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Innovation Lab HySPRINT

AdMaLab - The Berlin Materials and Hardware Lab

Start-up funding programme in the field of material science

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AdMaLab - The Berlin Materials and Hardware Lab


The State of Berlin is granting INAM e.V. and its cooperation partners around EUR 1.1 million to set up an incubator program tailored to start-ups in the field of materials science. In addition to access to the newly opened research building of the IRIS Adlershof at Humboldt University and to the HySPRINT Innovation Lab at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, stipends will be made available to founders so they can dedicate their time to developing their business ideas and products.

Intensive training and monitoring programme

Starting Friday, December 3, 2021, 12:00h, founders with a focus on new materials can apply for a place in the incubator program: from April 2022 or June 2022, successful applicants will start work and undergo numerous trainings during the following 12 months on topics including company set-up and management, product development, financial planning, IP law, marketing and business development. The intensive mentoring program is complemented by Humboldt Innovation GmbH and experts from various fields. The incubator program, unique in its conception so far, is called AdMaLab - The Berlin Materials and Hardware Lab.

How to apply

Applications for a place in the incubator program are open to all Berlin-based founders (at the time of the program's start) with a corresponding business idea and previous experience. For companies that have already been founded, it is important that they have not been in business for longer than 3 months at the time of application (date of first business registration).

Applications are possible from Friday, December 3, 2021, 12:00h; further information on the requirements and the program can be found on the INAM e.V. website.
A top-class jury of experts from science and industry will select the applicants for the approximately 25 scholarship places.

An big step toward technology transfer and innovation

Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil from the scientific cooperation partner Humboldt University and AdMaLab jury member: "We are very grateful to the Berlin Senate Department that we can now help founders get started as entrepreneurs in the highly complex field of material innovations through advice, action and Lab - an important step for improving technology transfer between science and industry. We look forward to numerous exciting innovations and business ideas."

Oliver Hasse, Managing Director of INAM e.V.: "With the funding commitment for our incubator program, the Berlin Senate is sending a strong signal: "analog" innovations have and need their place in Berlin's startup ecosystem. Innovative company founders from the so-called hardware deeptech sector receive important - probably even essential - support through AdMaLab in the difficult startup phase, in which often not only money but also access to laboratories for product development is lacking."

Funded by State of Berlin and ESF

With the Berlin Startup Scholarship, from which the funds flow, the state of Berlin has launched a support program to help turn the innovative ideas of those willing to start up into products. With the funding from the European Social Fund and the state of Berlin, scholarship holders can advance their business ideas in various subject areas.

Since 2016, the universities have already been able to support more than 120 innovative startup projects with the help of the Berlin Startup Grant, making a significant contribution to the expansion of Berlin's startup ecosystem. This success can now be expanded even further in the field of materials science with targeted qualification and networking formats.

INAM - Innovation Network for Advanced Materials e.V.

INAM - Innovation Network for Advanced Materials e.V. helps startups with a scientific background at every stage of the business cycle. In early phases, INAM connects startups with research institutions to bring their products to market and validate initial results. Early on, the focus is on connecting with corporates and SMEs, who are at the same time customers but also scaling partners. INAM increasingly carries out activities in this context. One of these activities is the Advanced Materials Competition - AdMaCom. This focused, two-week accelerator takes place once or twice a year and invites the best 10 high-tech startups from countless international applicants. In addition to prize money, the winner receives intensive business development support afterwards. INAM's member companies include Bosch, Continental - ContiTech, Sony, Tolsa and the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Humboldt University of Berlin / Integrated Research Institute for the Sciences.

Integrative Research Institutes (IRI) are interdisciplinary research institutes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. They focus on a research field in which Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin strives for a leading international position. At an IRI, scientists from the university work closely with cooperation partners as well as international guests. The Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences - IRIS Adlershof - was founded in 2009 as the first IRI at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Among other things, novel hybrid materials and functional systems are being researched here across disciplines.