German Indian Start-up Exchange Program
The German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP) is a non-monetary platform initiated by the German Startups Association and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) to strengthen and foster exchange between India and Germany in the startup space. To this end, the main objective of GINSEP is to promote an exchange between both startup ecosystems and to support German and Indian founders in their efforts to not only understand but ultimately also be able to access the other country’s ecosystem.
GINSEP seeks to facilitate access to the German market for Indian startups and vice versa through:
GINSEP provides startups and other interested actors with comprehensive information on both ecosystems through the website /news blog and various event formats. In addition, GINSEP has developed a “Go-To-Market Guide” for Germany and India. The guide provides Indian and German startups with transparent, English-speaking, and condensed information on the German and Indian startup ecosystem as well as the administrative steps of an expansion to Germany and India.
GINSEP has built a broad network of honorary GINSEP ambassadors and mentors in India and in Germany as contact people accessible to startups in each country. Through the interactive map on the website, interested startups can directly get in touch with these experts. GINSEP also has a representative office in India which is hosted by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce in Bangalore.
Capacity Building & B2B
GINSEP supports the capacity development of Indian and German entrepreneurs seeking to expand to Germany or India through a range of capacity building formats, including study tours, workshops, events, pitch formats, etc.
GINSEP also supports the integration of Indian professional staff in the German labour market by hosting networking and matchmaking events with startups. In addition, GINSEP also seeks to increase the deal flow of Indian investors into the German startup ecosystem and conducts investor tours to Germany.
The German Indian Startup Exchange Program has been initiated by the Startup Verband (German Startups Association). The German Startups Association is the representative and voice of startups in Germany. The association is working for a competitive and sustainable startup ecosystem in Germany and Europe, being in constant dialogue with founders, startups, the established economy, and political institutions. Its aim is to foster an entrepreneurship mentality throughout Germany and Europe. Currently the association counts over 1,000 members and more than 25 working groups & platforms for specific branches, including Chemistry, Sustainability, Future Mobility, Artificial Intelligence and Financial Technology. GINSEP is led by Julian Zix (Project Lead), Eileen Trenkmann (Advisor), Marlene Möller (Project Assistant), Catharina Fichelmann (Event Manager) and Amrita Gandikota (Representative India/ Bangalore).
Representative India / Bangalore