Founders and the creative community are affected by the pandemic as concerts are cancelled, facilities are being closed, many are facing income losses.
The federal government is trying to help but not everyone is eligible for the relief fund which is being put in place. In some cases, Startnext & the crowd can come in to help.

This campaign sets out to help project initiators as much as we can, by simplifying the Startnext guidelines for crowdfunding relief projects.

We decided to minimize the project complexity, this means that we will suspend the all or nothing principle, and we will refund the transaction fee. In short this means, each project which is eligible will receive each contribution which has been received.

We will try and get the project online within a few hours once they have applied via this partner page.

500,000 €
Cofunding budget
+ 4%
per support

impact of the campaign

11,183,853 €
cofunding 422,040 €


Who is eligible?

You can participate in the Startnext Corona Relief Effort if you, your project or your company have to overcome financial shortages due to the corona virus and its consequences in social life (quarantine, closure, performance bans) and you want to address the crowd for this purpose.

You live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Belgium and South Tyrol.

How do I apply?

You have two options after you click on the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page:

  • You apply with an already existing Startnext project
  • You apply using the application form and at the same time you create a new Startnext project, which you can later work on and bring into the funding phase.

After having received your application, we will send you the information about the admission or rejection for the Startnext Corona Relief Effort by e-mail as soon as possible.

Can I apply for other partner campaigns on Startnext?

Yes, you can apply to all partner campaigns, provided your project meets the respective eligibility requirements.

You can view other campaigns here:

How exactly does Startnext help?
  • We have lowered the hurdles for Startnext projects in the Relief Effort. You can start into the funding phase without rewards and a pitch video.
  • You can still change your pictures and descriptions during the funding phase.
  • Once your project has been accepted for funding, we will give you 4% Cofunding for each subsequent contribution by the crowd.
How long does it take to get the money?

There are 4 requirements for the collected money to be paid out.

  1. The start level has been reached.
  2. You have successfully legitimized yourself as a starter.
  3. Your Startnext project has successfully completed the funding phase.
  4. We have collected the contributions, including revocations, fees and cofundings.

If these requirements are met, it will take a maximum of 21 days after the end of your funding phase for the money to arrive in your account.

What if my project is already in the funding phase?

If your Startnext project fits the guidelines of our Corona Relief Effort, you are welcome to apply at any time.

It is important for you to know that the 4% Cofunding will only be added to your funding once you have been admitted to the campaign.

Can I start several campaigns?

Yes, with pleasure.

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About us

The Startnext starters and supporters as well as the Startnext team and network are a large creative community.
Together we have the opportunity to be loud and visible. With the aid campaign, Startnext is, in addition to financial support, a lobby, mental safety net and ally for creatives and cultural workers in the German-speaking world.

16,656,999 €

Legal notice

Startnext Crowdfunding GmbH
Denis Bartelt
Grundstrasse 1
01326 Dresden

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What is the crowd index?

Projekte unter dem Balken bekommen noch keine Förderung. Die Rangliste der Projekte ergibt sich aus dem Crowd-Index eines jeden Projekts.

Wie funktioniert der Crowd-Index? Mit dem Crowd-Index wird die Beteiligung der Crowd möglichst fair einbezogen. In den Crowd-Index eines jeden Projekts fließen drei Faktoren ein: Zahl der Unterstützer, der erzielten Betrag in € sowie der prozentuale Anteil dieses Betrags am Finanzierungsziel. Beispiel: Wer also 50% seiner Fundingsumme mit 200 Unterstützern erzielt, schneidet besser ab als jemand, der dafür nur 100 Unterstützer mobilisiert, auch wenn die erreichte Summe gleich ist.

What is a match funding campaign?


During a matchfunding campaign, selected Startnext projects are funded by directly matching each support from the crowd with a cofunding. For example, in a ratio of 1:1, which means that the support is doubled.

What is a boost campaign?


What is a contest ?


A contest is a cofunding campaign that aims to promote selected Startnext projects for a topic or a region within the framework of a competition. The projects with the most supporters are awarded with prize money or non-cash prizes on the final day of the contest.

What is an organizational profile?


Behind an organization profile is an institution or company that offers added value to curated Startnext projects. Added values include: Qualification, Outreach, Consulting or Microcredits.