Berlin isn’t just an investment-friendly environment, but also offers attractive financing and funding programs for investors and businesses. The European Union and the federal government participate in local programs such as the collaborative project "Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur" (GRW) or offer their own programs.

Berlins funding policy’s goal is to strengthen the innovation capacity and competitiveness of Berlin’s economy. Growing industries such as the media industry and the information and communication technology are focal points of the funding. Spread over these programs, around 30 percent of the annual economic funding of the country goes to companies part of these industries. Apart from the general/specific funding programs, which are mostly given out by the Investitionsbank Berlin, business oriented infrastructural projects in favour of the information and communication technology, the media- and creative economy are funded by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises/Project Future.


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#BerlinFördert is a multi-part video series by Projekt Zukunft, an initiative of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Businesses, and highlights the diverse funding programs of Investitionsbank Berlin-Brandenburg (IBB) for the digital and creative industries through Berlin success stories.


GRW Investment Cost Grant with Michael Haenisch from Freaks4u Gaming

Coaching Bonus with Johanna Janiszewski from Tiny Crocodile Studios and IndieAdvisor André Bernhardt

Innovationsassistent/-in with Ozgür Soner and Paul Wulff from Boombyte Games

ProFIT Innovation program with Tony Nitzschke from Augmented Robotics

VC-Fonds Creative Industries with Andreas Rothbauer from Picture Tree International

GründungsBONUS with Kerstin Schütt and Verena Hetsch from Twisted Ramble Games


Tanja Mühlhans

Management of Creative and Media Industry, Digital Economy, Projekt Zukunft