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Creative Prototyping - the Berlin Startup Scholarship at UdK Berlin

Scholarships for start-up projects in art, design, music, architecture, performing arts

Fourth Call for Applications starting shortly

These days, new technologies for production, distribution or crowdfunding enable founders to generate a huge resonance with a small team and to test alternative entrepreneurial paths. The project takes the models, experiments and projects as a starting point for further development and testing of relevant start-up projects. Initial prototypes or prototypical procedures should be available. The Berlin Startup Scholarship is aimed at all those who wish to further develop a project in an entrepreneurial way. The project is funded by the European Social Fund and by the State of Berlin (Senate Administration for Economics, Energy and Enterprises).


Objectives within the funding period

  • the further development of the prototype or prototype-like process to market maturity
  • the expansion of entrepreneurial competencies (project planning, business model development, financial planning, legal bases) and positioning within the cultural and creative industries
  • the acquisition of project partners, investors or further project funding for follow-up financing
  • the generation of resonance: regional, national and international visibility of all supported start-up projects



  • A functioning prototype exists for the proposed start-up project
  • A maximum of 3 people are in the team, whereby the idea provider must have a connection to the UdK Berlin. In exceptional cases the support of individual entrepreneurs is possible.
  • A professor from the UdK Berlin is committed as a mentor.
  • All team members have a first academic degree (at least B.A.) and are permanent residents in Berlin.


How we support

  • You will receive EUR 2,000 per person and month in the funding period from to cover your living expenses.
  • You will work full-time on your start-up project, of which at least 60 hours per month will be spent in the coworking space of the UdK Berlin in Franklinstraße.
  • Secondary jobs are only possible in exceptional cases and require permission.
  • The use of the UdK laboratories can be arranged on request.
  • You will receive accompanying business coaching from external experts.
  • You will receive constant support and encouragement from the project team.
  • Funding is subject to the De Minimis ruling  (subsidy).

Insurance and taxes must be paid independently by the scholarship holder.


Selection process

The selection process is multi-level and consists of several steps:

1. an obligatory initial consultation at the CTC: please request an appointment under

2. a written application by 14.04.2019 consisting of

1. a completed application form for each team member.

2. an idea paper (German or English) in which the prototype, the start-up project and the business model are briefly outlined (max. ten pages) and visualised. The download area contains a predefined grid for this purpose in German.

3. a short description of the project (Executive Summary, one page).

4. a milestone plan with the planned steps and goals for submission.

5. a signed mentor's declaration.


3.If the pre-selection is successful, a short presentation will follow in front of a jury on 14.05.2019.


The notification about the funding will be announced shortly after the presentation. The funding period for the fourth call is from July to December 2019 and starts with a mandatory workshop on July 1-2 2019.

Further consultation, information and digital submission under:


Please download the application forms from our German Website