After the opening ceremony in June, the Startup Campus Berlin program will finally commence in October. The goal of this initiative is to introduce the Berlin startup ecosystem to CEE startups. The German capital offers an extensive network of mentors, a wide array of coworking spaces, and state and venture capital investments to innovative startups.
In recent years the German government has made serious efforts to turn Berlin into the leading innovation and startup hub of Europe. The largest accelerator networks and incubators of the world, along with german international companies have launched several sector-specific programs in order to utilise this new form of industrial innovation.
“Enterprise Hungary has launched the program Startup Campus Berlin with the intention of providing a platform of self-introduction for CEE startups, the use of which should aid them in sourcing funding for their projects and stepping into the global market. The specific agendas for the different installments of the program will be put together while taking into account the specific startups involved, and the sectors they focus on.” – said Zsolt Kovács, CEO of Enterprise Hungary.
Startups selected to participate in the program will have the opportunity of getting to know local accelerators (GTEC, StartupBootcamp, PlugandPlayTechCenter, WISTA etc.), of introducing their startup to international mentors, and of exchanging knowledge with startups (and startup leaders) who have already settled in Berlin. They will also receive information regarding the legal and financial aspects of founding a company from Berlin Partner, and will learn about venture capital investment practices from the local Venture Capital Association.
Selected startups will be able to choose from the following services:
- Complete program organization,
- Getting to know the local Accelerator Programs
- Introduction of Enterprise Support Program and local legislation,
- Thorough overview of Venture Capital Investment Practice,
- Opportunity to pitch to, and receive feedback from International Mentors,
- Opportunities for B2B meetings and Networking,
- Free Coworking office use, and a chance to exchange experience with local startups,
- Accommodation in Berlin.
The target market of this program is made up of the founders and leaders of startup enterprises ready to enter an international market. This means CEE startups who have a working prototype, a seed investment or regional market presence, and are ready to launch an enterprise in Berlin.
“The most important task of Hungarian startups in Berlin is to find potential investors and customers. Initiatives like this definitely help startups in building the Berlin networks they will need in the future.” – said Andy Tóth, investment director of Plug and Play Ventures Germany about the necessity of international presence.
In harmony with the focal industrial areas of the Berlin ecosystem, 4 startup entrepreneurs, from each of the 7 industrial areas during 7 weeks will have the opportunity to participate in the program. Participants will also need to pay a one-time 150€ participation fee.
The specific programs will be advertised based on the following schedule:
4-6 October Digital Health Application Deadline: 4 September 2017
11-13 October Food & Industrial Tech Application Deadline: 11 September 2017
18-20 October e-Commerce Application Deadline: 18 September 2017
25-27 October Fin. Tech & Insurance Tech Application Deadline: 25 September 2017
8-10 November Inno Energy & Sustainability Application Deadline: 8 October 2017
15-17 November Photonic & Optic Application Deadline: 15 October 2017
22-24 November Mobility & Transportation Application Deadline: 22 October 2017
5 December DEMO DAY