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Executive Producers

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. DTCP is an investment management group with c. $1.6 billion assets under management and advisory from Deutsche Telekom and other institutional investors, and a portfolio of over 60 companies. The group is dedicated to providing venture and growth capital, and advisory services to the technology, media and telecommunication (TMT) sectors.

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.


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 and incubator. :agile’s aim is to speed up the future! Combining the expertise and immense network of major industry player E.ON with the tech and business savvy of their accelerator mentors, :agile helps European startups turn innovative ideas into successful business models. Doing so :agile thrives for lasting partnerships with the startups to create scalable business together with the E.ON units by setting up pilot projects – with real clients, in the real grid or with real operations and services.

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.

Partner Country - Japan


JETRO is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. Established in 1958 by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry(METI). JETRO has over 100 offices around the world in over 70 countries. JETRO Services include access to certified professionals in Japan, temporary office space and partnership opportunities. Export services include investment partners with Japanese startups, mentorship opportunities with Japanese startups and distribution Partnerships with Japanese exporters. Our results are 1,5000 business investments supported since 2003 and 1,600 global investments into Japan.


Alibaba Cloud

As the cloud computing arm and business unit of Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of global cloud computing services to power both our international customers’ online businesses and Alibaba Group’s own e-commerce ecosystem. Alibaba Cloud’s international operations are registered and headquartered in Singapore, and the company has international teams stationed in Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, San Mateo, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Alibaba Cloud offers high-performance, elastic computing power in the cloud. Services are available on a pay-as-you-go basis and include data storage, relational databases, big-data processing, Anti-DDoS protection and content delivery networks (CDN). At the same time Alibaba Cloud is committed to the research and development of large database systems and advanced big data technologies. Our R&D efforts include the advancement of IoT (Internet of Things) technology, virtual reality, smart homes, automotive networking and information systems, and cloud-based mobile-device operating systems.

Outside of our status as the leading cloud provider in China, Alibaba Cloud provides solutions that lead the market in international performance and usability, cloud security, and advanced R&D technology. As of June 2017, Alibaba Cloud is placed in the Visionaries' quadrant of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide. With our world-class infrastructure and ever-expanding global presence, Alibaba Cloud is dedicated to becoming a leading global cloud services provider.


Commerzbank is a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in almost 50 countries. In the two business segments Private and Small Business Customers, and Corporate Clients, the Bank offers a comprehensive portfolio of financial services which is precisely aligned its clients’ needs. Commerzbank finances approximately 30% of Germany’s foreign trade and is the leading finance provider for corporate clients in Germany. Due to its in-depth sector know-how in the German economy, the Bank is a leading provider of capital market products. Its subsidiaries Comdirect in Germany and mBank in Poland are two of the world’s most innovative online banks. With approximately 1,000 branches, Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank serves more than 18 million private and small business customers, as well as more than 60,000 corporate clients, multinationals, financial service providers, and institutional clients. The Bank, which was founded in 1870, is represented at all the world’s major stock exchanges. In 2017, it generated gross revenues of €9.2 billion with approximately 49,300 employees.

main incubator

As Research & Development Unit of the Commerzbank Group main incubator deals with future topics and emerging technologies such as blockchain, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, biometrics, robotics, virtual reality, cloud, open API, wearables, IoT and quantum computing.Through strategic investments in tech-driven start-ups main incubator participates in innovations and makes them available for Commerzbank and its customers. By developing own prototypes main incubator is proactively shaping innovations and is thus a strong partner for Commerzbank on its way to a digital technology company. By promoting the FinTech ecosystem and the monthly “Between the Towers” series of events main incubator pursues the goal of identifying innovations at an early stage.

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.


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.

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.

Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub

The Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub (CIH) is an interface between the start-up scene and the German Armed Forces. Its mission is to drive digital innovation in the Armed Forces. The CIH identifies innovative technologies in the international start-up scene and develops and validates them for the Armed Forces. The focus is on disruptive technologies in the area of cyber / information technology and on digital products and services.

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.


Tonka is one of the leading communication agencies in the German-speaking area that unites PR, SEO, social media and influencer marketing in order to generate effective one-stop communication. Tonka’s speciality is data-based and result-oriented communication. That creates media attention whenever it’s needed - whether it’s a start-up or a big corporation.

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.

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.

Handwerkskammer Berlin

The Chamber of skilled Crafts Berlin is responsible for about 30.000 member companies in Berlin. 180.000 employees and about 9.300 apprentices belong to the crafts sector in Berlin in more than 100 trades.
With business consultancy to our members, such as in field of new technologies, we organize business cooperation and collaboration in different ways to improve crafts.


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.


LMU Entrepreneurship Center

The LMU Entrepreneurship Center of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University inspires students and graduates to start their own businesses and provides support for realizing their visions and ideas. We focus on three areas: Community (connecting and inspiring), Accelerator (startup accelerator) and Teaching (lecturing at universities and companies). With over 10 years of experience, we have helped to build, consult and support startups, entrepreneurs, innovation departments and various other entrepreneurship centers. The investment rate of our startups totals approximately 33 %, which is more than double compared to other early stage accelerators. During the last decade, more than 235 startups have passed our program, including numerous well-known businesses like Flixbus, foodora, unu, Finanzchef24, tado, ParkHere and Crossvertise.


MotionLab.Berlin is a hotbed for young companies that are starting with an idea and grow it to a successful small production series in a mobility focused ecosystem. With office spaces, workshops and manufacturing facilities for the community MotionLab.Berlin offers an optimal infrastructure for startups and companies to develop and finish a prototype.

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with around 550 professors, 41,000 students, and 10,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Cairo, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006 and 2012 it won recognition as a German "Excellence University." In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

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