5 extremely good reasons why startups should apply for the Future Hamburg Award

5 extremely good reasons why startups should apply for the Future Hamburg Award

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Did you know that Hamburg has one of the best startup ecosystems in the world? And you can join in, by applying now for the Future Hamburg Award! This award will give three selected startup teams immediate access to the vibrant startup scene of Germany’s number one trading hub.

Want to know more? We got you! Here’s a list of extremely good reasons to apply for this exciting new award, that could be your ticket to starting or scaling up in Germany!

1. Hamburg is the perfect place for great innovative ideas

A major centre of trade in Northern Europe, Hamburg is an ideal place for tapping new markets based on innovative ideas. And thanks to a growing number of co-working spaces, accelerator programmes and startup hubs, Hamburg’s attractiveness has increased even further over the past years.

Hamburg is not only Germany’s leading location for the media and creative industries, but also the international powerhouse for future industries such as aviation, life sciences, and logistics. With this setup, the city offers a one-of-a-kind business environment for startups. Announced as Lonely Planet’s “Top 10 cities” to visit in 2018, also the quality of life is one of best worldwide.

2. Join global players and successful startups for networking

Founders from around the world value Hamburg as a location for kick-starting their digital business ideas because the city’s startup ecosystem is considered to be one of the strongest in Europe. Global players such as Google, Facebook, Hootsuite and Yelp have chosen Hamburg as the location for their corporate headquarters. Moreover, Hamburg offers excellent opportunities for networking with established world market leaders and innovation champions. Some of the most successful startups such as myTaxi, Jimdo and Xing were founded in Hamburg.

3. Excellent funding opportunities

In recent years, Hamburg’s startup ecosystem has experienced a boom – with veritable sums being invested: according to the auditing company Ernst & Young, Hamburg’s startup scene was invigorated in 2018 with venture capital to the tune of  €548 million.

With a share of around one third, international investments are playing an increasingly important role here. At the same time, forward-looking fields such as fintech, e-commerce and blockchain continue to grow even further. For example, Hamburg boasts more companies with B2B business models than any other city in Germany.

4. Customised ‘Start me up’ in Hamburg package for the winning teams

Three selected startup teams will receive exactly what they need to gain a foothold in the German market and to become internationally successful. The “Start me up in Hamburg” package will take you to the next level. It includes:

  • Tailor-made premium business coachings.
  • A five-digit media package.
  • Personal consultation through the Startup Unit, Hamburg’s dedicated startup experts.
  • Up to six months of free coworking at Betahaus and Beehive.
  • Demo Day: pitch your business to entrepreneurs, investors, and decision-makers!
  • Exclusive networking events: meet local investors and experienced entrepreneurs
  • and more…

5. Easy application

The award is aimed at innovative startup businesses from around the globe. Applicants are expected to have a market presence of no more than ten years and have a digital, technology-oriented or knowledge-based focus. Ideally, companies should also be able to present a functional or demonstrable prototype, where possible. To enable a broad range of companies to participate, the application process at www.future.hamburg is swift and easy. Registration for this unique support programme takes just a few minutes.

Need we say more? We didn’t think so! Check out more details or apply at www.future.hamburg

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