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Detailed information about contact persons and institutions that provide support to people planning to start their own business can be found under Consulting, Financing as well as Office Space & More. Contacts for relevant authorities in Jena are listed under Start-up.

TowerByte eG
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena

Industry: IT

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


    • 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

      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)
      Website: medways e.V.


        • 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)
          Website: OptoNet e.V.


            • 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)
              Website: SpectroNet

              Further Languages: English


              • 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
              • Special conditions for Start-Ups


              Leitfaden zu Gründerwettbewerben 2019 von der Plattform Für-Grü

              167 Wettbewerbe für euer Start-up

              Über aktuelle Wettbewerbsausschreibungen und Bewerbungsfristen informiert auch der monatlich erscheinende Newsletter der Wirtschaftsförderung Jena. Zur Anmeldung

              • Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi):
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                  "Alles, nur kein Unternehmer? Tipps für Gründerinnen, Gründer und Selbständige in der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft" more
                • Knowledge and technology transfer through patents
                  "WIPANO - Wissens- und Technologietransfer durch Patente" more
              • Bundesverband der freien Berufe (BfB) more
              • National Agency for Women Start-ups Activities and Services (bga) more
              • Women Entrepreneurs mehr
              • Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) more
              • European Social Fund for Germany (ESF) more
              • EXIST more
              • German Accelerator more
              • High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) more
              • Initiative Kultur- & Kreativwirtschaft der Bundesregierung more
              • KfW more
              • Getting entrepreneurial spirit into our schools more
              • Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks more
              • Founder2be more
              • Overview of Magazines and Blogs for Founders (via Junge Gründer) more