Gruenderbox – Founder’s box

  • Investor (key institution): Socially Integrative City Programme
  • Contact person: Ms Jakob,
  • Year of implementation: 2003
  • Implementation venue

  • Country: Germany
  • Region: Berlin
  • Town: Berlin
  • Impact: local

    Total costs: EUR

    Source per every institution

    • national: Information not found EUR
    • regional: Information not found EUR

    Important stakeholders concerned - names of the institutions

    • national: Socially Integrative City Programme
    • regional: Socially Integrative City Programme
    1. Improved support for the development of small business operators in the area of blocks of flats.

      The International Trade Centre GmbH (Internationales Handlungszentrum GmbH) offered space at a former administrative building to start-ups for a small rent. The business operators were able to rent as much space as they needed for 3,50€ per m² (electricity and service charges included). The building structure was in a good condition and communal facilities such as a tea kitchen, sanitary rooms and telecommunication connections were available. Furthermore, business management consultancy services were offered to the renters by a business consultant. Based on such an offer, the business operators were able to start their business with small costs and a high amount of business knowledge. Due to the high demand, the project was extended and a neighbouring building was transformed into a second founder’s box. In the end almost 70 new businesses were founded and approximately 150 new jobs were created until 2006. The project exists since 2003 and is still running until today.


    The district around Boxhagener Platz (Boxhagener square) is a 19th century inner city quarter in Berlin with both residential houses that were constructed in the 19th century as well as a few block structures. The quarter has 75 acre and around 20.000 inhabitants. After the reunification the quarter around Boxhagener Platz was affected by the loss of jobs and businesses as well as by the loss of families and employed people. These changes let the district administration decide to participate in the Federal-State funding programme Socially Integrative City. Being funded by the programme, the district administration was able to establish a neighbourhood management office and several projects took place since 1999. One of the main focuses of the quarter management acitivities is to make the district more attractive to businesses and employed people.

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