Subsidies for Consulting Services


The “Gründungsberatung” start up consultation program is geared towards the founding of competitive SMEs with the objective of becoming a fully operational, economically viable enterprise. The Federal State of Saxony grants subsidies for the use of consultation services in order to make it easier for business founders to become self-employed.

In particular, SMEs can get advice and assistance on the following topics:

  • Securing and optimizing their financing
  • Preparing a sales and/or marketing concept
  • Reviewing / further developing the start up and/or business plan
  • Entering and developing markets
  • Finding the right location for business setups
  • Defining operative corporate objectives / strategies
  • Developing human resource concepts / measures for expanding the workforce

The funding does not include the creation of start up and business plans and the rendering of consultation services which primarily revolve around legal, insurance, patent, and tax related issues.

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The “Business Consultation / Coaching” program is the core component of Saxony’s consultation funding for SMEs. Thanks to the financial support, SMEs will benefit from the professional expertise of competent consultants in virtually all entrepreneurial issues and get the necessary help so that they can help themselves.

Counseling services may be provided, for example, on the following topics:

  • Corporate management, particularly with regard to operational, financial, human resource, technical, and organizational issues
  • Development of foreign markets insofar as these services are above and beyond the standard services provided by the Saxony Chambers of Industry and Commerce, the Saxony Chambers of Crafts, and the Saxony Economic Development Corporation (WFS)

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“Förderung unternehmerischen Know-hows” [Promoting Entrepreneurial Knowledge] - Corporate Consultings (BAFA)

Starting in 2016, the support program entitled “Förderung unternehmerischen Know-hows” [Promoting Entrepreneurial Knowledge] has consolidated the previous programs “Förderung unternehmerischen Know-hows durch Unternehmensberatung" [Promoting Entrepreneurial Knowledge through Corporate Consulting], “Gründercoaching Deutschland” [Start-up Coaching Germany], “Turn-Around Beratung” [Turn-Around Consulting], and “Runder Tisch” [Round Table]. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) is responsible for the implementation of this program. The support program addresses enterprises which have already been founded. Consultations prior to the founding of a company cannot be subsidized through this program.


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