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EY supports your start-up from the very beginning. We offer help with all the strategic, legal and financial issues you’re likely to face – whatever stage your business is at. On this site you will find useful start-up information, details of events and initiatives, and EY contacts in your region.

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Roger Krapf
Roger Krapf
Primary Contact Switzerland
Partner Tax, Leader Business Tax Advisory

Phone: +41 58 286 2125
Roger.Krapf@ch.ey.com

Ernst & Young AG

St. Leonhard-Str. 76
9001 St. Gallen
Switzerland

Start-ups are a central driver of innovation and mirror the innovative strength of an economy. These entrepreneurial companies distinguish themselves not only in their own high growth potential, but also foster and challenge the agility and innovation in well-established companies. Start-ups in Switzerland, which has held the top spot of the yearly published Global Innovation Index for the last couple of years, benefit from an attractive business environment with access to a talent pool formed in a business-oriented dual educational system. The for start-ups typical industries IT, life sciences and finances are strongly rooted in Switzerland and with numerous leading companies as well as the two Federal Institutes of Technology ETH Zurich and EPFL offer the ideal breeding ground for innovations in the fields of Fintech, Cleantech, Biotech, Medtech, Blockchain and various others.

With the start-up initiative EY makes a valuable contribution to the promotion of young companies and their spirit of innovation, true to our purpose of “building a better working world”.
Titus Zwirner
Titus Zwirner
Primary Contact NRW

Phone: +49 221 2779 21472
Titus.Zwirner@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Börsenplatz 1
50667 Cologne
Germany

It is an exciting challenge to create and develop a company. I see it as my task to support young entrepreneurs on their way to success and to be a pivotal contact for them in all business and legal matters in the Rhine Ruhr region. I really enjoy supporting start-ups throughout their entire lifecycle, as well as using the right contacts to create EY approaches that deliver everything they need.
Marco Koch
Marco Koch
Primary Contact Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 9881 19298
Marco.Koch@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Flughafenstraße 61
70629 Stuttgart
Germany

We are convinced that our region has enormous potential for a sustainable start-up culture. And we believe that such a culture would bring benefits for every individual as well as for wider society. We want to provide platforms that are designed to connect young entrepreneurs with established players. Additionally, EY is, due to our multi-disciplinary approach and international network, an ideal partner to advise and support both start-ups and investors in all relevant fiscal, business and legal matters. In each phase of a company’s development, I am inspired by the commitment and vision of founders and I always enjoy watching how young start-ups create their ideas.
Alexander Schmiegel
Alexander Schmiegel
Primary Contact Hanover

Phone: +49 511 8508 12615
Alexander.Schmiegel@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Landschaftstraße 8
30159 Hanover
Germany

Peter Lennartz
Peter Lennartz
Head of EY Start-up-Initiative GSA

Phone: +49 30 25471 20631
Peter.Lennartz@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Friedrichstraße 140
10117 Berlin
Germany

Thomas Gabriel
Thomas Gabriel
Primary Contact Austria

Phone: +43 1 21170 1904
Thomas.Gabriel@at.ey.com

Vienna Office
Ernst & Young Management Consulting GmbH

Wagramer Straße 19
IZD Tower
1220 Vienna
Austria

Start-ups have an immense importance based on their innovative energy: On the one hand, the entire economy benefits when start-ups develop into large companies. On the other hand, start-ups are extremely important as innovation suppliers for corporates and medium-sized companies. EY wants to be a bridge builder between established companies – the carriers of the economy – and ambitious start-ups.
Peter Lennartz
Peter Lennartz
Primary Contact Berlin

Phone: +49 30 25471 20631
Peter.Lennartz@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Friedrichstraße 140
10117 Berlin
Germany

In recent years, start-ups have been driving development both worldwide and in Germany. These young companies came up with many of the innovative business models and digital services that we take for granted in our everyday lives today. And they have also shaken up the so-called ‘Old Economy’, which was struggling to grasp the impact of digitalization and respond effectively to developments.
Ultimately, start-ups help create jobs for young people from all over the world, Berlin being a very good example. Today, Berlin is outstripping London in attracting start-up investment and shows a net growth in jobs and population – resulting in increased tax revenue and benefits for the public. For me, it is only natural to support our Start-up Initiative, which is perfectly in tune with the EY motto: ‘Building a better working world’. This applies not just in Berlin, but everywhere where young entrepreneurs help make our world a better place.
Markus Fischer
Markus Fischer
Primary Contact Munich, M&A and Growth financings

Phone: +49 89 14331 23475
Markus.Fischer@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Arnulfstraße 59
80636 Munich
Germany

Jan Brorhilker
Jan Brorhilker
Primary Contact Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 36132 12861
Jan.Brorhilker@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Rothenbaumchaussee 76–78
20148 Hamburg
Germany

In recent years, one of the consequences of the dot.com bubble is that investors have been making increased demands of the companies they are interested in purchasing – something that is still too often underestimated. Potential buyers expect reasonable prices as well as promising investment cases, high-quality managment and, above all, reliable figures.To meet these increased expectations it is crucial to analyze the preparedness of a company from every angle.
Christopher Schmitz
Christopher Schmitz
Primary Contact Frankfurt

Phone: +49 6196 996 13545
Christopher.Schmitz@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Mergenthalerallee 3–5
65760 Eschborn/Frankfurt
Germany

FSO Transaction Advisory Services is a trusted provider of support to start-ups, VCs, private equity companies, banks, asset managers and insurers. We cover the entire life cycle of a start-up – from developing a business idea to seed funding through to exits or IPOs. We connect start-ups with investors and strategists. Thanks to our comprehensive experience in developing innovative business models we can provide young companies with advice and support on important matters such as legal frameworks, company valuation, funding, finance and classic due diligence. All are crucial ingredients for every successful go-to-market.
Stefan Mayer-Ehrling
Stefan Mayer-Ehrling
Primary Contact Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 2526 26098
Stefan.Mayer-Ehrling@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Grimmaische Straße 25
04109 Leipzig
Germany

As a tax adviser, I’ve been concerned with the fiscal and legal issues of German and international companies from a broad spectrum of industries for more than 12 years now. How do taxation law and start-ups go together? It’s simple: anyone who founds a company has to consider legal and tax matters. Ideally, tax optimization and risk management arrangements should be put on the right track at the very beginning, i.e. in the start-up phase. That is why I provide young entrepreneurs with insights into tax-optimized company structures – without getting them bogged down in technical jargon. I find it very exciting to help start-ups develop their ideas; I see myself as a supporter and mentor, whether at pitching events, workshops or university initiatives.
Dr. Andreas Müller
Dr. Andreas Müller
Primary Contact Mannheim

Phone: +49 621 4208 18800
A.Mueller@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Willy-Brandt-Platz 5
68161 Mannheim
Germany

Start-ups are an important driver of innovation in our region’s economy. SAP, which was once a start-up too, is a good example for the possible impact of start-ups on the development of a region. The global organization of EY not only supports start-ups in all phases of their lifecycles but also by providing them with our global accelerator “EY Startup Challenge“, which is an excellent platform for growth, giving access to our global network of clients. The industry region we live in is of high importance for Germany and Europe, and by fostering start-ups we help drive change towards a knowledge-based society.
Petra Sutor
Petra Sutor
Marketing & Communication, EY Start-up-Initiative GSA

Phone: +49 6196 996 15193
Petra.Sutor@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Mergenthalerallee 3-5
65760 Eschborn/Frankfurt
Germany

Torsten Jensen
Torsten Jensen
Primary Contact NRW

Phone: +49 221 2779 23449
Torsten.Jensen@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Börsenplatz 1
50667 Cologne
Germany

Josephine Bayer
Josephine Bayer
Business Development, EY Start-up-Initiative GSA

Phone: +49 30 25471 24381
Josephine.Bayer@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Friedrichstraße 140
10117 Berlin
Germany

Maren Osmers
Maren Osmers
Financial & payroll accounting, financial statements & tax returns, EY Start-up-Initiative GSA

Phone: +49 89 14331 25926
Maren.Osmers@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Arnulfstraße 59
80636 Munich
Germany

Dr. Martin Steinbach
Dr. Martin Steinbach
Head of IPO Listing Services, EY Start-up-Initiative GSA

Phone: +49 6196 996 11574
Martin.Steinbach@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Mergenthalerallee 3-5
65760 Eschborn/Frankfurt
Germany

Martin Jager
Martin Jager
Contact Energy

Phone: +49 30 25471 22744
Martin.Jager@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Friedrichstr. 140
10117 Berlin
Germany

Thomas Prüver
Thomas Prüver
Telecommunication, media & technology

Phone: +49 30 25471 10164
Thomas.Pruever@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Friedrichstraße 140
10117 Berlin
Germany

Dr. Siegfried Bialojan
Dr. Siegfried Bialojan
Contact Health

Phone: +49 621 4208 11405
Siegfried.Bialojan@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Willy-Brandt-Platz 5
68161 Mannheim
Germany

Christopher Schmitz
Christopher Schmitz
Contact FinTech

Phone: +49 6196 996 13545
Christopher.Schmitz@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Mergenthalerallee 3–5
65760 Eschborn/Frankfurt
Germany

Christoph Hille
Christoph Hille
Contact E-Commerce

Phone: +49 (40) 36132 16773
Christoph.Hille@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Rothenbaumchaussee 78
20148 Hamburg
Germany

Stefan Bley
Stefan Bley
Contact Discret Industries

Phone: +49 621 4208 17342
Stefan.Bley@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Willy-Brandt-Platz 5
68161 Mannheim
Germany

Christian Janze
Christian Janze
Contact AgTech

Phone: +49 511 8508 26945
Christian.Janze@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Landschaftstraße 8
30159 Hanover
Germany

Gerald Kremer
Gerald Kremer
Contact PropTech

Phone: +49 6196 996 26755
Gerald.Kremer@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Mergenthalerallee 3-5
65760 Eschborn/Frankfurt
Germany

Torben Kiemann
Torben Kiemann
Contact Mobility

Phone: +49 511 8508 14849
Torben.Kiemann@de.ey.com

Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Landschaftstraße 8
30159 Hanover
Germany

Events & Workshops


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Christopher Schmitz
Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
Mergenthalerallee 3–5
65760 Eschborn
Germany

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News & Interviews


Scene - More links to the start-up scene in Germany


Gründerszene

Gründerszene


Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.

Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.


Spätschicht

Spätschicht


Berlin Valley

Berlin Valley


Knowledgebase


EY Start-up-Barometer – October 2019

20.11.2019 | 247 KB

Financing of European start-ups at record level - Paris bypasses Berlin
In the first half of the year, European start-up companies received more money than ever before: the total value of start-up financing rose by 62 percent year-on-year to 16. 9 billion euros. By contrast, the number of financing rounds rose by only 10 per cent to 2,301.

EY Start-up-Barometer – July 2019

15.07.2019 | 315 KB

German start-ups were able to collect more fresh capital in the first half of 2019 than ever before in a half-year. They received a total of 2.8 billion euros, 13 percent more than in the same period last year. The number of financing rounds even rose by 19 percent to 332 compared to the first half of the previous year.

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