With around 40,000 business registrations per year and more than 500 startup companies per year, Berlin is undisputedly Germany's founder capital and is expanding its nationwide lead. With its approximately 9,500 existing startups, the capital is particularly attractive to potential entrepreneurs in the creative and technology industries.
(Sources: KFW-Startup-Report 2019, Deutscher Startup Monitor 2019)
The starting conditions are advantageous: Berlin attracts young, highly qualified people from all over the world. The high life quality at comparably low living costs, the vital scene life and international environment are the reasons for young entrepreneurs to implement their business ideas here.
Numerous national and international studies regard Berlin as a leading global location for business startups with the world's best growth potential.
„As an international, fast-growing Internet company, we believe that Berlin has precisely what we at Babbel are looking for: talented professionals from all over the world, a striving, startup community with excellent contacts along with a creative, future-orientated tech scene. Together with other companies, we have also benefited from Berlin’s global attraction as a charismatic metropolis because the city has triggered considerable attention among the international press and investors.“
- International talent pool
Urban diversity, high life quality and creative atmosphere attract excellently trained, multilingual professionals from all over the world.
- Comprehensive consulting and funding
Potential founders in Berlin can look forward to various funding and consulting possibilities.
- Outstanding infrastructure
Numerous business incubators and technology centers as well as the most coworking spaces in Germany
- Positive investment climate
The most investments in startups nationwide; numerous facilities, business angels, startup centers and investors provide support for starting a new business.
- Strong networks and technology transfer centers
Berlin’s unique scientific landscape ensures cooperation opportunities with more than 100 institutions of higher education and non-university research facilities.
- Creative environment
Hotspots, sector meet-ups and events enable an uncomplicated vital exchange within the startup scene.
- Attractive living environment
Reasonable rents and living costs in an international metropolis
Berlin is the German leader in investments in startups: in 2018, venture capitalists invested around 2.6 billion euros in Berlin. Promising and well-established startups have emerged in recent years, such as Soundcloud, Mister Spex, Zalando, Helpling, Delivery Hero, Home24 and HelloFresh.
(Source: EY Startup Barometer 2019)
The state of Berlin initiated the Berlin Startup Unit together with partners from business, science and the startup scene. Seven initiatives are working together for the advancement of the startup capital Berlin.