In principle, Mainz has everything a founder has to offer: a good infrastructure, functioning and growing networks, short distances, attractive coworking spaces, a digital hub and busy institutions. We have put together the most important contact points, advice centers, start-up hubs and all important addresses that you should know as a founder.
Leading business incubators: your contacts for all start-up stages
Support for founders is very diverse – it plays a very important role business incubators and co-working spaces. There, your start-up idea is first “exploited” by experts, examined for possible weaknesses and for profitability.
There is usually a complete one Consulting offerin which all important points are taken into account – from financing to optimizing processes in the company and developing a sales plan and marketing strategy.
In addition, you gain practice-oriented in-depth knowledge from experienced specialists in Courses, seminars and workshops it is mediated. Most business incubators also offer valuable e important contacts in its branch and to other important partners.
Economic development of the state capital Mainz
The state capital Mainz is very interested in supporting young entrepreneurs and founders and in creating the best possible conditions for them on site. For this reason there is a separate control center for founders in the state capital of Mainz.
The control center is the central point of contact for those interested in starting a business and those starting a business. Arranges contacts with consulting institutions and financing offers for business founders. It also helps in finding suitable rooms, such as co-working spaces and areas. It also engages in networking with the Mainz start-up scene and its contacts, including organizing events for start-ups such as B. Mainzer Gründerwoche, Mainzer Gründergrillen, lean startup program Punchout.Tech, webinars.
Contact: Catherine Bahne
Address: Seat of the founders, Stadthaus Große Bleiche, Große Bleiche 46/Löwenhofstraße 1, 55116 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 12-3697
Technology Center Mainz (TZM)
As a joint subsidiary of the state capital Mainz and the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, TechnologieZentrum Mainz (TZM) GmbH has the task of advising and promoting technology-oriented entrepreneurs and start-ups in the fields of biotechnology and life sciences.
For this purpose, together with regional and national partners, consulting services, seminars, workshops and specialist and networking events are designed which, in addition to imparting knowledge, also involve meeting the target group with the right contact persons, cooperation and possible investors.
In the future, TZM GmbH will also offer laboratories and offices for biotech start-ups.
Start-up offices of the universities of Mainz
The start-up office Mainz is the first address in Mainz for all students, professors and alumni. The aim is to support and accompany science and research students, professors, employees and alumni with an affinity for founding a company on their path to an academic start-up (spin-off). The offer includes information, advice, coaching and the office acts as a network node and offers contacts to external cooperation partners.
Training service at Mainz University of Applied Sciences: Salim Zeyen, Employee Training Service, Research and Transfer Department, Mainz University of Applied Sciences,
Lucy-Hillebrand-Strasse 2 | 55128 Mainz | Room A1.08
Telephone: 06131 628-7379
Startup Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz: Christine Goehring, MA Startup Center
Department of Research and Technology Transfer, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 55099 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 39-24387
Consultant registered with the association
The berater eV association is an interdisciplinary business consultancy for students at the University of Mainz. Students from 20 different departments from economics to natural sciences offer not only the development of solutions for very specific problems, but also the creation and optimization of business plans and the creation of professional market and competition analyzes as well as the development of effective and powerful marketing and sales strategies and internal processes and QM optimization.
The association has been successfully active for 20 years and offers its services at very humane prices, but the services are still highly professional and creative.
Contact: email@example.com or 1st President Kilian.Eiselt@berater-mainz.de
Address: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Domestic Law and Economics 1, 55128 Mainz
Collective founder Mainz
Develop ideas together, implement projects and network in a targeted way! The Mainzer GründerKollektiv is a student initiative to bring together founders and those interested in founding together. During the regular “Auf'ne Schorle” meetings you can exchange ideas on various topics and have the opportunity to get advice from experienced founders.
Contact: Leonard Hofmann and Anna Lisbeth Effenberger
Address: Lucy-Hillebrand Straße, 55128 Mainz
Iuh – Institute for Entrepreneurship
The iuh – Institute for Entrepreneurial Action is a scientific institution of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences, which is dedicated to research, teaching and higher education in the important fields of entrepreneurship and business creation.
The objectives of are:
- Research applied to entrepreneurship for the acquisition of new knowledge relevant to the practice and its communication
- Raise awareness, motivate and qualify students of all disciplines regarding entrepreneurial skills
- Advice and support for university members on various issues of entrepreneurial activity
- Promote dialogue between universities, start-up funding bodies and businesses
Contact: prof. dr. Elmar D Konrad
Address: iuh – Institute for Entrepreneurship, Mainz University of Applied Sciences, Lucy-Hillebrand Straße 2,
Telephone: 06131 6283611
Gutenberg Digital Hub e.V
The Gutenberg Digital Hub in Mainz is an association of regional companies, science and public institutions. It is a hub for digital users from industry, startups, IT SMEs and science. In addition to coworking spaces, event areas and exciting events, the hub with more than 10 focus groups on various topics such as smart cities, data science, blockchain and utilities offers a good breeding ground for knowledge transfer and networking between people who they feel the same way.
Also, here you will find the Meet a Founder instead of. About every eight weeks, founders and stakeholders meet to exchange ideas and network. Likewise, three founders each have the opportunity to present their business idea in front of the public.
Address: Gutenberg Digital Hub eV, directed by Nina Wansart, Altes Weinlager Taunusstraße 59 – 61,
Telephone: 06131 6367270
Opening time: Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm
Gutenberg Health Hub
The Gutenberg Health Hub is an entity of the Johannes Gutenberg Medical University – Mainz University and the Gutenberg Digital Hub. The goal is to develop new technologies and cognitive solutions for health care. In addition to IBM, there are over 30 other technology partners in the ecosystem. A number of innovative projects have already been anchored on campus during regular 'implementation days'. If you are a fan of hackathons and want to help shape the future of medicine, join the next Healthcare Hackathon in Mainz.
Address: Gutenberg Health Hub, University Medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Building 301, Langenbeckstraße 1, 55131 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 17-7201
Foundation Office of the Medical University Mainz
The University Medicine Startup Office is part of the Interuniversity Startup Office of the Mainz University, College and University Medicine. As a partner of the Medical Startup Alliance Rhein-Main (MSA RM), the university medicine start-up office is an important part of the regional network of medical start-ups. Together with the universities of Rhine-Main (TU Darmstadt and GU Frankfurt am Main), innovative products are developed, interdisciplinary founding teams are trained and they are actively supported on their way to becoming a successful company.
The goal of the start-up office: to support the start-up potential of science and research and further develop the academic start-up process in the Mainz University Medical Center
Contact: Dr M. Schwabe, Head of Technology Transfer
Telephone: 06131 17-9704
The non-profit association EULE eV is the central point of contact for the sound preparation of business plans in the company foundation, growth and succession phases. Together you develop a business idea from the market-oriented concept to the “stop or go” entrepreneurial and personal decision.
The association advises men and women equally. Furthermore, the promotion of women in particular and their often unnoticed potential is particularly evident. The costs for the consultancy can be financed, inter alia, through the Investment and Structure Bank's consultancy program or, if you are starting out of unemployment, via an Activation and Placement Voucher (AVGS) or BAFA (Office Federal for (Economic and Export Control)).
Contact: Managing Director Elisabeth Kolz
Address: Am Fort Gonsenheim 105 A, 55122 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 90 74 100
Integration and qualification of the IQ network
The IQ Fachstelle Migrantenökonomie is working to improve initial support for migrants in Germany, offers support for companies, expand social security and increase appreciation of the migrant economy in Germany.
Contact: IQ Department for Migrant Economics at the Institute for Social Pedagogical Research Mainz eV
Address: Augustiner Str. 64-66, 55116 Mainz
DESCOM – Design Forum Rhineland-Palatinate
The Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz is a forum for design and communication and strengthens design competence with many activities and offers. The goal is to make the design landscape visible, expand connections and start projects together. With guidance advice for founders, the self-employed, start-ups and companies, the design forum offers a free service for creative professionals from all sub-markets of the cultural and creative industries.
Address: House of Crafts, Dagobertstrasse 2, 55116 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 9992 796
ISB – Investment and Structure Bank Rhineland-Palatinate
In addition to numerous Contributions and funding offers for the foundation (Venture capital, working capital loan, regional financing, etc.) the ISB also offers a Contribution towards consultancy costs for company founders which covers 50% of consultancy costs (up to a maximum of 400 euros per day of work, minimum 4 hours of consultancy required).
Address: Holzhofstr. 4, 55116 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 6172-0* from 8:00 to 10:00 and from 13:00 to 15:00
Other important addresses for founding a company in Mainz
Setup involves a lot of administrative tasks. Here you can read why you need it and how exactly it works: Company registration – how to register a company correctly (including company registration form). For some professions, an entry in the commercial register is also required: you can find out when and how it works here… Basics: This is how you enter your craft business in the craft role.
Commercial register office of the state capital Mainz
At the business registration office you can register and deregister operations, as well as request information on the commercial register and, if necessary, register a business. You can also automatically pay the trade tax at the company registration office by submitting a direct debit order. However, if the trade tax has been calculated incorrectly, the tax office is responsible, not the commercial register office.
Address: Stadthaus Große Bleiche, Große Bleiche 46, Löwenhofstr. 1, 55116 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 12-2330 Mon – Fri 9:00 – 12:00
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Tax office Mainz
The tax office is the most important point of contact for tax-related company registration and all tax matters. As a start-up, tax office employees will be happy to answer the following questions, for example:
- How can I recover the sales tax paid on investments as quickly as possible?
- What requirements do I need to meet to get a sales tax refund?
- How are payroll taxes for new employees registered and paid to the tax office?
- What must be considered for a “mini job” and what requirements must be met?
- How high is the tax burden for a certain profit?
- What books should I keep and how can I set up accounting?
You can find a tax checklist for startups here as a PDF download.
Address: Service Center Schillerstr. 13, 55116 Mainz
Opening time: Mon – Thu 8:00 – 12:00 and 14:00 – 15:30 and Fri 8:00 – 12:00
Training centers in Rhineland-Palatinate
Starter Centers in Rhineland-Palatinate provide assistance with numerous products in order to shorten paths when setting up a business, avoid mistakes and prepare the basis for decision-making for future entrepreneurial activity.
Secure information base of qualification requirements for oneself, industry and market development, competitive situation, position quality, financial planning and much more are necessary prerequisites for a smooth start. IHK Starter Centers have summarized this information in a “starter pack” which can be requested by mail on the website.
IHK for Rhenish Hesse
In addition to the classic offer of the IHK through the training centers, regular and free consultation days are offered. Furthermore, the IHK also offers the start-up workshop for start-ups… see next point.
RLP Foundation Workshop
Since 2019, the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHK) of Rhineland-Palatinate have been supporting start-ups and young companies with the “RLP Start-up Workshop” in the planning and implementation of their business ideas and personally accompany them with a integrated range of information, learning and advice throughout the entire start-up process.
Contact: Lisa Haus, Head of Corporate Foundation and Promotion Department
Telephone: 06131 262-1703
Chamber of Crafts Rheinhessen
The Chamber of Crafts team will also support you, for example by registering your business and entering it in the register of craftsmen. This includes important offers such as business plan preparation, support program advice, etc.
Contact: Oliver Jung, Head of Management Consulting
Address: Dagobertstrasse 2, 55116 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 9992-272
State Association of Freelancers Rhineland-Palatinate eV
The Institute for the Liberal Professions (IFB) is one of the leading research and consultancy institutes for the liberal professions in Germany and offers one-hour individual consultations on the specifics of establishing yourself in a liberal profession, the provisions of freelance work and general questions about founding a company.
Address: Rheinstrasse 4a, 55116 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 464846-0
Employment agency Mainz
The Employment Agencies support those who want to start a business out of unemployment through the start-up grant and other services. As a non-employed founder, you can also take advantage of business start-up advice from the Employment Agency.
Here you can also obtain information on how to protect yourself with an acquired right to subsequent unemployment benefits if your start-up project fails. The employment agency is also a very competent contact person for all questions on training and continuing education and on possible financing.
Address: Untere Zahlbacher Str. 27, 55131 Mainz
Telephone: 06131 248777
opening time From Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 18:00