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We are constantly expanding our network and maintain direct and personal contact with our partners, who actively shape our services and programs with us.
Social Innovation Lab / Grünhof e.V.

The Social Innovation Lab is our twin star in Grünhof’s accelerator heaven. Here, social innovation is the key to a sustainable society and imaginative creators are supported in closing gaps in the social system.


Startinsland is the overarching startup initiative for the Freiburg region and bundles the offers in the ecosystem. >SMART> GREEN is firmly plugged into this network and together shapes a coherent and effective offer for our target group.

Fraunhofer institute

With its industry focus on the green economy and emphasis on renewable energies, environmental technology and digitalization, among other things, the orientation of >SMART> GREEN is thematically very close to many Fraunhofer research priorities. The local proximity to the five Fraunhofer institutes in Freiburg and their merger to form the Sustainability Performance Center enables close cooperation in the transfer of research to industry and we have already accompanied many Fraunhofer spin-offs.

Borderstep Institute

The Borderstep Institute for Innovation and sustainability researches the future with a focus on innovation and sustainability and is therefore a:e perfect sparring partner:in for >SMART> GREEN. In 2015, the Gründungszentrum Grünhof (umbrella organization of the >SMART> GREEN Accelerator), was awarded as winner of the StartGreen Award in the category startup supporters.

University of Freiburg

The University of Freiburg is a research-strong comprehensive university with a particularly broad range of subjects and an outstanding track record in knowledge transfer, i.e. in the exploitation of academic research for industry, e.g. through patents and spin-offs. The >SMART> GREEN Accelerator is in close exchange with the startup office, the Institute of Finance, Controlling & Entrepreneurship and helps to create further access to startups and to bring research results as effectively as possible on the way in the market.

Foundersclub Freiburg

The Foundersclub Freiburg e.V. is a very successful startup initiative by and for students at the University of Freiburg, which causes a sensation with formats such as SPARK and Unternehmenslust. >SMART> GREEN is a regular co-organizer and helps interested parties to learn about startup basics and to transform their own ideas into realizable products.

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Start Up Energy Transition

Start Up Energy Transition is a platform initiated and supported by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) at the interface between public and private actors in the energy transition. Like >SMART> GREEN, SET supports the accelerated development of effective innovations in the energy sector.

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Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

The German Federal Foundation for the Environment (DBU) is one of the largest foundations in Europe. It promotes innovative, model and solution-oriented projects for the protection of the environment with a special focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Umwelttechnik BW (UTBW)

The State Agency for Environmental Technology and Ressource Efficiency Baden-Württemberg (UTBW) networks all relevant information, activities and actors in Baden-Württemberg from business, science and politics. UTBW has been supporting the >SMART> GREEN Accelerator since day one with joint project implementations and events.

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Impact Festival

The Impact Festival is a community-based invitation to join forces and leverage synergies for everyone who is passionate about sustainable solutions in the B2B sector. It brings together impact-driven startups, scale-ups, established companies and investors in an ecosystem meeting to drive the digital and sustainable transformation of the business world.

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High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF)

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a venture capital provider for highly innovative tech startups. In the >SMART> GREEN Accelerator, we involve HTGF investment experts in the Pre-Seed Funding program. This creates early contacts, knowledge of financing strategies and concrete investments.

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BonVenture is the first provider of Green & Social Venture Capital in the German-speaking region. BonVenture provides insights into the requirements and selection processes in impact investing and valuable contacts by accompanying our Pre-Seed Funding program for the startup teams.

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Startnext is a german crowdfunding platform for creative and sustainable ideas, projects and companies. It enables them to present themselves, to be financed with the support of many people (the crowd) and to build a community. It’s an attractive tool for B2C-startups.

Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft (BNW) Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft

The German Sustainable Business Association (BNW) is an ecologically oriented business association in which companies that combine responsibility for business, the environment and society have been involved since 1992. Grünhof GmbH has been a member of the BNW since 2018.

Volksbank Freiburg

Volksbank Freiburg supports the >SMART> GREEN Accelerator time and again by sponsoring and by providing valuable financing advice for young companies as part of the Business Help Desk Finance. Questions about company accounts, startup and growth financing to construction financing are right here.

LANGE BRUNNER Rechtsanwälte

The law company LANGE BRUNNER has been a valuable partner for legal issues for the Grünhof community for many years. As part of the Grünhof Business Help Desk Law, it offers young companies free expert support on all aspects of contracts, sales, trademarks, liability and structuring of companies, etc.


The tax advisors at strub.eisenhardt.laß provide clarity in terms of intelligent tax management and support startups in the community as part of the Grünhof Business Help Desk Taxes on annual financial statements, tax returns and various other accounting issues.


As an innovation center in Breisach, just a short drone flight away from the Lokhalle, the BadenCampus provides support for startups and makes an extensive network available. With a focus of the BadenCampus Accelerator on deep tech, we connect thematically flush with our green tech focus.

Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine (KTUR)

The INTERREG project “Knowledge Transfer Upper Rhine” (KTUR) is a tri-national project in which, in addition to the University of Freiburg, eleven other universities and colleges from Germany, France and Switzerland are involved. We support the working group “Founding in the Upper Rhine area” coordinated in Freiburg by >SMART> GREEN know-how and network.

HS Furtwangen

As a university with a strong research focus, Furtwangen University offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs with innovative study concepts and a strong focus on imparting skills in the field of business management. Students from HFU are always part of our formats, such as the Activator Program in Tel Aviv.