Jena Wirtschaft

How do I get started? Realizing your vision.

A good idea always comes first. In Jena, entrepreneurs receive active support. Technology and start-up centers, extensive consulting services as well as various additional programmes are designed to support the launch of your own business. Even though every start-up has its own individual details, there is always a “common thread” how to proceed.


The first steps should be given careful consideration: An Overview

The pictograms on the right show the important steps on the road to professional self-employment (10 steps to starting your business):

1. Self-employment: yes or no?
2. Check: Does your business idea work?
3. Before the start: get informed and seek advice
4. Plan your business
5. Calculate your seed capital
6. Raise seed capital
7. Register your business, apply for permits
8. Plan your taxes
9. Insure your business & yourself
10. After starting: seek advice and get support

There are many good reasons to start-up your own business. All aspiring entrepreneurs should consider carefully in advance why they want to become self-employed. Both personal and professional qualifications have to be right. To find out whether you would be a good entrepreneur you can first speak with family and friends, and then move onto self-employed professionals you know. With your start-up consultant you can further discuss your findings. The focus should be on your own entrepreneurial skills as well as matching your perceptions of being self-employed with the reality of business life.

This orientation process should also take different paths to self-employment into consideration. For some a part-time business might make sense while others will start into full-time self-employment right from the beginning. Then there is the question whether a new business, a spin-off or rather a company succession would be a better fit.

At the end you should be able to make a clear decision for or against starting your own business.


Start-up Consulting in Jena

Start-up consultants support you individually – right from the initial consultation, on to writing a business plan including marketing and professional development. The following overview of start-up consulting services in Jena is sorted by the individual offers for specific audiences.

parisat - ThEx Enterprise
August-Bebel-Str. 10
07743 Jena

Contact: Swen Köcher
Tel.: 03641 / 636 682
Mobile: 0152 / 566 581 96
Email: skoecher(at)parisat.de
Website: ThEx Enterprise

Further Languages: English

 

Services:

    • Assistance with preparing business and finance plans
    • Seminars and workshops with business-specific content
    • Consulting on public funding (contact for “Gründerprämie”)
    • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)
    • Networking events

      BDS Thüringen e.V.
      BDS.akademie

      Rathenauplatz 6
      99423 Weimar

      Contact: Gisbert Sachs
      Tel.: 03643 / 851 221
      Mobile: 0170 / 221 4785
      Email: bds.akademie(at)t-online.de
      Website: BDS Akademie

      Further Languages: English


      Services:

        • Consulting for entrepreneurs-to-be
        • Seminars for entrepreneurs (with certificate)
        • Assistance with business plans
        • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)

          IHK Ostthüringen zu Gera (Chamber of Industry and Trades)
          Gaswerkstr. 23
          07546 Gera

          Contact: Frank Lenz
          Tel.: 0365 / 8553-211
          Fax: 0365 / 8553-77211
          Email: lenz(at)gera.ihk.de
          Website: IHK Ostthüringen zu Gera - Start-up support

          Further Languages:

          • Consulting in German only
          • Print materials also available in English, Turkish and Polish

          Services:

            • Presentation (German only) with basic start-up information 9-10:30 am – 1st and 3rd Monday every month (Location: Bildungszentrum Zeitzer Str. 2, 07743 Jena)
            • One-on-one consulting for business idea, concept and relevant contacts
            • Further assistance through chamber experts, Finance/Law/Innovation
            • Liaison within the ThEx network (Thuringian Center for Start-ups and Entrepreneurship)

              Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Trades)
              Handwerkstr. 5
              07545 Gera

              Contact: Petra Vetterlein
              Tel.: 0365 / 8225-173
              Mobile: 0160 / 742 9507
              Fax: 0365 / 8225-199
              Email: vetterlein(at)hwk-gera.de
              Website: HWK für Ostthüringen - Existenzgründung

              Business consulting, in particular:

              • Start-ups incl. succession planning
              • Controlling
              • Public funding
              • Business funding / Investments

              Agentur für Arbeit Jena (Federal Employment Agency Jena)
              Koordination Existenzgründungsförderung

              Stadtrodaer Str. 1
              07749 Jena

              Contact: Manuela Schrodt
              Tel.: 03641 / 379 621
              Email: Jena.BCA(at)arbeitsagentur.de
              Website: Agentur für Arbeit Jena

              Services:

              The Federal Employment Agency Jena provides information for self-employment under the following conditions:

              • to recipients of the “Gründungszuschuss” (§§ 93 ff. SGB III)
              • during compulsorily insured status upon request (§ 28a SGB III voluntary unemployment insurance)

               


              parisat - ThEx Enterprise
              August-Bebel-Str. 10
              07743 Jena

              Contact: Swen Köcher
              Tel.: 03641 / 636 682
              Mobile: 0152 / 566 581 96
              Email: skoecher(at)parisat.de
              Website: ThEx Enterprise

              Further Languages: English

               

              Services:

                • Assistance with preparing business and finance plans
                • Seminars and workshops with business-specific content
                • Consulting on public funding (contact for “Gründerprämie”)
                • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)
                • Networking events

                  jenarbeit - Jobcenter der Stadt Jena
                  Tatzendpromenade 2a
                  07745 Jena

                  SOBAEXA Coworking UG
                  Carl-Zeiss-Platz 3
                  07743 Jena

                  Contact: Daniela Scheler
                  Mobile: 0152 / 019 742 74
                  Email: info(at)sobaexa-coworking.de
                  Website: SOBAEXA-Coworking

                  Further Languages: English, Spanish

                   

                  Services:

                    • Consulting for entrepreneurs-to-be and non-profit organizations, in particular for Liberal Professions (Freie Berufe) incl. healthcare professions
                    • Preparation of business plans
                    • Consulting on securing sustainable livelihood
                    • Rental of group and seminar room, (shared) offices, Coworking spaces with flexible conditions in central location
                    • Workshops and networking events

                      Kombinat Süd | CoWorking UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
                      Otto-Schott-Str. 13
                      Building 56
                      07745 Jena

                      Contact: Benny Beyer
                      Tel.: 03641 / 7979-110
                      Fax: 03641 / 7979-129
                      Email: info(at)kombinat-sued.de
                      Website: Kombinat-Süd

                      Services:

                        • Consulting for creatives and freelancers
                        • Analysis of consulting needs and the business idea
                        • Development of business model, preparation of business plan
                        • Consulting on public funding
                        • Coworking space at Kombinat Süd and access to our network
                        • Trainings, seminars and workshops

                          parisat - ThEx Enterprise
                          August-Bebel-Str. 10
                          07743 Jena

                          Contact: Swen Köcher
                          Tel.: 03641 / 636 682
                          Mobile: 0152 / 566 581 96
                          Email: skoecher(at)parisat.de
                          Website: ThEx Enterprise

                          Further Languages: English

                           

                          Services:

                            • Assistance with preparing business and finance plans
                            • Seminars and workshops with business-specific content
                            • Consulting on public funding (contact for “Gründerprämie”)
                            • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)
                            • Networking events

                              BDS Thüringen e.V.
                              BDS.akademie

                              Rathenauplatz 6
                              99423 Weimar

                              Contact: Gisbert Sachs
                              Tel.: 03643 / 851 221
                              Mobile: 0170 / 221 4785
                              Email: bds.akademie(at)t-online.de
                              Website: BDS Akademie

                              Further Languages: English


                              Services:

                                • Consulting for entrepreneurs-to-be
                                • Seminars for entrepreneurs (with certificate)
                                • Assistance with business plans
                                • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)

                                  Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena
                                  (University of Applied Sciences "Ernst Abbe")
                                  Servicezentrum Forschung und Transfer (SZT)
                                  Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 2
                                  07745 Jena

                                  Contact: Dipl.-Kfm. André Kabeck
                                  Tel.: 03641 / 205 127
                                  Fax: 03641 / 205 126
                                  Email: gruenderservice(at)eah-jena.de
                                  Website: Consultancy for founders at EAH Jena

                                  Further Languages: English

                                  Services:

                                    • Start-up consulting, review and development of business ideas
                                    • Support with developing the business model and business plan
                                    • Consulting on financing and public funding
                                    • Application for EXIST-funding
                                    • Consulting on property rights and patent information service
                                    • Workshops and lectures
                                    • Startup-specific sources of information and databases
                                    • Access to joint stands at trade fairs
                                    • Contacts to investors, network partners and businesses

                                      Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
                                      (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
                                      Servicezentrum Forschung und Transfer
                                      K1 - DER GRÜNDERSERVICE

                                      Kahlaische Straße 1
                                      07745 Jena

                                      Contact: Dr. Oliver Pänke
                                      Tel.: 03641 / 930 869
                                      Email: gruenderservice(at)uni-jena.de
                                      Website: K1 - Der Gründerservice der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

                                      Further Languages: English

                                      Services:

                                        • Start-up consulting, review and development of business idea, preparation of business plan
                                        • Consulting on financing and public funding
                                        • Application for EXIST-funding and EXIST research transfer
                                        • Consulting on property rights and patent information service
                                        • Mentoring and scientific support of business launch
                                        • Workshops and lectures
                                        • Contacts to investors (Business-Angels & Venture Capitalists), network partners, facilitating the exchange of experiences with other entrepreneurs
                                        • Availability of free office space for idea development (“FreiRaum”)

                                          BDS Thüringen e.V.
                                          BDS.akademie

                                          Rathenauplatz 6
                                          99423 Weimar

                                          Contact: Gisbert Sachs
                                          Tel.: 03643 / 851 221
                                          Mobile: 0170 / 221 4785
                                          Email: bds.akademie(at)t-online.de
                                          Website: BDS Akademie

                                          Further Languages: English


                                          Services:

                                            • Consulting for entrepreneurs-to-be
                                            • Seminars for entrepreneurs (with certificate)
                                            • Assistance with business plans
                                            • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)

                                              parisat - ThEx Enterprise
                                              August-Bebel-Str. 10
                                              07743 Jena

                                              Contact: Swen Köcher
                                              Tel.: 03641 / 636 682
                                              Mobile: 0152 / 566 581 96
                                              Email: skoecher(at)parisat.de
                                              Website: ThEx Enterprise

                                              Further Languages: English

                                               

                                              Services:

                                                • Assistance with preparing business and finance plans
                                                • Seminars and workshops with business-specific content
                                                • Consulting on public funding (contact for “Gründerprämie”)
                                                • “Fachkundige Stelle” (expert location)
                                                • Networking events

                                                  SPARK training program technology transfer
                                                  Leibniz Institute on Ageing - Fritz Lipmann Institute
                                                  07745 Jena

                                                  Industry: health technology

                                                  Contact: Sonja Schaetzlein
                                                  Tel.: 03641 / 656836
                                                  Email: sonja.schaetzlein(at)leibniz-fli.de
                                                  Website: SPARK@fli

                                                  Leistungen:

                                                  • Mittel zur Beurteilung und Risikoreduzierung Ihres Projekts
                                                  • Mittel für die Durchführung eines Projekts
                                                  • Umsetzung und Durchführung von Assays, z.B. Toxizitätstest, Dosis-Wirkungs-Assays
                                                  • Beratung durch den SPARK-Beirat, bestehend aus Experten mit Übersetzungserfahrung
                                                  • Mentorisierte Projektmanagement-Unterstützung
                                                  • Unterstützung bei der Etablierung von vertretbarem geistigem Eigentum
                                                  • Schulung darüber, worum es bei der Übersetzung geht
                                                  • Aufklärung über die Entwicklung von Medikamenten und Diagnostika
                                                  • Einführung in das internationale Netzwerk von SPARK

                                                    Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen (STIFT)
                                                    (Foundation for Technology, Innovation and Research Thuringia)
                                                    ThEx innovativ

                                                    Peterstr. 1
                                                    99084 Erfurt

                                                    Contact: Christiane Kilian
                                                    Tel.: 0361 / 78923-74
                                                    Fax: 0361 / 78923-44
                                                    Email: christiane.kilian(at)stift-thueringen.de
                                                    Website: ThEx innovativ

                                                    Services:

                                                      • Startup-specific consulting, coaching and workshops – topics include business model development, qualifications and financing
                                                      • Support with the business launch also in regard to property rights, market entry and expansion
                                                      • Identifying of potential partners, liaison with investors, organization of contests and networking events

                                                        TowerByte eG
                                                        Leutragraben 1
                                                        07743 Jena

                                                        Industry: IT

                                                        Contact: Silke Iffland
                                                        Tel.: 03641 / 5733-310
                                                        Fax: 03641 / 5733-301
                                                        Email: s.iffland(at)towerbyte.de
                                                        Website: TowerByte eG

                                                        Services:

                                                          • Office space / desks and complete infrastructure for a unconventional start – right in Jena’s city center
                                                          • Platform, network and exchange of experiences with more than 25 successful like-minded businesses
                                                          • Knowledge transfer, opportunities for further education and training

                                                            TowerConsult GmbH
                                                            Leutragraben 1
                                                            07743 Jena

                                                            Industry: IT

                                                            Contact: Dana Lipka
                                                            Tel.: 03641 / 573 33 12
                                                            Email: d.lipka(at)towerconsult.de
                                                            Website: TowerConsult GmbH - Gründungsberatung

                                                            Services:

                                                              • Support and consulting on the preparation of business plans and concepts
                                                              • Legal support from compiling a statute to the entry into the commercial register
                                                              • Support with registrations at the Tax & Revenue Office and Trade Office
                                                              • Support with the search for suitable funding opportunities

                                                                medways e.V.
                                                                Keßlerstr. 21b
                                                                07745 Jena

                                                                Industry: Medical Engineering

                                                                Contact: Dr. Eike Dazert
                                                                Tel.: 03641 / 87610-40
                                                                Fax: 03641 / 87610-50
                                                                Email: info(at)medways.eu
                                                                Website: medways e.V.

                                                                Services:

                                                                  • Evaluation of the business idea, market observation and analysis
                                                                  • Consulting on regulatory requirements for certification and licensing
                                                                  • Clinical evaluation and assessment
                                                                  • Further education, employee training, in-house training on guideline 92/43 EWG as well as on Medical Device Directive (MDD) (“Medizinproduktegesetz“- MPG)
                                                                  • Introduction of quality management systems following DN ISO 13 485

                                                                    OptoNet e.V.- Photonics Network Thuringia
                                                                    Leutragraben 1
                                                                    07743 Jena

                                                                    Industry: Optics & Photonics

                                                                    Contact: Thomas Bauer
                                                                    Tel.: 03641 / 573 36 50
                                                                    Fax: 03641 / 573 36 59
                                                                    Email: info(at)optonet-jena.de
                                                                    Website: OptoNet e.V.

                                                                    Services:

                                                                      • Involvement in the regional network and contacts to leading industry representatives
                                                                      • Support with the search for potential partners
                                                                      • Access to joint stands at international trade shows
                                                                      • Support with the application process of public funding from state (“Land”), federal and European government
                                                                      • Support with finding qualified staff as well as organizing press and PR activities
                                                                      • Free membership for three years after business launch

                                                                        SpectroNet – International Collaboration Cluster for Global Collaboration in Photonics
                                                                        c/o Technologie- und Innovationspark Jena GmbH
                                                                        Wildenbruchstraße 15
                                                                        07745 Jena

                                                                        Industry: Photonical Measurement Engineering and Quality Assurance

                                                                        Contact: M.Eng. Paul-Gerald Dittrich
                                                                        Tel.: 0175 / 5280 223
                                                                        Fax: 03641 / 6751 11
                                                                        Email: pg.dittrich(at)spectronet.de
                                                                        Website: SpectroNet

                                                                        Further Languages: English

                                                                        Services:

                                                                        • Collaboration with national and international experts, companies and research institutions
                                                                        • Collaboration with high-level business contacts for joint national and international research and development projects
                                                                        • Methodical and technical support for national and international research and development projects
                                                                        • Measurement laboratory with equipment for feasibility analyzes and studies
                                                                        • Conference and training rooms
                                                                        • Open digital cluster platform www.spectronet.de
                                                                        • Special conditions for Start-Ups

                                                                         


                                                                        Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena
                                                                        (University of Applied Sciences "Ernst Abbe")
                                                                        Servicezentrum Forschung und Transfer (SZT)
                                                                        Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 2
                                                                        07745 Jena

                                                                        Contact: Dipl.-Kfm. André Kabeck
                                                                        Tel.: 03641 / 205 127
                                                                        Fax: 03641 / 205 126
                                                                        Email: gruenderservice(at)eah-jena.de
                                                                        Website: Consultancy for founders at EAH Jena

                                                                        Further Languages: English

                                                                        Services:

                                                                          • Start-up consulting, review and development of business ideas
                                                                          • Support with developing the business model and business plan
                                                                          • Consulting on financing and public funding
                                                                          • Application for EXIST-funding
                                                                          • Consulting on property rights and patent information service
                                                                          • Workshops and lectures
                                                                          • Startup-specific sources of information and databases
                                                                          • Access to joint stands at trade fairs
                                                                          • Contacts to investors, network partners and businesses

                                                                            Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
                                                                            (Friedrich Schiller University Jena)
                                                                            Servicezentrum Forschung und Transfer
                                                                            K1 - DER GRÜNDERSERVICE

                                                                            Kahlaische Straße 1
                                                                            07745 Jena

                                                                            Contact: Dr. Oliver Pänke
                                                                            Tel.: 03641 / 930 869
                                                                            Email: gruenderservice(at)uni-jena.de
                                                                            Website: K1 - Der Gründerservice der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

                                                                            Further Languages: English

                                                                            Services:

                                                                              • Start-up consulting, review and development of business idea, preparation of business plan
                                                                              • Consulting on financing and public funding
                                                                              • Application for EXIST-funding and EXIST research transfer
                                                                              • Consulting on property rights and patent information service
                                                                              • Mentoring and scientific support of business launch
                                                                              • Workshops and lectures
                                                                              • Contacts to investors (Business-Angels & Venture Capitalists), network partners, facilitating the exchange of experiences with other entrepreneurs
                                                                              • Availability of free office space for idea development (“FreiRaum”)