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A new beginning for startups at Hamburg

Aviation, media, e-commerce, mobility, logistics – various sectors, sponsors and the city of Hamburg are providing a lively startup scene. In terms of foundership rate, Hamburg ranks first in a national comparison with Berlin.

Internationally successful companies such as Xing, Jimdo or MyTaxi have started here as a startup. Tech-greats like Google, Facebook and Snapchat run their business from here.

Almost 100,000 people relocate to Hamburg every year – many of whom are founders with fresh ideas. Startups need inspiration and know-how – universities play an important role here. Over 112,000 students, including almost ten percent from abroad, study and research at 36 universities in the metropolitan region.

More and more companies want to benefit from the inventiveness and spirit of the young founders and offer you cooperations and investments.

What else is special about the Hamburg startup scene? There are the many network events and events in scenic locations in the city center and at the harbor, the numerous coworking spaces, startup slams and nightly hackathons.

But it’s the venture capital companies, the growing number of accelerators and startup hubs with their international connections and tight-knit network that shape the city’s startup ecosystem. That is why Hamburg is now regarded as a springboard for the European market.

In addition, there are professional support offers – such as the startup unit of Hamburg Invest. It offers start-up prospects and founders with a focus on knowledge and technology-oriented business models information and support from a single source.

Hotspot for future technologies

Hamburg is known for its high quality of life. In 2017, the New York Times recommended the Elbe metropolis to its readers as an “oasis of architecture and design.” Hamburg also has a new and modern landmark with the Elbphilharmonie.

Through events such as the OMR conference, Hamburg is also considered the advertising and online marketing capital. The creative scene meets in trendy bars and original cafés to network and develop ideas for exciting projects. Hamburg is increasingly becoming a hotspot for future technologies such as virtual reality and 3D printing.

The Award: Hamburg is looking for the world’s most innovative startups

The FUTURE HAMBURG AWARD also supports this network. Innovative startups will receive the chance to expand their European business. The competition kicked off on August 30th at this year’s festival “Hamburg on Tour” in London.

International, national and regional startups with a digital business model can apply until 5 January 2019 online at Among other things, the winners will have six months access to Hamburg’s most exclusive workspace and coaching sessions with industry leaders from the Hamburg Accelerator and Venture Capital ecosystems.

The winner can also present his startup on the stage of the OMR Festival in May 2019. Last year, over 40,000 trade visitors came. In addition, there will be a media package for all winners with marketing services in the five-digit range.

Also published on Medium.

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