Berlin Start Up Guide

Berlin’s Silicon Allee is a hot place to be these days.  Joining start-up hubs like Silicon Valley, London and Tel Aviv, Berlin is attracting talent and resources – international VCs, incubators and accelerators power Berlin’s start-up infrastructure.  And big name players like Google and Paypal are paying attention…

Berlin Start Up Guide

Berlin Start Up Guide


  • Axel Springer Plug&Play Accelerator serves as a booster for new ventures & provides immediate access to a sophisticated network and global infrastructure.
  • Bayer HealthCare CoLaboratorThe new CoLaborator incubator (similar to the one already set up in San Francisco) will be located close to Bayer’s own R&D Centre in Wedding, Berlin, but in a separate building with office and laboratory space for up to ten startups. As we’d expect, Bayer HealthCare (a subgroup of Bayer AG) is interested in supporting startups working in complimentary areas to its own research and development.
  • Berlin Startup Academy – BSA provides a pool of experience and practical help that enables new founders to start their business avoiding the mistakes that kill many startup.
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship / TU Berlin University of Technology combines expertise from research, education and start-up support. Thus a start-up one-stop shop is established: the Centre for Entrepreneurship. Here all stakeholders concerning entrepreneurship meet in a highly developed network including members of university, alumni founders, teachers, investors, business angels and more. The Centre for Entrepreneurship of TU Berlin is headed by Prof. Dr. Jan Kratzer, Department of „Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management“, and Agnes von Matuschka, Director of TU-start-up service.   The German Ministry of Economics awarded  TU Berlin with the distinct honor of the designation of „EXIST Founders University“.
  • Entrepreneurs Club Berlin e.V. is a not-for-profit organization pursuing the goal of a vibrant entrepreneurial culture in Berlin, promoting collaborative learning and a positive business image for startups. It stands as a partner for founders on bi-partisan political issues ( and organizes a range of events for founders and entrepreneurs including Startup Camp Berlin, FailCon, Pitch Marathon and Startup Lounge. It is supported by the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. (German Startups Association (, a non-profit representative organization for start-ups in Germany, committed to establishing a founder-friendly environment and opening up a dialogue with decision-makers in politics to help encourage a culture of self-employment and reduce the barriers to starting a business.
  • Project Flying Elephant is a deep tech incubator by WestTech Ventures looking for strong tech teams who want to reinvent software & software development with a focus on (cloud) services / tools for developers and businesses. Project Flying Elephant has opened applications for its program in Berlin starting in September that will support teams with up to €50,000 in funding as well mentoring, workshops, office space and various high-quality services.  Apply now for September!
  • StartupBootcamp Berlin – Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is Europe’s leading start-up accelerator with a mentor and alumni network from 30+ countries across the globe. The program offers start-ups access to world-class industry expertise during an intensive three-month program. At the end of the program, start-ups pitch at Demo Day to more than 150 investors. Programs are currently active in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Eindhoven, Tel Aviv and Haifa (Israel) and Istanbul, with other cities and vertical programs to be announced soon.

Business & eCommerce –

  • Understanding eCommerce – Putting the Pieces Together. Multi-Channel eCommerce Solutions.
  • – Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
  • – Fast Company inspires a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business.
  • – Business ideas and trends from Entrepreneur Magazine. The latest news, expert advice, and growth strategies for small business owners.
  • – DealBook is a financial news service reporting on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital and hedge funds and is produced by The New York Times.
  • – We are a site about money. We are interested in people’s lives and how funds make those lives awesome, and not-so-awesome.
  • – Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
  • – Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more.
  • – International, pioneering, open community that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders raise millions of dollars.
  • – Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies on Etsy, the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace. Share stories through millions of items from around the world.
  • – Make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva is the world’s first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe.
  • – Small steps toward a better world.
  • – Our mission at LearnVest is to empower people everywhere to take control of their personal finances so that they can afford their dreams.
  • – the price guide for everything.

Co-working Space –

  • betahaus is a co-working space for creative minds and we rent out workspace!
  • Rainmaking Loft – A dynamic and fun startup hub for ambitious high growth tech start-ups, located in both London and Berlin. It’s located in a former art gallery turned into a co-working and event space in the heart of the city.

Events –

  • hy! Berlin is an international event series, which, on January 18 and 19,2014, will for the fourth time bring aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups together with decision makers, investors and media to push forward the creative digitization of the European economy. hy! demo will gather 500 early stage start-ups, investors and journalists together for a one day event in Berlin dedicated to the young community of start-up accelerators in Europe, while hy! 150 is an exclusive get together for the leading founders of Europe. With a curated list of 150 pioneers, hy! 150 is an intimate environment for these successful individuals to share and expand their ideas. Jan 18-19, 2014
  • Start Up Weekend Berlin – At this Startup Weekend creative minds from all backgrounds come together to work on new ideas in the film industry – and you should join us. No matter if you want to establish a new film format, have ideas for a new camera prototype or want to build the next Netflix – your ideas, creativity, combined with your positive way of thinking will be the foundation for something completely new, something special and very exciting. Feb 14, 2014
  • The 17th Annual SuperReturn International 2014 –  InterContinental Hotel, Berlin – Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference Determining Strategies For Successful Fundraising, Value Creation, Exits & Maximizing Returns In A New Decade Of Private Equity. Feb 24-27, 2014
  • Angelsbootcamp – Join angels from around the world for an intense 2 days of interactive investing sessions run by seasoned veterans and industry insiders. Mar 17-18, 2014
  • Start Up Camp Berlin – Berlin’s startup conference where aspiring entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs, investors and experts meet. Mar 20-21, 2014
  • Berlin Web Week – Berlin Web Week is Berlin’s web calendar for all things internet throughout the year. And once a year, it’s a week-long festival of independent events. May 5-10, 2014

    Start Up Week

    • Investment Lab – Investment Lab, hosted by Startupbootcamp Berlin and The Rainmaking Loft, aims to educate startups on how to effectively negotiate a deal with an investor. May 5, 2014
    • Next Berlin – The 12 finalists have already been chosen for this event and will pitch live on stage to a panel of digital luminaries. Worth going along to see how it’s done. May 5-6, 2014
    • Heureka! Conference – Speed-pitching area. Another quick-fire opportunity to showcase your talents to some of Europe’s most influential VCs. Use your five minutes wisely. May 6, 2014
    • re:publica – Special “Start-up area” complete with presentation zone, allowing you to present to some of the 4,000 visitors. May 6-8, 2014
    • “Lange Nacht der Startups” (LNdS) presents an accompanying exhibition of the best startups of the last event and a program of presentations and workshops during re:publica. Ten startups will present themselves and their products to visitors. In our startup corner topics around founder issues will be discussed. At the same time we will start the call for participation for the second LNdS in September. We are looking for startups in the fields of commerce/retail, communications, entertainment, green/biotech/health, data analytics, home, security and startups around food and lifestyle topics. In addition, the pitching finals of the international Telekom Innovation Contests and the kickoff of the contest for “Start Tel Aviv” of the Israeli Embassy will take place. May 6-8, 2014
    • droidcon – droidcon is the leading global android developer event in Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Torino, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Tounis, Bangalore and many other locations. May 8-10, 2014
    • Seedcamp Berlin – A favorite European micro-stage investment and mentoring program that offers a standard €50,000 for 8-10% equity. May 12-14, 2014
    • Startupbootcamp Berlin – Get mentorship, €15,000 funding and mentorship from founders of Gidsy, Soundcloud and Wooga among others. Applications close June 15, 2014
  • TechStartupJobs Fair BerlinTechStartupJobs runs a successful job board for startups within Techmeetups’ global tech communities crossing 17000+ active members. TechStartupJobs Fair has been set up to help Startups find the talent they are looking for and for talent to find their way to the hottest start-ups around. May 14, 2014
  • Entrepreneurship Summit 2013 – The entrepreneurship summit in Berlin will take place on October 11th and 12th. At the Entrepreneurship Summit, network with over 150 established founders and experts from the fields of business, social, educational,Ecological and Cultural Entrepreneurship their knowledge and experiences. In workshops and panel discussions, the experts talk out of school, provide incentives and advice about the topic of reasons. The event focuses entirely on the exchange of methods and techniques for the development of a mature and viable business concept. Oct 11-12, 2014
  • FailCon is a conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success. TBA
  • Pitch Marathon is a tough marathon for start-ups and investors, but it’s also the best overview of the next generation of start-ups which you can get in a day. TBA

Funding –

  • “There is always money” – your guide to public funding for Berlin startups
  • EVCA Investor Search provides a searchable investor database by name, country, investment stage or sector.
  • Horizon 2020 is the EU Research and Innovation program with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
  • – Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more.
  • – Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.
  • – Make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva is the world’s first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe.
  • – International, pioneering, open community that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social leaders raise millions of dollars.
  • Start-Up Investors Manifesto – A brief guide to grow early stage investment to €15 billion and generate 1.5 million new jobs by 2017
  • The New EU Funding Scheme for Startups and SMEs: Q&A With Steve Rogers

Incubators –

  • Epic Companies – German television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1′s accelerator and incubator led by ex-Rocket Internet manager, Mato Peric.
  • Found Fair Ventures – FOUND FAIR is a co-founder of online start-ups. We follow ventures from idea to exit with intense hands-on support, experience and network.
  • German Startups Group – German Start-ups Group is a venture capital provider that backs start-ups from Berlin’s “Silicon Allee” and from around Germany. In accordance with the statement “smart, fast, and friendly money”, German Start-ups Group fills the gap between business angels and traditional VC investors.
  • hub:raum – hub:raum is a startup incubator run by Deutsche Telekom. Hub:raum, located near on Andreasstrasse near Ostbahnhof, will focus on telecommunications, Internet services and digital media. Deutsche Telekom’s Min-Kim Mak and Peter Borchers (pictured) will lead the project, which will offer partner companies access to expert mentors, an extensive distribution network, infrastructure expertise and up to €300,000 in seed funding.
  • Team Europe Management – We are a group of successful Internet Entrepreneurs. The companies founded by Team Europe have created hundreds of jobs in the last years and have received many industry awards.
  • YOU IS NOW Startup-Incubator – YOU IS NOW supports founders and entrepreneurs in the realization of their business ideas around real estate, mobile and social media.

Jobs –


  • berlinbrandenburg  – the most recent initiative of the media business network berlinbrandenburg for young entrepreneurs in the capital region.
  • Startup Digest Berlin – The best technology and startup events in Berlin curated by StartupDigest.
  • Silicon Allee – Silicon Allee was started by a couple of expatriate Berlin-based entrepreneurs. We spent a lot of 2010 in Silicon Valley. If you’ve experienced both the American start-up scene and the German start-up scene, you know that they couldn’t possibly be more different.
  • Tech Crunch Europe – TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling start-ups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
  • Venture Village – VentureVillage is the most entertaining news outlet for digital innovation in Europe, reporting on the hottest start-up hubs across the continent.

News –

Services –

  • Executive Coach Berlin – Executive Coaching and Business Consulting. We recognize that it takes much more than financial support to get a company off the ground, thus we provide assistance in every aspect along the way allowing you to develop and grow a profitable business.
  • Start Up Berlin – Start-up Berlin is part of Berlin’s vibrant, creative, and cooperative international start-up community. Using English as the common language we help start-ups start-up! We do this by providing a bridge between the existing start-up infrastructure and prospective international founders, helping to break down language, cultural, legal, financial, technical, and other barriers to entry, making information more available, services more accessible, and doing business more efficient.
  • Understanding eCommerce – Putting the Pieces Together. Multi-Channel eCommerce Solutions.
  • Webworker Berlin -“Webworker Berlin” provides a start-up service, co-working space, crowd­funding and more to support young start-up companies in Berlin.

Shared Office Space –

  • Betahaus – betahaus is a coworking space for creative minds  – Kreuzberg
  • ÏMA Design Village – Ten thousand square meters of creatively charged space—ÏMA Design Village is home to bustling, engaged endeavors, from studios to events, a hotel to showrooms. – Kreuzberg

Social –

  • Berlin Start Ups on Facebook – This is a community-driven group for the Berlin start-up scene.
  • Cafe Nest  – The Nest is located in the middle of Berlin Kreuzberg nearby the Görlitzer Park around the Wrangelkiez. 4 minutes to walk from the subway station Schlesisches Tor [U1].
  • Entrepreneurs Club Berlin – The Entrepreneurs Club Berlin was launched as a startup network of founders for founders in Berlin.
  • Meetup – Start Up Berlin – Start-up Berlin’ is an English language networking group for people who are part of or plan to join Berlin´s vibrant start-up scene. Members of our community can connect with a growing database of like-minded types.
  • Milch & Zucker – Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, this area is only separated by the Spree! Nowhere else in Berlin you can find this lively and authenticate atmosphere, that’s why we love this neighborhood!

VCs –

  • BVP Berlin Venture Partners – We invest in young innovative companies and support and promote for years their successful development. Our portfolio companies benefit from our extensive network of contacts and our expertise in building, the development and sale of businesses.
  • Earlybird VC – Founded in 1997, we have invested in more than 70 companies, with impressive returns. With over €500m from more than 20 institutional investors currently under management, we are among the most successful venture capital firms in Europe.
  • Hasso Plattner Ventures – HPV currently manages 2 funds of over 150m Euro. HPV I started in 2005 with 50m Euro, mainly invested by Prof. Plattner, focusing on early stage software companies in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
  • Make a Start Up Angel Fund – MAS Angel Fund invests in and helps grow awesome tech startup companies. MAS Angel Fund is led by the Berlin based Entrepreneur and Business Angel, Benjamin Rohé. We are NOT your ordinary company builder or VC firm.
  • Point Nine Capital – Berlin based Angel Venture Capital.


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