40.000 € MakeItMatter-Award 2022 To the program


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 institutes

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.


LEXROCKET is the founder and startup support initiative of the Freiburg software house Lexware, a company of the Haufe Group. The >SMART> GREEN Accelerator is grateful for sponsoring and for mutual support at events around startup-related topics.

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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.


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.

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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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.

Bundesverband Nachhaltige Wirtschaft (BNW)

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.

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.

College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS)

The College of Management Academic Studies (COMAS) in ISRAEL is a private business college near Tel Aviv with a lot of expertise in the field of international cooperation. Together with COMAS, the >SMART> GREEN Accelerator has very successfully implemented the Activator Program in Freiburg and Tel Aviv.

Institut for Industrial Ecology HS Pforzheim

We cooperate with Pforzheim University, in particular with the Institute for Industrial Ecology, in various approaches. The thrust is to raise awareness for startups and cooperation as a way to improve our social life between technosphere and ecosphere.

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.