EXIST is a funding programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The aim of the project is to improve the funding environment in universities and non-university research facilities. In addition, the number of technology-oriented and knowledge-based businesses start-ups is planned to be increased. In the subprogrammes “EXIST-start up scholarship” and “EXIST-research transfer” business start-ups emerging from universities and research are financially supported.

On behalf of the project management Jülich (PTJ), which is charged with the implementation of the EXIST-programme, VDI/VDE-IT prepares expert opinions on founding concepts of universities and research.