Frankfurt is one of the most vibrant and important games clusters in Germany
No other region offers such a distinguished concentration of game developers, game development related companies, publishers, producers, R&D and universities. We are the Digital Hub FrankfurtRheinMain. Here in Frankfurt intersect domestic and international data networks and help understand that even in the digital world, too all roads lead through Frankfurt. They are one of the key functions for the service and production site of Frankfurt and therefore form an important backbone for digital work and at the same time secure the global labor and production flow.
Since 2006 we have built GAMEPLACES a thorough, industry-wide communications platform in Frankfurt, bringing together all media companies related to the fields of “games and video gaming”. How we do that? We create a forum interlinking the entire game and video game industry, and events, carefully designed to enhance multiplier effects in the industry giving all those attending the perfect backdrop to get together, to create new opportunities, and to identify potentials in this creative environment.
Behind GAMEPLACES is a team that has a unique set of experience and know-how. Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH has the lead for GAMEPLACES.
The industry association gamearea-HESSEN was founded in 2007 as a regional initiative in order to increase awareness of the game and video game industry within the region and to improve communication internally as well as externally. It also aims to explicitly encourage not only the economic promotion and support, but also the political support by cities, communities and the federal state which shall influence the public discussion through regular information work.
The State of Hessen joins the initiative in the scope of the Digital Hessen and its Creative Industries Agency.
The one who intends to realize his own idea of a company will find the best conditions here in Frankfurt. On their way to independence entrepreneurs will experience individual advice and support by Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH. And furthermore there are the Frankfurt Founder Fund .
With its various funds BM H Participation-Management Company Hesse creates good conditions for lasting and solid business growth by means of forms of hidden or open investment. At the same time BM H, is the contact for Micro Mezzanine Fund Germany. Guarantee Bank Hesse provides indemnity bonds and participation guarantees. Especially for young innovative companies the venture capital investment grant INVEST from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control is an interesting financing instrument.
KfW Bank Group / European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Bank Group offers a wide range of financing models to build businesses to expand, consolidate and structure sustainably.
The High Tech Startup Fund or the German Silicon Valley Accelerator (GSVA) finances especially young technology companies on attractive terms. There are also different crowdfunding platforms and the Business Angels FrankfurtRhineMain that may be considered as financing options. Some of these platforms are specialised for games projects such as BrightLocker, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, FIG or IndieCrowd.de.
To place orders before or between finance and important investments, micro-loans are often a useful tool. The micro-credit fund from the German federal government is especially for small and medium sized companies in the creative industries.
Hessen Innovation Funding
The Hessen Ministry of Economics, Energy Transport and Regional Development funds models of co-operation between industry and universities. Innovative projects on applied research and development have the possibility to get within the Hessen Innovation Funding program a total amount of up to € 500.000.
Central Innovation Program – ZIM
ZIM (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand) is a funding program for small and medium-sized enterprises with business operations in Germany which want to develop new or significantly improve existing products, processes or technical services. Public and private non-profit research and technology organisations acting as a cooperation partner are also eligible for ZIM-funding.
European Game Funding – Creative Europe
Through Creative Europe the European Commission makes a total amount of 2,5 million Euros available for the development of games and game concepts which promise a high degree of originality, innovation and cultural diversity. At the same time, the games should have great potential for commercial exploitation in European and international markets. The funding is for independent European production companies that hold at least 50% of the rights of the project submitted and have already developed and produced a game; furthermore the companies must prove by means of a sales report that this game was commercially released in the last two years. For concept development up to playable prototypes the funding amounts between € 10.000 and 50.000. The application needs the prior online registration on the new ‘Participant Portal’.
Further information & counseling will be given by the Creative Europe Desk.
European Funding Programs
Enterprise Europe Network Hessen hosted by Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH offers support and advice to businesses and helps them make the most of the opportunities in the European Union. Enterprise Europe Network Hessen provides information about EU legislation, funding opportunities and helps companies finding business partners.
Online Funding Database
To use the Online Funding Database of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is a fast and easy way to get information about all regional, federal and European funding programs.
gamearea-FRM is founding member and partner of the the umbrella organisation Games Germany – Regional Funds and Networks.
Frankfurt Economic Development GmbH is also involed in the activities of the network.
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