About Berlin

With its 3.7 million inhabitants, the German capital has undergone a fantastic development in the last decade. The city’s famous creativity and outstanding research landscape have been complemented by considerable economic power. Berlin has become a magnet for talent from all over the world and the birthplace and home of a constantly growing number of technology companies. 

Around 30% of all German start-ups are based in Berlin. The city’s share of total VC financing in Germany over the last years has been between 50 and 70%. Berlin offers lots of support both to start-ups and innovative SMEs. The excellent research facilities, innovation hubs of many international corporations as well as investors all form an extremely productive ecosystem. 

  1. Capital of Germany – Europe’s economic powerhouse
  2. Leading European hub for start-ups
  3. Unrivalled concentration of science and research
  4. Magnet for talent from all over the world

Reasons for Berlin

Berlin is a centre for innovation. The strengths of Berlin’s dynamic economy are particularly in the fields of ICT, media and creative industries, healthcare, energy technology, transport and photonics.

Berlin is also one of the most attractive cities worldwide, especially for young people. The Millennial Cities Ranking assesses 110 cities according to job opportunities, cost of living, openness and tolerance and the fun factor. In the overall ranking of 17 individual criteria, Berlin came first in 2018, ahead of Montreal, London, Amsterdam and Toronto.

As the capital of the biggest national economy in Europe, it goes without saying that Berlin plays a pivotal role in European Union decision-making.


Success story

A commitment to Berlin and Germany: at the time-honoured Siemens industrial estate in Berlin’s Spandau district, Siemens AG will make its largest single investment ever in the company’s history in Berlin. In the coming years, up to EUR 600 million are to be invested in a new world of working and living: Siemensstadt (‘Siemens City’) 2.0. This project aims to transform this large industrial area into a modern, urban district of the future. A further goal is to strengthen selected key technologies and innovation fields in collaboration with the scientific and business communities. To make this possible, this section of Berlin is to become home to centres of research and expertise, to start-up incubators and to scientific institutes and companies alike. 


Berlin Partner for Business and Technology is your first point of contact when you want to start doing business in Berlin. As a public–private partnership, Berlin Partner engages in promoting innovation and the economy on behalf of the Berlin State Senate on the one hand. And on the other hand, over 280 businesses and scientific facilities in the Berlin Partner network actively promote the development of Berlin as an economic location.

Berlin Partner supports companies through every stage of their development – from project qualification, funding and location searches to personnel recruitment, innovation consultancy, the search for partners and, finally, stepping out into international markets. 

All services are free of charge.


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