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Digital Economy in Berlin

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Digital Economy Education & Training Training opportunities for entrepreneurs in Berlin Learning to launch “Berlin is a center of innovation for IT, web and mobile. Whether it be in science with its numerous universities and research institutes, or in business with its dynamic and international start-up scene. Collaborating and networking between practice, science and research is a clear ‘Berlin advantage’. Neofonie is the best example: We were founded 15 years ago as a spin-off of the TU Berlin and developed ‘Fireball’ – the first German Internet search engine.” SINAN ARSLAN, Marketing and Corporate Communications at neofonie Learning entrepreneurship from the bottom up, practicing programming languages or intensifying marketing strategies for the launch – founders and potential founders will find the optimal education and training programs in Berlin, regardless of what phase their company is in. All universities in Berlin and numerous colleges provide media, IT and digital-related programs, in which more than 18,500 students are currently enrolled. The universities and large colleges in Berlin support start-ups with their own start-up initiatives, entrepreneurial networks or with founder workshops that serve as start-up incubators tied closely to research. Career Centers at the universities promote the development of social, personal and organizational skills through special workshops, coaching sessions and mentoring programs. The B!GRÜNDET network brings together ten founder initiatives from Berlin universities and research institutes. In addition, there are twelve founder centers in Berlin to accompany students who want to found their own company during their studies: from the idea to creating a business plan, how to apply for grants and funding, all the way to networking with partners and entering the market. Public consultancies in the capital city (Senate Department for Eco nomics, Technology and Research, Chamber of Commerce, Investitionsbank Berlin, among others) publish information for founders on the basics, important topics, locations and events in nine languages on the Vibrant grassroots initiatives enrich the educational offers in Berlin’s digital scene. The OpenTechSchool offers free workshops on programming skills and knowledge related to IT. The Rails Girls Berlin offer “Ruby on Rails” programming workshops to give girls and women the necessary tech skills to realize their ideas – from the initial design and prototyping to implementation and programming. Initiatives such Womenize!, Berlin Geekettes, Digital Media Women and WITAS Women in Tech and Startups strengthen female entrepreneurship and women in tech industries through seminars, mentoring programs and networks. 12

Research and Science “No other city is as multicultural and diverse as Berlin and that’s what makes this city what it is. With a moving and unique history, Berlin has become a metropolis full of contrasts. Berlin is exactly the right place for our plans: The endless leisure activities, good food, cultural diversity and people from around the world bring together lifestyle and work like no place else.” JOSHUA MARTINEZ, Co-Founder / Chief Marketing Officer at timply Research and science in Berlin Open to innovation Innovations are created in an atmosphere of openness, creativity and tolerance. Berlin’s “everything is possible” mentality is the perfect lab. This is where the path for digital solutions of the future is prepared. The capital’s unique research and development landscape, its many university educational offers and distinguished expertise in key digital growth areas guarantee innovative and outstanding ideas. Universities and research Berlin features an extensive IT-related research and university infrastructure. Renowned institutions include the seven Fraunhofer Institutes, the Zuse Institute Berlin and the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering in Potsdam. The Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin (HU) and the Technical University of Berlin (TU) have proven their value as universities in the German Universities Excellence Initiative for their top-notch research. In addition, EIT ICT Labs have a location in Berlin – the independent research center for information technology of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology, established by the European Union. Innovation and Creative Labs Implementing new ideas, testing new areas of business and exploring new business models – that’s what more than 80 grassroots labs, maker spaces, university-related labs, corporate innovation centers, incubators and accelerators do in Berlin. These experimentation labs are an interface between innovative ideas, creatives, founders and industrial users. The powerful creative sector in Berlin plays a particularly important role: As an industry that spans various branches, it ensures decisive results in innovation processes, both in the area of the digital economy as well as in other industrial sectors (“cross-innovation”). The Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-Labs), the Group’s central research and innovation area of activities, are developing new products, services and infrastructure for the digital communications market together with the TU Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts. The corresponding Design Research Lab conducts interdisciplinary research on topics such as interaction design, wearable computing and gender specifics in the IT sector. The research focus of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) is on the development of the Internet in conjunction with socio-cultural, technical and legal changes. The Daimler Center for Automotive Information Technology Innovations (DCAITI), an institute of Daimler AG and the TU Berlin, specializes in future scenarios for the cars of tomorrow. In the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (DAI-Labor), also located at the TU Berlin, agent technologies and digital system solutions are researched and developed. Realistic testing environments and Living Labs are used to make the solutions developed at the DAI-Labor under real conditions tangible for the public and industry. 13

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