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A successful start-up location depends on networking between universities, start-ups, investors, politics and established companies. Berlin not only provides opportunities for exchange by numerous networks and founder events, there are also vital hot spots distributed throughout the city which facilitate contact between young entrepreneurs. The sector knows where to meet: the cafes St. Oberholz, Mein Haus am See or the Soho House in Berlin-Mitte.

In Berlin, young entrepreneurs find the best opportunities for education and advanced training to guide them at all stages of business development. Berlin’s universities and institutions of higher education provide their own start-up networks. The university-based start-up centers connect to each other via B!gründet, the start-up network of Berlin’s institutions of higher education.


Berlin School of Economics and Law
Degree course “Entrepreneurship”

Start-up center of the Technische Universität Berlin
Centre for Entrepreneurship

Start-up center of the Freie Universität Berlin
Entrepreneurship Education at the Freie Universität

Start-up center of the Humboldt University Berlin
Start-up service of the Humboldt University Berlin

Start-up center of the University of Applied Sciences (HTW)
Services by the Start-up Competence Center for HTW Students

Events (Selection)

Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition
The Berlin-Brandenburg Business Plan Competition (BPW) is Germany’s largest regional founder initiative.

CEO Dinner
The dinner series for invited Guests is initiated, among others, by Berlin’s Incubator Team Europe.

Participation in this event for founders, business angels and investors is only possible by personal invitation from the team of

The Heureka Conference is a gathering place for German and international start-up scenes.

Quo Vadis
Quo Vadis – where is the journey taking us? This question is raised by representatives of the gaming industry at the eponymous developer conference.

The Long Night of Startups is Europe's largest start-up event, where start-ups are given top billing.

A three-day conference with lectures and workshops on digital topics, social media and network policy.

Startup Camp Berlin
Berlin’s start-up conference where future entrepreneurs, experienced entrepreneurs, investors and experts come together.

Startup Safary
This 2-day event offers an opportunity to visit startups, VCs, accelerators, incubators and coworking spaces and meet with their founders and team members.

Tech Open Air (TOA) Berlin
The festival connects technology, music, arts and science. Internet founders meet investors, artists and musicians.

NKF Summit
The NKF Summit provides assistance in linking up with the German startup scene. A top-class lineup of speakers present case studies and experiences on different strategies such as labs, accelerators, corporate venture, and digital labs.

Hub Conference
At the Bitkom Trend Conference, emerging companies have the opportunity to pitch their business models and network with the industry's reputable companies.

CUBE Tech Fair
Here, global B2B startups from the areas of Digital Health and Life Sciences, Infrastructure and Interconnectivity, as well as Machinery and Manufacturing can introduce themselves to an international audience and meet big names.