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What's new in Hamburg's startup scene? Which must-see events for founders are coming up and who offers startup advice and financing? Read all about this on Startup City Hamburg - your one-stop shop for becoming part of Hamburg’s startup ecosystem and getting your business off the ground.

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Story | Sep 21, 2023

How to found a successful startup

There is a lot to consider when founding a startup. Here is an overview of the most important steps on the way to your own company and the institutions in Hamburg that can support you.
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  • Stephan Schuller

    Founder & CEO of FOMA

    “Hamburg is a city with international flair and a strong financial network. This makes it easier to recruit specialists and creates the best conditions for business success. I couldn't wish for a better location!”
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  • Lucy Larbi

    Initiator of AiDiA

    “Hamburg has a special significance for us, especially as Hamburg is the hometown of many AiDiA members and has great potential to become Germany's innovation city. We look forward to making our contribution along the way.”
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  • Davis Zöllner

    CEO of MyTaag

    “When tradition meets innovation, great things can happen! Hamburg's economic strength provides the perfect basis for this: companies full of tradition will become companies full of innovation in the future. That is what we, the younger generation, will inevitably bring about sooner or later.”
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  • Lena Weirauch

    Founder & CEO of ai-omatic

    “The Hamburg startup scene is very familiar, people support each other where they can. That applies to the startups among themselves and equally to the city initiatives. This cohesion has helped us a lot in the development of ai-omatic!”
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  • Philipp Schröder

    Founder and CEO of 1Komma5°

    “Hamburg is much better than its reputation. We have a good environment for our company here and the city has a great atmosphere. That's why we will continue to expand our workforce here.”
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    © Christoph Neumann / 1KOMMA5°: Philipp Schröder, founder and CEO
    © Christoph Neumann / 1KOMMA5°: Philipp Schröder, founder and CEO
  • René Schnellen

    Co-Founder of Fashion Cloud

    “When choosing between Hamburg and Berlin, the decisive factor for us was that the city has a great B2B tradition as a trading metropolis. We also liked the Hanseatic, down-to-earth feel. And finally, we were able to make many contacts in our industry in Hamburg and the region, which would not have been possible in Berlin.”
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  • Anne Lamp

    CEO of traceless

    “Sustainable, ecological solutions require not only green startups like us, but also committed partners from industry and impulses from science and politics. Only together can we solve the complex challenges of our time.”
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    traceless Founder Anne Lamp
    © traceless/Marc Schultz-Coulon
  • Benny Bennet Jürgens

    Founder and CEO of Nect

    “The funding opportunities through initiatives like Hamburg Innovation or the Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank, which made our technology possible in the first place, are manifold.”
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    Benny Bennet Jürgens, Founder and CEO of Nect
    © Matthias Friel: Benny Bennet Jürgens, founder and CEO of Nect

Impact Tour with Planet A

Together with Startup City Hamburg, Tobias Seikel, co-founder of Planet A, embarks on a bicycle tour through the startup impact ecosystem of the city and explores the question of what motivates young founders to make this world a better and cleaner planet.

Startup City Hamburg presents Holy Technologies

Holy Technologies develops recyclable carbon fiber solutions for high-performance applications in Energy, Automotive and Aerospace. The goal is to develop significant technology advancements, that ultimately enable the decarbonisation of the manufacturing sector.

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