Betahaus Hamburg: Hamburg’s home for the digital scene

Like any other cities with a big startup scene, Hamburg has its share of co-working spaces and other hip places for entrepreneurs, creative freelancers and wannabe start-ups. Read more

The next media accelerator is launched

There is something going on in the media industry. Hamburg is speeding up by improving it’s innovative media scene: Publishing giant Gruner+Jahr announced to invest 50. Mio Euro Venture Capital in startups and the next media accelerator just launched: International startups are invited to apply for the six month program in Hamburg.

“next media accelerator seeks startups dealing with content or advertising services with a scalable, technology-based idea.”

says the managing team. With the serial entrepreneurs Dirk Herzbach as CEO, Nico Lumma as COO and dpa’s innovation drivers Meinolf Ellers as CMO and Jennifer Schwanenberg as Program Manager the team combines experience in entrepreneurship, media business and business development.

Das nma-Team auf einen Blick

The next media accelerator-Team

next media accelerator is an initiative of the German press agency dpa with the support of the mayor’s office of the city of Hamburg. It is financed by dpa and several investors from Germany’s media industry. Startups can receive up to 50k Euro of funding, get mentored and get access to a broad network of media companies, entrepreneurs and investors. Twice a year five startups will join the program and move to Hamburg to work in an open space office at Hamburg’s co-working space, the Betahaus.

Hamburg Startups talked to Program Manager Jenni Schwanenberg and COO Nico Lumma about the program’s next steps. Read more

Hamburg’s startup scene should pave the way to a more international Hamburg

Hamburg can be tough if you come here looking for a job without speaking German. I know because I often speak to internationals who moved to Hamburg, not least for my blog “Why Hamburg?”. A city as international as Hamburg – with its 250,000 foreign nationals – should be a relatively easy place to find a job if you’re able to do business in English. But unfortunately, too many people still have problems fulfilling their potential because they cannot (yet) speak German. Read more