Receiving about 57% of the venture capital invested in Germany, Berlin is clearly the most important region for tech investments. Some €2.6 billion were invested in the city's technology industries last year. Berlin continues to be one of the top European locations for such investment. With a plus of almost 200%, the investment volume of venture capital in Berlin rose in just one year (2017) to almost 3 billion euros, putting Berlin just behind London, in second place. Local business angels, company owned and university related incubators, accelerators as well as national and international venture capital investors support Berlin’s young entrepreneurs in the foundation phase. Numerous successful start-ups have emerged that way, e.g. Zalando, SoundCloud, Wooga and Delivery Hero.
(Sources: EY-Startup-Barometer 2019)
Financially strong private persons with know-how become involved as business angels in order to assist founders in their early steps.
Berlin Business Angel Investment Company (BBAF Fondsgesellschaft mbH)
The BBAF Investment Company is an independent equity investment company initiated by the Business Angels Club Berlin-Brandenburg.
Adlershof Accelerator A² – WISTA MANAGEMENT GmbH
Every year, five to eight founder teams have the opportunity to implement their business ideas in the field of energy together with experienced entrepreneurs. The five-month program includes customized support with professional coaching, free space, access to networks as well as intensive dialog and contact with partners from the industry.
Microsoft Center – Microsoft
The 3,000 m² large Microsoft Center promotes fresh ideas from the technology sector within the scope of its BizSpark program by providing free software, cloud services, coworking and technical know-how. BizSpark members have the opportunity to advance their start-up in the Microsoft Accelerator.
mindbox – Deutsche Bahn
Start-ups have the opportunity to present their digital product or business ideas for rail infrastructure three times a year across an area of 700 m2 directly on the Spree. Together with representatives from various areas of Deutsche Bahn, contenders develop ideas in the "mindbox" for three months. Hackathons and challenges take place several times a year.
CoLaborator – Bayer AG
Startups from the healthcare industry find the appropriate premises and networks on 800 m² at the campus of Bayer in Berlin-Wedding. Lab and office space for up to nine innovative startups are available. Among other things, Bayer provides assistance in constructing research labs and the accelerator program Grants4Apps promotes healthcare and therapy related apps and software solutions.
Founder Institute Berlin
The Founder Institute is a international pre-seed startup accelerator which supports founders building a company by providing a structured business-building process and a network of startup experts.
hub:raum – Deutsche Telekom
Located in Berlin-Schöneberg on 2,000 m², the Hubraum program of Deutsche Telekom provides start-ups in different stages of development with the suitable environment in an accelerator or incubator. The program includes consulting, financial aid and networking opportunities.
The internet incubator supports start-ups with venture capital, specialized know-how and office premises. While Team Europe has initiated start-ups such as StudiVZ and Brands4friends, it intends to restrict its incubator model in the future.
Startupbootcamp is a European accelerator. Ten selected start-ups take part in a three-month program in the heart of Berlin.
Project A Ventures
Project A Ventures is an incubator financed by the mail order company Otto. An investment fund with an associated management agency supports start-ups with focus on internet, advertising techniques and mobile.
TechCode Accelerator (Germany) TCAC GmbH
With more than 1,300 m2 of co-working space and office space in Mitte, and together with accelerator programs, investment and regular events, TechCode is providing assistance for entry into the Chinese market.
Venture capital from the IBB associated company
The VC funds are offered by the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of the Investitionsbank Berlin. It invests in young technology companies and start-ups from creative industries.
Earlybird is an investor with focus on tech and health tech. Earlybird not only provides start-ups in their seed stage with financial support, but also grants access to an international network and the capital market.
The early stage investor located in Berlin and Zürich is focused on start-ups from the sectors internet, mobile, software and hardware.
BDMI - Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments
Founders with ideas in the field of digital media are supported in the seed stage of their business development.
Point Nine Capital
Point Nine Capital is an early stage investor and is focused on start-ups in the fields of SaaS, lead generation, e-commerce and mobile.
Hasso Plattner Ventures
Hasso Plattner Ventures participates in start-ups from the sectors internet and software.
The investment bank finances technology companies at later development stages.
A venture capitalist with focus on software, internet and communication.
Mangrove Capital supports start-ups at their early development stage. The investor offers consulting in the betahaus.