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Those who want to start a business need appropriate infrastructure and instantly available office premises. With comparably low location costs and plenty of available space, Berlin provides startups with excellent starting conditions.

Furthermore, Berlin has the largest variety of coworking spaces in Germany. Coworking spaces are an ideal alternative for young startups that can’t afford their own offices yet. They moreover offer a good opportunity for exchange or to find new employees. 

In addition, campus areas will be created, which will bring together several companies, such as the startup campus "The Factory," which specializes in IoT startups, or the H:32-Tower with a specialization in FinTech. Both facilities are part of the Berlin hub for IoT & FinTech as part of the DigiHub initiative from the BMWi.

In addition, Berlin’s young entrepreneurs have numerous maker labs, open workshops and do-it-yourself workshops at their disposal. Here they can learn how to handle high-tech devices, pass on knowledge and easily test new ideas without having high acquisition costs.

Berlin’s young entrepreneurs find appropriate technical infrastructure and networking opportunities in the numerous technolgy centers and business incubators. Startups benefit from affordable office space: the rent level in Berlin is significantly lower than in other international startup-hubs.

At a glance:

  • Berlin has Germany’s most dense network of innovation and technology facilities.
  • Nine university spin-off centers, including one at Charité, provide office space of approximately 4,000 m2 and jobs for about 600 founders.
  • Eight technology-oriented innovation and incubation centers, e.g. in Adlershof or Berlin-Buch, provide a total of ca. 120,000 m2 space. The facilities are administrated by the Innovations Center Management GmbH (IZBM).
  • Ten technology parks, particularly for companies in the healthcare industry, provide ca. 750,000 m2 of space.
  • Three research facilities, the Fraunhofer-Institut, the Max Planck Institute and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres provide additional opportunities for young founders.
  • Berlin has the largest variety of coworking spaces in Germany.
  • Berlin is home to more than 120 experimental spaces, ranging from grassroot and coworking labs to university and company owned labs and incubators.

(Sources: Startup Monitor, 2017)

University startup centers

The universities and large institutions of higher education in Berlin support young entrepreneurs with their own incubation centers, networks and startup workshops partly serving as research-based startup incubators.

Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
The objective the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Startup Center is to provide active support in the preparation and implementation of technology-oriented and knowledge-based business startups across all phases.

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
The technology transfer center of the Charité provides consulting and assistance in the subject areas property rights, application related funds, spin-outs and contract administration.

Freie Universität Berlin
profund assists students and scientists as well as alumnae of theFreie Universität Berlin in business formation from an idea to successful implementation.

University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW)
The startup promotion of the HTW Berlin provides two service facilities which complement each other: the Startup Competence Centre and the Entrepreneur Centre.

Berlin School of Economics and Law
The Startup Incubator at HWR Berlin supports the development of innovative ideas for startups until they are ready to launch. It also provides support to university-based startup teams with expertise, infrastructure, and grants.

Humboldt University of Berlin
The Humboldt-Innovation is a contact and service center for new businesses started from the Humboldt University of Berlin or its surrounding and assists in obtaining funds and follow-up financing.

Mediadesign University for Design and Informatics
The Mediadesign University maintains intensive contact to companies focused on media and cooperates with a network of affiliated universities of applied sciences.

Technische Universität Berlin
The Centre for Entrepreneurship of the TU Berlin supports and consults young entrepreneurs, provides space in its own incubator and establishes important contacts.

Berlin University of the Arts (UdK)
The Career & Transfer Service Center of the Berlin University of the Arts offers workshops, individual consulting and coaching for successful positioning in cultural and creative industries.