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Startup capital Berlin

Berlin is Germany’s hotspot for founders and also capital for tech-investments. Entrepreneurs – and also potential entrepreneurs – find exactly the right environment here to implement and scale their business.

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. The capital is particularly attractive to potential entrepreneurs in the creative and technology industries.

(Source: Study „Digitalwirtschaft – ein wichtiger Stützpfeiler in der Krise“ by Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB), 11/2020)

(Sources: *Berlin Startup Monitor 2020, **EY-Startup-Barometer 2021)**ca.3.1bn. €invested in start-ups,approx.58%of the venture capitalinvested throughout Germany32.7Avg. number of employees:12nationwide: approx.Avg. number of employeesby start-upsjobs createdabout80,000*$*approx.35%of all Germanfintech start-ups based in BerlinFrankfurt is home to approx. 11%BerlinFrankfurt am MainHamburg34,8%10,6%10,6%Software as a Serviceis at27%*the most commonbusiness model

Favourable conditions for start-ups: Berlin attracts young, highly qualified people from all over the world. A high standard of living at a comparatively low cost, lively local communities with lots of networking opportunities, the active venture capital scene, and an international ambiance are just good reasons why young entrepreneurs would want to come to Berlin to turn their business ideas into realities.

Numerous national and international studies have identified Berlin as a leading global location for start-ups with extremely high growth potential.

Why Berlin?

„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.“

Markus Witte, CEO and co-founder of Babbel
Markus Witte, CEO and co-founder of Babbel

What does Berlin offer entrepreneurs?

Berlin is the German leader in investments in startups: Almost three out of five euros invested in start-ups in Germany (58%) were invested in Berlin startups in 2020. Promising and well-established startups have emerged in recent years, such as Soundcloud, Mister Spex, Zalando, Helpling, Delivery Hero, Home24 and HelloFresh. In 2020, the latest shooting stars with the largest funding rounds in Berlin were Auto1 Group, Tier Mobility, Grover und Infarm.

(Source: EY Startup Barometer 2021)

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.

Berlin Startup Map

Explore the Berlin tech ecosystem

StarterCenter IHK Berlin

When things start getting serious and you want to register your company or still have questions about starting a business, the Starter Center team of the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce can help.

Point of Single Contact

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