The Initiatives

In 2015, the State of Berlin and partners from the startup industry founded the Berlin Startup Unit. The Berlin Startup Unit sees itself as a joint project to improve the framework conditions for young and fast-growing companies. Here, representatives of the administration work together with founders and established startups on the future development of the startup metropolis Berlin.

The unit's core objectives are:

  • Combining the startup competencies of public institutions
  • Supporting the startup ecosystem and strengthen public services for start-ups
  • Creating transparency of the startup scene
  • Offer services from a single source (in the sense of a coordinated strategy of the houses)

From the founding of the unit until today, the activities of the unit have changed considerably. Initially, this process was marked by work to evaluate the business environment, and was initiated by the establishment of seven thematic initiatives. In the following this work resulted in the publication of the Berlin Startup Agenda and concrete recommendations for politicians. This shows that the topic of "startups" has arrived at the political and decision-making level. Various measures recommended in the Berlin Startup Agenda have been implemented or are being planned, while others are no longer relevant due to the greatly changed framework conditions: For example, the availability of venture capital has been greatly improved, but other new topics also require the attention of the Startup Unit. The topics that are currently being addressed in the Startup Unit are among others:

  • Talent situation
  • Commercial real estate for startups
  • Piloting of new technologies
  • Cooperation with and within the administration
  • Internationalisation
  • The de:hubs as places for cooperation with start-ups


The Startup Unit is granted advisory support by

Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Energie und Betriebe B!gründet Handwerkskammer Berlin Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. Investitionsbank Berlin Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e.V. SIBB e.V. media.net berlinbrandenburg e.V. Technologiestiftung Berlin Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Berlin Vereinigung der Unternehmensverbände in Berlin und Brandenburg e.V.