequent bidding procedure. Companies wishing to submit a bid in the first bidding procedure, still planned for 2023, must participate in the preparatory procedure.
Climate protection contracts are intended to initiate climate-friendly production processes in energy-intensive industries, for example in the steel, cement, paper or glass industries. They compensate for the additional costs compared to conventional processes where climate-friendly production processes cannot yet be operated competitively.
Making climate-friendly technologies marketable
The BMWK intends to conclude climate protection contracts in the mid double-digit billion range. The majority of the money is to be available to hedge against unexpected price fluctuations. Companies that want to be funded first enter into a bidding war in which the best and especially the cheapest bidder wins.
Climate protection contracts make a significant contribution to climate-friendly technologies becoming marketable and, in the long term, able to survive without state support. The funded plants will produce climate-friendly products, which can create green lead markets. The funded projects will also generate know-how in the financing, construction and operation of innovative plants, which holds additional potential for Germany as a business location and for climate protection worldwide. They also provide a strong impetus for the development of the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany and Europe. At the same time, the transformation projects are already saving large quantities of greenhouse gases and are thus making an important direct and indirect contribution to Germany achieving its climate targets by 2045.
The funding guideline is subject to the ongoing state aid and subsidy law audits as well as the budget negotiations.
Corporate Mobility Management Support Programme
The Federal Government promotes climate-friendly measures in companies through the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) within the framework of the funding guideline "Corporate Mobility Management" of 02 May 2023.
The aim of the programme is to reduce transport-related CO2 emissions in commuter, official and educational traffic as well as in the everyday mobility of employees by expanding and consolidating the promotion of sustainable mobility measures in companies, enterprises and municipal institutions.
Funding is provided through calls in three funding priorities :
1) With the broad-based funding, effective standard measures of corporate mobility management of SMEs are to be promoted, such as the increase and improvement of cycling, measures for the conversion of fleets to sustainable types of propulsion or for digitally supported coordination and control of traffic processes. The aim is to develop a broad impact of corporate mobility management measures in the SME landscape.
2) With the initial funding , the development of site-specific concepts in company mobility management is funded on the basis of standardised consulting services, accompanied by aptitude-tested consultants. The initial funding is aimed exclusively at SMEs with little or no previous experience in the field of mobility management. Interested mobility advisors can apply for a listing in the advisory pool via the Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility (BALM) by applying for a suitability assessment .
3) Innovation funding is aimed at innovative concepts in corporate mobility management that have a demonstration character and serve as important impulses for application-oriented future solutions. Prerequisites for funding are an existing mobility concept or conceptual considerations with various fields of action. The publication of the call for innovation funding marks the start of a two-stage application process in which companies and institutions can apply with individual or joint projects. Legal entities under private and public law, natural persons who are economically active, universities and non-university research institutions are eligible to apply for innovation funding. The participation of SMEs is expressly encouraged.
For more information, see the Mobile Wins page
Energy and Resource Efficiency Promotion Programme
For this funding programme, you can continuously submit an outline for your planned energy and resource efficiency projects to the VDI/VDE-IT project management organisation (outline template) . After receiving a positive evaluation of the outline, the application with the planned efficiency measures can only be submitted during the period of an open competition round.
All applications based on positively evaluated outlines must be complete and of a quality ready for approval by a competition deadline (application deadline) in order to be admitted to the respective competition round and ranked according to their funding efficiency. All projects are funded in ascending order according to the ranking until the respective budget of the funding round is exhausted. In the case of equal funding efficiency, the project with the higher absolute CO2 savings will be given preference. In order to ensure the competitive character of each round, the budget of the respective competition round will be reduced proportionally if the sum of the approved applications does not reach the available budget.
If the available budget of the respective competition round is oversubscribed by 50 percent before the application deadline, the competition round can be closed prematurely.
Companies can then resubmit their applications from the previous positively assessed outlines.
You can submit an outline for an energy and/or resource efficiency measure continuously throughout the year.
Approximately six weeks after the respective competition deadlines, the applicants are informed about the results of the application review(e.g. admission to the competition). Shortly thereafter, the ranking and the decision are made (notification of funding: competition winner or rejection: competition loser).
Moreover, the deadline of a round is not considered a cut-off deadline: applications received after a deadline will automatically be considered in the following competition round.
If an application is not successful in a competition round, it can be resubmitted in a revised form in one of the upcoming competition rounds.
No. Competition rounds Budget 2/2023 01.07.2023 - max. 31.08.2023 40.000.000 € 3/2023 01.09.2023 - max. 31.10.2023 40.000.000 € 4/2023 01.11.2023 - max. 31.12.2023 40.000.000 € 1/2024 01.01.2024 - max. 29.02.2024 40.000.000 € 2/2024 01.03.2024 - max. 30.04.2024 40.000.000 €
For more information, see the Energy Efficiency Competition page
First round of the Green Start-ups.NRW competition
State and EU support green start-ups with 6.75 million euros
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany's largest location for start-ups in the environmental sector and environmentally orientated start-ups are the innovation drivers of a green economy. The state government wants to further increase the innovation potential of green start-ups and has launched the Green Start-ups.NRW funding competition this year. In the first of initially three submission rounds, nine projects have now been recommended for funding by an independent jury from 50 project outlines submitted. The thematic spectrum of the funded projects ranges from environmentally friendly mobility and agriculture to the circular economy, energy efficiency, energy storage and resource management.
Environment Minister Oliver Krischer: "A strong economy and climate neutrality are inextricably linked in order to achieve the necessary transformation of our state and sustainable growth. Green start-ups are paving the way for this and paving the way for making the economic and ecological landscape of North Rhine-Westphalia fit for the future. The nine selected projects are impressive proof of how ecology and economic viability must be considered together."
The selected projects are supported by the state and the EU with around 6.75 million euros. The Green Start-ups.NRW competition is implemented by the Ministry of the Environment. Up to 18 million euros (EU and state funds) are available for the first three submission rounds as part of the ERDF/JTF programme NRW 2021-2027. A further submission round is open to those interested in funding. The submission deadline is 29 February 2024.
You can find more information here
Partnership programme for business cooperation - Partnering in Business with Germany
The aim of the programme, which is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, is to successfully initiate business between SMEs from developing and emerging countries and Germany. Every year, around 1,000 foreign managers are prepared for market entry in Germany and B2B contacts are established with German companies that want to open up new markets for themselves. This partnership-based approach creates long-term business relationships and a global network of internationally active SMEs.
Further information can be found on the Manager Programme page