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EXIST Women at University of Bonn

One year of intensive support on your way to become a female founder - that's what a new program of Transfer Center enaCom offers, funded by "EXIST Women" from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. Up to 10 women interested in founding a company receive specific qualifications, individual coaching, exchange with mentors and access to an exclusive network. And best of all: In addition, there is a scholarship for 3 months with the total amount of up to 9,000 euros. The first cohort at the University of Bonn started in fall 2023.

Who can participate?

The following members of the University of Bonn: female graduates, female scientists, female students from the second half of their bachelor's degree. Women with a professional degree and a connection to the University of Bonn.

Applications are possible with or without a start-up idea. What counts is your motivation, your creativity and your innovative strength.

The program is open to all topics and technologies. It doesn't matter if it is about high-tech, service or social innovation: All ideas and disciplines are welcome.

Please note: The foundation of a corporation and/or the start of business activities must not have already taken place before the start of participation.

Why should you participate?

12-month accompanying program

In our 12-month accompanying program (partly in German), you will receive comprehensive expertise relevant to founding a company. This includes workshops in the areas of personal development, idea generation, prototyping, validation, market analysis, business models, and networking. You will go through all stages: from the mere idea of becoming a founder to the finished product or service with the corresponding validation.

Admission to the EXIST-Women program is a prerequisite for the scholarship. However, participation in the program is also possible without the scholarship.

3 months scholarship (optional)

Optionally, you will receive up to 3 months of financial support through the EXIST-Women scholarship:

Monthly 1000,- € for female students in the 2nd half of their studies.
Monthly 2000,- € for women with completed vocational training.
Monthly 2500,- € for female graduates.
Monthly 3000,- € for women with a doctorate.

Condition: A simultaneous combination of the scholarship with another scholarship, active employment over 20 hours per week or a support program to finance the livelihood of the founders is not possible.


We will put you in touch with experienced experts and give you exclusive and personal advice.


You form a selected network with other participants and benefit from their knowledge and experience.

2,000 euros for material resources

In addition to the scholarship, you will receive a one-time grant of € 2000 for materials (participation fees for events, travel expenses, coaching) to finance your project.

Workplace in a Co-Working Space

You can take advantage of a Co-Working workspace through the Transfer Center enaCom of the University of Bonn.


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