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Berlin to go, english edition, 01/2017

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NEWS TO GO MAGNETIC

NEWS TO GO MAGNETIC BERLIN 1 2 3 Berlin Remains Germany’s Startup Capital The startup boom in Germany’s capital continues. In fact, Berlin even broke the barrier of 100,000 companies listed on the commercial register this year. As Jan Pörksen, Director of Consulting & Service at Berlin’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) notes: “Twenty new limited liability companies (GmbH) and eight new entrepreneurial companies (UG) are registered every day in Berlin. This proves once more that Berlin is Germany’s undisputed startup capital.” Strong Employment Growth Berlin’s economy also continues to grow and generate new jobs. In 2016, the number of people in active employment increased by 46,200 individuals or 2.5% to reach roughly 1.89 million, the highest number since German reunification. Jobs were created particularly in the service industries, the digital and communications industries and the construction industry. Ramona Pop, Berlin’s Senator for Economics notes: “Berlin continues to boom and remains ahead of other federal states in terms of job creation.” The TOP 3 Greenest Projects On May 12, 2017, the Green- Tec Awards in Berlin will honor highly innovative environmental protection projects at a glamorous gala in the capital. This leading environmental prize celebrates visionaries and their work on sustainability, green lifestyles and environmental protection. The GreenTec Awards are aimed at initiatives, individuals and companies. Photo: Ulf Büschleb 6

4 5 6 More Than Five Million International Tourists The number of overnight stays made by visitors to Berlin increased by 2.7% to reach a total of more than 31 million. The three most important reasons to visit Berlin are its landmarks, arts & culture and cityscape & architecture. The convention industry generated roughly one-fourth of the visitors in 2016 with 7.7 million overnight stays. Venture Capital Hotspot Berlin remains a leading city for venture capital in Europe. According to a recent study by Ernst & Young, a total of 220 VC financing rounds took place in the city in 2016. Berlin accounted for almost onehalf of the total of 486 VC financing rounds in Germany. The study especially showed a trend towards small and middle-sized deals involving up to 10 million. World’s 6th Best City for Students Berlin has secured a sixth-place spot on an international ranking of the world’s best cities for students. This marks a gain of three places over previous year, and the capital continues to be the best-placed German city on the list. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller notes: “We’re very proud of this excellent standing. It attests to the magnetism of our city and its universities for students from all over the world.” Photo: iStock.com / anyaberkut Berlin Visitors 2016 31 Million Overnight Stays 7

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