2016 was not very popular everywhere, on the contrary. But because we do not deal with wars, crises, and idols that passed away too soon, but with the Hamburg startup scene, we allow ourselves to draw our own 2016 wrap-up. Granted, it’s abridged and subjective,but before anything else, we want to finish on a positive note!
Hamburg – A Gateway to the World. This tagline has always been relevant for our beautiful Hanseatic city. Not least for the harbor, the third biggest terminal for containers in Europe. Hamburg gained in visibility worldwide as as a Green City Capital as well. As an international startup hub however, Hamburg is only rarely mentioned. Hamburg is still blatantly absent.
And yet, the potential for it is most definitely there. It is clearly stated in an article from the Financial Times Harbouring ambitions: the draw of Hamburg and by the American journalist Edward Domain.
The international appeal is the reason why Hamburg Startups decided to launch an international website. We have been wondering where the Hamburg startup scene stands from an international perspective. Read more
What do the following things have in common; software for speeding up a website, an app for happy horses, a drone that can make 360-degree recordings, a platform for sport sponsorship, and an app that can teach you to play guitar? They and their respective start-ups are the stars of this year’s Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch.
The show will be held on 21st September in Gruenspan, and the victor will go home with a media budget worth 100,000 Euros from the WELT newspaper. We will tell you exactly who the finalists are, and how the decision was made. Read more
What’s happening in Hamburg’s startup scene during the next months? We summed up the the events you shouldn’t miss. Your event is missing? Then simply send us a message to info(at)hamburg-startups.net.
These events are looking forward to your participation:
|Food Innovation Camp 2017||A daycamp full of innovative and delicious impressions out of the startup-ecosystem from the Food-Expo. The conference set trends regarding food, food-tech, logistics and hospitality, while workshops give opportunities for knowledgetransfer, regardless of companysize. Speeddatings and matchmakings between startups and representants of wholesale and retail, investors, coop-partners and food service industries aim for efficient networking.||17. Juli 2017|
Diese Events finden regelmäßig statt:
|12min.me||12min.me bietet zu den verschiedensten Themengebieten interessante Vorträge und Networking-Events, oft in Kooperation mit relevanten Partnern aus der jeweiligen Branche.|
|betahaus Academy||In verschiedenen Sessions zum Thema “Lean Startup” können Gründer sich weiterbilden.|
|TUHH Startupdock||Das Startup Dock steht für erfolgreiche Gründungen an Hamburger Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen. Das Startup Dock begeistert Studierende und Wissenschaftler für das Thema Entrepreneurship und stärkt die Gründerkultur auf dem Campus, vermittelt durch Lehrveranstaltungen und Events unternehmerisches Denken und Handeln und unterstützt und begleitet als Gründerzentrum innovative, technologieorientierte Startups auf ihrem Weg zu erfolgreichen Unternehmen.|
|Fin-Tech Meetup||Networking Veranstaltung der Fin-Tech Szene von Hamburg zum Austausch von Ideen unter Gleichgesinnten.|
|nextMedia.Elevator||New name, new look: the Webfuture Award turns into the nextMedia.Elevator. The idea stays the same: 10 digital startups from Hamburg compete for the title, glory and fame.||14. June 2017|
|TEDxHamburg “Rock the Boat”||We live in a rapidly changing world, in a time of transitions and challenges, that many of us find increasingly complex and difficult to handle. It takes guts, passion and stamina to navigate these times, to be empowered, to insist in change and to disrupt the status quo. To rock the boat. But thankfully, there are always some of us who are brave and fearless enough to rise up to the occasion and to take things on by embracing the unknown and completely rethinking the approach. Who are these change makers? Meet our TEDxHamburg speakers. We will let them reflect on how rocking the boat changed their lives and will find out if their visions and ideas made a difference… today, tomorrow and way beyond. Join us!||25. June 2017|
These events are held regularly:
|12min.me||12min.me offers lectures, presentations and events with a diverse range of topics and partners. Have a look at the specific events for more details.|
|betahaus Education||In different sessions on “Lean Startup” founders have the chance to educate themselves.|
|TUHH Startupdock||The Startupdock supports founders and young companies at Hamburgs universities and scientific institutions by strengthening the infrastructure and entrepreneurship around the campus and offering events with a focus on education and networking|
|Fin-Tech Meetup||The Networking Event of the Hamburg fin-tech scene.|
|FuckUp Nights||Fuckup Nights is a global movement born in Mexico in 2012 to publicly share stories of failed businesses. Hundreds of people attend each event to hear three to four entrepreneurs share their failures. After each speaker, there’s a question/answer session, as well as time for networking.|
|Gamecity Treff||The Game City Club is the established, regular get-together for the games industry in Hamburg. Industry representatives hold short introductory speeches, report on the latest developments in their companies or lead panel discussions on current topics. Networking and the exchange of ideas on Games and beyond are being focused in particular|
|Webmontag||Talks and networking-events about changing technologies and digital issues|
Small note: You’ll find the upcoming schedule of our networking Event the Hamburg Startups Mixer here.
Calenders with important events for the Hamburg startup community
In order to stay up to date with the events of Hamburg’s founder community, we highly recommend to check the following calendars regularly for interesting updates.
The Startup Digest: This calender is curated by betahaus Hamburg and others and will soon be embedded in the website. But you can also subscribe the Digest as a newsletter.
The betahaus Hamburg: with this calendar you stay up to date on the events, taking place in the co-working space in the Eifflerstraße.
Digital Media Women: Here you will find the numerous events of Digital Media Women as well as various other exciting networking Events.
Nextmedia.Hamburg event calendar: The nextmedia.Hamburg initiative maintains a calendar with their own events, such as the Webfuture Award as well as other events from the digital world of Hamburg.
Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft: It’s the right calender for folks who are eager to stay up to date about news about creative-scene of Hamburg.
Hamburg@work: Being a cross-industry business network, Hamburg@work publish their relevant events in their own calender.
Startup Guide Hamburg: This information plattform for entrepreneurs from Hamburg offers an interesting event calender.
Our temperatures are rising! How about yours? It should be, because something AWESOME is coming your way! Once again, you will have the chance this year to rock the Hamburg Kiez at the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch on 23 September along with four other fantastic startups. It’s going to get hot. Smouldering startup passion meets the flair of the scene. We are equally passionate about organising the Startups@Reeperbahn Pitch for you in cooperation with the Reeperbahn Festival.
Pitch to a high-class jury, including SPIEGEL ONLINE Managing Director Katharina Borchert, Shazam founder Chris Barton or XING and HackFwd founder Lars Hinrichs, to take home the SPIEGEL ONLINE MEDIA Award and a first prize of €100,000. Afterwards, you can take a seat again in one of our Love Mobiles to hook up with interested investors, just waiting to make a play for closer business liaisons with you. Does that get your creative juices flowing? Then apply here. Or click here for more information. The closing date for applications is 23 August! Read more
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.
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 has serious ambitions to become a truly international city – whatever that means. On 21st March this year, it was announced that our city will be Germany’s candidate for the 2024 (and failing that, 2028) Olympics. This could catapult Hamburg onto the international stage, finally giving Hamburg the international profile that it deserves as Germany’s second largest and arguably nicest city.
In one aspect, the city’s campaign has room for improvement: diversity. In the push to get Hamburg selected as Germany’s candidate city, twelve Hamburg ad agencies stepped in to help. Unfortunately, the image they presented of Hamburg was anything but fitting for an international city: a picture of the founders, owners and CEOs showed a group of twelve white men.
I, and many other people who know the multinational, metropolitan side of Hamburg, felt a bit embarrassed. How can a city launching an international publicity campaign be blind to something so important (and obvious)?
But surely having a startup ecosystem, with disruption in its very DNA, is a chance to turn mainstream society on its head and show how we can get the most out of all people, no matter what race, religion, colour, creed or gender? Not so fast – looking to Silicon Valley, with only 10% of female founders, startup ecosystems seem to be falling short of these lofty aims.
In fact, instead of leading the way it seems that old economy companies like Yahoo (with CEO Marissa Meyer), and Intel (with its $300m diversity drive) are making more progress than their upstart counterparts. And Hillary Clinton, previous to launching her presidential bid, ticked off Silicon Valley for its massive male majority. This is unfortunately one trend that startups around the world not only haven’t set, but have missed completely.
betahaus Hamburg transformed into a start-up arena on 13 January, setting the stage for over 150 guests to hear six outstanding pitches in a cauldron of knife-edge suspense. The challenge: It was up to the jury and the audience to decide which start-up would fly to Texas to represent Hamburg at the SXSW German Startup Engine in Austin in March. All of the start-ups came highly motivated, clearly determined to win. Jenni Schwanenberg, responsible for innovation management at dpa whenever she’s not driving startups through the arena with ever so delightful charm, was an engaging host at the evening’s event. Triprebel, a travel startup presented by its founder Carlos Borges, and the e-commerce agent minubo, showcased by Torben Sominka, emerged as winners and can now look forward, among other things, to an exciting trip to SXSW.
Hamburg looks very different from an international perspective than it does domestically. Within the German-speaking world, Hamburg is a strong brand: everyone has heard of the Michel, the Reeperbahn, the port, the Speicherstadt, the musicals and increasingly the Hafencity. Even individual neighbourhoods like St. Pauli, Eppendorf and Eimsbüttel are familiar at least by name, and Hamburg is known as Germany’s media powerhouse. So justifiably, to people in the DACH region, Hamburg is level with places like London and can easily compete with Berlin.
But internationally, Hamburg is not as well known. No-one has heard of the Michel, the Reeperbahn is just a red light district, and most people aren’t aware of Hamburg’s maritime identity. Internationally, people have heard of Hamburg, but couldn’t say where it is on the map.
Every now and then, we hear that the authorities in Hamburg want to bolster our international standing: whether to attract more tourists, or – more relevant to Hamburg Startups – attract the brightest and best. I think they are sometimes perplexed by the disconnect between Hamburg’s success within Germany and the outside world. The question is: how to resolve it? How to make Hamburg more attractive internationally, so that talented people want to come and live here, found companies, build a life and make a contribution? Read more
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