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Funding and support

Providing advice and assistance with funding and formalities

We provide advice and support for all aspects of business in Bremen and are your first port of call if you are looking to start or expand your business and find a location. We can also help with official approval processes and act as your mediator.

Talk to us to find out more about what we can do.

Services for businesses in Bremen

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  • We offer comprehensive advice and assistance on all aspects of your location.
  • We are your point of contact with regard to the sale of municipal commercial property.
  • We can help you with official approval processes and in the realisation of your construction plans.
  • We are your partners when it comes to the development of municipally owned land.
  • We can help you find commercial real estate in partnership with agents and owners.
  • We are your first port of call when it comes to accessing funding for investment, innovation and business start-ups.
Investing in Bremen
16 October 2018
The Bremen property market is booming

Bremen is expanding. Several construction projects will reshape the city centre. The 2018 Bremen property market report – an overview of office, logistics and retail properties, and of investment market trends – confirms that the city is an attractive location for investors and developers.

Success stories
6 September 2018
Safety first: sensor expertise in Bremen

We don’t normally get to see Littelfuse’s products. And yet there’s hardly any electronic device that doesn’t require components from this global market leader. The European headquarters of the US firm are located in Bremen. And they’re far more than just a sales office.

Startups
13 August 2018
Getting your start-up off the ground in Bremen and Bremerhaven

Setting up your own business is never easy, but Bremen offers the perfect environment for budding entrepreneurs. A unique start-up scene has taken root in the region that will help you access the expertise, contacts and funding that you'll need to succeed. So what are you waiting for?

Success stories
9 August 2018
“I fell in love with Bremen as soon as I saw it”

It was a cold February evening when Paramjit Kohli first came to Bremen from India – and he loved it immediately. Read on to find out why he founded a company here and what lessons he has learned over the past year.

Investing in Bremen
7 August 2018
Bicycles made in Bremen – Velo Lab moves to a bigger site

Stathis Stasinopoulos built his first bike so that he could get to and from work in Athens more easily. At the time, he could not have imagined that his idea would see him set up his own business in Bremen. We visited the entrepreneurial engineer in his new workshop in the north of Bremen.

Food and beverage
2 August 2018
The capital of fish fingers

Fish fingers have been made in Bremerhaven for almost 60 years. Over this period, they have withstood all food trends and are more popular today than ever before. On average, each German consumer eats 24 of them a year. And they were probably made in Bremerhaven, the fish finger capital.

Maritime economy and logistics
12 July 2018
Exploring the seafloor with intelligent software

The depths of the ocean remain one of the last great mysteries on Earth. What is the precise composition of the seafloor? What flora and fauna inhabit it? Where has the delicate balance of the ecosystem been seriously disrupted? We still don’t have complete answers to any of these questions, but four young scientists from Bremen are aiming to change that.

Aerospace
22 May 2018
Artificial intelligence made in Bremen

Artificial intelligence isn’t just a matter of computer programming. It’s a challenging question: how can a robot successfully deal with real, unpredictable surroundings? For 30 years, solutions to this problem have been developed at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). This Bremen-based facility has been so successful that its employees are now founding their own company.

Success stories
17 May 2018
Team Beverage moves headquarters to Bremen

In April 2018, Team Beverage AG moved its headquarters from Wildeshausen in Lower Saxony to Bremen. The company provides services to the drinks industry in wholesale, retail and the catering and convenience sectors. Now, its success story is set to continue at Bremen Airport-Stadt with the relocation of its head office and 90 or so employees.

Success stories
3 May 2018
New life for old batteries

Batteries are indispensable in our day-to-day life. But when they run out of energy, they become an environmental challenge. As the global leader in the recycling of household batteries, Bremerhaven-based company Redux GmbH is ready to take on this challenge. What’s more, the firm has now developed a method to deal with lithium-ion batteries.

Retail
26 April 2018
Organic underwear made in Bremen: Canadian sisters launch their own pop-up store

Tizz & Tonic: Two sisters from Canada are producing and selling sustainable and organic underwear in the centre of Bremen. But what was it that attracted them to Bremen? We caught up with the two well-travelled fashion designers to find out.

Success stories
3 April 2018
Recycling containers that stand out from the crowd

Whenever you need to dispose of old clothes, shoes or electronic waste, you will often throw them into a recycling container. Most people have no idea that a large number of these containers are made by Bremen-based company JO-BA, which has established itself as a brand across Europe. Now the company has its sights set on greater sustainability.

Success stories
8 March 2018
How five women made their careers in Bremen

Wind energy, geophysics, translation, design and communication – we portray five diverse women, who have successful careers and shared their fascinating stories with us. What is their industry and working life like? What motivates them? Why Bremen?

Investing in Bremen
13 February 2018
Unternehmensservice Bremen – cutting through the red tape

You are or want to become self-employed – but you do not know where to start? In this video, we show you how the Unternehmensservice Bremen helps you to deal with official approval procedures, forms and funding.

Success stories
30 January 2018
Brefeo sells Turkish furniture in Africa

Fatih Özdemir has furniture made in Turkey and sells it to customers mainly in Africa and the Middle East. In theory, he could run his business from anywhere in the world, but there are good reasons why he chose to relocate to Bremen and found Brefeo Hanse GmbH.

Maritime economy and logistics
11 January 2018
A Bremen-based SME is bringing excellent sound and picture quality to mega-yachts

Bremen-based company Home & Marine works in a sector that generates huge interest, but is often shrouded in secrecy – it builds complex entertainment systems for mega-yachts. The company is reluctant to speak about customers and orders, but since it was founded just over 25 years ago, Home & Marine has worked on more than 100 yachts.

Aerospace
12 October 2017
Prepare for bake off

If astronauts want to get all the way to Mars one day, they’ll need food supplies for the journey. Part of the solution could be to grow their own grains and bake bread themselves. Bremen start-up Bake in Space is on the verge of making this vision a reality.

Digitization
10 October 2017
Allow me to introduce … Pepper – the intelligent robot from Bremen

Is this what sales assistants of the future will look like? Bremen start-up company Blackout Technologies develops software based on artificial intelligence, unlike any other software in Europe. Before long, we’ll be greeted by their robot Pepper in shops, at trade fairs or even in care homes. We visited Bremen’s robot lab to find out more.

Startups
4 October 2017
Velo Lab: cycling towards commercial success

Stathis Stasinopoulos was unable to find the perfect folding bicycle for his commute to work across Athens. So he developed his own. The bike, called ‘Folding Project’, is lightweight and comfortable and folds up in five seconds. This has given Stasinopoulos an unexpected new direction in life.

Startups
15 August 2017
Metal foams from Bremen: two brothers get their business off to a strong start

The founders of Mac Panther Materials, two brothers from Bremen, produce an open-cell metal foam for use in a number of different applications. Its secret lies in the production process that is based on a brilliant and yet simple idea.

Startups
6 July 2017
The start-up scene in Bremen and Bremerhaven

A lively start-up scene with close ties to industry has developed in Germany’s smallest federal state. Government offices, banks, entrepreneurs and development agencies all work together like one big family. It’s what makes starting a new business in these two cities so easy.

Wind energy
8 June 2017
DEME: Using Bremen as a base to focus on offshore projects

GeoSea, a subsidiary of the Belgian DEME group, is helping to construct of some of the largest offshore wind farms in the German North Sea – and in Bremen, the company has found the ideal location to carry out its work.

Investing in Bremen
30 May 2017
Leela Cotton – sustained success through sustainability

Environmentally friendly manufacturing and ethical standards are the principles on which the fair trade clothing sector is based. Leela Cotton, a successful German-Turkish textile company, produces clothes for children and adults that are not only stylish, but also make a positive contribution to the environment in the way they are manufactured.

Investing in Bremen
9 May 2017
AlfaNet: The Bremen-based company that brings Taiwanese display screens to Europe

Weatherproof displays for transport services, and screens that don’t produce glare in bright sunlight – these are just some of the devices provided by AlfaNet Computer und Electronic Handels GmbH, a Bremen-based company founded nearly 25 years ago by Thomas Lie.

Investing in Bremen
2 May 2017
ACSK Clothing: The cosmopolitan clothing company taking a stand against fast fashion

Three continents, four countries, and Bremen at the centre of it all – a start-up could hardly be more international. The young entrepreneurs Ahmed Cheema and Stefan Kuzmanovski want to make sustainable manufacturing and the use of ethically sourced materials standard practice.

Startups
30 March 2017
How start-ups can find the right investor

The right investor provides much more than just money. They are someone to talk to, someone who can open doors and build bridges. Important advice for technology start-ups in search of an investor.

Startups
28 March 2017
How to set up a business as a student: Bremen's Jacobs University and its managers of tomorrow

How do you feel about setting up your own business at the age of 20? At Jacobs University in Bremen, students like Julius Schneider are groomed for their careers as entrepreneurs. And Bremen itself offers them the ideal conditions to turn their ideas into reality.

Investing in Bremen
9 March 2017
Successes, comebacks and newcomers: Bremen holds the key to the gates of Europe

The high standard of logistical expertise in the state of Bremen functioned as a key to open doors, making this a successful year for Bremen. 2016’s successes were marked by automobiles and steel, welcoming ambitious international companies.

Success stories
30 November 2016
Chinese LED business finds success in Bremen

David Zhou came to Bremen three years ago with the aim of conquering the market – and a new continent – with LEDs. He started his business selling LED lighting and electronics at the World Trade Centre at Bremen Airport and has gradually built it up over the past few years.

Startups
24 June 2016
No talk, all action at Startup Weekend Bremen

Revolutionising house hunting in cities using virtual reality. Training people to live a sustainable lifestyle using an app. Introducing food-sharing ideas to tackle our throw-away society. Offering professional HR management methods to smaller trade ...

A one-stop shop

That is what we at Bremeninvest promise to provide for our customers.

Our portfolio of services covers a wide range of requirements. We can help you find the right premises, which we develop and make available to you, provide advice on regional, national and EU funding programmesand assist with official approval processes through a single point of contact.

We work closely with Bremer Aufbau-Bank, the development bank for Bremen and Bremerhaven in order to provide you with fast and efficient access to suitable finance options.

One organisation – all the answers: Unternehmensservice Bremen

The agency Unternehmensservice Bremen can help you to start up, expand or sell a business and can offer support with matters related to importing and exporting and many other things. The advice is prompt, free of charge and can be provided with or without an appointment.

Single point of contact for the Bremen region

The Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner service is part of the Unternehmensservice Bremen business support agency. It means 'Single Point of Contact' and provides entrepreneurs in Bremen with a one-stop shop for negotiating official processes and formalities.

Enterprise Europe Network in Bremen

Enterprise Europe Network is the largest network of advice and information centres in Europe and is represented in more than 50 countries. It provides support to small and medium sized companies in Europe and beyond.

Advice and assistance on international trade

For many companies, having an international reach is absolutely essential for their long-term success. Increasingly, even small companies need to face the challenges of international competition. They need to look beyond their local and regional markets and develop new sales territories in Europe and around the world.