1 Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft und Medien, Energie und Technologie Bavaria. Funding and financing options for investors.
3 Bavaria. Funding and financing options for investors.
4 2 Foreword Dear readers, Are you planning an investment project in Bavaria or hoping to tap new markets? The State of Bavaria offers support through numerous funding programmes with different focuses, helping investors to implement their projects. This funding guide is primarily intended for commercial enterprises and provides basic information on funding options, as well as indications to help determine whether your project is eligible for funding. Please be aware that some of the programmes presented here are only on offer for a limited period of time. Invest in Bavaria, the Business Promotion Agency of the State of Bavaria, provides a wide range of services from the planning phase to finding a suitable location, getting started and much more. We establish helpful contacts to institutions, experts and networks and provide you with useful information, e.g. on your market and business environment, on fundamental legal and taxation issues or on financing and funding instruments available in Bavaria.
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7 Contents 5 How do I secure funding? 6 Do you want to tap new markets? 10 Trade fair participation programme by Bayern Innovativ GmbH 12 NFFX Nürnberg Fürth for Excellence Delegation visits 13 Tours for businesspeople Trade fair participation programme by Bayern International GmbH 14 Representative offices abroad, Bavarian representatives 15 Are you planning a new location or a location expansion? 16 Bavarian regional investment grant programme (BRF) for commercial enterprises 18 Promotion regions for Bavarian regional investment grants 19 Are you working on a research and development project? 20 Principles of innovation support 22 Non-topic-specific programmes 23 Topic-specific programmes 25 Are you interested in financing issues? 28 LfA Förderbank Bayern 30 Bayern Kapital GmbH Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbh
8 6 Introduction
9 Introduction 7 How do I secure funding?
10 8 How do I secure funding? Who can receive funding? Only companies based or operating in Bavaria are eligible to apply (with the exception of programmes focused on tapping new markets). The project must predominantly be carried out in the State of Bavaria (with the exception of programmes for tapping international markets). What information does the project sponsor require? Assessing your project s eligibility for funding requires an outline of the project including the most important project-related information, such as the implementation period, the investment sum, the financing plan and a brief description of the project s content. How significant is the size of my company? In many programmes, the size of a company (SME definition: SME stands for small and mediumsized enterprises ) is vital in determining its eligibility for funding or the funding intensity. Companies are classified based on the SME definition of the European Commission, taking the type of company (single, affiliated or partner company) into account. SME definition Employees Annual sales (in EUR) or Annual balance sheet (in EUR) Micro enterprise < 10 2 million 2 million Small enterprise < million 10 million Medium-sized enterprise < million 50 million Large enterprise 250 > 50 million > 43 million
11 How do I secure funding? 9 What do I need to know before submitting an application? Submit your funding application before commencing your project. Funding can only be approved for projects that have not yet commenced at the time the application was submitted to the project sponsor responsible (e.g. no orders may have been placed with suppliers). How is funding provided? The range of products extends from non-repayable subsidies to low-interest loans and the provision of guarantees. However, public funding is intended to help companies help themselves, i.e. only some of the project financing can be covered by funding. Who do I contact? Various project sponsors are charged with assessing funding projects. The points of contact for all programmes listed here are specified accordingly. What sources are available beyond Bavarian funding programmes? This funding guide lists Bavarian funding programmes. Federal and EU programmes are also available. You can find more information on these programmes here: Funding programmes and financial help by the German federal government, German states and the EU Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: Bayerische Forschungsallianz GmbH (BayFOR): Note We would like to stress that this brochure provides merely an initial overview and that only the guidelines valid in each case apply. The reformulation of a European directive on which many of the programmes for research and development projects are based means that some programmes will have to be renamed and their content revised. You can find information on this on the websites of the project sponsors.
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13 Funding programmes 11 Do you want to tap new markets?
14 12 Do you want to tap new markets? Tapping markets in Bavaria/Germany Trade fair participation programme by Bayern Innovativ GmbH What is funded? Trade fair organisation and cost sharing by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. The programme mainly includes trade fairs in Germany. Who can receive funding? Small and medium-sized enterprises based in Bavaria. Bayern Innovativ GmbH Trade fairs NFX Nürnberg Fürth for Excellence What is funded? Preparation and foundation of a branch in the cities of Nuremberg and Fürth and related costs up to a maximum of EUR 10, The service package includes office leasing costs as well as office services, support from lawyers, notaries and tax advisors, and integration/relocation service. Who can receive funding? Foreign companies that do not yet have business premises or branches in Germany.
15 Do you want to tap new markets? 13 Tapping international markets Delegation visits What is funded? Benefit from political support during delegation visits by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology and obtain assistance in entering promising markets. The programme and all travel logistics are organised by Bayern International with financial support from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs Develop a network for your export business: participation in sector-specific meetings with experts, company visits, getting to know German offices on site and important government agencies in the target country Bayern International GmbH Market exploration Delegation visits Tours for businesspeople What is funded? Get to know the conditions in interesting foreign markets on tours for businesspeople organised by Bayern International. Obtain insight into promising foreign markets Visits to local companies, associations, ministries, organisations or a specialist trade fair Bayern International GmbH Market exploration Tours for businesspeople
16 14 Do you want to tap new markets? Trade fair participation programme by Bayern International GmbH What is funded? Participation in the Bavarian joint booth at foreign trade fairs receives financial support. Bayern International handles the organisation. Two participation packages are available: a trade fair booth from 9 m² (package A) or an approx. 2 m² booth unit (package B). Who can receive funding? Small and medium-sized enterprises from Bavaria with annual sales of up to EUR 125 million receive financial support. In addition, participation at full cost is possible. Bayern International GmbH Trade fair promotion
17 Do you want to tap new markets? 15 Representative offices abroad What is funded? More than 20 representatives support you in tapping new export markets or in developing and expanding sales structures abroad. Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology Topics Internationalisation Active internationally Representative offices abroad representative-offices-abroad/ Bavarian representatives Montréal San Francisco New York Moscow Warsaw Prague Vienna Budapest Kiev Zurich Bucharest Zagreb Sofia Istanbul Tel Aviv Qingdao Tokyo México Abu Dhabi Shenzhen Bogotà Bangalore Ho Chi Minh City Lima Santiago de Chile São Paulo Buenos Aires Johannesburg
18 16 Funding programmes Are you planning a new location or a location expansion?
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20 18 Are you planning a new location or a location expansion? Bavarian regional investment grant programme for commercial enterprises (BRF) / Joint task of the German federal government and the states Improvement of Regional Economic Structure (GRW) What is funded? Investment in assets as part of the tangible fixed assets, e.g. machines, building, etc. How is funding provided? Up to max. 30% of the costs eligible for funding (see below), depending on the company location (see map) and size. Requirement Creating or safeguarding jobs Minimum investment threshold of EUR 200,000 in Regions with special need for action, otherwise EUR 500,000. Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology Service Funding programmes Regional investment grant Funding rates by promotion areas and size of company C D Others Small enterprises Up to 30 % Up to 20 % Up to 20 % Medium-sized enterprises Up to 20 % Up to 10 % Up to 10 % Large enterprises Up to 10 %
21 Are you planning a new location or a Location expansion? Funding regions for Bavarian regional investment grant (valid as of 1st October 2014) Hof Coburg Schweinfurt Aschaffenburg Bamberg Bayreuth Würzburg Weiden Erlangen Ansbach Fürth Nuremberg Schwabach Amberg Regensburg Straubing Ingolstadt Landshut Augsburg Munich Memmingen Kaufbeuren Kempten C funding region of GRW D funding region of GRW Other funding region Exempt economically strong area BRF priority region area with special need for action Rosenheim Passau 19
22 20 Funding programmes Are you working on your own research and development projects?
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24 22 Are you working on your own research and development projects? Please be aware of the following principles for innovation support 1 : What counts as an innovation in the funding landscape? The technologies, products and services to be developed or their application must go beyond the current state of the art. What aspects of a research and development project are funded? Eligibility for funding can include personnel costs related to the project (engineers, foremen, etc.), material costs and third-party services (commissioned research, e.g. research work carried out by a university). How high is the funding share for a research and development project? Between 25% and 50% of the costs eligible for funding, depending on the degree of innovation. 1 These principles apply to many innovation support programmes; individual programmes may deviate from these funding requirements.
25 Are you working on your own research and development projects? 23 Non-topic-specific programmes Founding a company What is funded? Creation of an evaluable concept for the company foundation and/or execution of a development project. Who can receive funding? Persons who intend to found a technology-oriented commercial enterprise Technology-oriented enterprises that have existed for less than six years, have fewer than ten employees and satisfy the SME criteria Bavarian Programme for Supporting Technology-oriented Business Start-ups ITZB Funding programmes Bavarian funding programmes supported by ITZB BayTOU Funding for services by external research and development institutions What is funded? Services by external research and development institutions, e.g. planning, development and implementation of new products, production processes or services and/or significant improvements to existing products, production processes and services. Who can receive funding? Small enterprises (fewer than 50 employees, annual sales or annual balance sheet up to max. EUR 10 million). How is funding provided? Up to 50%, up to a maximum of EUR 15,000 Up to 60% in areas especially affected by demographic change, up to a maximum of EUR 18,000 Innovation voucher Bayern Innovativ Gesellschaft für Innovation und Wissenstransfer mbh About us Innovation vouchers
26 24 Are you working on your own research and development projects? Application of new technologies What is funded? Application of new technologies in the company. Who can receive funding? Commercial enterprises with max. 400 employees. Bavarian Technology Support Programme ITZB Funding programmes Funding programmes managed by ITZB BayTP Research and development projects for technologies, processes and services What is funded? Research and development projects for technologies, processes and services. Requirement Joint project: cooperation between companies and one or more research institutions. Bavarian Research Foundation High-tech for the 21st Century Bavarian Research Foundation Application submission Funding guideline
27 Are you working on your own research and development projects? 25 Topic-specific programmes Electromobility What is funded? Research, development and innovation in the following fields: Electromobility Innovative drive technologies for mobile applications Subsystems and components required for this Requirement Joint project: cooperation between multiple companies and/or between companies and research institutions. Electromobility and Innovative Drive Technologies for Mobile Applications ITZB Funding programmes Bavarian funding programmes managed by ITZB BayEMA New materials What is funded? Research and development in fields including: materials for energy technology lightweight construction and composite materials substitution of materials and processes with limited resources for recycling functionalised surfaces and functional materials Requirement Joint project: cooperation between multiple companies and/or between companies and research institutions. New materials in Bavaria Project sponsor Jülich Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Funding Funding topics Materials technologies
28 26 Are you working on your own research and development projects? Micro-system technology and electronic systems What is funded? Research and development projects between developers and users of micro-system technology components and technologies for the development of micro-system technology components and basic technologies including using micro-system technology components as key functional components Requirement Joint project: cooperation between at least two companies, of which at least one is a medium-sized enterprise and, if necessary, one research institution. Micro-system technology VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH Promotion Information and communications technology What is funded? Research and development in fields including: new methods in software engineering and processes for data and/or knowledge management user-friendly man-machine communication tools and applications for real-time and embedded systems basic components for communications technology applications Requirement Joint project: cooperation between at least two companies, of which at least one is a medium-sized enterprise, or between at least one company and a research institution. Information and communications technology VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH Promotion
29 Are you working on your own research and development projects? 27 Medical technology What is funded? Research and development projects for new methods in bioinformatics innovative processes in medical imaging technology and image processing innovative methods in biomedical mechatronics and robotics telemedicine and e-health Requirement Joint project: cooperation between multiple companies and research institutions. Medical lead projects ITZB Funding programmes Bavarian funding programmes supported by ITZB BayMED Energy technologies and energy efficiency What is funded? Research, development and application of new energy technologies Investments in energy-saving measures and for the promotion of renewable energies, for demonstration and introduction Technical feasibility studies in advance of industrial research or experimental development Requirement Individual or joint project. BayINVENT Innovative Energy Technology and Energy Efficiency Project sponsor Jülich Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Funding Funding topics Energy
30 28 Funding programmes Are you interested in financing issues?
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32 30 Are you interested in financing issues? LfA Förderbank Bayern How is funding provided? Long-term, low-interest loans in combination with risk relief (liability indemnification, warranties and guarantees), as well as equity financing. The applicant submits the application for funding products through his own bank. No subsidy element: syndicated financing on invitation by commercial banks. Who can receive funding? For most programmes: commercial enterprises that satisfy the SME status Bayern Kapital GmbH What is funded? Equity capital for the development and market launch of innovative products and processes by start-up companies from the seed phase to expansion. Who can receive funding? For many programmes: Bavarian start-up teams and technology companies with the legal form of a corporation. Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbh How is funding provided? Equity capital in the form of silent participations, open participations, venture capital or private equity. Who can receive funding? For many programmes: commercial enterprises that satisfy the SME status.
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