A new, custom-made support programme offers three start-up teams easy access to one of Europe’s most vibrant start-up ecosystems. Start-ups from all corners of the globe now have until January 31, 2019 to apply for the Future Hamburg Award on www.future.hamburg/en/award/. Hamburg offers international start-ups the perfect breeding ground to launch their company. A total of 44 applications and 86 registrations i.e. potential participants had already been received by January 17, 2019. Korea, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, the United States and Cyprus will be taking part as well as Germany and the Netherlands.
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Hamburg’s start-up ecosystem is considered one of Europe’s strongest. Global players such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have chosen Hamburg as the seat of their corporate headquarters. For several years now, a rising number of co-working spaces, accelerators and start-up hubs have made the city even more attractive. And Hamburg’s booming start-up ecosystem earned a huge EUR 548 million in venture capital last year, according to Ernest & Young auditing.
International investments are also playing an increasingly important role and account for around one third. “One reason for the investments is that the Hanseatic city is a global leader in vertical industries such as logistics, media, life sciences and aviation,” said Veronika Reichboth of Hamburg Invest’s Startup Unit. At the same time, forward-looking fields such as fintechs, e-commerce and blockchain continue to grow. The Future Hamburg Award is the entrance ticket to Hamburg as a business location as well as to Germany and Europe. “We are inviting the next game changers to become part of our start-up ecosystem here in Hamburg with this low-threshold programme.”
Eligibility – who can apply?
The Future Hamburg Award is aimed at innovative start-ups from all over the globe. Founders from Asia, Africa, North America and many European countries have submitted their entries since the start of the application phase. The entries cover a wide range of industries – from IT, logistics to fintechs and healthcare. Companies that wish to apply should not have been on the market for more than ten years and have a digital, technology or knowledge-based business model and be able to show a functional or demonstrable prototype. The application process on www.future.hamburg/en/award/ has been kept simple to enable the widest possible range of entrants. The deadline for applications to this unique support programme ends on January 31, 2019.
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