About Berlin

With its vibrant cultural scene, a dynamic job market and modern infrastructure, it’s gained a reputation as one of the most relevant startup hubs in the world today. From tech platforms to fashion businesses, Berlin has them all.

The clue is in the numbers. Each year, roughly 44,000 new companies launch in Berlin – the equivalent of one new startup being founded every 20 minutes. Focusing in on the ICT, media and creative industries, there are over 37,000 companies based in Berlin; a workforce of almost 300,000 generating roughly €27bn in annual revenue.

Every year, more than 500 tech startups launch in Berlin. The tech businesses are drawn to the city for its low cost of living – useful when working on the typical shoestring salaries offered at young tech companies. In general, rent in Berlin is cheaper than in many other European capitals, whether you need office space or somewhere to live.

The lower cost of living has attracted a steady flow of international talent, creating a dynamic market, with plenty of fresh ideas – ideal for businesses working in the creative industries. In Berlin, non-native employees make up around 34% of the startup workforce, and many foreigners flock to the city to kick off their own projects.

© Courier magazine London


Local Contact

Dr. Christian Herzog
Co-Founder Start Alliance

Carl-Philipp Wackernagel
Co-Founder Start Alliance

+49 30 46302 450


Key Industries

Internet of Things
New Mobility
Smart Cities
Sharing Economy
Life Science and BioTech

More info on key industries in Berlin  

Local Partners

The Place
HWR Berlin
GTEC German Tech Entrepreneurship Center
TU Berlin Centre of Entrepreneurship
Ahoy! Berlin
TechCode Berlin

Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin and Patron of the Start Alliance

Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin and Patron of the Start Alliance

[...] Berlin has become a place that brings both young and established companies together. Corporations like Telekom, SAP, Volkswagen, and Cisco are setting up innovation and development units here. [...] The Start Alliance is helping Berlin’s own startups to internationalize, while also building bridges to Berlin from participating cities. Especially in times of rising protectionism and nationalism, having the world’s leading startup metropolises work closely together to advance an international startup culture sends a very positive message.

Berlin is an emerging city, there is place for the new and forward thinking.
— Cynthia Salim, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen`s Mark

Citizen's Mark - New York fashion startup expands to Berlin during Fashion Week Berlin via Start Alliance

It all started in May 2016 when Cynthia read about the Start Alliance. She was producing in Europe anyway and was instantly interested. She applied and after she was accepted, came to Berlin during Fashion Week. She got to know the city, and soon after opened a location in Europe.