Dear founders,
Dear start-ups,

The application phase of the Rhineland-Palatinate funding programme “start-up innovative 2021 ” has started – the application deadline is 31 March 2021.

In the course of digitalisation, new business ideas are increasingly developed for which there are yet no pools of experience, in terms of market penetration and financing. While there are already funding instruments for such business ideas that use new or further develop technologies (e.g. innovation funds), this does not yet exist for innovative business ideas that use new technologies but do not further develop them.

The funding programme “startup innovativ” is aimed at this target group. Funding is provided in the form of partial financing through the granting of a one-time subsidy. The grant is awarded for a period of 12 months in the amount of up to 75 percent of the eligible costs. Funding ranges from a minimum of 10,000 euros to a maximum of 100,000 euros per start-up project. A competitive procedure is used to select the start-ups and start-up projects to be funded.” (Source:

NEW: This year, business ideas from the fields of interactive media and games can also apply. These will be evaluated by a separate jury. Projects in the digital media industry will also be specifically promoted. Innovative, digital developments (prototypes or production) by founders or young companies are supported, especially high-quality, culturally or educationally significant digital games or app-centred business models.

The application period runs from 15 January to 31 March 2021.

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Starting signal for the “startup innovativ 2021” application phase