Instead of founding a new company, you may choose to take over an existing business. Every year, about 22,000 German companies are looking for a successor. In this case, you can benefit from the established structures and the existing customer base, and maybe even from your predecessor’s knowledge. At the same time, however, you will be taking on responsibility for your employees.
The nexxt – Initiative Unternehmensnachfolge (succession initiative) will support you in planning and implementing the process of taking over an existing company. The exchange will let you look for businesses for sale in various industries and regions. You may also leave a search request in the succession exchange.
Information for women: On the pages of the Startup Portal for Female Entrepreneurs, you will find additional information on company succession for women (Information in German only).
nexxt-change Unternehmensnachfolgebörse (succession initiative)
BMWi Overview: Legal structures
The most important criteria for choosing your legal structure (English, German)
Types of new business (English)
iQ Fachstelle Existenzgründung (startup competence centre)
Here, you will find comprehensive information on setting up your own business (English, German, Spanish, Polish, Turkish, Russian, etc.)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 11: Rechtsformen (Legal structures)
BMWi GründerZeiten no. 26: Erlaubnisse und Anmeldungen (permits and registrations)
Germany Trade & Invest
Portal on investing in Germany (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.)