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. 

The International Startup Offices (ISO) are your local access point to support you.
As an integral part of the university startup services of the International Startup Campus University Alliance, 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 young firms and 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.


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.


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. 


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. 



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.


Annual 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.


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.


We support foreign young 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 CampusBeim Klick werden externe Inhalte von Website/Hoster/Anbieter nachgeladen. Dadurch werden personenbezogene Daten an Drittanbieter übermittelt.

Stay up to date and join our ISO events

2024-24-06 11:30–2024-24-12 13:00

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

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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
2024-27-06 | 18:00–19:30

Born Global Meetup Leipzig

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The Born Global Meetup is an informal networking event where international students, graduates, and researchers gather to share and discuss their business ideas and any topic related to launching a business or becoming a freelancer in Germany. This casual setting fosters exchange, encourages collaboration, and provides a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to solve doubts, and learn from others.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Leipzig
2024-02-07 09:00–2024-04-07 14:00

Business Model Bootcamp 

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Are you an aspiring entrepreneur ready to turn your business idea into a well-defined strategy? Join our intensive two-day Business Model Canvas Bootcamp on the 2nd and 4th of July and gain the tools and expertise to build a solid foundation for your business. This workshop will guide you through each component of the business model canvas, enabling you to identify key value propositions, analyze customer segments, revenue streams, and much more.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Leipzig
2024-11-07 | 10:00–12:00

Grants and funding opportunities to kick-off your business idea in Germany 

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Learn what public grants are available for your startup and what you need to apply for them successfully. Get an overview of possible combinations of a variety of funding opportunities. Different funding volumes for different projects are available on city-level, state-level and federal level, learn with us how to find and use them.
International Startup Office
Präsenz: Leipzig
2024-25-07 | 15:00–16:30

Essential administrative aspects for setting up an import company in Germany

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Are you interested in starting an import business in Germany? This workshop is designed to provide you with crucial insights into the legal and administrative aspects involved to set up an import company in Germany. This session provides you with insights and practical guidance on import procedures.
International Startup Campus
2024-14-08 | 14:00–16:00

Gründungssprechstunde - Born Global Talk

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Du suchst alternative Karriereoptionen oder möchtest erste Gründungsideen besprechen? Entdecke beim Born Global Talk die vielfältige Unterstützungslandschaft in Jena, Mitteldeutschland und weltweit kennen. Diese Sprechstunde ist ein Angebot der K1-Gründungsberatung und des International Startup Campus der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena und richtet sich an (internationale) Studierende, Doktoranden und Forschende.
International Startup Campus
Präsenz: Jena
University of Leipzig
University of Jena
University of 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 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


ISO Halle

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

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ISO Team members in your region

Jazmín Ponce Gómez
University of 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
University of 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
University of 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