Report from Startup Safary Berlin — Part 3

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The final of three events I attended through Startup Safary Berlin 2015 was in the historically-fascinating offices of Axel Springer Plug&Play Accelerator, on Markgrafenstrasse, in Kreuzberg.

The first floor of the building – where the accelerator program is located – used to be the “emergency” editing suite for Axel Springer journalists during politically charged times. The Axel Springer building is nearby and during bomb threats the editors would relocate to the Markgrafenstrasse location so that the Bild newspaper could continue to publish on time. More recently, the artist Clemens von Wedel used the space, and the graffiti he left on the walls remains to provide atmosphere for the visiting startups who participate in the accelerator program.

Graffiti in the offices of the Accelerator.
Graffiti in the offices of the Accelerator.

Axel Springer Plug&Play Accelerator was founded in 2013 as a joint effort between German publisher Axel Springer SE and the Plug and Play Tech Center, an accelerator founded in California. Three times per year, the Accelerator offers a three-month program to startups whose projects are accepted from among the many applicants. Continue reading

Report from Startup Safary Berlin 2015 – Part 1

Startup Safary grew out of a project started in Berlin in 2012 by Maciek Laskus and Clarissa Steinhöfel. As the Startup Safary project turned into a full-time gig, the two founders formed a company in January 2014. The goal of the Safary is to bring together the multitude of startup ecosystems in a multi-day event that allows folks to visit startup businesses, accelerators, venture capital providers, incubators, co-working spaces, and other related ventures.

The international efforts continue to expand, and Startup Safary now organizes annual events in several locations, including Bulgaria, Poland, and Greece. They are always looking for additional cities that want to have Startup Safary events. Continue reading