Startup consulting – we help you make your business idea a reality

Du hast eine Idee im Kopf und möchtest eine eigene Firma gründen, aber es sind noch viele Fragen offen? Dann kann eine Gründungsberatung ein wertvoller Einstieg für dich sein.


What is start-up advice?

A start-up consultation is an indispensable navigator if you want to turn your business idea into reality. In a start-up consultation, you will receive individual and professional support from experienced start-up consultants with your questions about your business idea and self-employment.


What are the benefits of start-up advice?

It helps you to ensure that you don't have to fight your way through the "start-up jungle" alone, but are well prepared to make your start-up a success.


Advantages of start-up advice

  • Feedback and helpful tips for refining your business idea.
  • Support with the development of a viable business model to build a profitable company.
  • Guidance and support for creating a solid business plan. This is the basis of your company's success.
  • Initial information on the formal aspects of your start-up, e.g. choice of legal form, legal and tax aspects.
  • Assistance in important areas such as personnel management, team building and marketing.
  • Support in getting started with financing and an overview of possible funding programs.


The start-up consultancy of the CyberLab Karlsruhe

Our CyberLab start-up consultancy EXI Digital will help you set up your company and support you at eye level during this exciting initial phase. We examine your business idea from all angles, check its market maturity and viability with you and offer individual support: from competitive analysis to a financing plan. Our start-up advice is open to all sectors and free of charge, regardless of whether you are looking for start-up advice in Karlsruhe, Mannheim or Stuttgart.

The only requirement is that your business idea has a digital connection.



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We answer all your questions about getting started!

We have been supporting startups for 26 years in the CyberForum and for 10 years with the CyberLab. That's why we are the perfect touch point for you to clarify the most important questions about founding your company. In cooperation with the Karlsruhe Economic Development Agency and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Agency, we have designed the EXI Digital BW startup voucher ESF Plus to offer you free startup consulting.


Consulting for startups with a digital focus in all industries

The EXI startup voucher is open to all industries. The only requirement is that digital business models or technologies play or could play a role.

As part of the CyberForum, Europes largest, we offer you valuable contacts from the high-tech and IT sector who will support you as an investor, business angel or mentor on your way to your own company.
We also support startup projects with a focus on IT, AI, IT security and smart production within the framework of our CyberLab Accelerator.


Here's how the startup voucher works

Step one: Initial consulting

This is about the current status, an initial assessment of your startup project and checking the feasibility of your business model. You receive valuable practical tips and we discuss goal-oriented further steps. If necessary, we put you in touch with relevant contacts, e.g. with regard to possible funding or financing.


Step two: Hands-on support through specialized consulting

Our special advisory service covers topics such as the detailed preparation of a reliable business plan or the creation of a sales strategy and marketing plan. 80% of the specialized consultancy is funded by the EXI Digital BW startup voucher ESF-Plus, and you as the founder only bear 20% of the costs.
The special advisory service is carried out by experienced external consultants and active entrepreneurs who are accredited by us and who are placed with you in a sector-specific manner tailored to your needs.


Step three: Getting involved in the community

Right from the start you benefit from our network and startup community in Baden-Württemberg. As an EXI founder you can pick the brains of all current and former business owners from CyberForum and CyberLab alumni.


Thanks to our workshops and theme days, you can find out about "Digital Startups", "Sustainability", "Financing" and "Female Founders" and exchange ideas with other founders.


The information event "EXI Digital Gründungswerkstatt"  teaches you what is important for a startup. This includes, for example, the entrepreneurial personality, important legal factors and the opportunities of a digital business model.


If the basic questions about your startup project have already been clarified, you can put your business idea to the test in front of experts and internal advisors at the "Heißer Stuhl" and receive valuable input.

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Co-financed by the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Tourism Baden-Württemberg with funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the state of Baden-Württemberg.