One of the focal points of Bonn's business development department is the provision of competent and free advice for start-ups. During the business plan preparation phase, the team provides support with individual advice on topics such as market analysis, site selection, pricing, and financing. In 2021, a total of 198 start-up projects received individual support, and the necessary "statements on economic viability" were also issued for submission to the Employment Agency or the Job Center. Information events, workshops and networking evenings rounded off the comprehensive activities; in total, more than 1,000 people interested in starting a business were reached.
BonnProfits Start Up Services
For more than 10 years, the promotion of knowledge-intensive services and the increase of the self-employment rate of women has been the goal of the BonnProfits Start Up Services initiative, with which the Bonn Economic Development Agency and Sparkasse KölnBonn jointly want to activate start-up potential in the city of Bonn. Through a well-developed web and social media presence, founders are approached with special modules tailored to the target groups, from office space to consulting, qualification and coaching modules, and the further business development of the startups is advised.
In 2021, there were the following activities of BonnProfits Start Up Services:
Innovation and Start-up Centre (IGZ)
Since its opening in January 2011, the BonnProfits innovation and start-up center at Godesberger Allee 139 in Bonn has become an important address for start-ups with know-how. The high-quality and affordable office space in a central location has so far offered 80 companies the best conditions for a successful start. A healthy mix of sectors from the field of knowledge-intensive services as well as a comprehensive range of consulting services and events continue to make the IGZ highly attractive for start-ups.
Workshop series "Expanding competencies"
The fully booked workshop series with six half-day workshops is aimed specifically at female founders and entrepreneurs. With topics such as the concretization of the individual enterprise profile and the target groups, as well as the optimization of the personal and enterprise appearance both participants are addressed, who stand at the beginning of their independence or entrepreneur inside, which align themselves again. The workshops also serve as a networking opportunity for women entrepreneurs.
The Economic Development Agency is a member of the BonnRhein-Sieg start-up network, which was founded to implement the NRW Gründerstipendium.NRW funding program. At the five meetings held in 2021, a representative of the founding team participated as a voting member of the jury.
Cooperation with the University of Bonn
The cooperation with the university will be continued on an ongoing basis. Brief advice on self-employment as part of the Career Day, the lecture "From university to self-employment - the small 1 x 1 of freelancing" as well as the BonnProfits talk round "Start up your business in Bonn" took place as part of the Dies Academicus. Bonn Economic Development continued to be involved in the jury of the study module "Business start-ups in agricultural and food science".
BonnProfits Presentation Workshop
In these one-day workshops, entrepreneurs work on their convincing short presentations under the guidance of coaches and in a small group. Three times in 2021, the Economic Development Agency, together with Sparkasse KölnBonn, and the University of Bonn provided a coach and worked with eight start-up personalities for a day on their appearance and company presentation.
Offers for female founders
To increase the proportion of women among the self-employed, the range of services is being expanded to include additional formats.
Exchange of experience for female founders
Women in the start-up and development phase use the monthly exchange of experiences as a platform for presenting their business ideas and exchanging information on topics relevant to start-ups. Between 15 and 25 women in the start-up and development phase of their business take advantage of this offer.
Consultant Network/Founders' Days
The commitment of the "Beraterinnen-Netzwerk Bonn/Rhein-Sieg" (Bonn/Rhine-Sieg Network of Women Consultants), which has been in existence for more than 20 years, aims to increase the proportion of women in the start-up scene (currently at 40 %). As an association of experts from institutions and self-employed consultants, it supports women in starting up and building up their businesses and brings women entrepreneurs into the public eye. As in previous years, the network organized two (hybrid) events with expert presentations, a panel discussion and topic-related brief consultations.