Your founding process
Your Founding Process

In Good Hands Right from the Beginning

Germany is a globally renowned brand. "Made in Germany" stands for quality, reliability and success. Are you planning to invest? Come to Hessen in the heart of Germany. You will find direct access to the German and European markets for your business here.

The German market has never been closer. And setting up business in Hessen never easier. We advise you if you if you wish to invest in the State of Hessen or to relocate or expand your operations. We are the starting point for international founders at state level. It is for a reason that about 13,000 international companies have already opted for this location. More than 95 percent would do so again.

10 Steps for Your European Market Success

Step1

Contact us

Contact an advisor at Hessen Trade & Invest as early as possible to obtain quick and unbureau- cratic support from your initial inquiry to the opening of your business venture.

We are the central point of contact for inter- national investors who wish to locate or invest in Hessen. We support them in cooperation with our partners at the regional and local level and assist them every step of their way to Hessen.

Advisory Service


Step2

Visa for a business trip to Germany

Entrepreneurs and citizens of many non-EU countries require a visa for business trips to Germany; however, there are exceptions for several countries. Citizens from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States and some other coun- tries may enter and stay in Germany without a visa for up to 90 days.

Citizens of all other countries require a Schengen or a German national visa for entry into Germany. For short-term stays in Germany (stays not exceeding 90 days within any 180-day period), a Schengen visa is required to travel to Germany.

Read more about the Schengen visa in our investor guideline below and here: www.gtai.com


Step3

Health insurance for your stay in Germany

A visa will only be issued if you can prove that you have health insurance coverage in Germany. You can purchase health insurance in your own country. Documentary evidence must be provided of travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30,000 valid for the entire Schengen area.


Step4

Documents needed to set up a company

Anyone can establish a business in Germany – irrespective of nationality or place of residence.

There is no specific investment legislation in Germany, nor is there a minimum percentage of German shareholders required for foreign entrepreneurs. Foreign investors can choose the most suitable legal company form as a corporation or partnership or conduct business via a Germany-based branch office. Either way, establishment procedures are straightforward with well-defined steps.

If you want to know more about the documents needed, have a look at our investor guideline below.


Step5

Experts assisting in setting up the company

When setting up a company in Germany, the support provided by our team of consultants cannot fully eliminate the need for additional experts – some of them are optional but often advisable.

  • Lawyer / Attorney
  • Tax consultant
  • Notary public
  • Bank
  • Personnel consultants/recruitment agencies

Step6

Searching for business premises

A registered business address is required for conducting commercial operations in Germany. Options for business premises in Hessen are the following:

  • Office space
  • Office space in a business center
  • Screening and selection
  • Commercial premises/space
  • Home office

Your advisor can support you to find the right premises in close cooperation with economic development partners at regional and city levels.


Step7

Company registration

After the location decision has been made, the new German corporation has to be registered. All companies carrying out commercial business operations are obligated to incorporate at the public commercial register (Handelsregister) which provides legally relevant information about merchants and commercial companies. The commercial register is managed by the district court where it can be viewed by the public free of charge. Additionally, all business operators must notify the trade office (Gewerbe-/ Ordnungsamt) of the town in which the business operation is located. A business license or permit is not necessary in the majority of cases, but only in some sectors.


Step8

Funding schemes

Foreign companies aiming to set up office in Hessen can obtain funding under certain circumstances. Incentive systems are available but always The team of funding experts WI Bank Hessen is prepared to provide you with information relating to your individual funding prerequisites. We can help you to get in touch.


Step9

Residence permit and settlement permit

Entrepreneurs from non-EU countries require a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) or a settlement permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis) if they want to run a business in Germany in person or if they are employed in Germany. A residence permit is always limited in time, a settlement permit is unlimited. A settlement permit will usually be issued if a non-EU citizen has been in possession of a residence permit for at least five years. Both residence and settlement permit are always issued for a specific purpose, usually for the purpose of selfemployment or for the purpose of taking up employment in Germany.

Find more information: Coming to Germany (gtai.de)


Step10

Commencing business operations

Congratulations! You are now ready to commence your business operatons in Hessen. We recommend considering some aspects, such as implementing a marketing concept, searching for business partners and adapting your business plan.

If you want to know more, have a look at our Investor Guideline.

Investor Guideline

10 Steps for your successful settlement

Investor Guideline for the German State of Hessen

Investor Guideline for the German State of Hessen

Publish date

03.07.2019

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Your Consultants

You want to find out more about your opportunities in Hessen? Talk to us!

Dr. David Eckensberger

Dr. David Eckensberger

Head of Department International Affairs

Division

International Affairs

+49 611 95017 8326

Jonas Winkler

Jonas Winkler

Director Location Marketing

Division

International Affairs

+49 611 95017 8641

Andreas Damrau

Andreas Damrau

Director Investor Services RCEP Area

Division

International Affairs

+49 611 95017 8346

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