The Gründergeist@Münsterland initiative was financially supported by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the EU as a development project until February 2019. With this start-up funding, it continues to mobilise and support people throughout Münsterland who are willing to start a business, from the initial brainstorming to a fully developed business plan. In the last three years, the initiative has facilitated the path to self-employment for many founders. After all, in the early stages of setting up a business, team, network and infrastructure are essential factors for success.
The core of the project is formed by five start-up incubators in the four districts of Münsterland and the city of Münster. Those willing to start a business are professionally accompanied and supported in working on their project idea. The participants deal with questions such as how a vague idea can become a concrete business idea or what it means to be self-employed. What steps does a person interested in starting a business have to take, when and how?
Among other things, the founders' workshops are about specifying the problems, accelerating the brainstorming and the flow of ideas by individuals or groups, broadening the direction of the search and dissolving mental blocks. With the application of creativity techniques, the "Business Model Canvas" and other methods, the business ideas are concretised and developed into a promising business model.
On 18 January 2019, the project culminated in the first regional GRÜNDERGEIST COMPETITION, which awarded the best business plan in Münsterland. Participants of the Gründerschmieden as well as all other potential founders from Münsterland were able to take part. It is planned to continue the competition every two years.
The Gründerstipendium NRW - a project of the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia - gives founders the chance to get their innovative business idea off the ground and enter the start-up scene in their region. Scholarship holders receive a monthly amount of 1,000 euros for a maximum of one year to help them get started in the world of entrepreneurship. In addition, they are given the opportunity to receive individual coaching.
Those who have already developed initial ideas, are on the verge of founding a company or are one step further along and have launched a start-up within the past twelve months can apply now and present their own start-up idea at the jury meeting.
Submission of application documents and registrations for the event are possible until 21.03.2023.
In the inventor consultation, inventors, founders or companies can check their ideas in the fields of patents, trade marks or design with patent attorney Dr Hartmut Schütte, BSB Patentanwälte Oelde, to see if they are worthy of protection. In addition, participants will receive important information on filing an IP application. The initial and exploratory consultation lasts approx. 30 minutes.
This webinar focuses on the numbers. How do I calculate my prices and turnover? What accounting obligations do I have to meet? How do I work with the tax office, alone or with the help of tax advice?
Setting up your own business should be well prepared in advance. This online event will provide answers to the most important questions: What belongs in a business plan? Which funding programmes can I take advantage of? What does company and private insurance look like? And what registration formalities do I have to go through?
This one-hour online seminar is designed to give founders an introduction to the topic and an overview of the next steps. The speakers are the experienced business consultants of the Münster Chamber of Skilled Crafts.
The Gründerstipendium.NRW supports prospective founders and teams of up to three people who have not been in business for a year at the time of application with 1,000 euros per month per person for a maximum of 12 months. The decisive factor is an innovative business idea. The prerequisite for an application is the submission of a meaningful idea paper to the start-up network münster-gründet!