International Market Development

Would you like to develop a foreign market? Are you looking for (further) business partners to strengthen your network abroad? Then take advantage of the funded measures under the Market Development Programme (MEP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

The MEP pursues the goal of positioning and disseminating German technologies and services internationally more strongly in order to increase the market potential for German technologies and German know-how.

Participants gather valuable first-hand market information, can present themselves and meet potential business partners.

To this end, SMEs in particular are supported via various formats at home and abroad. Participants in the measures have the opportunity to gather valuable first-hand market information, to present themselves to interested decision-makers at conferences in the target market and to meet potential business partners in individually mediated B2B talks.

More information on the MEP can be found on the pages of the foreign trade portal iXPOS.


Measures offered

  • Information events in Germany
  • Market research and business development trips abroad
  • Service presentations abroad
  • Information trips to Germany for foreign decision-makers

Your benefits at a glance

  • First-hand market information
  • Explore new markets
  • Networking and making contacts
  • Meet business partners on site
  • develop markets
  • Success in foreign business / increase exports
  • Time and cost savings


For trips abroad, in addition to the individual travel and catering costs, a personal contribution of 500 to 1,000 euros is incurred depending on the size of the company.

For online formats abroad, a co-payment of 250 to 500 euros is incurred, depending on the size of the company.

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Measures 2022

Within the framework of the Market Development Program, GWP organizes numerous business trips abroad as well as information trips to Germany for foreign decision makers.

Current information Covid-19/Coronavirus

With regards to the current situation, the events within the framework of the market development programme will be held as face-to-face events as far as possible. Please note that the 2G regulation applies to measures within the scope of the market development programme as of January 1st, 2022 (see Federal Ministry of Health). All participants must provide relevant evidence and are obligated record it on the participation list.

Depending on the target market and subject to further developments, it is possible that an event may be held in a digital format. Participating companies will be informed as early as possible. In this case, the co-payment per participating company will be reduced by 50%. GWP is currently drawing up the programmes together with the partners in the target market. If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with the contact persons indicated (see link).

For 2022 five measures are planned so far:

Business trips:

Networking & Site-visits with delegations to Germany:


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