Viva Tech in Berlin Panelists Talk European Startup Growth

From time to time, I report on business events I attend in Berlin, most of which focus on the startup community.

On 9 March 2017, Viva Technology hosted a panel at Factory Berlin to discuss Growth for European Startups. The panel was moderated by Tolgay Azman, editor-in-chief of Business Punk, and the panelists were

  • KATHARINA LÜTH (Weltsparen/Raisin)
  • JOHN FRIJTERS (ReWalk Robotics)
  • ANTON WAITZ (Project A)
  • JULIE RANTY (Viva Technology)
  • MAXIME BAFFERT (Viva Technology)

Much of the discussion revolved around differences between the major European cities with respect to startup culture, activities, and investment. According to Ranty, France expects 3 more unicorns to emerge from its ecosystem, which they anticipate will grow following the Brexit. However, Lüth concedes that London will need to lose a lot of startups to become weaker than Berlin or Paris. Continue reading

“Booming Berlin” Reports the Tip of the Iceberg for Berlin’s Startup Scene

On 6 April 2016, the Institut für Strategieentwicklung (IFSE) – which translates to Institute for Strategy Development – released “Booming Berlin: A closer look at Berlin’s startup scene,” published in partnership with Factory Berlin. The study examined the state of the internet-related startup scene in the city, as well as how it has grown and changed between 2012 and 2016.

BoomingBerlinThe study defined a “startup” as: no more than five years old; could not exist without the internet (no hardware-based companies were included); and has an independent management. Startups were categorized by their provided service:

  • Marketplace – provides a trade platform for suppliers and demanders without being traders themselves
  • Commission Business – channeling selected product offers to customer and customers to selected shops based on payment of a commission
  • E-Commerce – trade in physical or digital goods from their own, or foreign, production
  • Social – service consists of the creation of (social) contacts that are not directly aiming at the trade of goods
  • Content – creation, administration, and presentation of digital content
  • Services – provides services to other businesses or end customers

Regardless of your own personal opinion of businesses labeled as ‘startups’ or which exist only on the internet, the quantitative analysis of Berlin’s startup ecosystem provides some compelling numbers. Continue reading