A lot can be achieved when you have the right idea. To ensure this goes smoothly, kraftwerk assists start-ups with an award and subsequent support programme. Every spring, focus topics are advertised, which startups can apply for with their projects.

kraftwerk awards the Smart Tech Trophy and 4,000 Euros to the most promising idea. And is if that weren’t enough: If the judges are convinced of an idea, the participants are given everything they need to be successful as part of a 14-month support programme. This includes a wide range of workshops on marketing, business model design, sales enhancement and team development, plus an attractive work environment at the company’s own centrally located coworking space, and monthly funding.


Only a solid basis will enable a successful start for a company. That’s why kraftwerk helps participants with extensive know-how. Right from the very first day, tutors from the swb group and partner companies assist and encourage the young entrepreneurs, working with them to overcome initial hurdles, avoid any traps, establish technology partnerships, and facilitate market access. A wide range of services and monthly funding of 1,500 Euros per team member round off this extraordinary support, enabling start-ups to fully concentrate on founding their business.


With its innovation hotspots for wind energy, maritime technology, automotive and aerospace technology, transport and logistics, the Hanseatic city of Bremen is one of Germany’s most interesting economic hubs. The startup scene’s ecosystem is far-reaching, with a wide range of options for networking and exchanging knowledge. The city near the North Sea is lively and lush, situated right on the Weser River. It has short travelling distances, with the airport virtually right in the middle, and a great variety of sporting and cultural facilities. So it’s the ideal setting for being able to fully concentrate on business development – the spirit of research, apparent throughout the entire city, does the rest.

Adress & Directions


kraftwerk is a place of creative exchange. It’s where fledgling businesses benefit from a lively ecology of innovation. They are supported by the opportunities for co-operation with participating partner companies, by synergies with other local start-ups, and a wide range of companies from the coworking space. The focus here lies on developing existing scaling potential and opportunities for testing marketable ideas in the fields of energy, transport, disposal/recycling and public participation. But convincing ideas from other fields are of course also welcome.


kraftwerk offers a wide range of support options to assist with the development of entrepreneurs, business founders and other innovative work circles.

  • Sprint formats to accelerate the development of business ideas
  • Internal networking
  • Transfer of know-how between business models, sparring by other teams of founders
  • Market analyses
  • New forms of co-operation
  • Rapid prototyping of business ideas
  • Office infrastructure, meeting rooms