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Founding in a team

You might plan to set up a new business with one or more partners. Working in a team means that the founders can support each other in the startup phase and develop ideas together. As an added bonus, you’re likely to have more equity for financing your business. Bear in mind, though, that teamwork requires everyone involved to work together. Especially if more than three people are involved, decision-making processes can prove challenging. It is important that you allocate the responsibilities for individual areas right from the start, and that you choose the right legal structure for you. On the Startup Portal, you’ll find additional tips for setting up a business as a team.

Information on the internet

BMWi Overview: Legal structures

The most important criteria for choosing your legal structure (English, German)
 

Startup Portal

Types of new business (English)
 

BMWi GründerZeiten no. 25: Kooperationen (cooperations)

Here, you will find comprehensive information on setting up your own business in a team (PDF) (German)
 

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.)

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BMWi GründerZeiten no. 11: Rechtsformen (Legal structures)

GbR, GmbH & Co – Find the right legal structure for your startup (PDF) (German)
 

BMWi GründerZeiten no. 26: Erlaubnisse und Anmeldungen (permits and registrations)

In order to start up your business, you need to register it – find out here what you need to pay attention to (PDF) (German)

Germany Trade & Invest

Portal on investing in Germany (English, French, German, Spanish, etc.)

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