Welcome to Berlin: one of the world’s most vibrant startup cities. Explore and tap into one of the fastest growing markets in Central Europe, Berlin!
With its vigorous cultural scene, a dynamic economic development, modern infrastructure and mature Tech ecosystem, Berlin is one of the top-tier startup hubs in the world today.
Ecosystem Basics: Berlin is more popular than ever as a location for entrepreneurs, corporates, researchers and young talent from across Germany and all over the world. Use the Berlin ecosystem to get in touch with serial entrepreneurs, startup alumni, venture capital companies, innovators, accelerators and any kind of innovative stakeholders.
Here selected links to dive into the Berlin startup ecosystem:
Berlin’s startup scene has always been fostered by grassroots developments.
The public sector offers additional initiatives to back what is going on. Berlin is keen on strengthening the entrepreneurial and business ecosystem to foster economic growth and employment. Administration performs activities, runs programs and takes over roles – to tackle startup pains! Focus fields of activity are (a) access to infrastructure, (b) access to talent, (c) access to capital, (d) global connectedness and (e) quick and easy access to likeminded – what we call local connectedness.
This City's Cases
Settling as a founder
Business Immigration Service/ Business Welcome Service:
The Business Immigration Service (BIS) is a unique collaboration of all important business and public administration stakeholders for visa and residence title related issues. Fast communication, feedback within 48 hours and transparent problem-solving work processes are building a Cooperation at it’s best. For more info (click here).
Contact addresses and telephone numbers of embassies and consulates are available on the Federal Foreign Office website.
Welcome to the business startup network in Berlin (click here).
Starting a Business in Berlin (click here).
Business location package (click here).
Public Services in Berlin (click here).
For a full overview of the German Tax System click here.
Find additional support at
Access to capital
Public financial support, as well as private capital, are available in Berlin and easy to access. The Berlin Business Support Guide sums all public programs. (learn more)
Public financial support
Contacts: (list of contacts)
Venture Capital and Incubators
Access to talent
Talents from Berlin, as well as talents from abroad, make Berlin a unique melting pot to realize innovation.
Find tips, info, and job offers for your reboot in Berlin in the ‘Talent Berlin’ website
Selected job search websites
Setting up your Company
This overview (click here) shows you the most important milestones that will lead you to your company.
The StarterCenter Berlin (access the website) is a joint project run by the Handwerkskammer Berlin (Berlin Chamber of Crafts) and the IHK Berlin (Chamber of Commerce and Industry), with information (in German) on the most important advice and support services.
Additional programs and activities
Asia Pacific Week in Berlin is focusing on startups and digitization
Working together to reinvent the world.
Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival
Start Alliance forms a business network between the most vibrant startup hubs around the globe