Moving Your Business Across the Atlantic

Have a US startup you want to take to Europe? German startup founder looking at the US? We’ve compiled all your resources in one spot!

US ➡️Germany

1️⃣How to Germany
Self-defined as “important things to know and consider when starting a business in Germany,” this page defines types of companies, demystifies taxes and premiums, and gives tips for hiring, self-employment and more.

2️⃣Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy
As close as you can get to “The OFFICIAL Guide to Starting a Business in Germany,” this page covers it all from “first steps” to a Q&A with experts to helpful checklists.

3️⃣Make It in Germany
This government-sponsored site calls itself “the official website for qualified professionals.” Tabs help you explore visa and professional requirements, financing & funding, personal & company insurance and more.

4️⃣EU Startups Berlin Guide
Though focused on Berlin, this guide lists the city’s best startup hubs, business angels, accelerators and incubators, startup and tech events and more. Guides for other German cities can also be found on the site.

5️⃣Germany Trade & Invest 
Including an overview, documents list and descriptions of incentives, the tax system, social security and more, this site will certainly get you off to a good start.

Additionally, the following organizations are invaluable assets:

Germany ➡️US

1️⃣American Chamber Germany – Access USA
Specifically designed for a German audience, this site lets you navigate topics like imports and exports, and living, working and investing in the US.

2️⃣US Small Business Administration
Besides a 10-step guide to starting a business, a “browse by topic” tool provides guidance in areas like planning, launching and growing your business.

The US version of an “official guide,” this site is mostly dedicated to American citizens, but the many tips are still useful.

This guide for non-citizens simplifies complex parts of the business-making process like visas, company legal status and how to register a business.

On this list, seven European startup founders who have brought their companies to the US offer advice for others hoping to do the same.

Further great resources include: