Berlin: A guide to Europe’s most exciting start-up scene

Are you planning a trip to Berlin and are interested in exploring the startup ecosystem of Germany’s capital? If you are (or if you simply want to know a bit more about one of Europe’s most exciting startup scenes), check out this comprehensive guide!

Whether you are simply looking for a desk to work at, a location to host your next event, or mix and mingle with other entrepreneurs at events, this guide includes a little bit of something for everyone. Enjoy!

Written by Bozena Pieniazek

Coworking Spaces

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If you are looking for a place to get some work done, attend start-up events or simply meet some awesome people, Berlin’s coworking spaces are the place to be. Berlin has over 50 coworking spaces across the city, so you will – without a doubt – find something that suits your needs!

To make your search a little bit easier, we have shortlisted 10 awesome spaces.

Ahoy! Berlin: Ahoy! Berlin is a space for co-working and innovation, where individuals and companies can rent fully equipped work stations, quiet offices and organize events under flexible terms. Over 1,300 square meters for hard work and serious play!

Location: Charlottenburg

Agora: Agora is a project space in Berlin that hosts people and projects based on a philosophy that reflects the values of its community: diversity, self-organization and social ties.

Location: Neukölln

Betahaus: Betahaus is a coworking space for individuals who want to choose and share their ideas of work. The space includes: a café, meeting rooms, plenty of event and workshop spaces, as well as the woodshop and hardware.co lab.

Location: Kreuzberg

Café Nest: Café Nest is a relatively small coworking space and café for up to 23 individuals.

Location: Kreuzberg

Co-up: Co-up is a coworking space providing desks, wi-fi and a friendly atmosphere for independent workers.

Location: Kreuzberg

ESDIP_Berlin: ESDIP_Berlin is a coworking space that provides space for artists, illustrators, cartoonists, designers, programmers, photographers, writers and other creative people.

Location: Friedrichshain

Factory: Factory Coworking offers a high quality office space for freelancers and startups as well as project teams and employees from corporate companies.

Location: Mitte

Impact Hub Berlin: Impact Hub Berlin is an innovation and founding center for social and sustainable entrepreneurs. This small space aims to provide an inspiring workspace to empower people to collaborate and innovate in the social entrepreneurship field.

Location: Kreuzberg

Launch: Launch is a coworking space for people that don’t want their own office but still would like to have other nice people around – folks to bounce ideas off, go for lunch or maybe devise plans for the next big thing. They also provide meeting rooms and there’s an awesome roof top terrace, too!

Location: Friedrichshain

St. Oberholz: St. Oberholz is a chain of cafés that has taken “the old and infused it with the new” to create places that house coworking spaces, tea rooms, as well as apartments.

Location: Mitte

For a complete list of coworking spaces, check out Berlin.de’s directory.

 

Meetups/Events

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A LOT is happening in Berlin! If you are looking to stay busy, don’t worry as Germany’s capital has plenty of entrepreneurship-focused events and meetups to last a lifetime. So, the next time you are in the ‘Hauptstadt’ join one of these 10 regular meetups!

Berlin Internet Startups: Berlin Internet Startups is one of Berlin’s newest, but fastest-growing, startup communities.

Berlin Lean Startup: Berlin Lean Startup is a group of lean startup practitioners that meet monthly to share their experiences, mingle and learn from each other.

Berlin Tech Meetup: Berlin Tech Meetup is a bi-monthly event for fellow geeks, hackers, entrepreneurs and investors. Watch 5-6 companies show-off their technology and demo exciting products at every event.

Berlin Startups: Berlin Startups is a group for anyone interested in Berlin Startups and aims to help those in their network to connect, interact and stay in touch more easily.

Silicon Drinkabout Berlin: Silicon Drinkabout Berlin is a regular after-work drinks meetup for passionate tech/startup folks that takes places every Friday in Germany’s capital.

StartUp Berlin: StartUp Berlin is the capital’s premier network for early stage startups.

Startup Founder 101: Startup Founder 101 is a monthly meetup for aspiring and early-stage startup founders to hear candid talks by successful local entrepreneurs.

Startup Institute Berlin: Startup Institute Berlin is a group designed for anyone interested in landing a job in the Berlin startup community.

StartupGrind Berlin: StartupGrind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Berlin is dedicated to bringing a series of inspiring talks with top entrepreneurs to the German capital.

Wefound: Wefound Berlin is a chapter of the world’s first global female startup community that combines personal development, business and tech.

 

Accelerators/Incubators

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Are you interested in getting your startup off the ground, and have decided to do this in Berlin? Then check out these 9 startup incubators and accelerators that can potentially provide you with investment, expertise and support.

Berlin Startup Academy: Berlin Startup Academy (BSA) is Berlin’s boutique, independent Startup Accelerator that is part of the German Technology Entrepreneurship Center.

Found Fair: Found Fair is an incubator that helps build innovative companies with impact.

German Startups Groups: German Startup Group identifies investment opportunities and offers these startups “smart money” along with knowledge, experience and contacts.

GTEC: German Technology Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) is Germany’s first open campus to unite technology entrepreneurship organizations, resources and expertise in one place.

HitFox Group: HitFox Group is a fast-growing company builder focused on building and acquiring synergetic businesses in the fields of advertising, big data, and fintech.

Hub:Raum: Hub:Raum is the incubator of Deutsche Telekom. They invest in early stage startups, back them with a coworking space, mentoring and help them to find the right business partners within Deutsche Telekom.

Startup Bootcamp Berlin: Startup Bootcamp Berlin is an accelerator helps startups by giving them direct access to an international network of the most relevant partners, investors and mentors in their sector.

Team Europe: Team Europe is a group of entrepreneurs that partners with the most talented founders and invest time, expert resources and money to build sustainable and valuable internet companies.

YOU IS NOW: YOU IS NOW is the startup accelerator founded by ImmobilienScout24 for early stage start-ups related to real estate and mobility.

 

Resources

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Knowledge is power – so how do you stay up to date with what is happening in the Berlin startup community? It’s quite easy: subscribe to Berlin’s leading startup magazines and news websites! J

Berlin Startups: Berlin Startups is a website aiming to create a comprehensive map of Berlin’s startup scene. It lists startups, accelerators, incubators, coworking spaces, as well as events.

Berlin Valley: Berlin Valley is a magazine that covers Berlin’s startup news, including investor information.

Deutsche Startups: Deutsche Startups is a website that covers the entire German startup scene, including events and meetups. They also have a page dedicated to the Berlin community.

Junge Gründer: Junge Gründer (translates to “Young Founders”) is a good resource for founders looking to start their venture in Berlin (or Germany).

Silicon Allee: Silicon Allee is the community-driven voice of startups and technology companies in Berlin.

The Hundert: The Hundert is the leading magazine covering Berlin’s startup scene.

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