Founding a company in Hessen

There are numerous points of contact in Hessen that support you with the first stages in setting up your own business. We have listed the most important here.

Do you want to launch your own business? Hessen gives you a hand! These pages are intended to make your first steps as a self-employed entrepreneur easier. They are a useful source of information about self-employment (e.g., the development of a start-up plan, goal oriented aid) and provide the details of important places to contact for support.

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The HA Hessen Agentur GmbH is Hessen's economic development agency which groups together all the non-monetary activities. Their specialist areas cover everything from start-up advice to technology consultancy and include a referral service to a wide range of external organisations.

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Hessen Trade & Invest

"Invest-in-Hessen" offers you comprehensive and useful information. Whatever you wish to achieve in Hessen – you will find the necessary know-how and the best contacts here.

Promotion Nordhessen

The nationwide Business Plan Competition organised by promotion Nordhessen supports young entrepreneurs in the start-up phase. They provide support including start-up expertise covering the creation of a business plan, financing and personnel recruitment.

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Hessen Trade & Invest

You would like to contact economic development agencies in Hessen? Here you find detailed information on our economic development agencies in Hessen!

Hessen Trade & Invest

The Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH (HTAI) is the economic development agency of the state of Hesse. It is responsible for the sustainable development of the  business and technology hub of Hessen, with the aim of reinforcing and improving its competitiveness. The services are aimed at innovation and technology-oriented businesses from Hesse, as well as Hessian companies that want to expand abroad or develop their existing international business.

Hessen Trade & Invest

The database from Hessen Trade & Invest allows investors to include individual criteria in their location search and gives an overview of available sites and location characteristics in Hessen. In addition, the location of each business site and of every city and community in Hessen can be visualised in zoomable maps.

Die Wirtschaftspaten e.V.

The members of the association "Die Wirtschaftspaten e.V." (business mentors) are former entrepreneurs and managers from companies in the industrial, retail and services sectors. They offer their experience, expertise and advice in a range of areas, including the founding of a new business, the development and strengthening of small and medium-sized businesses and company succession.

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Kompetenznetz Gründungsberatung Darmstadt Rhein Main Neckar

The Expert Start-up Consultancy Network (Kompetenznetz Gründungsberatung) for the Darmstadt Rhine Main Neckar region is a voluntary joint venture between expert entrepreneurs from the local region. They operate in the fields of self-employment and start-ups, as well as company succession.  The Consultancy Network organises an annual "Start-up Day".

(website only available in German)

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The brochure "I want to start my own business. Hessen gives you a hand." is a useful source of information from the very beginning to the first stages of self-employment. Being well-prepared and having a realistic prognosis is essential. This easily understandable 'map' clearly illustrates which points it pays to consider early on, how you can overcome hurdles, and which aids are available in terms of grants, share holdings, securities and low-interest loans. They also take a lot of searching off your shoulders. Contact details of organisations that offer support have been organized into different subject areas, according to the relevant phase.

Arbeitsgemeinschaft hessischer Industrie- und Handelskammern

The brochures from the Hessen Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Chambers of Trades and Crafts are aimed at those wishing to start their own business. They provide useful information about topics such as law, taxes and insurance for start-ups.

"Alles was Recht ist! (On the right side of the law)" (PDF)

"Steuern für Existenzgründer (Taxes for start-ups)" (PDF)

"Welche Versicherungen brauche ich (What type of insurance do I need?)" (PDF)


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