Start-A-Factory is part of the Fraunhofer IZM Berlin and offers hardware developers from around the world a unique opportunity.

With the help of Fraunhofer’s scientists, state-of-the-art equipment, and experts from the industry, we will take your idea from the planning stage to a first industrial grade prototype – as quickly and smoothly as possible.


Our experts help you with each step along the development cycle. No matter what it entails, the support you receive is tailor-made for your project and the goal is always paramount: turning your idea into a tangible, testable prototype.

Start-A-Factory was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE), the Federal State of Berlin, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Too many scientists and engineers have ideas that could change the world but lack the infrastructure to make them a reality.

This is why Start-A-Factory was created. We offer you the chance to be a part of a unique network of startups, scientists, multipliers, manufacturers, and industry experts.

With our assembly line, we will transform your idea from a first draft to being ready for industrial production.

And once you have a working prototype, we will provide you with the necessary blueprints to allow you to advance to serial production - all by yourself!

Cooperation at eye level

Every contract is tailor-made. No matter how much support we provide you with, you will always stay independent and fully responsible for your project.

Individual cost analysis

Every project starts with a meeting in which we assess the level of support that you need and what it will cost. The more you do yourself, the cheaper gets. This means you can cherry-pick whatever you need from our available services without having to worry about any unnecessary overhead.

Development cycles

We try our best to accommodate different styles of development. If you want to push your product in one go, we will create a roadmap with you that will get you production-ready as soon as possible. If you need to pause your work , we will store your data and progress until you return. No matter what you need, we will do our best to meet those needs.

No fine print

Your idea is yours. We will never claim any rights to your product.

It’s a match!

Not only do we provide you with our own knowledge and equipment, we also get you in contact with whomever you need to make your product as perfect as possible.

Prototyping Line

The prototyping line  sports high-end machinery and interconnection technology to allow for low volume, high mix production, testing, and analysis of prototypes.


In close proximity to the prototyping line, we can setup a workspace for you in one of our refurbished freighting containers at the Fraunhofer IZM in the heart of Berlin. We can install development and testing equipment individually and see to it that you have everything that you need.

Meeting Area

For workshops, customer meetings or events, we have a designated event area that is part of the production hall.



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