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NEWS TO GO Berlin’s Senator for Economics Works to Promote Berlin as a FinTech Capital Berlin is not a traditional banking city, but the German capital has nevertheless already become a leading location for FinTechs. And this is why Berlin’s Economics Senator Cornelia Yzer invited experts from the fields of crowdfunding, credit and investment portals as well as from established banks for a round of talks and an exchange of ideas. The Senator promised these financial representatives that she would work to further foster Berlin as a strong FinTech location. Berlin has roughly 70 FinTech companies, placing it ahead of Frankfurt in this regard. And these companies attracted over million venture capital to Berlin in 2015. Source: Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research Berlin Business Office Opens in Istanbul Turkey is one of the most important trade partners for the Berlin economy. And for Turkish companies, Berlin is a key market for investment in Germany. In keeping with the long-standing relationship between Turkey and Berlin, State Secretary Dr. Hans Reckers recently opened the first Berlin Business Office abroad in Istanbul. The Berlin Business Office is designed to attract new and potential investors from Turkey and support Berlin-based companies in their attempt to access Turkish markets. It provides information to companies active in all sectors with regard to the respective location and investment conditions and offers practical help in relocating businesses and connecting to business partners. The representative of Berlin’s business community in Istanbul is Zafer Koç, a man with extensive knowledge about German-Turkish economic and cultural relations and also the Energy Secretary of the German-Turkish Energy Partnership. From 2009 to 2014, Berlin exports to Turkey grow by 32%. In 2015, the volume of trade was at €155 million. Many Turkish companies have offices in Berlin, and 17.5% of all foreign entrepreneurs in Berlin are of Turkish origin. The most important Berlin export goods to Turkey are engines, data processing equipment as well as pharmaceutical, electric and optical products. Photos: iStock.com / tostphoto; Berlin Partner / Einsfelder, Goenz Innovative Building Materials Win Over Jury The annual GreenTec Awards honor ecological and economic commitment as well as green innovation and technologies. Berlin Partner for Business and Technology recently took on the patronage of the “Urbanization” category and awarded the lucky winners their prize at a Berlin-Partner network meeting. The winner was STEAG Power Minerals GmbH and their innovative concrete admixture Photoment®. Surfaces using Photoment® reduce harmful nitrogen oxides from the air. At the same time, they stay dirtfree longer and are self-cleaning. In other words, this construction material contributes to the improvement of air quality and thus to the quality of life in urban areas. The award was given to Andreas Hugot, Management Spokesperson of STEAG Power Minerals GmbH, by Berlin Partner’s CEO Dr. Stefan Franzke together with GreenTec Awards founder Sven Krüger. Source: Berlin Partner 6 BERLIN TO GO

NEWS TO GO Just a Click Away – Conference Hotels, Locations and More Berlin Economy Continues to Boom In the first quarter of 2016, the Berlin economy grew by a considerable 2.7%. These numbers even outperformed the strong GDP growth achieved at the end of 2015. And economists at the Investitionsbank Berlin, which issued the positive statistics, remain optimistic in terms of their growth forecast for 2016. They are predicting a growth rate of roughly 2.5%, which would mean that Berlin would once again lie above the national average (1.6%). Source: IBB The Berlin Convention Office (BCO) operated by visitBerlin is enhancing its services for event planners. The Meeting Guide Berlin now has a new design alongside additional content and simplified menu navigation. After only a few mouse clicks, the comprehensive online tool at meetingguide.berlin will provide a list of the perfect conference hotels, locations, service partners, agencies, catering companies, tech companies, suppliers and mobility partners in the German capital. In June, the site will feature a further category that lists more than 120 incentive programs offered by the capital. Source: visitBerlin Anzeige NO TRAFFIC NO STRESS NO CO 2 WITH Express & Logistics general-overnight.com/berlin BERLIN TO GO 7 +49 30 850085

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