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Advice sessions for entrepreneuers rise at Chamber of Commerce Hamburg

Rise reflects Hamburg's booming start-up scene - first "evening for founders" in September

Hamburg now has the highest number of start-ups in Germany. From 2014-2016, an annual 253 persons (plus seven over 2013-2015) out of an average 10,000 employable persons began self-employed work. Berlin followed with 238 and the state of Hesse with 182 start-ups, according to the KfW-Gründungsmonitor 2017 Wednesday. The boom in Hamburg is reflected by a 20 per cent rise (6,410:2015 – 7,724:2016) in advice sessions for entrepreneurs at the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg.

Positive effect on competitiveness

Jeanette Gonnermann, Head of the Start-up and Business Support Division, said: “The figures show clearly the enormous start-up dynamics in Hamburg which is marked by creative ideas, the power of innovation and a lively start-up ecosystem. The so-called ‘chance start-ups’ that often launch novel products on the market are dominant in Hamburg. That impacts positively on Hamburg’s competitiveness and not least on that of Germany.”

Breakfast for start-ups and individual advice

According to the Statistical Office in the State of Hamburg, the number of new business registrations in 2016 came to around 17,500 and was on the level of 2015. This compares to a declining trend across Germany. An online tool by the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg entitled “Gründungswerkstatt Hamburg“ had 2.4 million page views in 2016. The centre for start-ups at the Chamber of Commerce offers regular “breakfasts for start-ups” and individual counselling in co-working spaces. A founder’s evening will be held for the first time in September. The Chamber of Commerce is also co-organiser of the food start-up fair on July 17

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