Welcome to the International Startup Office!

Who We Are

The International Startup Office (ISO) is a collaborative initiative of Leipzig University, Jena University, and Halle University, working hand-in-hand with various university departments and external partners inbusiness and science. 


As an integral part of the university startup services, we provide comprehensive support to international students, graduates and researchers in transforming their ideas into successful startups and to integrate them into the startup ecosystem of Central Germany. 

Additionally, we provide assistance to foreign startups in exploring and settling in the German market.
 

Services We Offer

We provide a range of services, comprehensive resources, tailored support, and valuable connections to enable your entrepreneurial journey.  

We believe that language should never be a barrier to entrepreneurial success. By offering all our services in English, we ensure that you feel welcome and supported to implement your business ideas and thrive in the Central Germany's startup ecosystem.

TRAINING

We regularly offer workshops and seminars on various topics essential for startup success such as: visa and legal aspects, business idea development, business plan writing, marketing strategies, intellectual property rights, pitching, and more - tailormade to the need of international founders.
 

COACHING

Our dedicated coaches provide personalized guidance throughout your startup journey. Through one-on-one sessions we assist you in every aspect, including identifying funding opportunities and preparing proposals, such as the highly sought-after EXIST grant. 
 

CO-FOUNDER MATCH

If you have a business idea in mind but are seeking a co-founders to complement your team, we've got you covered. Our exclusive co-founder matchmaking service connects you with talented individuals from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. 

 

COMMUNITY PLATFORM

We favour your connection with local players from the startup ecosystem in Central Germany. Through monthly meetups, international students and researchers have the opportunity to meet companies and stablished startups lead by international founders. They present their founding and growth history and, in some cases, bring the topic of intrapreneurship closer to them through jointly designed challenges/competitions.

Can't be on site? Then connect with your new startup community online, anytime through our platform Talque.
 

BORN GLOBAL STARTUP FESTIVAL

Yearly gathering for aspiring entrepreneurs and researchers who aim to kickstart their business in Germany. This festival encompasses engaging talks with international founders, workshops and serves as a vibrant hub for knowledge-sharing and networking with like-minded individuals. Here we embrace and celebrate the international community in Central Germany.
 

INTERNATIONAL INNOVATORS AWARD

Annual initiative where innovative entrepreneurs present their business plans with potential for implementation in Germany. Winners get the chance to travel and explore the market in Central Germany and forge valuable business connections.
 

FOREIGN STARTUP SETTLEMENT

We support foreign firms and startup teams in creating a legal entity in Germany. Our comprehensive support includes assisting with identifying potential clients, finding the perfect location, and connecting you with legal experts for advice.
 

Startups at the International Startup CampusHinweis Einbindung externe Inhalte

Stay up to date and join our ISO events

27.05.2024 | 13:00–15:30
Deadline: 26.05.2024

Born Global Startup Festival: Creative Career Development for Chinese students & graduates (Workshop in JENA)

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The workshop is designed for Chinese students keen on discovering innovative career paths and entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly in Central Germany. All are invited to join the panel afterwards. The workshop is held in cooperation with ChinaKooP.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Jena
EN
27.05.2024 | 15:30–18:00
Deadline: 26.05.2024

Born Global Startup Festival'24 - Creative career development for Internationals (in JENA)

JoinEvent/Festival | Networking | Workshop
Panel and workshop with a focus on formats like makeathons for creative solution, entrepreneurship and opportunities to become part of a global start-up ecosystem. Discover how you can participate in makeathons and stimulate an entrepreneurial mindset.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Jena
EN
28.05.2024 | 10:00–22:00

BORN GLOBAL STARTUP FESTIVAL'24 - Empowering Internationals (in Leipzig)

JoinWorkshop | Event/Festival | Matching | Networking
Die Teilnehmer erwartet ein spannendes Programm mit erfolgreichen internationalen Gründern aus Leipzig, die in einer inspirierenden Podiumsdiskussion ihre Erfahrungen als Unternehmer in Deutschland teilen. In drei parallelen Sessions gibt es rechtliche Aspekte der Gründung, Finanzierungsprogramme und Prototyping-Möglichkeiten in Mitteldeutschland. Zudem feiern wir den Start der Co-Founder-Plattform.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Leipzig
EN
29.05.2024 10:00–30.05.2024 18:40

Born Global Startup Festival' 24 - @MACHN Festival (in Leipzig)

JoinEvent/Festival | Diskussion | Feedback | Informationsveranstaltung | Networking | Workshop
Triff uns und Startups aus unserem Umfeld beim @MACHN Festival an unserem Stand!Dieses Festival feiert maschinelle Innovation und Hardware-Vernetzung und bietet einzigartige Einblicke in die Zukunft von technologiegetriebenen Unternehmen.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Leipzig
EN | DE
03.06.2024 11:30–23.12.2024 13:00

Individual consultation for international students, graduates and researchers from Leipzig University

LearnBeratung | Informationsveranstaltung | Feedback
If you have a business idea and would like to discuss how to move forward, come to us! We offer individual counseling sessions every Monday at the Leipzig University's central campus. If you prefer to schedule a personal meeting for another day, simply reach out to us via email to book your time slot and embark on your entrepreneurial journey!
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Leipzig
EN
04.06.2024 | 15:00–18:00

Connect & Innovate: Building German-Japanese strategic partnerships (in JENA)

JoinDiskussion | Informationsveranstaltung | Matching | Networking | Präsentation
This workshop is designed as an interactive session in which we would like to jointly develop action plans to strengthen cooperation between German and Japanese companies and organizations. We count German and Japanese experts and companies among our guests.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Jena
EN
Universität Leipzig
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Find Us In Our Region

Do you want to learn more about the specific opportunities offered by each International Startup Office (ISO)? Get In Contact!

 

ISO Halle 

Transfer- und Gründerservice, University of Halle-Wittenberg
transfer.uni-halle.de/   |   Write an email 

 

ISO Leipzig

SMILE – Die gründungsinitiative, University of Leipzig 
smile.uni-leipzig.de/international-startup-office/   |  Write an email  

 

ISO Jena

Servicezentrum Forschung & Transfer, University of Jena
International Startup Office (uni-jena.de)   |  Write an email

 

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ISO Team members in your region

Jazmín Ponce Gómez
Universität Leipzig
+49 341 97 33765

Jazmín is an entrepreneur, PhD candidate and works as a project manager for SEPT Competence Center (SME Promotion and Training) at the University of Leipzig.
 

+49 341 97 33765
Kristin Hesche
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
+49 3641 9 402141

Kristin Hesche is an employee in the start-up department of the University of Jena and has many years of professional experience in…

 

+49 3641 9 402141
Steffen Ahrens
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
+49 345 55 22958

Steffen Ahrens is an experienced advisor at the Transfer and Founder Service of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, advises people interested…

+49 345 55 22958