Startup Needs
04.09.2017

Startup needs

So you’re waiting in the wings, your idea is ripe and ready, but you just don’t know where to begin? Well, we’ve made up a handy guide on how to get your startup on its feet in these 6 easy steps.

Step 1: Ask the right questions

Where does my idea fit in? What legal form should I register under? What taxes must I pay? Before taking the big step, it’s necessary to address these questions to avoid trouble later. Whether it’s the Chamber of Skilled Crafts, or the Chamber of Commerce and Industry you need to join; IHK Berlin and Handelskammer Berlin, the Business Start-up Portal by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises  are all equipped to help you with your most pressing questions. The latter even provide a central support helpline at (030) 9013-8444 dedicated to helping you deal with all issues related to setting up a new business.

Startup Talk
(c) Berlin Partner

Step 2: Register your business

Starting up is a tough process, especially when it comes to those dire questions of administration and business approval procedures. Luckily, Berlin organisation ea.berlin (Single Point of Contact) helps you in solving the most urgent problems by providing you with a service to register, de-register and re-register your business online 24/7.

Step 3: Develop a steady business plan

For presentation and pitch situations, it’s vital for every business idea to be organised into a concrete business plan. But what is a business model? And what should be included in a business plan? How do I even start writing a business plan? All these questions and more can be answered in one of the many coaching programmes the city of Berlin has to offer. Just to name a few, there’s; Gruendercoaching Deutschland, IBB bank’s Coaching Bonus and BBB start. The Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition (BPW) is Germany’s largest regional start-up initiative, and is another great choice. The programmes provide entrepreneurs with support in the development of their business concepts, with over 100 events and a network of more than 300 consultants.

Idea Scribble
(c) Fotolia.com

Step 4: Find sponsors and funding

You’ve got to spend money to make money, and the best ideas are of no value if there’s no financial backbone. Berlin offers a broad funding portfolio to support your business ideas. You might start at the Business Customer Centre at the Investitionsbank Berlin or the Business Support Guide. Together, they present the full spectrum of support programmes available in Berlin for startups, providing funding and consultancy services in business loans, funding, investments and loan guarantees. ibb.de offer a quick finance questionnaire to find suitable sponsors for your venture.

Other venture capitalists:
Regional funding programmes:

Step 5: Find the perfect base for your business

Berlin’s technology and new business centres offer affordable office space, a chance to network with other entrepreneurs, and advice, consulting and other services.

Co-working space The Place Berlin
(c) The Place Berlin

A few are listed below, and for more information on the topic, look into our Brain City article:

Step 6: Make friends

Like anything else in life, what’s the point of building a business if you can’t have fun? There are plenty of opportunities to connect and make friends for a lifetime, find potential business partners, or even just a chum for those coffee breaks. Berlin 2.0 for example, meet up twice a year to bring Berlin’s brightest digital pioneers and visionaries to a festive networking evening. The Online Marketing Lounge meets up several times a year to talk about the Internet sector. likemind is a globally connected platform to connect like-minded throughout all branches. It always helps to have a friend, especially when you’re new in town. So don’t be shy and go mingle!

Useful links for starting up in Berlin:

www.berlin-partner.de
Berlin’s corporation for economic development and location marketing.

www.existenzgruender.de
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology’s Business Portal.

www.gruenden-in-berlin.de
Business Start-up Network Berlin.

www.berlin.de
Official website of the city of Berlin.

www.gtai.de
Germany Trade and Invest.

www.ibb.de
Development bank of the Federal Land of Berlin.

www.ihk-berlin.de
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin.

www.hwk-berlin.de
Chamber of Skilled Crafts Berlin.

​​​​​​​https://startupguide.world/guide/startup-guide-berlin/​​​​​​​
New Startup Guide for Berlin – Volume 4: Find a fresh dose of info, insights and case studies to get empowered and inspired how to kick-start your ideas in Berlin!

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Startup needs

So you’re waiting in the wings, your idea is ripe and ready, but you just don’t know where to begin? Well, we’ve made up a handy guide on how to get your startup on its feet in these 6 easy steps.

Step 1: Ask the right questions

Where does my idea fit in? What legal form should I register under? What taxes must I pay? Before taking the big step, it’s necessary to address these questions to avoid trouble later. Whether it’s the Chamber of Skilled Crafts, or the Chamber of Commerce and Industry you need to join; IHK Berlin and Handelskammer Berlin, the Business Start-up Portal by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises  are all equipped to help you with your most pressing questions. The latter even provide a central support helpline at (030) 9013-8444 dedicated to helping you deal with all issues related to setting up a new business.

Startup Talk
(c) Berlin Partner

Step 2: Register your business

Starting up is a tough process, especially when it comes to those dire questions of administration and business approval procedures. Luckily, Berlin organisation ea.berlin (Single Point of Contact) helps you in solving the most urgent problems by providing you with a service to register, de-register and re-register your business online 24/7.

Step 3: Develop a steady business plan

For presentation and pitch situations, it’s vital for every business idea to be organised into a concrete business plan. But what is a business model? And what should be included in a business plan? How do I even start writing a business plan? All these questions and more can be answered in one of the many coaching programmes the city of Berlin has to offer. Just to name a few, there’s; Gruendercoaching Deutschland, IBB bank’s Coaching Bonus and BBB start. The Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition (BPW) is Germany’s largest regional start-up initiative, and is another great choice. The programmes provide entrepreneurs with support in the development of their business concepts, with over 100 events and a network of more than 300 consultants.

Idea Scribble
(c) Fotolia.com

Step 4: Find sponsors and funding

You’ve got to spend money to make money, and the best ideas are of no value if there’s no financial backbone. Berlin offers a broad funding portfolio to support your business ideas. You might start at the Business Customer Centre at the Investitionsbank Berlin or the Business Support Guide. Together, they present the full spectrum of support programmes available in Berlin for startups, providing funding and consultancy services in business loans, funding, investments and loan guarantees. ibb.de offer a quick finance questionnaire to find suitable sponsors for your venture.

Other venture capitalists:
Regional funding programmes:

Step 5: Find the perfect base for your business

Berlin’s technology and new business centres offer affordable office space, a chance to network with other entrepreneurs, and advice, consulting and other services.

Co-working space The Place Berlin
(c) The Place Berlin

A few are listed below, and for more information on the topic, look into our Brain City article:

Step 6: Make friends

Like anything else in life, what’s the point of building a business if you can’t have fun? There are plenty of opportunities to connect and make friends for a lifetime, find potential business partners, or even just a chum for those coffee breaks. Berlin 2.0 for example, meet up twice a year to bring Berlin’s brightest digital pioneers and visionaries to a festive networking evening. The Online Marketing Lounge meets up several times a year to talk about the Internet sector. likemind is a globally connected platform to connect like-minded throughout all branches. It always helps to have a friend, especially when you’re new in town. So don’t be shy and go mingle!

Useful links for starting up in Berlin:

www.berlin-partner.de
Berlin’s corporation for economic development and location marketing.

www.existenzgruender.de
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology’s Business Portal.

www.gruenden-in-berlin.de
Business Start-up Network Berlin.

www.berlin.de
Official website of the city of Berlin.

www.gtai.de
Germany Trade and Invest.

www.ibb.de
Development bank of the Federal Land of Berlin.

www.ihk-berlin.de
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Berlin.

www.hwk-berlin.de
Chamber of Skilled Crafts Berlin.

​​​​​​​https://startupguide.world/guide/startup-guide-berlin/​​​​​​​
New Startup Guide for Berlin – Volume 4: Find a fresh dose of info, insights and case studies to get empowered and inspired how to kick-start your ideas in Berlin!

Why should you start a business in Berlin?

Welcome to Berlin – the buzzing city at the heart of Europe! Berlin attracts businesses and startups from every industry. Science, research, and creative industries also love Berlin. True innovators love living and working in Berlin, as the conditions for setting up a company in the city are outstanding.

Infrastructure

Berlin offers the ideal infrastructure for setting up a company. The city’s airports make it quick and easy to reach from all over Europe, and its public transport network is extensive. Office space is also plentiful. Few cities have as many co-working spaces as Berlin. Although rents are rising, they are still lower than in most other European capitals.

>> Berlin - Heart of Europe

Innovative industries

In Berlin, you can build a network and discover businesses in all the key innovative industries, including high tech, healthcare, life sciences, service economy, mobility, and logistics. Berlin startups such as Zalando, DaWanda, and ImmobilienScout24 are influencers in the German market, and venture builders like Rocket Internet and Project A are also located in Berlin. There is potential for fruitful partnerships with research facilities and other companies in Berlin. Feel the spirit of entrepreneurship in Berlin!

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Research & sciences

Berlin is the main capital for researchers and scientists in Europe. You’ll find research on the hot topics in fields like bio technology, medicine, communication technology, mobility and transport and more.

>> Brain City Berlin - research & science in Berlin

Living in Berlin

Finally, the large pool of highly skilled specialists from all over the world is a key reason to start up a company in Berlin. Thanks to its relatively low cost of living and vibrant cultural life, Berlin attracts many highly talented people, which also benefits businesses located in the city.

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A growing German economy – good times for entrepreneurs and investors

The GDP is rising and unemployment is low. Consumers are spending more. It's a great time for investments and market entry in Germany. Reason-Why.Berlin offers useful background information on the German economy.