A new platform will make it easier for startups in Germany nationwide to establish contact with customers and investors and to find cooperation partners. The platform “Startbase” as a central platform will fundamentally change the ecosystem for startups, announced the German Association of German Startups on Wednesday. The platform is to be set up together with the Stuttgart Stock Exchange. With the stock exchange, Stuttgart one found a strong and neutral partner, said the chairman of the startup federation Florian Nöll.
Startbase relies on the Venturezphere platform, which Stuttgart Stock Exchange already operates regionally for Baden-Württemberg. This last Wednesday, the nationwide first landing page on the web will go online, which will be gradually filled with content by the summer. It provides access to a large database and various services that small businesses can use to grow faster.
A big aspect for all startups is the visibility, said Nöll. On Startbase, small companies like big companies and potential supporters could present themselves and get in touch. The two most critical points for each startup were communication and financing, said Michael Völter, CEO of the Association Baden-Württembergische Wertpapierbörse. On both counts, the new platform could provide valuable support.
All startups from Germany could first register on the current platform Venturezphere and create a profile. The platform will gradually be transferred to the nationwide launchbase. The stock exchange Stuttgart wants to contribute as a private investor exchange ideas for financing.
Host for the announcement in Berlin was the startup Getyourguide. He hoped that the next generation of founders would not have to go the same rocky path as he himself, said Getyourguide founder Johannes Reck. About ten years ago, he had the experience that hardly anyone would have wanted to give money to a “biochemist with knowledge in brain research, but without professional experience” even for a particularly good idea for founders. There is also a big technological change in Germany. “We need the next startups for that,” said Reck.
Also published on Medium.