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Where ideas are turned into success

For many years now, Frankfurt has prided itself on being a confident and successful location for founders and start-ups. This is not just because the city is so diverse and bursting with ideas, it is also due to the fact that at Frankfurt Economic Development, we have devised a tried-and-tested concept to provide entrepreneurs with in-depth support. We are your ideal contact for all matters relating to finance, location, service and space – and for anyone who is looking to establish an entrepreneurial foothold in the metropolis on the banks of the River Main.

Welcome to Frankfurt am Main. The right place for your professional future!

Service & advice

Setting up a company in Frankfurt am Main

The Founders and Start-ups team is an impartial guide for individuals wishing to set up a company. Together with the team at Kompass gGmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Frankfurt Economic Development, we can provide you with everything you need, from the right contacts to advisory services, to get your business off the ground in Frankfurt. We are at hand to guide you through all the key steps you need to take to enter the world of business. This means that we are able to provide company founders and start-ups with speedy, customised guidance as part of our range of different services.

Financing options

Frankfurter Gründerfonds (founder fund)

The Frankfurter Gründerfonds is a successful scheme run by the City of Frankfurt am Main. The fund has been successfully helping founders to finance their business ideas since 2010 with free-of-charge pre-launch assistance, a guarantee for 80% of the required loan amount and follow-up mentoring over the entire term of the loan.

Work space for young companies

Frankfurt Business Incubator

At the Frankfurt Business Incubator, Frankfurt Economic Development provides founders and start-ups with small offices and places to work. Conveniently located on Hanauer Landstrasse, those interested will find everything they need to get off to a successful start: their own Wi-Fi hotspot, meeting rooms, parking facilities, exchange of ideas and advice – all at favourable conditions for start-ups.

The Frankfurt Business Incubator comprises founders and start-ups from a wide range of industries. The general conditions allow you to lease an office flexibly on a temporary basis or add additional offices if required.

Have we sparked your interest? Then why not get in touch with our Founders and Start-ups team? We will then arrange an appointment to view the site. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Visibility of talent and innovation


Innovation and talent can be found throughout our city – and it is essential that it is given due recognition. By awarding the Frankfurter Gründerpreis, Frankfurt Economic Development seeks to support founders and young companies and motivate them to set up their own business. Every year, three outstanding new businesses based in Frankfurt are awarded a total of 30,000 euros.

To date, many young companies have succeeded in impressing the jury with their ideas before going on to capture the interest of a new target group. The Frankfurter Gründerpreis is an opportunity for applicants to take the infamous “next step”. You too can have the courage to captivate us with your talent and capacity for innovation!

Advice on implementing ideas


KompassFrankfurt has been a hub for the regional and international start-up community in Frankfurt am Main for over 20 years. Would you like to set up your own business, establish your own company, successfully launch your young company on the market or break into international markets? KompassFrankfurt provides support for founders, start-ups and companies interested in establishing sustainable business models. KompassFrankfurt paves the way towards increased profitability, sustainability, innovation and growth with its extensive range of services such as individual advisory services, workshops and large business networks.


Matchmaker and innovation driver for start-ups


As a project run by Frankfurt Economic Development, Frankfurt Forward is an independent matchmaker and innovation driver for the start-up community in Frankfurt and Rhine-Main. Frankfurt Forward promotes the further development of innovation and digitization in Frankfurt am Main. In doing so, we bring together start-ups and corporates across industries and allow both worlds to benefit from each other through their expertise, experience, technologies and innovations. At the same time, we build the bridge between the start-up community and the world of politics. The project is backed up by the expertise and experience of leading figures in the regional economy.



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Isabella Stirm

Isabella Stirm
Projektleiterin Kompetenzzentrum Gründungen & Startups

+49 69 212 36211

Jannis Ade

Jannis Ade
Projektmanager Kompetenzzentrum Gründungen & Startups

+49 69 212 40909


Thi Kim Chi Mai
Projektmanagerin Kompetenzzentrum Gründungen & Startups

+49 69 212 32402