Start-up BW Finance

The Official Finance Partners


The L-Bank is the state bank of Baden-Württemberg. It provides tailored subsidy programs and financing concepts to support start-ups and corporate takeovers, and is closely linked to the Guarantee Bank of Baden-Württemberg, the Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft, the KfW Bank for medium-sized businesses on a federal level, and local banks. It implements a wide range of financial instruments such as low-interest loans, subordinated loans, guarantees and investment capital.

MBG - Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg

The MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg is a publicly-funded investment company. It invests in newly-founded or existing companies by means of silent or active partnerships. This enables growth and innovation. It also strengthens the equity base of the companies and improves their financing structure. Chambers of commerce, trade associations and the banking industry are partners in the MBG.

Public Funds

Seed Fund BW

The Seed Fund BW provides financing, together with the federal high-tech start-up fund, to a maximum of 100,000 Euro per financing round, if the high-tech start-up fund also pledges 500,000 Euro. The financing is funded by a combination of active partnership and subordinate loans. The investors for the Seed Fund BW are the State of Baden-Württemberg (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Baden-Württemberg), the L-Bank, the LBBW Venture and the MBG.

LEA Venturepartner

The state fund for innovative technological start-ups in their early growth phase, initiated in July 2017, is an important component in the Start-up BW campaign. Led by the Ministry for Economic Affairs, it was conceived by the L-Bank as a venture capital fund with a target volume of 50 million Euro. The L-Bank is the anchor investor. Capital has also been gathered in the private sector. LEA Venturepartner is managed by the LEA Partners GmbH fund management company. LEA Partners GmbH also manages the LEA Mittelstandspartner fund, which has been supporting companies with equity financing after their early growth phase since 2016, based on the same technology focus. The volume of the Mittelstandspartner fund is currently around 200 million Euro.

VC Fund Baden-Württemberg

The VC Fund Baden-Württemberg provides venture capital for young, innovative businesses in Baden-Württemberg – from the seeding phase right through to start-up. Capital from the VC Fund Baden-Württemberg, and from the MBG Baden-Württemberg as parallel investor, helps to convert innovative ideas into products and services for the future. Private insurance companies are also investment partners in the VC Fund Baden-Württemberg, alongside the state (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Baden-Württemberg).

The Platforms


Startbase is the first digital platform with the objective of centrally mapping the entire German start-up ecosystem and making it more transparent. The clear vision is to play an active role in shaping the ecosystem and helping its members to achieve further growth by making networking easier. Over 750 enterprises are taking part at the start, including more than 600 start-up companies. A profile on Startbase enables start-ups to be found more quickly by investors and customers. Investors, medium-sized enterprises and corporate groups can also create a profile on the platform. Startbase is project presented by the Start-up BW Partners Boerse Stuttgart Group and Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V., the German Startups Association.