From idea to start-up
Universität Hamburg’s Start-Up Service supports you in your plans, from idea to start-up. Our services: we are happy to advise you as you develop your idea and explore the financing options. We can also inform on public and private funding opportunities. And when you are ready to launch your start-up, you will probably need legal advice and administrative support, too.
Entrepreneurs usually go through three phases as they move from the idea to launching their start-up. Click on the icons to learn what each phase involves and what services we can offer.
User journey—start-up phases
Maybe you already have a vague idea and have spoken to your family and friends about it, but are uncertain whether you can really use the idea to start a company. At this point, your idea is not yet fully developed and you are unsure what direction to take. The Start-Up Service is your first port of call and provides professional support as you develop a business model or a social start-up endeavor.
We will structure, visualize, and discuss your idea using methods such as the Business Model Canvas. This will show you where you currently are and what the next steps are. In many cases, you will need to seek out people affording the appropriate expertise. We can help you put together your team. In addition, we can also provide information about legal and financial conditions. Our start-up consultants come from a wide range of fields and afford extensive experience.
Your contact will be on hand to advise throughout the entire process and will keep you informed of relevant experts, services, events, and network meetings.
Have you decided to pursue your idea, but lack capital? There are many funding opportunities for people interested in starting a company. However, in most cases, these are subject to specific conditions. There are sponsors who expect you to pitch the idea to a jury or want a pitch deck presenting your start-up and its added value. Others require an application that includes anticipated outcomes and milestones for the next 12 months.
In order to ensure you receive optimal funding, the Start-Up Service can help you get a better overview of the various funding options available. After you have chosen a certain type of funding, the Start-Up Service can also help you prepare your application, develop your pitch deck, and fulfill further requirements set by the sponsors.
Our experienced start-up consultants can assist you in keeping track of everything, and to submit your application for the funding that is right for you.
Most of the legal and financial requirements have now been clarified and you can concentrate on developing your start-up idea. Depending on the funding source, you will need to consider different aspects: some sponsors require participation in start-up workshops, others expect the legal form to be established within a certain time during the funding period.
The Start-Up Service aims to provide you with the best possible support during the start-up phase. In this phase, you may have very specific and unforeseen questions. But you’ll have an experienced team of start-up consultants supporting you through to market implementation.
The Start-Up Service at Universität Hamburg is also happy to support you in the market phase. We take each individual case on its own merits, and we work with you to develop a customized plan so that you can successfully implement your start-up on the market and establish it in the long term.