Network Partners

Since 2010, the Global Entrepreneurship Week Germany is hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. With launching the so-called “Gründerwoche Deutschland” (Startup Week Germany), the Ministry wants to create a nationwide network in order to promote the entrepreneurial spirit all over Germany. Therefore, the Ministries of Economy in all 16 states in Germany as well as many business umbrella associations are involved in this campaign. Their task is to involve their members and networks who offer events for (potential) founders and young people, young entrepreneurs. In order to raise the awareness of entrepreneurship and its importance within the society, all these people are brought together.

All in all, the partners offer youth competitions, entrepreneurship fairs, start-up-days, consulting/expert advice and many more. The partners - focusing on youth entrepreneurship - put an emphasis on recognizing and supporting entrepreneurs who have started their own companies or want to start a business. All combined activities in Germany help to inspire, encourage and support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Germany.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is supported by the RKW Competence Center which organizes the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Germany.

BPW Germany

Business and Professional Women (BPW) is one of the largest networks for female entrepreneurs and working women worldwide. Locally, nationally and internationally, the 30,000 members in 100 countries of BPW International are committed to supporting women of all hierarchical levels and industries in developing their professional potential. As an umbrella organization of 31 BPW clubs in Germany, BPW Germany with 1,500 members is committed to equal opportunities in profession, economy, politics and society - inter-professionally, non-partisan, interdenominationally and internationally.

Link to the website

Franchise Business Club

The Franchise Business Club is the largest interactive franchise community in German-speaking countries. Everyone who feels connected to the franchise and/or licensing business meets in the club. Communication connects is the motto of the Franchise Business Club! Nothing is more important than the right communication between the franchise centres, their employees and franchise partners, consultants, the many people interested in franchising and start-ups. Our aim is to advise our clients across industries and target groups and to optimise or sometimes even make communication possible in the first place. Further information about the club and the services can be found on our homepage or at XING in the franchise group.

To the Franchise Business Club website

The Austrian Franchise Association

The Austrian Franchise Association (ÖFV) is the representative of the Austrian franchise economy. As integrated driving force of the franchise world in Austria the association represents the interests of its members and accelerates the discourse between economy, science, politics, and the public to ensure a sustainable franchise quality control in the country. This is possible through the ÖFV system check that all members have to pass at least once. After a system passes the test it is entitled to carry the ÖFV quality seal as a „verified member“. This communicates the systems quality as well as a high degree of satisfaction amongst its franchise partners to potential, new franchisees. The Austrian Franchise Association is a well established communication platform and continuously focuses on the expansion of the image and awareness level of franchising. Additionally, it functions as a link between franchise systems and potential franchise partners and provides its members with access to a comprehensive network of experts. The wide range of member offers of the association also includes topic oriented events. The ÖFV is located in Brunn am Gebirge and is home to around 135 members.

To the Österreichischer Franchise-Verband website

The U.S. Commercial Service

  • 1,400+ trade professionals
  • 109 domestic offices
  • 128 commercial offices located in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 75 countries
  • 800-USA-TRADE call center
  • Advocacy Center

What we do

  • Support U.S. businesses with customized solutions, and a joint European approach

How we do it

  • Trade Counseling
  • Market Intelligence
  • Business Matchmaking
  • Advocacy and Commercial Diplomacy
  • Trade Promotion Programs

To the U.S. Commercial Service website

Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH

The Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH is your competent contact for location matters and questions of economic development in Frankfurt am Main. We are an independent pilot for all questions of startups and founders. For companies, we offer tailor-made information on Frankfurt's economic structure and its key industries. With the help of industry meetings and networks initiated by us, we provide you with contacts to other companies, associations, communities and consultants.
As a 100% subsidiary of the city, we act as a mediator between business and politics. We pursue our goal of creating growth and jobs through active company consulting and cluster-related settlement strategies. We also make recommendations on economic and location policy measures and develop proposals for securing Frankfurt's economic future. The city achieves dynamism, stability and resistance to crises thanks to the high diversity of the resident companies. Even though Frankfurt am Main is known above all for its strong financial sector, it also has various important target industries: creative industries, IT and telecommunications, biotechnology and life sciences, logistics and industry. Fast and easy market access is guaranteed by local institutions and educational establishments.

Wiesbaden Office of Economic Affairs and Real Estate

We bundle the economic and employment promotion of Hessen’s state capital, Wiesbaden, the representatives and activities of the founders or startup scene and offer open and clear guidelines with our “Entrepreneur Central Wiesbaden” campaign. What do I find where? Who helps me? How do I …? Who knows …? Serving the founders' W's is our job, we take care of the questions that interest people. That is our inspiration to operate consistent and permanent public relation work for founders, with founders and for headquartering in Wiesbaden.


Link to the website of Wiesbaden Office of Economic Affairs and Real Estate

Bad Kreuznach's economic development agency

The city of Bad Kreuznach's economic development agency competently and purposefully supports all employers, entrepreneurs, investors, project developers, brokers and tradespeople. From a small craft business to a large international corporation - we provide companies of all sizes with different services - free of charge. This includes location consultation and real estate brokerage for domestic and foreign companies, support for construction and / or operating permits, advice for start-ups and on employment development. In addition, we offer sector-specific communication platforms for decision-makers.

To the Bad Kreuznach website

Marketing Club Austria

The Marketing Club Austria has been active on the Austrian market for 60 years and is part of the Austrian Marketing Confederation. The club has more than 1,000 members and offers anually about 20 exciting lectures, panel discussions, workshops and a further education format for marketing decision makers, organizes the Marketing Leader Award, the State Prize for Marketing and is home to the junior staff club "Marketing High Potentials". The Marketing Club Austria invites to networking, further education and industry talks. "Let yourself be seen" is the inviting motto.

The association „FrauimFokus“ was founded 18 years ago and sees itself as a business network for women in which they can learn from each other through enjoyable collaboration. The association puts high priority on sustainability in all its activities and operations and takes its responsibilities with regard to the three pillars of economy, ecology and society very seriously. They place particular emphasis on the promotion of women in their economic activities and organize various events with the purpose of encouraging women to develop their skills in a future-oriented way. - We love founders!

In order to enable entrepreneurs and start-ups of all sectors combines a fast and bureaucratic company foundation as well as individual consultation with a digital one-stop-shop for all services before and after the founding. Whether start-up process, accounting, payroll, tax or legal advice - an expert coordinates the paperwork and all important steps. Customers benefit from the ecosystem of banks, notaries, lawyers, tax consultants and the experience of more than 7,000 start-ups.

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Fresenius University

At the Fresenius University, tradition meets innovation. Be it digital transformation, demographic change or a shortage of skilled workers - we understand what motivates people, society and the economy and are constantly developing our courses of study. We are optimally training the next generation of specialists and executives. Be part of it and shape the future with expertise, creativity, agility and empathy. With all our experience, we accompany you in your personal development and offer you an academic education at the highest level. An education that constantly questions itself in order to find the best way. Since 1848.

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Master Franchise Germany

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Syncon International Franchise Consultants 

are constantly on the move EU- and worldwide. We see ourselves as competent consultants in all fields concerning franchise know-how. With over 25 years of successful consultancy, we have built up SYNCON to its position as market leader in the German-speaking countries. We may currently look back on more than 1,200 franchise projects which we have handled to the fullest satisfaction of our customers. More and more franchisors rely on our support in their international expansion as well. During recent years, SYNCON has also developed competence in the field of Social Franchising.
In september 2014 Waltrud Martius organized the 1st Social Franchise Forum in Vienna  - hosting high potentials on the podium and more than 120 participants.

To the Syncon website

WU Executive Academy

WU Executive Academy - Know How to Succeed

The Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) has more than 100 years of experience and an excellent reputation. The portfolio of the WU Executive Academy includes in-service, practice-oriented programs for executives, junior managers and companies. These include Professional Master Programs, the university degree program "Diplom Betriebswirt", university courses (e.g. Marketing & Sales), MBA and Master of Laws programs as well as management seminars.

The speakers are professors and experts from a worldwide network of over 240 universities and leading companies. This is one of the reasons why the WU Executive Academy has been accredited by the most renowned institutions and has been ranked among the best in numerous rankings.

Wirtschaftsförderung Kaiserslautern WFK

As the driving force behind the economic development of the city and district of Kaiserslautern we are the central point of contact for questions surrounding location and financing and so much more. We function as advisers to all companies that relocate, expand, or are planning to move to Kaiserslautern. Benefit from our comprehensive knowledge and help with investment needs, site selection, plot search, planning, planning permissions, and realization.

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Hochschule Worms

The Hochschule Worms has three faculties – Informatics, Tourism and Travel Management, and Business Administration – with approximately 3,500 enrolled students. The range of studies consists both business-administration and technical bachelor’s and master’s study programmes. Some of these study programmes can also be pursued while working. MBA study programmes are also offered in the form of continuing education. Outstanding counselling, consistent nexus of the range of studies to practice, a large number of partnerships with renowned companies and international universities, and convenient situation between the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and the Rhine-Main region make for an ideal location. A large number of collaborations with companies make it possible to study with a constant nexus to practice and to make valuable contacts for a career start while studying.

To the Hochschule Worms website


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Engel & Völkers AG
Filtafry Deutschland GmbH
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