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Berlin provides ideal conditions for startups and global corporations alike
Berlin is booming. Not only is it Germany’s favorite big city, it’s also an international magnet for tourists, global companies, innovative startups and Generation Y digital nomads from all over the world. Two companies give their personal insight into what makes thecity the place to be: the successful startup Altagram and the global corporation Siemens.
After the initial economic slumber that followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, it took only a couple of years for the so-called “Metropolis on the Spree” to emerge as a top-notch business location. One reason for this success is Berlin’s tangible international flair – a characteristic that no other German city can top to this day. Berlin has 17 city partnerships, including ones with Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Paris and Tokyo, and these close ties have helped transform the city into the globally networked hub it is today – only 30 years after the Iron Curtain came down. Many of the people who traveled to Berlin out of a fascination for the formerly divided city ended up staying here. And today, the city continues to offer the best of many different worlds: a high and comparatively affordable quality of life, a vibrant and extremely open-minded society, a rich cultural life and, last but not least, a flourishing business landscape.
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Berlin's Economy
#1 goes online
Startups are a key factor in Berlin’s ongoing economic boom but, until recently, it was hard to say exactly who was doing what, where and when. In order to remedy that situation, the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises initiated a brand-new website called “” designed to provide better orientation through the city’s multifaceted startup ecosystem. At the moment, the site lists roughly 2,350 Berlin-based startups that have been around for less than ten years. The data on the site will continue to gain in scope in the course of the year. Founders and entrepreneurs are invited to submit details about their own companies to the website as well. Access to the site is free of charge and open to the public.
#2 Award-winning research in Berlin
Four scientists from Berlin have been chosen as among the recipients of this year’s prestigious ERC Advanced Grants, which are endowed with a total of €9.3 million. The Berlin-based prizewinners are physicist Roland Netz from the Freie Universität Berlin, physicist Thomas Elsässer from the Max Born Institute for Non-Linear Optics and Short-Pulse Spectroscopy, mathematician Dr. Gavril Farkas from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and archaeologist Svend Hansen from the German Archaeological Institute. The ERCs are considered the most important European honor for researchers. Upon hearing the news, Berlin’s governing mayor Michael Müller said: “I am delighted that the latest round of awards includes acknowledgment for the groundbreaking research ideas of four outstanding minds from Berlin.”
#3 Number 1 in economic growth
The Berlin economy grew by 3.1% in 2018, thus outshining all other federal states and marking its fifth consecutive year with a growth rate above the national average. In 2018, growth was at 1.4% in Germany overall. As Berlin Senator Ramona Pop noted, “The city’s success was generated by the mix and breadth of its industries. Particularly strong growth came from the services sector and modern industrial production at the interface between industry and digitalization.” Stable domestic demand and ongoing increases in employment have made Berlin’s economic outlook for 2019 quite favourable. Senator Pop: “At an expected growth rate of 2% in 2019, Berlin is again set to grow at a faster pace than the national average. Year after year, we continue to make good ground and broaden the basis for prosperity in our city.” Berlin’s sustainable economic upturn has also brought an unprecedented drop in the number of unemployed in the city.
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Industry information
The Australian company base2Services is a new arrival in the city. base2Services is a service software company and has opened a branch with around a dozen employees in Berlin in order to tap into the European market. Berlin Partner assisted with the recruitment process, formation of the company, introduction of the IBB fellowship programme, the office search and links to tech networks and events.
German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel inaugurated the new Max Delbrück Center (MDC) in the heart of Berlin. The new research building is home to the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB). The interdisciplinary teams at the BIMSB analyse gene regulation in cells. They combine state-of-the-art methods of genome and single cell biology, work with organoids (artificial organs) and use of artificial intelligence to meet the requirements for developing personalised medicine of the future. The state and country have invested around 41 million euros in the new build at Berlin’s Humboldt University site.
The time has finally come in June: Car-sharing enthusiasts in Berlin now have 1,500 new options for renting a car and then parking it somewhere in the city. What makes it special: All vehicles are electric. In an initial phase, electric Golfs were introduced to the roads and around 500 additional e-Ups are due to be introduced over the coming year. WeShare is the new brand from Volkswagen and is operated by the group’s own Berlin-based subsidiary, Urban Mobility International (UMI). One charge is sufficient for 145 to 270 kilometres depending on the weather conditions and driving style before needing to recharge the electric Golf.
#1 Three million BMW motorcycles in 50 years
On Tuesday, 9th of April, the team at Berlin’s BMW plant celebrated the three millionth motorcycle, a BMW S 1000 RR. Motorcycles have been rolling off the assembly line in Spandau since 1969. Back then, around 400 employees hand-produced 30 machines every day. Nowadays, 2,100 employees produce up to 800 two-wheelers a day. Dr Helmut Schramm, Head of the BMW plant in Berlin, announced: “We are going to continue the success story of BMW motorcycles and our plant.”
WeWork will soon be opening its tenth Berlin branch - but what is driving this huge demand? Wybo Wijnbergen, General Manager for Northern Europe, shows in studies that there i direct correlation between workplace environment and employee satisfaction: 70 percent of employees surveyed said that they work with people outside of their office at least once a week. “That’s why we focus on interaction - from the width of the corridor and distance of furniture to daily events.” The exchange works as 42 percent of Berlin members confirmed that the workplace environment helped stimulate growth.
#3 International management consulting
P3 stands for international management consulting and innovative engineering services in the automobile, rail and transportation, telecommunications and energy sectors. More than 1,000 P3ers from 70 nations work for multinational companies, SMEs and start-ups as facilitators, innovators and initiators. P3 was formed in 1996 as a spin-off to a Fraunhofer Institute and is currently represented by 17 branches in three continents. The focus in Berlin is on corporate innovation, sustainable mobility and digital services.
Did you know …
…more than 70 companies and research institutes in Berlin are working on space travel? Berlin to go spoke with Sebastian engineer and managing director of Astro- and Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH, about this exciting field of research and what is happening in it in Berlin.

…since over 92 years Kieback&Peter develop newest building control solutions? Back than the founders could not have not known that the laid the foundation for a global leader. Neither how dramatically their field of business would change. Now their company sets the standards in intelligent building solutions.

Berlin to do
#1 TOA
TOA is Europe’s leading technology festival, and its mission is to help people “futureproof” their businesses and their lives. The organizers believe that technology is changing the way we live and work, and that only if people understand technology can they take advantage of the opportunities it creates.
When, where? 2 to 5 July, Funkhaus Berlin
As part of the annual Long Night of Museums, roughly 80 museums and exhibition sites will open their doors from 6pm to 2am and give visitors the opportunity to view exhibitions, collections and installations as well as participate in workshops, express tours and artists’ talks.
When, where? 31 August, various locations
#3 Startupnight
With over 4,000 participants and 250+ startups from all over the world, Startupnight is one of the largest startup events in Europe. Startups are invited to present their work and ideas to companies, investors and potential customers. 2019 marks the seventh time Startupnight will take place in Berlin
When, where? 6 September, various locations
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