6 Catalyst for ideas Startups are an important engine for innovation. Berlin sucks in startups from all over the world and spits out successful business models. This is also apparent to international corporate groups. For this reason, many make the move to Berlin in order to promote young businesses in their own incubators or partner programs and to profit from their ideas. The many startup centers offer plenty of room for networking and collaboration. Photo: hub:raum hub:raum. Deutsche Telekom started up its own incubator and accelerator in Berlin in 2012. Startups are supported with up to 300,000 euros. The program promotes young entrepreneurs from the telecommunications, internet and digital media industries. Factory. Partners of the Startup Campus Factory with 2 locations in Berlin include Google with its program Google for Entrepreneurs, Daimler Financial Services, Schaeffler and Deutsche Telekom. Photo: Techstars Metro Photo: Microsoft The Microsoft ScaleUp program (previously known as Microsoft Accelerator) is designed for Series A startups and offers access to sales, marketing and technical support. Photo: Dominik Tryba Photo: APX/Dominik Tryba APX. A joint venture between Axel Springer and Porsche, APX is an early-stage startup accelerator and investor in Berlin. They invest in fearless founding teams with ambitious digital ideas and global aspirations. Their 100+100 day investor ready program is designed around one core objective: help pre-seed and seed startups to get additional rounds of investments. ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator. The media company accelerates the development of startups from the consumer industry and provides supported startups with 750,000 for TV advertising.
Business Metropolis – Impulses 7 Photo: Factory Photo: German Tech Entrepreneurship Center openBerlin. The IT group Cisco is also interested in ideas from Berlin, in particular in the „Internet of Everything.“ German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC). Henkel and innogy have founded a startup center together with the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) and further partners. Entrepreneurs from the infrastructure and technology industries find workplaces there, as well as professional consulting by employees of the DAX companies and the ESMT. Open Innovation Space. Initiated by the orthopedics technology corporation Ottobock and operated by the open digital fabrication studio Fab Lab Berlin, the Open Innovation Space provides use of workplaces and machines to individuals, groups and external development teams. METRO Accelerator. In order to drive forward the digital transformation in the hotel and restaurant industry, the Metro Group together with the US accelerator Techstars has set up its own accelerator. Photo: Open Innovation Space Photo: openBerlin Photo: Peter Himsel mindbox. Startups can complete a 3-month program in the Accelerator of Deutsche Bahn. The focus is on technologies and business models relating to railway infrastructure, mobility and logistics. Photo: Deutsche Bahn, Foto Nass / Brauer 2015 CoLaborator. In the Bayer incubator, startups can further develop their ideas, products and biotechnologyplatforms. :agile. The accelerator program from E.ON promotes business ideas related to the energy industry. Every quarter, between three and six startups and entrepreneurs are accepted and supported with coaching, workspaces and funding. Photo: :agile