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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.
hubraum is the tech incubator of Deutsche Telekom. By bringing early-stage startups and the leading European telco together, hubraum strives to ignite innovation transfer to create new business opportunities for both sides: startups benefit from co-innovation programs, seed-investments and the shortcut to tech assets, customers and knowledge of Deutsche Telekom. In return Deutsche Telekom benefits from business opportunities between startups and its business units. Since 2012 hubraum connects with its digital ecosystem and has worked together with several hundred startups out of Berlin, Krakow and Tel-Aviv. More information at www.hubraum.com
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.
The Ideation:Hub acts as a matchmaker between startups and the Volkswagen Group to drive the digitalization process of the corporate. Closely connected to the startup ecosystem, as well as to a wide selection of departments inside the Volkswagen Group, the Ideation:Hub organizes collaboration between both parties. The Ideation:Hub is not an accelerator program, nor is it an investor; instead, our goal is to establish a long-term (paid) partnership between you and relevant departments of Volkswagen Group. If you have a solution that could contribute to the future of Volkswagen Group, register here: www.ideationhub.de.
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.
:agile, E.ON’s accelerator program and seed investor, has made it its mission to scout and support innovative and disruptive business ideas relating to the energy sector. Leveraging the expertise and network of the E.ON organization, :agile helps European and Israeli startups test their concepts and turn them into successful business models. The three-month accelerator phase includes funding, trainings, and individual coaching sessions for early-stage startups. The accelerator program will assist in creating connections between its startups and E.ON in order to facilitate the development of joint pilot projects after the accelerator phase with the clear aim to establish long-term friend- and partnership.
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.
Start Alliance forms a business network between the most vibrant startup hubs around the globe, supports startups to adapt business models to international requirements and accelerates corporate innovations. More than 250 Startups from all over the world participate in our programs and community!
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 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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The Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks (ZDH) – The skilled crafts sector is an autonomous economic sector in Germany. With its one million mainly small and medium-sized companies and more than 5.5 million employees, Skilled Crafts are at the heart of the Germans economy. They provide vocational training in 130 different trades ranging from: building and finishing, electrics and metalworking, wood- and plastic-working, clothing, textiles and leather, food, health and personal care, to chemicals and cleaning, and graphic design.
The Kompetenzzentrum Digitales Handwerk (KDH) – Centre of Competence for Digitisation in craftsmanship – is an initiative supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs to strengthen digital competences in craft trades. It operates throughout Germany, making expertise and knowledge available to crafts businesses: It conducts training courses, informs and sensitises entrepreneurs on concrete application possibilities of digital technologies, and provides assistance for practically implementing digitisation measures. Crafts enterprises can find out about the entire range of free and supplier-neutral services at www.handwerkdigital.de
We are the organized self-government institution of the craft in Berlin. So 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. We represent the interests of the Berlin craftsmanship on a broad scale. In addition, we provide information and advice on training in trade, on juristic and commercial topics as well as on current technologies and cooperation opportunities to improve crafts.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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crowdfoods is the 1st cross-border Food Entrepreneur & Startup Association in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Liechtenstein (DACHLI) – building an international vertical network & platform to connect the whole food, agro & food/agrotech startup scene with the established food industry and their service providers, retailers, the science and investors.
The association connects all local food, agriculture, gastronomy and startup initiatives into one overall and cross-border network as a central vertical for food, gastro and agri / tech for the success of all stake holders.
crowdfoods was founded as a private initiative in 2017 and was converted into an international association by swiss law in 2018. Based in Kreuzlingen (TG/CH) crowdfoods has already build up a network of local ambassadors –e.g. in Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg and Zurich - and plans to found national associations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More information about crowdfoods are available under: www.crowdfoods.com
MotionLab was founded in 2017 as an Hardware Innovation Space. Today, hundreds of members work on the future of hardware-based product ideas, including more than 25 startups. In the former production hall at the Görlitzer Park, they have access to laser cutter, 3D printers and milling machines in unique dimensions. This offers founders all the tools they need to develop a product from idea to series.