Baden-Württemberg has a vibrant start-up culture. Many innovative companies were born in one of Baden-Württemberg’s cities and towns. The state has been nationally recognized as a start-up cluster, especially in the area of electro-mobility. In terms of patents, Baden-Württemberg ranks among the top states in Germany.
As an international student, you might think about starting your own company in Baden-Württemberg while you’re studying or after you’ve finished your education. That’s great! Baden-Württemberg encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and supports people who want to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow. Programs like “Young Innovators” or “Start-Up BW” offer great resources. The KI Garage by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung is another great initiative that supports students, researchers and start-ups in the artificial intelligence space with ideas, mentorships, networking opportunities and events.
However, if you are considering founding your own start-up, there are some rules you have to keep in mind: If you are an EU or EEA citizen, there aren’t too many hurdles. If you start your company while you’re studying, you have to make sure you work less than 20 hours a week. Otherwise, you will lose your student health insurance and have to be insured at a regular, more expensive, rate. You can start a company after you graduate but check with the employment office and the alien’s office what restrictions apply and what you need to do to register your company.