Berlin the place for IT

Global players and start-ups in the digital economy

Pace setters and market leaders

Berlin is one of Germany’s key hubs for IT and the digital economy. It’s the capital of start-ups with an internationally acclaimed start-up scene that gives both established companies and global players enough room for success. In 2016 investors have invested 2.1 billion Euro venture capital in start-ups in Berlin – more than in any other European city. In terms of the employment figures for IT branch, Berlin is Germany’s second biggest IT employer. The Digitalisierungskompass national Germany survey ranks Berlin among its top ten when it comes to digitisation of the economy and the world of work.

Berlin is a bustling truly international city that attracts the brightest minds from all over the world and promotes fruitful dialogue between its multiple industry sectors so that new and highly promising projects and products are always being created. The city's strengths are particularly apparent in the fields of digital security, smart mobility, digital health, data-driven innovation, the internet of things, disruption and smart lifestyle.

Thinking and working with an international outlook

Like no other city in Germany, Berlin has been forged from a broad number of different cultures and nationalities living and working together in a relatively small space. English is the lingua franca of companies who think globally and develop their products with global markets in mind.

What’s more, IT companies have compelling arguments to persuade top talents from other countries to up sticks and relocate to Berlin – or they find international professionals right on their own doorstep!

Shaping the future

The unique research landscape of the German capital and the proven skills and competencies it boasts in all vital IT growth segments are the warranty for innovative ideas of true merit. Growth segments like eGovernment, open source/open standards, Internet of Services/cloud computing, security with IT/IT security, wireless (NFC/ RFID), mobile apps, business services and solutions, social media and gaming are all strongly represented, researched and supported in Berlin.
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Our brochure on the IT hub Berlin

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The Start-up Capital

Around 500 tech start-ups are founded each year in Berlin. And there are good reasons why the city is such a favourite with company founders. With its wide array of incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces, Berlin offers optimal conditions for entrepreneurs from all across the world. The city is also famous for its excellent infrastructure for funding and financing young companies.

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology supports start-ups with special services for issues of concern to them such as finding the right location or skilled personnel, funding and financing or streamlining their international activities. With its “Start Alliance Berlin” programme Berlin Partner networks international start-up cities and provides various kinds of assistance such as finding work space in local co-working spaces. Start-ups from Berlin and other Alliance partner cities can apply for the programme.

Berlin’s Digital Economy

Companies, initiatives, funding and financing opportunities, and events across the digital scene – the informative brochure compiled by Berlin Partner and Projekt Zukunft offers valuable insights into the the city’s digital economy.

Brochure Digital Economy Berlin

Contacts and information

Located in the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Projekt Zukunft (Project Future), is an initiative of the state of Berlin for the promotion of the growth areas of ICT, media and the creative industries. Project Future develops strategies to enhance the pulling power of Berlin, builds platforms, initiates networks, organises exchanges with business community, develops novel funding instruments, produces studies, and realises innovative projects for enterprise and society at large.

On the initiative’s website you can find a full account of why Berlin is a key hub for IT together with opportunities for networking, interesting competitions and much more besides.

Economic and technological support for enterprise, investors and scientific establishments in Berlin is what Berlin Partner for Business and Technology has to offer. Its experts help you put your projects for innovation, relocation or expansion on the road to assured success.

A unique form of public private partnership, the Berlin Partner for Business and Technology is backed both by the Senate of the State of Berlin and by over 200 companies committed to their city. On the website you will find all the relevant contact details.

A special overview on starting up a business in Berlin can be found at TechBerlin.

With its Start Alliance Berlin programme Berlin Partner assists start-ups to access international markets. Its website is a fund of valuable information for start-ups from Berlin and other major international cities.

The Business Location Center is of special interest to investors.

The Technology Foundation Berlin offers information about research and development in Berlin and maintains excellent contacts to the city’s scientific community. The technology platform www.berlin-innovation.de, initiated and run by the Technology Foundation Berlin, gives high visibility to new products and techniques. A further focal area of the Foundation’s work is to drive forward issues of vital importance to our future such as the continued technological modernisation of the city, dealing with data in the public domain and Industry 4.0.

SIBB or the ICT & Digital Business Association Berlin-Brandenburg brings together over 140 companies from the region and is the body that represents the economic, social and political interests of the ICT branch in Berlin and Brandenburg. On its website you will find listings of interesting events covering all aspects of IT and digital business.

The Industrie- und Handelskammer Berlin (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Berlin – IHK) is a trusted port of call for companies seeking advice about all kinds of commercial matters in Berlin. Its website includes a clear overview of networks and much more of special interest to the digital economy.