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Are you considering to found a startup in Hamburg? Have you just moved to Hamburg and you are looking for links to help you move on to the next steps? We have gathered a few links that we deem useful for expats in Hamburg.
Starting a business in Hamburg
Information about setting up a business in Hamburg, financing and possibilities.
Unternehmer ohne Grenzen (Entrepreneur network)
Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft (Startup support)
EXIST Startup Germany (Israel-Germany connection)
Agentur für Arbeit (financing your startup)
Nextmedia Hamburg (starter kit)
Hamburg Welcome Portal (starting a business)
Administration & offices
Directories of offices and legal advisers in Hamburg.
Welcome Centre (registration in Hamburg)
Tax offices in Hamburg
Notar.de (English-speaking notaries)
Housing & accommodation
The biggest classified websites are unfortunately in German only, however they are the ones where you will most likely find a place to live.
WG-gesucht (shared rentals)
Studenten-WG (shared rentals)
City Wohnen (furnished apartments)
Tempoflat (furnished apartments)
Jobs in Hamburg and some of the website to offer an English interface when looking for a job.
Hamburger Jobs (in German)
Xing (German network for professionals – login required)
A couple of website where you can look up German words and take German lessons.
Babbel German courses
Deutsch Lernen courses
Duolingo German Course
These links are a subjective selection gathered by Hamburg Startups. Hamburg Startups takes no responsibility for the content, the information, or the reliability of the websites listed above. For any questions related to these websites, please contact the respective webmaster directly.
If you have any suggestions of links, tools, or resources that you find useful to expats, do not hesitate to post them in the comment section below. All links will be reviewed and spam links will be permanently deleted without notification.
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Hamburg Startups: Can you introduce yourself in a few words to start off?
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Hamburg Startups: Can you introduce yourself in a few words to start off?
Thi Detert: My name is Thi Detert. I come from San Francisco, California. I moved to Hamburg because my husband and I really wanted to live abroad in Europe. We decided that since gaming is a rather niche field, wherever I got a good job offer is where we would move.
HS: What’s your role at InnoGames and how did you end up working there?
TD: I am the Team Lead of Game Design for the Forge of Empires team. I worked with a recruiter in San Francisco who helped me look for opportunities abroad. He told me about InnoGames, the opportunity sounded interesting, and the rest is history, as they say.
HS: What do you see as benefits from working for a start-up?
TD: I worked at several start-ups in San Francisco and always enjoyed it mainly because of the flexibility and fun culture. In start-ups, you usually have the opportunity to take on responsibilities not particular to your role, so you can learn a lot. Teams are smaller and work processes can move a lot faster. Every one works hard, but people don’t forget to have fun.
Even though InnoGames is a sizable company that is more professional and stable than any start-ups I worked at previously, the company still maintains many of the good things about start-ups I mentioned above.
HS: How do you like Hamburg as an expat?
TD: Since moving to Hamburg, many people here have asked me why I would ever leave San Francisco. True, San Francisco is one of the best cities in the world, though I may be a bit biased, but I really like Hamburg and I am having a great time living here. I love the lake, the canals and all the greenery you can find here in the spring and summer. The public transportation system in Hamburg is better than San Francisco’s. Hamburg is cleaner and prettier in a lot of ways, and, overall, it feels safer. Though it’s not particular to just Hamburg, I’ve really enjoyed experiencing the different seasons since California has mainly one season. It’s also really nice that Hamburg is a nice jumping off point for travel around Europe, and that’s one of the main reasons why I wanted to live abroad—to experience the world more.
I do miss the California sunshine and warmer weather sometimes, and I wish Hamburg had more diverse and authentic food selections from other cultures like in San Francisco.
HS: As non-native speakers of German, how were your first days in Hamburg?
TD: I didn’t have many difficulties getting along in Hamburg when I first moved here. There were some moments in the first few months where I found myself unable to communicate effectively with the staff at restaurants or shops, but mostly everyone can speak English to some degree, and as I picked up more German, it got easier. I’m embarrassed to say, though, that after almost 2 years of living in Hamburg, I’m only A2 level in German. InnoGames offers language courses that meet once a week, so that helped me get going with learning German. Since the official language of InnoGames is English, I don’t need to speak German, so I don’t get that practice. I know it’s up to me to improve my German, so given that it’s the New Year, this is one of my resolutions.
HS: Thank you for your time and your answers, Thi!
InnoGames is a Hamburg startup, founded in 2007. They are specialised in online games and have gathered millions of players. Check our Startup Monitor for more information about InnoGames and their job offers.
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