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Come and start your business in Berlin

Join our vibrant startup culture

Berlin is more than just Germany's buzzing capital city – with approximately 40,000 business ventures started each year, it is Germany’s startup capital, too. In 2016, venture capitalists invested around EUR 1.07 billion in new businesses. Berlin is even on its way to overtaking Silicon Valley, the cradle of startups, in one area: the city has the second-highest number of foreign entrepreneurs. No other city in Germany is home to such a sophisticated network and such well-functioning infrastructure for startups.

Berlin is multicultural. Berlin is hip. Berlin is international. The capital city has the perfect potential for growth as a global hub for businesses and is increasing in popularity, particularly in the growing tech scene. While the first startups were mainly in e-commerce, an increasing number of tech startups and fintech startups are now settling in the city. With around 500 new companies in the tech industry each year, Berlin is Germany’s tech hub number one.

Why you should set up your company in Europe’s startup hub

No other German city is undergoing such a steady and exciting transformation. Berlin’s history, its cultural diversity, and the individuality of its scene are just a few of the reasons that make the city a popular hotspot for people from all over the world.

Despite boasting the flair of an international metropolis, office and site costs for entrepreneurs are lower in Berlin than in other cities. The capital also offers a relatively low cost of living and more affordable rents in comparison to other major cities in Germany and abroad. The public transport and wealth of available office space are an additional bonus. Those who are at the very beginning of their business journey and do not yet require their own office can work from one of the city’s many coworking spaces.

Every year, the most qualified people come from all over the globe to work in Berlin. The startup scene, which has grown over the years, offers the perfect opportunity to find your feet and live and work here in the long term.

Berlin offers

  • Excellent quality of life
  • Low cost of living
  • An international metropolis
  • Many coworking spaces, entrepreneurial hubs, and technology parks
  • Berlin is a market leader in startup investments
  • Creative hotspot
  • Many funding and consulting opportunities

Excellent funding and investment opportunities for startups

The success stories of many startups began in Berlin – Zalando, Babbel, Delivery Hero, HelloFresh, GetYourGuide, and FinanceFox to name just a few of the best known. The city has developed startup funding structures over many years and a wide range of opportunities to find support. Many entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and internationally operating incubators are located in Berlin

Incubators

  • Rocket Internet
  • Hitfox Group
  • Rheingau Founders

Accelerators

  • Hardware.co
  • Startupbootcamp
  • Berlin Startup Academy
  • Hub:raum

Business angels

  • Angel Investment
  • Point Nine
  • Avala Capital

Venture capital

  • Project A Ventures
  • Earlybird
  • Digital Health Ventures
  • WESTtech Ventures
  • FinLeap

Projects such as the Start Alliance Program are stimulating internationalization and combines it with business ventures and startup funding.

Helpful tips for setting up your business in Berlin

Even in Berlin, business creators can’t bypass German bureaucracy. Reason Why Berlin provides useful tips and shows you where to find information on the right legal structure for your company, business tax, health insurance, or business registration in the commercial register.

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