Why Berlin It’s a booming international start-up hub
Berlin – a booming Start-up hub
The region of Berlin-Brandenburg is a booming international start-up hub. The city and its surrounding areas provide a great ecosystem for the development of disruptive start-ups: great amounts of venture capital, successful incubators, accelerators, university graduates and thriving entrepreneurs. There is especially a concentration of start-ups in the digital economy. IT & internet startups in Berlin receive the most VC in all of Germany.
The city’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem draws from a great scene of talented and creative people from all over the world – over 180 nationalities! The lively and growing Israeli community adds great value to this landscape. Especially for Israeli entrepreneurs willing to go global, Berlin’s geographic location is advantageous: located in the center of Western Europe, it provides access to large European and global markets while being only 3.5h from home!
At the same time, Berlin and its surroundings offer a great quality of life for young people, with low living costs -compared to any other European metropolis-, with a vibrant nightlife and full of art, music, cultural events, lakes and green urban spaces.
All this makes Berlin the place to bask in creativity. Here, you will discover communities that can make you learn grow and foster your creativity.
Matan, Johanna, Lucas AKVOLA TECHNOLOGIES
“Berlin is a city that has a lot to offer – specifically to young creative people. For entrepreneurs it has a very vibrant startup scene that took form here in the last few years. And for Israelis I think it is very attractive that there s also a growing Israeli community here.”Read more
Stylianos, Ioannis, Deepak Factor-E-Analytics
“We recommend EXIST to anyone who has a good business idea, because you are given the freedom to implement and bring your ideas to the market in a rather unrestricted manner; all this with only little bureaucratic effort.”Read more
Sebastian, Benjamin, Christian shoutr labs UG
“It was a pretty intense and worthwhile experience. The amount of paperwork in advance is definitely worth it. What we’ve learned? That ‘getting out of the building’ and releasing early and often to get valuable customer feedback is much more effective for a startup than developing your ‘perfect’ solution in-house for a year.”Read more
Tobias, Richard, Iwan Aaron.ai GmbH
“We see EXIST as a great opportunity to start up a business, and verify assumptions underlying a business model at low personal risk and without giving away shares. Its administrative requirements should not be underestimated. However, we would do it again: the advantages of the program exceed the downsides by far. So, go for it – good luck!”Read more
As an International Network University, Freie Universität Berlin thrives on its many contacts with higher education institutions abroad. In teaching, research, and professional development, it works closely with universities in Israel, especially with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and with the Tel Aviv University (TAU).