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All you need to know about Hamburg's start-up scene

Hamburg News presents "White Paper" full of comprehensive information

The “White Paper” on start-ups by Hamburg News offers all kinds of compact information, tips and tricks from experts as well as exciting stories about start-ups’ first steps and the scene in the Hanseatic city in both German and English. The download link can be found in the top right of this page.

Hamburg – the capital of founders

The figures speak for themselves. Hamburg has Germany’s highest number of start-ups with 253 per every 10,000 inhabitants since 2014 putting it ahead of Berlin with 238, according to the start-up monitor by the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). This positive development is due in no small part to several points of contact for founders in Hamburg. The city offers entrepreneurs and potential founders a tight mesh of events, advice centres and means of funding. Hamburg News and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce have drafted a “White Paper” to help local start-up navigate this “jungle” of multifaceted public and private offers.

Hamburg Invest Startup Unit

Hamburg Invest launched it’s versatile Startup-Unit in early 2018 focusing on all start-up related issues, offers and networks and general queries about the start-up location. Veronika Reichboth and a small team manage the Startup-Unit with the aim of strengthening Hamburg’s start-up ecosystem and representing the scene nationally and internationally. The Startup-Unit offers fledgling companies free appointments on a regular basis. The focus is on information about offers by urban institutions and partners, networks and those of the Startup-Unit. A very interesting interview with Veronika Reichboth about founder trends can be read here.

Everything start-ups need

Those interested can find everything they need to know about start-ups in Hamburg in the “White Paper”. The document includes an overview of events in Hamburg’s founder scene such as the Online Marketing Rockstars or the Social Media Week. Events such as the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch enable start-ups to present their business ideas to an expert audience for feedback. Various accelerators across Hamburg offer support and help with financing. Many co-working spaces and business centres offer start-ups well-equipped workplaces and offices.

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