Center for Business Foundation - business start-up

The Center for Business Foundation (ZUg) of Bielefeld University provides advice and supervision for academics at every stage of their business foundation. From the idea of a start-up project to the concrete realization of a business plan, the team of ZUg will be pleased to answer any questions that you may have.

The range of services offered includes:

  • Individual consulting on your business idea
  • Supervision during the consultation process until the successful founding
  • Start-up-oriented workshops
  • Support in designing a business plan, market analysis etc
  • Counseling for a financial strategy
  • Mediation of contacts to the local network/ associated partners
  • Involvement in a start-up network

For an appointment please contact us via phone, email or fill out the form below:



First steps

An Introduction and orientation programs, workshops and cooperations with partners support you during the development process of your business idea.


Financing & Funding

The Zug-team give advice on the EXIST-start-up grant, EXIST-research transfer and point out current grant programs and contests.


Start-up portraits

Graduates, academics and scientists of Bielefeld University, who already established a company, are narrating about the start of their entrepreneurial endeavours in our start-up portraits .


Local networks

Through the strong interaction with the local network "it's owl" ZUg is able to provide a vast variety of company- and mentor contacts for those who are interested in establishing a company in the OWL area.


Information material

Important information material about sales tax, health insurance and the pension fund is provided here in a compact overview in german.