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Venture capital and incubators

Berlin can attract by far the most risk capital nationwide and is becoming the most important target area for foreign investors.

Receiving 59 % of the venture capital invested in Germany, Berlin is clearly the most important region for tech investments. With a plus of roughly 36 %, the investment volume of venture capital in Berlin rose to 3.7 billion euros in 2019.

Berlin continues to be one of the top European locations for such investment and is just behind London on the second place. In addition, Berlin is developing into Germany's fintech hub: 34.8% of all fintech companies in Germany are based here; only 10.6% make their home in Frankfurt, generally considered the country's financial centre.

Most of the money has been invested in mobility,followed by fintech / insurtech, software & analytics, and e-commerce2 ndPLACE(Sources: EY-Startup-Barometer 2020, Berlin Startup Monitor 2020 - data from 2019)262deals37%of nationwide deals3,7bn €invested in startups,59% of the venture capital invested throughout Germanyin European comparison244start-upsreceived funding80,000jobs are createdby startups

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 startups have emerged that way, e.g. Zalando, Mister Spex, N26, SoundCloud, Wooga and Delivery Hero.

Business angels

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.

Accelerators (selection)

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.

APX by Axel Springer & Porsche 
The two companies operate the joint accelerator in Kreuzberg with the aim of supporting start-ups in the early stages of their business venture. APX invests in digital business models across all sectors and industries.

Berlin Innovation Agency (BIA)
BIA is an independent boutique agency and academy for business administrators.

EIT Climate-KIC
Based in the heart of Berlin on the EUREF Campus, a historic industrial site that has been expanded into an innovation campus for a low-carbon future, EIT Climate-KIC Germany supports six core partners and 17 affiliate partners in promoting cross-sector climate innovations.

Metro Accelerator 
The 12-week Xcel program is designed for tech start-ups in the hospitality and retail sectors who want to grow or expand into a new industry at a later stage.

mindbox – Deutsche Bahn
Startups 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.

Incubators (selection)

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.

Finleap builds start-ups for the banking, insurance, and asset management industries and operates Fintech Hub Berlin.

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.

German Tech Digital 
Berlin-based company builder Germantech Digital works with partners from the private, public, and social sectors and builds start-ups for companies.

hub:raum – Deutsche Telekom
Located in Berlin-Schöneberg on 2,000 m², the Hubraum program of Deutsche Telekom provides startups in different stages of development with the suitable environment in an accelerator or incubator. The program includes consulting, financial aid and networking opportunities.

Team Europe
The internet incubator supports startups with venture capital, specialized know-how and office premises. While Team Europe has initiated startups such as StudiVZ and Brands4friends, it intends to restrict its incubator model in the future.

As the first Chinese incubator in Germany, TechCode supports German start-ups seeking to enter the Chinese market, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence, future mobility, AR/VR, IoT, Smart Home, new materials, and cleantech.

Startupbootcamp Berlin
Startupbootcamp is a European accelerator. Ten selected startups take part in a three-month program in the heart of Berlin.

Venture Capital (selection)

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 startups 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 startups from creative industries.

Earlybird is an investor with focus on tech and health tech. Earlybird not only provides startups in their seed stage with financial support, but also grants access to an international network and the capital market.

Atlantic Ventures
The early stage investor located in Berlin and Zürich is focused on startups 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 startups in the fields of SaaS, lead generation, e-commerce and mobile.

Torch Partners
The investment bank finances technology companies at later development stages.

Partech Venture
A venture capitalist with focus on software, internet and communication.

Mangrove Capital
Mangrove Capital supports startups at their early development stage. The investor offers consulting in the betahaus.

Venture capital and private equity companies in Berlin

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