The Brandenberg Gate, Berlin


Introducing Berlin

Berlin is a world city of culture, politics, media and science being home to world-renowned universities. The city has a unique, non-conformist culture with something for everyone ranging from Europe’s most visited zoo, the Zoological Garden, to Europe’s number one nightclub, The Berghain. The capital city's population is appriximately 3.7 million making it largest city in Germany. Despite its large population, one can always escape the urban jungle as one third of the city is made up of gardens, parks, forests and lakes.

Berlin is divided up into 12 distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own look and feel. From the trendy, culturally diverse area of Kreuzberg to the start-up hotspot of Mitte, there's a home for everyone in Berlin.

“Poor but sexy”, the infamous Berlin tagline coined by ex-mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. The city has come a long way in the past decade transforming its reputation to become the “Silicon Valley” of Europe. Berlin’s start-up scene is growing at an incredible rate showing no signs of slowing down as Venture Capital continues to flow into the region. 

Berlin nightlife
Berlin at sunset

Berlin's Start-up Scene

Berlin solidified itself as the champion of Germany’s start-up scene in 2017. Venture capitalists invested a total of €4.3 billion into German start-ups with 57% of the investment going to start-ups in Berlin. A total of 233 rounds of financing for raised €2.67 billion for Berlin start-ups, putting it just behind London and on par with Paris.

8 out of the 10 most desirable start-ups in Germany are located in Berlin with an estimated 30% of the nation’s start-ups setting up in the city. Berlin has clearly established itself as the prime start-up location in Europe. Berlin's start-up scene has an impressive track record producing many unicorn commpanies in recent times such as Zalando, N26, HelloFresh, Delivery Hero and Auto1 Group.

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