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Deutsche Telekom

Deutsche Telekom is increasingly banking on new, creative ideas from startups and partners. In the midterm, Deutsche Telekom will have a much bigger portfolio of startups, joint ventures, holdings and partnerships with innovative enterprises along the innnovation’s value chain. To support young enterprises during their early stages in particular, hub:raum offers support in four areas: Seed financing, experts’ know how, access to Telekom and office space. The partnership area focusses on globally positioned enterprises as well as smaller startups. T-Venture, Deutsche Telekom’s venture capital enterprise, invests in innovative product and service ideas in its early stage of development.

Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity on the market. The product spectrum ranges from motorcycles to low-consumption small cars and luxury vehicles. In the commercial vehicle sector, the products include ranges from pick-ups, buses and heavy trucks. Furthermore Volkswagen Financial Services supports the sales of all Volkswagen Group brands worldwide and increases customer loyalty in a sustainable manner. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.

Apart from the "heavy metal" production business the Volkswagen group has established various labs and innovation teams as part of its future mobility and digital transformation approach. A brief overview can be found here.

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction baking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investors, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. Deutsche Bank is Germany's leading banking, with a strong position in Europe and a significant presence in the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Already since 1870 the bank focuses on growth and expansion of their clients and partners. This is why “Startups@Germany” was established, a dedicated cross-divisional team, servicing the vibrant startup communities. At every development stage of the company, the team guarantees extensive expertise and personal assistance, drawing upon Deutsche Bank's international presence and global reach in the process. 
With the client in the center, innovation plays an important role as well. Deutsche Bank uses the chances of digitization also in cooperation with fintech startups. Until 2020, Deutsche Bank invests 750 m EUR in the digitization of its retail and corporate businesses as part of its digital strategy.

For more information on Deutsche Bank, go to, and for learning more about our startup team, go to


E.ON is an international privately-owned energy supplier that focuses entirely on energy networks, customer solutions and renewables. E.ON is headquartered in Essen, Germany. In 2013 E.ON launched the :agile accelerator program to foster innovation within the company and bring business models to market faster. Startups, founders and inventors can send in their business model and apply on Quarterly up to ten projects will be chosen and given specialist support including funding (up to 30k), coaching and mentoring as well as working space in Düsseldorf or Berlin.  The practical side will also be taken care of because where necessary the ideas can be tested together with clients. At the end of the three months accelerator time all projects pitch their business model at the so called demo:day in front of the decision makers in E.ON. 

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology

Berlin Partner for Business and Technology offers business and technology promotion for companies, investors and science institutes in Berlin. With carefully tailored services and excellent links to research, our experts provide an outstanding range of offerings to help companies launch, innovate, expand and secure their economic future in Berlin.
As a unique Public Private Partnership, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology is a cooperation between the Berlin State Senate and over 200 companies dedicated to promoting their city. Berlin Partner is also responsible for the German capital’s global marketing, for example with the successful “be Berlin” campaign.

Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB)

Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the state of Berlin´s business development and promotional bank. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business and property promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients.

Technology Review

Technology Review is the magazine between the poles of science and economy.

Being the monthly published German issue of the popular „MIT’s Magazine of Innovation“, it covers the latest technological trends which have got what it takes to change our society and our lives.
It identifies market chances and the benefits of innovations above all from information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology, energy, traffic, aeronautics, medical technology and material science.
Technology Review conveys knowledge, orientation and inspiration to executives and decision-makers, researchers and developers, action men and managers. Technology Review is a media brand of Heise Medien.

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Headquartered at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., SelectUSA is the first point of contact for foreign companies that are looking to grow their business in the United States. Through local representatives at U.S. embassies and consulates, SelectUSA provides market information and connects businesses with the right people on the state and local level. Working with SelectUSA, companies can develop a better understanding of how to navigate the U.S. regulatory environment. SelectUSA Tech was launched in 2014 to give early-stage technology companies, particularly startups and entrepreneurs, the tools they need to launch their businesses in the United States.

For more information and an initial counseling session you can contact the SelectUSA Germany team at the U.S. Embassy Berlin. Services of SelectUSA are free of charge. Further program information is available at


Avnet Silica

Avnet Silica is the European semiconductor specialist of Avnet Inc., one of the leading global distributors. You may expect state-of-the-art technologies, comprehensive technical support and reliable logistics services of Avnet Silica as a partner of leading semiconductor manufactures and innovative solution providers over many years. With a team of more than 200 application engineers and technical specialists, Avnet Silica supports projects all the way from the idea to the concept to production.

GP Bullhound

GP Bullhound, an international technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin, Manchester and Paris, has served companies and their founders and investors since 1999. We provide advice on mergers & acquisitions and private/public placement as well as research and asset management to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high net worth individuals.  We specialise in digital content, eCommerce, software and hardware. With a true love for entrepreneurship and innovation coupled with deep global buyer relations, we have completed transactions for many category leaders such as Leo Vegas, Signavio, Essence, Designit, Believe Digital, Glispa, Pozitron, Delivery Hero and Fjord. We have an international team of 40 experienced corporate financiers focused on the technology sector, and as a firm we have closed over 200 successful transactions since 1999.

Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at


With a footprint in more than 20 countries, 46,000 employees, and external revenue of 8.2 billion euros (2015), T-Systems is one of the world’s leading providers of information and communications technology (ICT).T-Systems offers a range of integrated solutions for business customers, including the secure operation of legacy systems and classic ICT services, the transformation to cloud-based services (including tailored infrastructure, platforms and software) as well as new business models and innovation projects for the business fields of the future, such as data analytics, the Internet of Things, machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and Industrial Internet.T-Systems can provide all this thanks to its global reach in fixed-network and mobile communications, its highly secure data centers, a comprehensive cloud ecosystem built around standardized platforms and global partnerships, and the ability to offer top levels of security.


Berlin TXL - The Urban Tech Republic

Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic is the research and industrial park for the city of the future that will be developed at the site of Tegel airport after the airport closes. It will offer a place for entrepreneurs, students, investors, industry, and researchers to meet and develop the cities of tomorrow. At Berlin TXL, Urban Technologies will be designed, produced, and exported. No other city in the world is better suited for this than this creative metropolis. And in this city, there is no better location than this one: Berlin TXL.

Detecon International GmbH

Detecon is a leading corporate consulting company operating worldwide; for more than 30 years, it has combined classic management consulting with outstanding technological competence. The focus of its activities is on the field of digital transformation. Detecon supports companies from all areas of business as they employ state-of-the-art communication and information technology to adapt their business models and operational processes to the competitive conditions and customer requirements of a digitalized, globalized economy. Detecon’s expertise bundles the knowledge from the successful conclusion of management and ICT consulting projects in more than 160 countries. The company is a subsidiary of T-Systems International, the key account brand of Deutsche Telekom.


Euronext is a leading pan-European exchange in the Eurozone with nearly 1,300 listed issuers worth close to €3.5 trillion in market capitalization as of end June 2017, an unmatched blue chip franchise consisting of 24 issuers in the Morningstar® Eurozone 50 Index℠ and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Euronext operates regulated and transparent equity and derivatives markets. Its total product offering includes Equities, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. Euronext also leverages its expertise in running markets by providing technology and managed services to third parties. In addition to its main regulated market, Euronext also operates Euronext Growth (formerly known as Alternext) and Euronext Access (formerly known as the Free Market).

Exist - Setting Up Business From Science

EXIST aims, as a development programme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, to improve the startup climate and distribution of entrepreneurship in universities and non-university research institutions in Germany. It is working as a part of the Federal Government’s new high-tech strategy in a growing amount of technology orientated and science based business formations. From 2007 until mid 2016 EXIST developed 1450 startups with EXIST-Founder Scholarships or EXIST-Research Transfers. The programme was cofinanced with the European Social Fund.


hub:raum, the incubator of Deutsche Telekom, invests in early stage startups backs them with co-working-space, mentoring and helps them to find the right business partners within Deutsche Telekom.


The Berlin branch of the worldwide Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Program twice a year provides young entrepreneurs with the possibility  to work intensively on their ideas , products, their technology and their business models for four months at the location "Unter den Linden" in Berlin. The Berlin team is supported by various local partners and the 35 mentors who bring entrepreneurial experience and industry knowledge into the Accelerator program. The follow-up financing is in focus in addition to the comprehensive business and technology support. Already in the selection process Microsoft works therefore together with investors from Germany and abroad and is also working on bringing startups at an early stage together with the matching business angels and institutional investors after the program. Additionally, participants of the Accelerator automatically qualify for BizSpark Plus and get up to US $ 500,000 in credit for Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's own cloud platform.


PIABO PR is the leading PR agency of the european digital industry. Clients include European startups and international tech heavyweights like Nest, Stripe, WeWork, GitHub, Techstars, Nokia, Tinder, Evernote, etc.

Junior Producers


congstar offers prepaid and postpaid mobile products, as well as direct DSL and VDSL Internet access and regional high-speed Internet services. The excellent quality of the “D-Netz” mobile network, reasonable prices and flexible contract periods have helped congstar achieve success since its launch in 2007. congstar has over 3.5 million customers and regularly receives awards. In 2015 readers of telecommunications magazine connect chose congstar as “Mobile Operator of the Year” for the fourth year in a row.

EIT Digital Challenge

The EIT Digital Challenge is EIT Digital's contest to identify the best European digital technology scaleups that seek to grow their business in Europe and beyond.

Digital tech scaleups can win one year international growth support worth €100,000. It includes a full year dedicated support by the EIT Digital Accelerator plus a cash prize of € 50,000. The winning companies will be part of EIT Digital`s innovation network with more than 130 partners that brings together Europe’s leading corporations, SMEs, scaleups, universities and research institutes in the field of digital technologies.

Late stage startups can apply with their successful deep technology products in one of the following five categories: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance.
Application will be open from September 1 until October 8:

Get Started

Get Started is the startup initiative by Bitkom, Germany's leading digital association. Get Started aims to connect startups with established companies in the digital sector and represents startups' interests in politics. Get Started offers access to decision makers and networking with established companies at high-quality events. Startups are also provided with expert knowledge and current information on market developments and legislation. Politically, Get Started advocates for young growth companies on a regional, national, and EU level.

Bitkom represents more than 1,600 companies, including more than 350 startups.


In 1972, five entrepreneurs had a vision for the business potential of technology. With one customer and a handful of employees, SAP set out on a path that would not only transform the world of information technology, but also forever alter the way companies do business. Now 42 years and 282,000 customers stronger, we’re just getting started. As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries innovate through simplification.

Schleicher Incubator Zoom Zone Labs (sizzl)

The Schleicher Incubator Zoom Zone Labs (sizzl) provide all electronic hardware start-ups the opportunity to shorten their time-to-market through the offer of working space, engineering expertise and many other benefits.


Media Partners