This programme aims at improving the entrepreneurial environment at universities and research institutes in Germany. It also aims at increasing the number and success of technology and knowledge based business start-ups. About 200 projects are supported every year. EXIST is co-financed by funds of the European Social Fund (ESF).
The EXIST programme comprises three schemes:
- EXIST Culture of Entrepreneurship supports universities in implementing entrepreneurial culture and spirit.
- EXIST Business Start-up Grant supports innovative technology and knowledge based start-up projects.
- EXIST Transfer of Research funds start-up ideas based on research and their preparation necessary to launch a business.