Starting up your Business in Germany at the Heart of Europe.

International Startup Organisations

German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC) is the first private-sector, open ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Europe

German Accelerator (USA, Singapore)

Startup Autobahn (USA, China)

STEP USA (German American Chamber of Commerce)

German Indian Startup Exchange Program (GINSEP)

KIC-Autobahn (Korea Innovation Centre-Europe)

Startup Europe

Soft-Landing connects top startup ecosystems from the EU with rest of the world through numerous exchanges of ecosystem leaders and building strong networks

International Startup Meetup Groups

Here is a list of the most relevant and important Meetup groups for international startups interested in Germany:

Indo-German Startup Group (by German Startup)

German Israeli Startup Exchange Meetup

German-Chinese Startup Networking – Berlin,Shenzhen,Hongkong

German Entrepreneurs in New York

China Business, Venture & Networking

China Europe Business Network (Rhine Main Area)

Europe China business community (Rhine Main Area)

German Accelerator – Meetups Germany


Five countries primed for start-up success (BBC Travel)

2nd Singapore-Germany Academic-Industry (2+2) International Collaboration

3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition

From January to April, the German Industry & Commerce South & Southwest China will collaborate with the 3rd China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition and organize German preliminary round in Berlin. This competition aims to support foreign startups to connect with China’s hi-tech industry for mutual benefits and cooperation. Winners of the division will be able to attend the finals in Shenzhen, the “Silicon Valley of China” with financial support and attractive startup programs. Through this competition, startups will be able to meet likeminded entrepreneurs from all over the world and discover the “Silicon Valley of Asia” (Competition Timeline: 28.02.2019 Application Deadline, 12.04.2019 Finals in Shenzhen). The registration for the competition is for free at website:

KonM 4.0, the Conference Mittelstand 4.0, will take place in Darmstadt on February 20 and 21, 2019

Germany launches digital strategy backed with EUR 3 billion in public funding to become artificial intelligence leader (DW)

IW Consult together with WirtschaftsWoche und ImmobilienScout24 published the yearly German city ranking with 100,000 citizens or more. Munich scored first in the prosperity level ranking category and dynamic ranking category whereas Darmstadt scored no. one in the future ranking category.  The overall city ranking:  Munich (1st), Ingolstadt (2nd), Stuttgart (3rd), Erlangen (4th), Wolfsburg (5th), Frankfurt (6th), Regensburg (7th), Augsburg (8th), Darmstadt (9th) and Würzburg (10th). Hamburg (11th) drops out the top 10 compared to last year. In the future ranking category Erlangen (2nd) and Stuttagart (3rd) follow Darmstadt (1st).

KfW-Start-up-Report 2018 has been released in German. In 2017  the number of innovative startups (i.e. those conducting R&D or introducing a new product to the German market and founded within the last five years) in Germany increased by 16% from prior year to 108,000. As top three barriers for startups, who are innovative and fast growing (in total 29,000 startups) the following is reported: Gaining customers, financial risk and recruitment. Across all startup categories bureaucracy is major issue.

An interesting piece of research given some quantitative feeling for the high failure rate of startups “Dissecting startup failure rates by stage

Germany has been ranked third (after the US and Singapore as well as overtaking Switzerland compared to last year) out of 140 countries in the Global Competitiveness Index of the World Economic Forum. “How well countries adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) will determine whether they ‘thrive’ or ‘stagnate’ …” Germany scored the top position in the subindex innovation capability and 2nd in the subindex business dynamism.

formnext, the international exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies, will take place in Frankfurt from November 13-16, 2018. In the „formnext Start-up Challenge 2018“ five startups received an award, two from Germany (AMendateKumovis), one each from France (Aerosint), the US (Fortify) and Canada (Nanograde).

More than 125 startups from the area of industrial tech and smart services – VR/AR, IoT, robotics, AI, block chain, and cyber security – will present their digital innovations at the Digital Demo Day 2019 in Duesseldorf on February 7, 2019.

In order to promote the startup scene in the chemical industry and related industries like biotech the Society of German Chemists (GDCh) , DECHEMA (expert network for chemical engineering and biotechnology in Germany), the VCI (Association of the German Chemical Industry) und the German Startup Association as well as the Business Angels Network Germany and the High-Tech Gründerfonds have joined forces to found the „Forum Startup Chemie“.

Huge Growth in VC Funding Means the Time for Europe Is Now (Entrepreneur Europe)

German Accelerator sets up office in Singapore to bring Germany’s tech startups to seek growth opportunities in Southeast Asia. Enterprise Singapore and German Accelerator will also collaborate on two landing pads in Germany for Singapore start-ups to access the German market (Source: German Accelerator)