Our Partners 2018



Main Partner

The German Franchise Association

The Deutscher Franchiseverband is the umbrella organisation for Germany’s franchise industry. It was founded in 1978 and is based in Berlin. This quality community represents both franchisers and franchisees. The Deutscher Franchise Verband provides its mor than 320 members with numerous services and benefits. The association’s core concern is economic, social and political representation of the franchise industry’s interests, which includes supporting its members’ expansion plans.

In 2017 some 970 franchise systems in Germany, together with approximately 123,000 franchise partners and 707,000 employees earned turnover of around 112 billion euros.

Network Partners

Franchise Campus Weilburg

As the first and only institution of its kind in Germany, the Franchise Campus has successfully trained a high number of franchise experts since its launch in 2006. Our cooperation with top companies enables us to provide our students with excellent education, unique practical experience and a wide network of businesses and entrepreneurs. The high amount of top-notch guest speakers as well as the practical courses, offered by representatives of franchise businesses, ensures a natural  transmission of franchise-related know-how to the next generation. The training lasts four semesters (or two years) and after a successful final exam, students obtain the degree "Staatlich geprüfter Betriebswirt" (Federally Certified Business Manager).

We offer:

  • College training without the “Abitur” diploma
    - High amount of practice
    - Individual support
    - Great business opportunities
    - Wide network of companies and entrepreneurs
    - Strong cooperation partners
    - Modern venues

To the Franchise Campus website


BNI® was founded in 1985 by business consultant Dr. Ivan Misner in Arcadia (US) and is now present in 71 countries on all 5 continents with 8,211 business teams. In 2017, 227,000 entrepreneurs generated a business volume of 12 billion euros (as of 01.01.2018). The declared goal: More business through new contacts and business referrals. The key features of the proven platform include: Orientation towards measurable results, exclusivity of the regionally represented professions, no commission and annual requalification through activity and performance. BNI is an absolutely neutral and independent business network.

BNI – interesting for all professions

At BNI, entrepreneurs come together in teams, each of which consists of around 20 to 60 representatives of different fields of expertise – from architects to lawyers, roofers, photographers and IT specialists. The most important pillar of the BNI system is composed of binding weekly breakfast meetings, which start at seven o'clock in the morning. These meetings are clearly structured and focus on short presentations by the members, building relationships and passing on business referrals leading to more business.

To the BNI website

The Austrian Franchise Association

The Austrian Franchise Association (ÖFV) is the representative of the Austrian franchise economy. As integrated driving force of the franchise world in Austria the association represents the interests of its members and accelerates the discourse between economy, science, politics, and the public to ensure a sustainable franchise quality control in the country. This is possible through the ÖFV system check that all members have to pass at least once. After a system passes the test it is entitled to carry the ÖFV quality seal as a „verified member“. This communicates the systems quality as well as a high degree of satisfaction amongst its franchise partners to potential, new franchisees. The Austrian Franchise Association is a well established communication platform and continuously focuses on the expansion of the image and awareness level of franchising. Additionally, it functions as a link between franchise systems and potential franchise partners and provides its members with access to a comprehensive network of experts. The wide range of member offers of the association also includes topic oriented events. The ÖFV is located in Brunn am Gebirge and is home to around 135 members.

To the Österreichischer Franchise-Verband website

Marketing Club Frankfurt

Founded in 1954, the Marketing Club Frankfurt is, with 1.000 members and 50 events per year, the most active marketing network in the FrankfurtRheinMain metropole. It offers, as  a professional association of marketing specialists, marketing executives in industries such as commerce, manufacturing, customer services, and public relations a platform to exchange knowledge that extends beyond the respective area of expertise of each member. As a professional association for marketing management the Club enables its members to gain insights into marketing-related topics first hand, to get inspired, and to create a valuable network of personal contacts. As a leader among the 65 Clubs in the German Marketing Association (DMV) we are also seen as a trendsetter. Today, it is more important than ever to make knowledge available immediately. Through conferences, discussion groups and other events we are able to give our members valuable impulses and personal contacts for their daily work. The executive board, advisory committee, and a junior team all work together to develop our event program.

To the Marketing Club Frankfurt website

Frankfurt Economic Development

Frankfurt Economic Development is the first point of contact for Frankfurt’s businesses, founders and companies planning to set up in the city, irrespective of their size.
We serve as an independent guide and provide customized information on Frankfurt’s economic structure and key industries. Based on the industry get-togethers and networks we have initiated, we put you in touch with other companies as well as associations, communities, and consultants.

As a full subsidiary of the City of Frankfurt/Main, we are an intermediary between business and politics, and ensure that your needs are heard by the political committees. We pursue our goal of creating further growth and jobs by providing active advice to companies and by devising cluster-based economic development strategies. We also give recommendations on economic policy and location-related activities and develop suggestions on how to safeguard Frankfurt’s future as a business location.

To the Frankfurt Economic Development website


Hochschule Worms

The Hochschule Worms has three faculties – Informatics, Tourism and Travel Management, and Business Administration – with approximately 3,500 enrolled students. The range of studies consists both business-administration and technical bachelor’s and master’s study programmes. Some of these study programmes can also be pursued while working. MBA study programmes are also offered in the form of continuing education.

Outstanding counselling, consistent nexus of the range of studies to practice, a large number of partnerships with renowned companies and international universities, and convenient situation between the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region and the Rhine-Main region make for an ideal location. A large number of collaborations with companies make it possible to study with a constant nexus to practice and to make valuable contacts for a career start while studying.

To the Hochschule Worms website

Wirtschaftsjuroren Mainz

JCI Germany (Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland) is the biggest German association of young leaders and entrepreneurs in Germany with more than 10,000 active members under the age of 40. With 210 local organizations JCI Germany is the largest network of the young economy in Germany. We are successful in our profession - but want to impact beyond! Since 1958 JCI Germany is member of the international organisation Junior Chamber International (JCI) - an organisation with more than 200,000 members in more than 100 national and 5,000 local organisations.

CI is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens age 18 to 40 who are engaged and committed to creating impact in their communities.

To the Wirtschaftsjunioren Mainz website

Startup Germany

We face the future by supporting entrepreneurial innovations and creative initiatives starting on a local level. We vigorously push motivated as well as creative minds and connect them to established representatives from the public and economic sector. This enables a constructive exchange and the spreading of future oriented solutions and business models that scale from a local market.

To the Startup Germany website

Syncon International Franchise Consultants

are constantly on the move EU- and worldwide. We see ourselves as competent consultants in all fields concerning franchise know-how. With over 25 years of successful consultancy, we have built up SYNCON to its position as market leader in the German-speaking countries. We may currently look back on more than 1,200 franchise projects which we have handled to the fullest satisfaction of our customers. More and more franchisors rely on our support in their international expansion as well. During recent years, SYNCON has also developed competence in the field of Social Franchising.
In september 2014 Waltrud Martius organized the 1st Social Franchise Forum in Vienna  - hosting high potentials on the podium and more than 120 participants.

To the Syncon website

World Franchise Associates

works with investors seeking to secure the rights to international retail, food and service brands, and with established and emerging franchise brands seeking to recruit international licensees. World Franchise Associates offers programs to assist business owners to develop and market international franchises and to connect investors with the right brands.

To the World Franchise Associates website


Franchise Business Club

The Franchise Business Club is the largest interactive franchise community in German-speaking countries. Everyone who feels connected to the franchise and/or licensing business meets in the club. Communication connects is the motto of the Franchise Business Club! Nothing is more important than the right communication between the franchise centres, their employees and franchise partners, consultants, the many people interested in franchising and start-ups. Our aim is to advise our clients across industries and target groups and to optimise or sometimes even make communication possible in the first place. Further information about the club and the services can be found on our homepage or at XING in the franchise group.

To the Franchise Business Club website

The U.S. Commercial Service

  • 1,400+ trade professionals
  • 109 domestic offices
  • 128 commercial offices located in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in more than 75 countries
  • 800-USA-TRADE call center
  • Advocacy Center

What we do

  • Support U.S. businesses with customized solutions, and a joint European approach

How we do it

  • Trade Counseling
  • Market Intelligence
  • Business Matchmaking
  • Advocacy and Commercial Diplomacy
  • Trade Promotion Programs

To the U.S. Commercial Service website


The 54 cities and communities, in central location, join together in the “Rhein-Neckar-Kreis”, to provide with added value in economic power and quality of life. The innovative region is leading in the software and IT services industry and is the home of major global players and hidden champions in the pharmaceutical and food sector. Economy, science and administration are forming here the first European smart county and provide optimal network for unlimited potential. The expansion of the nationwide fiber-optic network guarantees high connectivity and a future-oriented infrastructure. The special diversity of the region offers the right thing for every demand and promises an absolute added value in high quality of life and leisure, including the best possible climate.

To the Rhein-Neckar-Kreis website


We are designing the job market of the future! Simplifying it to everybody’s advantage! Since 2012, the jobEconomy GmbH helps small to mid-sized enterprises, organizations and franchise-systems with their e-recruiting system “Connectoor” to fill their vacancies easily. The “Connectoor” combines an applicant management software, personal job board, multiposting tool and online HR Consulting.In a few easy steps you create job ads and post them onto your personal job board on your website and all connected job boards and if you like onto over 1.000 job ad platforms simultaneously. All incoming applications are stored and managed within the system meeting all European Data Protection standards.You can connect all your franchisee’s job boards to your own – automatically and in real time. Thus you increase the range of your franchisee’s job ads without any additional effort.

To the Connectoor website

Do your own thing in Mainz

As an economic development company, the Technology Center Mainz (TZM) has been providing help and support to young companies and business start-ups since the 1980s on their way to becoming self-sustained. It’s supporters are the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (49%), the city of Mainz (2%) and the property management company of the city of Mainz mbH as an urban business development company (49%). Since the beginning of 2016, the project "Mach Deins" has been located in the TZM. 38 cooperation partners are involved under the umbrella brand. The merger of all players in the start-up ecosystem contributes to the ability to bundle all offers and formats around the topic of start-up business and to prepare them in a transparent and up-to-date way. The heart of the initiative is our online platform.

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