«Berlin has become the startup capital of Europe in the past few years.»© Entrepreneur.com
Berlin deserves to be considered one of the most relevant hubs in the world today. Its startup ecosystem is rapidly growing and getting filled with support entrepreneurship organizations, global and local accelerators, incubators, coworking spaces focused on nurturing their communities of entrepreneurs and early stage investment companies that are searching for high potential tech ventures. Here we feature our top choices for startupers which we hope can be helpful for you.
They invest in early-stage companies and offer access to mentors, an extensive business network, workshops, co-working spaces, and more. It is a joint venture between the Plug and Play Tech Center and Axel Springer SE, which gives them the opportunity to work on a global scale. If you’re looking for international opportunities, this might be the programme for you.
They help founders work on their business ideas and marketing strategy, create an advisory board, recruit co-founders, improve pitches, launch products, prepare to raise capital, bootstrap and generate revenue. They are based in Silicon Valley and have chapters in 60 different countries.
Berlin Startup Academy (BSA) is Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator. In a 3-month, 2 day/week program involving 120+ of Berlin’s most experienced CEOs and investors, BSA helps to turn an idea into a startup or to bring entrepreneurial drive to your enterprise.Currently, they are redesigning their program.
hubraum is the tech incubator of Deutsche Telekom. By bringing early-stage startups and the leading European telco together, hubraum strives to ignite innovation transfer to create new business opportunities for both sides. Since 2012 hubraum connects with its digital ecosystem out of Berlin, Krakow and Tel Aviv.
This is the effect of collaboration between corporations, startups and academia, working as a community and helping each other achieve their goals. For startups, they offer free office space, mentorship, access to their network and a free pass to all their events and workshops. They have another campus in Frankfurt and hope to spread digitalisation across Europe.
Start Alliance forms a business network between the most vibrant startup hubs around the globe, supports startups to adapt business models to international requirements and accelerates corporate innovations. Key Industries: E-Commerce, Internet of Things, FinTech, New Mobility, Smart Cities, Sharing Economy, Life Science and BioTech
Techstars provides Accelerator portfolio companies with access to financial, human and intellectual capital to fuel the success of their business. Techstars contributes $20,000, which is commonly used as a stipend to support living expenses during the program, and in return receives 6% common stock from each company.
The Family is transforming a portfolio of non-linear companies, special projects and virtual infrastructures into a connected community of entrepreneurs, operators & fellow investors who inspire and support each other. The Family selects 20 startups every 8 weeks. Deal: 5% equity and one year cliff to change your mind.
Early Stage Investment
b10 venture capital is a Berlin-based early-stage investor focused on B2B companies with the potential to be “Category Killer.” They invest and act as an operational investor alongside the founders, and offer active support with a team of specialists in the fields of HR, UX/UI, Communications Finance, Fundraising etc.
Earlybird is a venture capital investor focused on European technology innovators. They invest in all development and growth phases of technology companies. Among the most experienced venture investors in Europe, Earlybird offers its portfolio companies not only financial resources, but also strategic and operational support, as well as access to an international network and capital markets. With over EUR 1 billion under management, seven IPOs and 22 trade sales, Earlybird is one of the most successful venture capital firms in Europe.
K-invest is an early stage venture capital firm backed by the KLiNGEL-Group, one of Germany’s biggest distance retailers. Investments between 0,5 and 2 mio. EUR in equity, debt or mezzanine. Focus on late seed and Series A investment rounds.
Project Flying Elephant is the angel stage deal-by-deal investment program of the early-stage venture capital investor WestTech Ventures and supports teams and founders in their founding stage and early development phases.
Point Nine Capital is a Berlin-based venture capital firm focused exclusively on early-stage Internet investments in areas such as Software as a Service (SaaS), marketplace and mobile technology.
Project A is an international venture capital firm based in Berlin. They invest in passionate early-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with exclusive access to their team of 100 operational experts in areas such as Software Engineering, Marketing, Product, Design, Communications, Business Intelligence, Sales, and Talent Acquisition.
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Disrupt Berlin 2018
TechCruch is hosting a two-day event geared at inspiring the wider European tech industry. Aimed specifically at startups, and created by ‘startuppers’, the gathering will bring together founders, hackers, entrepreneurs and tech innovators to the Arena Berlin. Besides keynote speeches from leading technologists, the renowned Startup Battlefield competition is just one of the much-anticipated additions to the large-scale November event, which will see a number of early-stage startups compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors.