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Information sheet on the EXIST-Women funding programme at MLU
Infoblatt_WS_Exist-Women.pdf (externe Datei)

Information sheet on the EXIST-Women funding programme at MLU
Infoblatt_WS_Exist-Women_engl.pdf (externe Datei)

Information sheet on the EXIST-Women funding programme at MLU
Infoblatt_WS_Exist-Women_engl.pdf (externe Datei)


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Fokus: Empowering Women to start up

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"Empowering Women" information event on 15 November 2023 as part of the start-up week

All female students, academics and graduates interested in starting their own business can find out everything they need to know about the "Exist Women" scholarship. You can expect an inspiring start-up story, specific tips on how to apply for the scholarship and interactive formats for exchanging ideas with other women interested in setting up a business. The event is being organised with the kind support of Designhaus Halle.



5 to 8 pm


Designhaus Halle
Ernst-König-Straße 1
06108 Halle (Saale)

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EXIST-Women programme at MLU

  • You are a student? You are a graduate? You are doing a doctorate? You are a scientist? or you have a professional degree and work at a university?
  • You want to discover and develop your entrepreneurial talents?
  • You have an idea and want to find out how much start-up potential it has?

Then take the chance and apply soon on this website to participate in the Exist-Women programme.

Under the motto "Empowering Women to start up", the Transfer and Start-up Service is developing a coaching and mentoring programme to promote ideas and talent among women.

The aim is to sensitise women to start-ups and increase the proportion of women in business start-ups.
The core of the Exist-Women programme is a 3-month scholarship, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

During the support provided by the scholarship:

  • develop important cornerstones of the business model
  • take the first steps to validate the start-up idea
  • develop scenarios for possible next development steps

At the end of the funding programme, you will receive an initial pitch deck for your start-up idea and a plan for the next steps.

What is funded?

For a total of 3 months you will receive monthly:

  • Female students (prerequisite: at least 50% of the course work already completed): 1.000€
  • with a university degree: 2.500€
  • doctorate: 3.000€
  • completed vocational training: 2.000€

plus up to

  • 2.000€ for project expenses
  • 150€ per month per child

Funding period:

Funding with the EXIST-Women scholarship can begin on 01 February 2024. In their application, applicants must specify a three-month period of their choice for taking up the scholarship in the period from 1 February 2024 to 31 October 2024 (last possible month of funding).

Please note:

A simultaneous combination with another scholarship, an active employment relationship (up to 20 hours per week) or a support programme to finance living expenses is possible.

Women receiving funding are required to attend the BMWK seminar "Founder" and, after individual consultation, to take advantage of relevant workshops, counselling and mentoring services offered by the Transfer and Start-up Service.

Further general information on the EXIST-Women programme is available as a FAQ on the BMWK website.   

What is the selection process?

A total of 10 women are expected to receive scholarships in the EXIST-Women programme at MLU.

A jury of female entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs of innovative companies will be appointed to select the scholarship holders from the pool of applicants.

The jurors decide on the selection of the scholarship holders at the end of the year. The applicants will be informed of the jury's decision by email.

Independent of the funding in the EXIST-Women programme, the specific as well as general qualification and networking offers of the Transfer and Start-up Service are open to all women interested in starting a business. Information is published regularly on our website.

How can I apply?

  • Applications for funding in the Exist-Women programme at MLU are possible up to and including 30 November 2023.

Requirements for the application for the EXIST-Women programme are:

  • You are a student (at least 50% of your studies have already been completed) or a graduate or doctoral student or scientist or have a professional qualification and work at a university.
  • You have an idea that you would like to develop further.
  • You are interested in the topic of entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Mind Set and want to develop your entrepreneurial talent

Submission of the application (up to and including 30 November 2023):

The Exist Women programme is funded by

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