For start-ups and founders

For start-ups and founders

Just started your company in Berlin or considering it? Welcome to Germany's fastest growing hub for start-ups.

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Berlin's vibrant start-up landscape is attracting more and more investors to the German capital. Berlin draws by far the most venture capital nationwide and has become the most important target region for foreign investors. Numerous public institutions as well as private investors such as business angels, incubators, and accelerators are available to provide assistance in getting your business off the ground.

In addition, technology and incubators in Berlin are on hand to offer practical help with day-to-day issues faced by start-ups. Berlin's universities also maintain their own incubators and actively participate in the start-up network B!gründet.

A comprehensive overview of Berlin start-ups is offered by the Berlin Start-Up Map, a project of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises.

Ecosystem Basics

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Next to being Startup capital, Berlin’s economy and public players offer various services to foster your business. Find information on Berlin as gateway for new entrepreneurs. Use Berlin’s point of single contact to deal with administrative needs.

Moving and Location

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Berlin offers quick administrative support to entrepreneurs immigrating from non-EU countries – plus an effective Business Immigration Service. Berlin has a shortcut service to your new business location. And Berlin provides real estate assites of the future.

Funding and Investors

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Public financial support as well as private capital is available in Berlin and easy to access. The Berlin Business Support Guide sums all public programs.

International

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Berlin has a program to welcome international startups in the city as well as programs to operationally and financially support startups going abroad.

Talent

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Berlin offers partners for research and development cooperation. And a huge pool of talents.

Add-ons

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Get acquainted to a profund collection of arguments in favour of Berlin. Get to know unique projects out of the ever growing pool of Berlin’s innovative ecosystem. And don’t forget, this is only the public side of the story, the private side is even bigger.

Private initiatives and associations

All sorts of information about starting a business and finding funding:

An overview of advice centres, start-up aids, and events is provided by the Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises.

Your partners for starting your own business

Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB)
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Starting a business with Investment Bank Berlin (IBB)

Investment Bank Berlin (IBB) is the central source of financing from the State of Berlin and therefore the most important partner for all financing questions. Here you will find information about the most important funding programmes and support for start-ups.

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Berlin Chamber of Commerce

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce provides advice in financing and funding issues as well as an overview of funding opportunities in Berlin.

Handwerkskammer Berlin
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Berlin Chamber of Professional Trades

Berlin Trades Chamber provides expert, free advice on start-ups in the traditional trades and related activities (information only available in German).

Last edited: 9. September 2019